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Summary

When Miss Seeton walks out after a performance of Carmen and witnesses a real-life stabbing, all she can recall is a shadowy figure. But how could she have guessed that her latest artistic endeavor is a picture-perfect portrait of the killer? Her sketch puts her in a perilous position, for back at her recently inherited cottage in Plummergen village, she's fated to be a sitting duck...for murder most foul!

Meet Miss Emily D. Seeton: retired art teacher Miss Seeton steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles. Armed with only her sketch pad and umbrella, she is every inch an eccentric English spinster and the most lovable and unlikely master of detection.

©2016 The Beneficiaries of the Literary Estate of Heron Carvic (P)2017 Prelude Books Ltd

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  • Ms
  • Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • 31-08-17

A warm & delightful mystery story

What made the experience of listening to Picture Miss Seeton the most enjoyable?

The narrator had the right tone of voice for the characters. It was beautifully narrated. The story was a quintessential English mystery story in the ilk of Miss Marple. The interaction of the characters was written with humour.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Picture Miss Seeton?

I think the opening was quite memorable, it draws you in so that you want to hear what mystery lies behind the murder. You are trying to picture the opera she has just left, when the story takes hold with Miss Seeton witnessing a murder.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No one scene jumped out, but I loved the fast paced conversations held between Miss Seeton & the other characters.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It certainly made me laugh.

Any additional comments?

I would suggest curling up on the sofa with a pot of tea, a tin of biscuits or a large piece of cake & settling down to listen to this delightful audiobook.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Picture miss seaton.

Brilliant, loved it.made me laugh out loud which I was not expecting to do ,can't wait for the next one.

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  • Denise
  • ASHFORD, United Kingdom
  • 07-12-17

Lovely

I giggled away quite a few times. Very enjoyable.

I’m ready to listen to the next ones!

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lovely easy listening

I enjoyed every minute of this. If you're not looking for anything too serious or hard hitting, then this is great. It was funny and the carachters are likeable. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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Not for me

This to me was boring. Slow, ridiculous how many times miss Seaton survived the attacks. Was it supposed to be funny?

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How stupid is this woman...

... how stupid can one person be? Especially the so called heroine, then you meet the villagers, never listened to such drivel
Narrator very good. Will not be buying any more by this author

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  • Betababe
  • 17-08-17

HISS for the Villain!

I initially reviewed the ebook in April:
This is book was every iota as delightful as I remembered from its original publication (yes, I'm old enough to have read it then). A light farce, proper attention is paid to police procedure and following the clues but the real joy is in watching the characters introduce and endear themselves to you. Well, except for the villains. You should HISS at the villains.

[Added 8/17/17]
And now you have the opportunity to LISTEN as well. The rich, plummy tones of narrator Phyllida Nash's crisp British diction (not being an expert I cannot say whether Oxford or Cambridge influence her drawl) bring to life the well-drawn [picture--get it?] personalities of Miss Seeton, The Oracle, Bob Ranger and a slew of others with distinct vocal characteristics for each. The story remains the classic that it is and cannot but bring delight to any reader or listener. Many thanks to the publisher and all involved in bring this story to AUDIO!

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  • Laura Collins
  • 10-10-17

Great Book!

This is a great book; this is the first book in the Miss Seeton Mystery series written by Heron Carvic and narrated by Phyllida Nash.This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. The narrator did a wonderful job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end. If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 09-10-17

If you enjoy cozy mysteries, this is a fun one.

Picture Miss Seeton: A Miss Seeton Mystery, Book 1 is a light cozy mystery that is fun and entertaining.  Miss Seeton finds herself involved in a murder and lots of trouble!  As a retired art teacher, Miss Seeton has no trouble finding trouble – it finds her!  Miss Seeton witnesses a stabbing, gets involved with Juvenile Delinquents and more.  At least she has her trusty umbrella and is most helpful to Scotland Yard!

If you enjoy British humor, this is perfect for you.  Miss Seeton is eccentric, English and carries a deadly umbrella!  As she tries to solve the crime, through her sketches one must wonder if the murderer will get her first!

