Sweet Miss Seeton Hc (Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton)

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While Miss Seeton and her trusty sketch pad assist in the investigation of a certain asphalt company whose otherwise healthy elderly customers end up dead, an eccentric and determined artist stalks her, keeping his eyes on her cottage for his newest work, a chocolate-covered house

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Yet another entry in the series created by the late Heron Carvic and featuring retired art teacher Emily Seeton, a Miss Marple spinoff, who lives in the gossipy village of Plummergen, Kent, and is both bane and blessing to Superintendent Brinton of the Ashford police (Sold to Miss Seeton, 1995, etc.). Brinton, alerted by his bank manager, has been trying to find the cause of a rash of depressing events among the area's senior citizens--a suicide here; a case of starvation there; and the unexplained depletion of funds in never ample accounts. Miss Seeton, meanwhile, has been fending off the attempts of London conceptual artist Antony Scarlett, egged on by his publicity hungry gallery owner, to buy her house, which he wants to fill with chocolate and then demolish. Scarlett's long black cloak and theatrical presence have given rise to some weird speculation in the village, reinforced by the arrival of Tina Holloway, Scarlett's onetime overweight model and lover, dismissed when she thinned down, now seeking a reconciliation but encouraged by Miss Seeton to concentrate instead on her own burgeoning talent. The killing of Tina, in her room at the local inn, poses another puzzle for Superintendent Brinton, and its solution lies, as usual, with Miss Seeton. The story's last-minute murder defies belief, with its full- of-holes motive, but, still, there's fun to be had with a full cast of endearingly zany villagers, the loony London art scene, and the ever gently intuitive Miss Seeton. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Publishers Weekly:

Nefarious doings take a backseat to the flamboyant shenanigans of a contemporary artist in Miss Seeton's latest brush with crime (after Sold to Miss Seeton). A number of elderly pensioners in Plummergen are dying, apparently by accident or suicide, after having suddenly depleted their savings. Miss Seeton has her hands full, however, with Antony Scarlett, a sculptor determined to use Miss Seeton's Plummergen cottage as the mold for his latest project, which involves filling the house with chocolate. Dressed in his signature black velvet cloak lined with red satin, Scarlett descends upon Miss Seeton's home. On his trail is the redheaded beauty and rejected model Tina Holloway, who has grown to despise chocolate but desperately wants Scarlett back. Demonstrating their own distinctive creative talents, the village women observe Scarlett coming and going and conclude he is a vampire in search of virginal sustenance. Miss Seeton takes Holloway in hand, and soon the young model finds her own artistic talent, true love and the final clue necessary to solve the series of deaths known to police as the Pauper Pensioner Puzzle. As usual, the puzzle isn't much, but watching the avant-garde Scarlett among the rustics adds a sort of dotty English sitcom slapstick to this lighthearted, lightweight series.
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