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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hazards in Hampshire Book Blast, Guest Post, and Giveaway - About the Book

Here we have book 1 in a mystery series from author Emma Dakin. Check out the book info below, read the guest post from the author, and enter the giveaway. Giveaway is open worldwide, has three winners, and ends on 4/3. Good luck.


Cozy Mystery
Date Published: Oct 13, 2019
Publisher: Camel Press

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Claire Barclay returns to England from her last post in Seattle, buying a house in a village and settling down at forty-six. She responds to an invitation to tea and stumbles upon the murdered body of Mrs. Paulson, a prominent villager. As the first person to find the victim, she is one of the first to be investigated. She answers the persistent questions of Detective Inspector Mark Evans and is determined to give him another suspect. Mrs. Paulson had been the president of the local Mystery Books Club? Was the motive for murder located in the archives of the book club? She had lived in the village all her life, been involved in many organizations and societies and knew many secrets of the villagers. Was one secret too dangerous for her to keep? She had been wealthy and left her money to a member of the club. Could the legatee have been impatient for her inheritance?  Three ladies from San Francisco join Claire’s book tour and, with avid curiosity, help Claire investigate the murder. Complicated by Claire`s need to care for her newly acquired Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, they travel through Hampshire, Sussex and Oxfordshire to visit sites of mystery writers. The tourists are enthusiastic about mystery novels and also about the local murder and offer imaginative solutions. Claire listens to their advice, attempting to ferret out the story behind the murder while trying not to impede the official enquiry of the increasingly attractive Detective Inspector Mark Evans.

An independent woman, her dog and murder. Throw in a Hampshire village and you have the perfect setting for a cozy.
About the Book

Claire expected her hostess to be boring, not dead. A body in the pavilion is too much reality for tour guide Claire Barclay. Her tourists are intrigued, but Claire finds her position as a suspect highly uncomfortable. 

She’d received an unexpected inheritance in Seattle, quit her job and flew home to where she felt she belonged in Hampshire, England. She threw her legacy into a semi-detached Georgian house in Ashton-on-Tinch, Hampshire, and anticipated settling in happily in her mid-life. She planned to read, start a British Book Tour company to periodically take mystery fans to the locales of their favorite characters and enjoy the tranquility of pastoral Hampshire. Instead, she stumbles into murder. Mrs. Paulson, president of the local mystery book club, has been poisoned--with a local poison available to anyone. Claire is shocked to find herself on the list of suspects. She’s an enthusiastic murder mystery fan but doesn’t want to feature in one.  

  As the first person to find the victim, she is one of the first to be investigated. She answers the persistent questions of Detective Inspector Mark Evans and is determined to give him another suspect. Mrs. Paulson had been the president of the local Mystery Books Club? Was the motive for murder located in the archives of the book club? She had lived in the village all her life, been involved in many organizations and societies and knew many secrets of the villagers. Was one secret too dangerous for her to keep? She had been wealthy and left her money to a member of the club. Could the legatee have been impatient for her inheritance? Three ladies from San Francisco join Claire’s book tour and, with avid curiosity, help Claire investigate the murder. The tourists are enthusiastic about mystery novels and also about the local murder and offer imaginative solutions. Claire listens to their advice, attempting to ferret out the story behind the murder while trying not to impede the official enquiry of the increasingly attractive Detective Inspector Mark Evans. 

An independent woman, her dog and murder. Throw in a Hampshire village and you have the perfect setting for a cozy. 


Emma, the author of over twenty-five books under other names, lives on the Sunshine Coast, near Vancouver, Canada, but claims her British ancestors “keep popping into my head with their purely British remarks”.  

Tour guide Claire specializes in bookish destinations. She’s used to finding murder in the pages of the cozy mysteries she and her tour groups enjoy. But when she moves from the United States into her own English cottage, she encounters a murder mystery shortly after receiving her first invitation to tea. Cozy fans will delight in the many references to popular fictional sleuths that are woven into the story, and they’ll also enjoy a peek into the life of ex-pat Claire as she settles into the English village. 
—Sara Rosett, USA Today bestselling author of the Murder on Location series

About the Author

Emma Dakin has written over thirty published books, many under the name of Marion Crook. She completed her PhD in education, went on to teach at university and continued to write, because writing, as most readers know, is at least a compulsion, if not an addiction. After years of reading every cozy mystery she could find, Emma wrote Hazards in Hampshire: The British Book Tour Mysteries. One of the joys of setting a novel in Britain is the need to travel there. She enjoyed absorbing the differences in attitude in the distinct British counties and tried to interpret the Cornish accent (next book) and the unique culture of Yorkshire (third book). She lives on the Sunshine Coast, near Vancouver, Canada, but claims her British ancestors “keep popping into my head with their purely British remarks”.

Contact Links

Twitter: @author_mcrook
Goodreads: Marion Crook Author
Instagram: franklinbeeach


Purchase Links

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2 comments:

  1. During this difficult time, thanks for supporting reading and writing. Emma Dakin

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