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A pleasant whodunit, with a large cast of unique characters, a good debut for this author. Jun 10, Chazzi rated it really liked it. I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. Susie Mahl is an artist who does commission work, portraits of pets. She travels in the world of the aristocracy, as they are her best clients. And has learned the ways and manners of this British social class.

While visiting the Greengrasses at Beckenstale Manor, the family estate, she is introduced to the Codringtons who have just moved into Glebe House. The Codringtons commission Susie to do a portrait of their dog, at a later date. During her stay with the Codringtons, Susie finds Lord Greengrass dead on the ground in the church cemetery. True, he is 75, but still active. Why should he suddenly be dead? The police suspect murder.

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Tops on the list of suspects are Arthur and Asquintha, the son and his wife of Lord Greengrass. Diana, Lady Greengrass, also has suspicions about Asquintha. Diana asks Susie to stay on with her, while the investigation goes on and till after the funeral. With Susie's eye for detail and her drive for knowing if it truly is murder and who the killer is, she is out to solve the mystery.

When she meets up with mortuary clerk, Dr. Toby Cropper, she finds a helpmate of sorts in finding clues. A fun, quick moving British cozy, I am looking forward to reading following books in this new series. Sep 20, Caroline Ingvaldsen rated it really liked it.

In the first of this appealing new British country cozy mystery series, the spunky heroine applies her considerable skills of observation as an artist to solving murder most foul.

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Sep 10, Caroline rated it it was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The best parts are the English countryside settings, some of the ridiculous ironic? On the other hand, you can rather tell this is a debut fiction effort, as the writing is a bit uneven, at least one important character and a few of the plot points were sort of introduced as backhand 2. On the other hand, you can rather tell this is a debut fiction effort, as the writing is a bit uneven, at least one important character and a few of the plot points were sort of introduced as backhanded afterthoughts, there were several go-nowhere scenes, and the denouement was almost anti-climactic.

I do think there is some promise in the possible future of the series, and if Carter can develop Susie and her detecting abilities, I'd like to re-visit. Very cute little mystery. Perfect last book of the summer.

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Looking forward to reading more about Susie the Pet Detective! Feb 07, Yvonne rated it really liked it. Her latest commission is of a Deerhound called Situp…I love this as a name for a dog. This is a cosy mystery and the first in the Susie Mahl Mystery series. From the very outset, was quickly engaged as I discovered the main characters. It was found numerous mentions and references to art, painting and the processes and while I did f 3.

It was found numerous mentions and references to art, painting and the processes and while I did find them interesting I felt it slowed the telling of the main story down a bit. Once the painting sections started to diminish the story itself started to come to the forefront again and the pace quickened. Susie was able to embark on her own truth-finding mission. While reading I found myself surprised when mentions of mobile phones, internet etc were mentioned.

Susie paints for those who have money and status, they are Lords, Ladies, Earls and Countesses. She stays for weekends to get to know the pet she is going to paint, it gives her a chance to explore and try to discover various truths. It has a gentle pace rather than a full pelt race to the end. If you like cosy mysteries then I think this is one readers of the genre will enjoy. I am looking forward to reading more about Susie in this series and will be buying more as they are available. This is one I would recommend. Aug 09, Judith rated it liked it Shelves: mystery.

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Given the blurb's mentioning Downton Abbey, I thought this mystery would be set in the early 's rather than in contemporary times. I like period mysteries, but nonetheless this one held my interest very much. The characters were engaging, though a little under-developed and sort of stereotypical, the dog Situp was cute, and I truly enjoyed Susie's comments on what she as an artist looks for and reacts to while creating her pictures.

As the author also paints many things, including pet portra Given the blurb's mentioning Downton Abbey, I thought this mystery would be set in the early 's rather than in contemporary times. As the author also paints many things, including pet portraits, I appreciate her communicating these aspects of painting. The mystery kept me guessing, Susie's enthusiasm for sexy lingerie was different especially from the over-angst that many detectives in fiction today have , and I felt some pity for her being a kind of hanger-on to the rich and their class, which she just misses belonging to.

The tone of the mystery needs some adjusting and i expect AC will do so in subsequent books. Sometimes the book seemed a kind of joke Lord Greengrass? Viscount Cornfield????? Apr 11, Kayla Schoch rated it liked it. Leave your preconceived notions of what a murder mystery should be at the door. Nope Agatha Christie too. Have you deconstructed your ideas? You might even just read the second. Jan 14, Verity W rated it did not like it Shelves: netgalley , cozy-crime , avoid-this-author.

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Never mind. You win some, you lose some. May 04, Kathryn Provence rated it liked it Shelves: books. My problem with this book was that it was too English. Considering what a big Anglophile I am that is quite a statement. As an American I keep thinking "What is that slang word? But the story about the skull piece was rather clumsy. What was it? Do we ever find out about it's origins? Oct 02, Dogsandbooks rated it liked it Shelves: read-mystery. Clunky writing but an interesting premise for the protagonist. An observant artist who travels to posh houses to paint dogs.

And the characters cartoonish. DPL book. Aug 12, Maryellie rated it liked it. I liked the descriptions of Susie's paintings and her interaction with the pets she makes portraits of. However, as a cozy English mystery it certainly wasn't a la Agatha Christie as stated on the back of the book.

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The mystery was too easy to solve. It's a good book to read on the beach or plane. Mar 19, Richard rated it really liked it.


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Took a chance with this new author. So glad I did. Hugely entertaining in a style that reminded me at times of M. Susie discovers an unexpected zest for truth and an awesome nosey parker instinct, and soon the newly appointed Pet Detective is digging out the truth with a dogged determination. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

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