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Meet Eve Mallow: an American far from home, a professional busybody...and an amateur detective?

Seasoned obituary writer Eve Mallow has a new assignment: to tell the life story of famed musician Bernard Fitzpatrick. A chance to spend a few days in the sweet little village of Saxford St. Peter, walking the country lanes with her beloved dachshund, Gus, and meeting new people sounds like a dream. But it turns out that Bernard’s life was much less interesting than his death. On the day she arrives, news breaks that the charismatic cellist was the victim of a grisly murder. Could this quaint English village be hiding a dark secret?

As Eve starts to interview Bernard’s friends and colleagues, she finds that he’d ruffled a few feathers. In fact, from the keepers of the Cross Keys Inn to his own staff at High House, there’s barely a person in town who doesn’t have some reason to hate him.... Is one of the friendly villagers a cold-blooded killer?

Eve hoped Saxford St. Peter would be the perfect escape from her busy city life. But there is darkness even in the most sunlit of settings. And when a second body is found, Eve becomes certain that one of the people she’s met must be the murderer. She has never done any detective work before...but is there something in her notes that can crack the case?

©2020 Clare Chase (P)2020 Bookouture

What listeners say about Mystery on Hidden Lane: An Utterly Gripping Cozy Mystery Novel

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Obituary Writer and a Mean Musician

I found this English cozy mystery charming, even though it was slow paced. I really like the townsfolk, with their quirks and their quick wit, and I took to Eve, the Obituary Writer/Teacher right away. The subject of her obituary was a heel to be sure, but a talented and famous one, and digging into his life and past took Eve into some strange places and circumstances. I thought it was funny that the little town thought Eve was American even though she clearly had lived in England most of life and her father was English. Having an American mother marked her as coming from the US. Yet they embraced her warmly. I didn’t figure out who the killer was until nearly the end. Fun series that I will continue 😊

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Not worth the money

I couldn't even finish the book. The readers American accent was so awful it became painful. And to be honest, the protagonist is boring and forgettable. Some of the supporting characters were ok.

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Pretty Good

Mystery on Hidden Lane is a pretty good mystery. It started off slow but got better as it continued. I'll get the next book.

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Gripping Cozy Listen

Mystery on Hidden Lane by Clare Chase pulled me in immediately. I loved the imagery the author wrote in this cozy mystery. The story features Eve who is starting over and her dog Gus. I found the characters to appeal to me. The descriptions and emotions were so fitting. The twists were unexpected and very well done. Eilidh Beaton, is a new narrator to me. Her accent and voice were perfect for this book. She added the right emotions and tone to her performance.

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  • 05-18-20

Never gets off the ground

I've listened to the first 4 chapters and have no idea who the character is, what the story is really about or much else. The narration is minimal and badly done. I'm returning this boring story.

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A Split in Personality

The story was enjoyable. As a narrated story, I has a problem with a character who spoke in American English, but her inner thoughts where narrated with a British accent.

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Forcé myself to finish it

Sorry it was not what I was expecting!the narrations are bad pretty much everyone sounds the same the story had just too many people involved that did nothing to the plot. Thanks

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  • SandraL
  • 02-27-20

Charming Cosy Mystery

Mystery on Hidden Lane is a charming cosy mystery, set in a quaint English village with a half American/British amateur sleuth, Eve Mallows. Eve is a part time obituary writer, and when she discovers her latest subject was murdered she starts to investigate.

The story moves along fairly slowly, giving the reader time to get to know a whole host of interesting village characters including Viv, the owner of the local bakery, and her brother, Simon, who I feel may become a love interest for Eve in future books. Eve, herself, is a very likeable character. And who can resist an adorable dachshund character like Gus 

Mystery on Hidden Lane is an easy listen, with a likeable narrator, and if you enjoy cosy mysteries then you will enjoy this.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 02-10-20

Cute and Cosy

Mystery on Hidden Lane is exactly what it says on the tin. A cosy mystery, which manages to maintain the listener's interest whilst never taxing the brain too much. Saxford St. Peter sounds idyllic and somewhere I'd very much like to visit, especially the tea rooms. Eve Mallow is a likeable character and I can see this series is going to run and run. Well narrated by Eilidh Beaton.

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  • PJ
  • 04-27-20

My audible library

I have a well stocked library and this books is one of many I love to read over again often, well worth having.
I will get more like these.

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 02-12-20

Great start to a new series

When Eve Mallow travels to the Quaint English village of Saxford St Peter to write the Obituary of a famous Cellist she is shocked to discover that he has been murdered. Whilst researching for the obituary she soon uncovers information that could lead to the murderer but has she put herself in danger? An intriguing cosy murder mystery and a great start to a new series.

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  • Susan
  • 05-04-20

Ruined by the narrator.

I only got to Chapter 5 before returning it, so really can't comment on the story.

On the whole I do not buy books read by women as I can rarely find a female narrator who sounds like she is reading to adults. Most will revert, at some point, to a 'Watch with Mother' approach to narration. I am female and find this terribly condescending and irritating. However, the reader's voice itself was pleasant to listen to at other times.

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  • Valerie Bridges
  • 04-25-20

Mystery

Enjoyed this story very much, good light listening
Kept me thinking. Could see the village as described

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  • Rowan W.
  • 04-17-20

Loved this. Easy listening

If you like a good plot and excellent narrator, try this book. Really engaged with the main character Eve. Similar to The Cherringham Murders which I also loved.

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  • Linda Phillips
  • 03-04-20

A good cosy mystery



This book was my first cosy mystery and it was a nice easy listen. I listened on audible and felt the narrator did a great job.
If you like cosy mysteries then I think you would enjoy this book.

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  • niamh bonner
  • 02-29-20

A really cosy mystery

When this book was described to me as a cosy mystery I was a little reluctant. I had visions of Angela Landsbury in Cabbot Cove with a murdered cousin however it was still a thoroughly enjoyable listen. The narrator kept me listening and I enjoyed the protagonists "investigation". It is a cosy mystery and it was a lovely change from the usual helter skelter anxiety inducing thrillers I usually listen to.

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  • Caronne Hope
  • 05-19-20

Good start to a new cosy collection.

So not as gripping as the subtitle would lead you to believe.
Truly a cosy crime introduction to the main characters that will be in the next book.
The narrator is good and character voices are easy to distinguish. I do prefer English readers, so as the main character is actually American the narrator has luckily got a soft American accent. My only negative is that unfortunately she has to keep saying "leash" and I found it a bit annoying. Other than that I did enjoy it enough to consider getting the next book.

My final thought is I'm not sure why the Author picked Hidden Lane as the title... it was so Hidden I don't know when it was used in the story.

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  • Moira
  • 01-23-21

Promissing Start

This was a interesting start to a series of stories. A Who Done It with good list of interesting people unfortunately Book Two is of the very same format and it was like rereading Book One. What A Shame

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-20

A great way to lose yourself

I was looking for a book that was a mystery but also light and an easy listen.
I wasn’t disappointed. It was a great listen.
So happy there is more books to follow on with by the author.

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  • L Hamilton
  • 07-28-20

Very enjoyable

Light hearted murder mystery with engaging enjoyable characters. Similar lines to Midsommer Murders but much better. Looking forward to reading/listening to more from this author.