This was an enjoyable mystery.  The narrator, Phyllida Nash, provided a wonderful performance.  Her voice was soothing yet sounded just like one would expect an English Spinster to sound like.  Well-developed the story flowed smoothly and Nash kept it going with her natural performance.

If you enjoy cozy mysteries, this is a fun one.

Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.

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  • Jane V. Cray
  • 27-01-18

Entertaining yet still a gritty edge

Good deal of dry and also broad humor while characters are still faced with a good deal of real peril! Really enjoyable and well drawn characters. The scenes with the Sergeant! Too funny! Miss Seeton is part Miss Marple part Mary Poppins part the indomitable practical aunt who can be depending on to understand. She also does yoga and is eminently sensible. The psychic bit is subtle--no wind chimes and incense but more something that comes out when she draws someone. I'm not a fan of broadly supernatural books with ghosts etc. Miss Seeton's gift is very believeable. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • Chelle
  • 04-01-18

Armed with an umbrella

Any additional comments?

I selected this audiobook due to Phyllida Nash's narration.- perfect.

The story originally started out with a very 'golden era' mystery feel to it. Miss Seeton is not golden era, she's an elderly, ladylike, spinster in a more modern time who has psychic drawing, as in artistic, powers, practices yoga, and has an umbrella as her lucky talisman.

Carvic repeatedly refers to "Alice in Wonderland" throughout the book - I eventually made the connection - which explains why the book has a slightly offbeat, Madhatter, tone to it. The ending has that same offbeat feel, it doesn't resolve the question, "What happened to the body in the cupboard?".

Extra content others may like to know about before handing to your teen: Carvic has his villain in the book ruthlessly ending someone's life (I wasn't prepared for it, the focus was on Miss Seeton's plight, the author just tossed it down the 'rabbit hole'). The story centres around drugs, their pushers and victims.

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  • Idaho GMA
  • 26-04-18

Oldie but goodie!

Miss Seeton is engaging character well drawn by the author. She and the entire village are brought to vivid life by the narrator. I read the entire series years ago and am loving listening to them.

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  • Tammy
  • 03-12-17

I love Miss Seeton!

I have been a Miss Seeton fan for many years. The books are charming and funny. I was so pleased to see them appearing on Audible! The reader does a good job with the voices, and you can hear in her tone that she "gets it."

Cozy/Vintage British mtstery fans will like this book.

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  • R. Wallach
  • 13-09-17

Wish all of Miss Seeton's books were on Audible.

I wish all of Miss Seeton's books were on Audible. A fun listen. Phylida Nash bring dear Miss Seeton to life. A cozy book to read - listen - long into the night

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  • Scynthia R. Kummerow
  • 05-09-17

Been waiting for this series in audible for years!

Would you try another book from Heron Carvic and/or Phyllida Nash?

yes-narration much better in 2nd book

What other book might you compare Picture Miss Seeton to and why?

Miss Fortune mysteries-mystery and comedy together

How could the performance have been better?

narration seems a little dull-like narrator is monotone and bored

Was Picture Miss Seeton worth the listening time?

not really -very disappointed with narration

Any additional comments?

So glad to hear this series on audio-loved reading the series-hope narrator gets better
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  • J. M. Varner
  • 28-08-17

Fun, light cozy mystery

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book to another person who likes cozy mysteries. The plot is fast paced, the characters are beginning to be developed and their is some very humorous moments as Miss Seeton can be quite oblivious to her surroundings. However, her "intuition" is always spot on when she allows herself to demonstrate it in her drawings.

What other book might you compare Picture Miss Seeton to and why?

Fixing' To Die by Tonya Kappes is a cozy mystery set in a small town with quirky characters and a "touch" of paranormal.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Miss Seeton was trying to walk home from the town square. To avoid being hit by the car she ran off the road and then fell into a pond.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I definitely wanted to listen until the end and I actually did that after 3 days of only listening to it for about 1 hour.

Any additional comments?

I do enjoy this series as Miss Seeton's life and adventures always provides me with an enjoyable and engrossing read. The gossips in the village are just quirky enough to cause me to laugh out loud often as Miss Seeton goes blithely along her own way solving a mystery, saving a life and yet never quite understanding how she does it.