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Picture Miss Seeton (Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton #1)

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Miss Seeton is a retired, often bemuddled British art teacher with a slight psychic ability for drawing things more accurately than they appear. Picture Miss Seeton, the first in the series, is an absorbing novel in which an elderly and naive drawing mistress, finds herself suddenly involved in the baser side of life, becoming embroiled in a murder and its subsequent mayhe ...more
Hardcover, First US Edition, 207 pages
Published June 1968 by Harper & Row (first published 1968)
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Mathilda There are two versions of Picture Miss Seeton. One includes Mrs. Benn, the headmistress of Miss S's school; the other doesn't, and also doesn't have…moreThere are two versions of Picture Miss Seeton. One includes Mrs. Benn, the headmistress of Miss S's school; the other doesn't, and also doesn't have "the Barn". There are other differences throughout. I believe that the version without Mrs. Benn is a later, edited version, that tightens up the script. I'm trying to find out how to get the second version -- perhaps it was only put out in paperback? Apparently, there were 6 printings of the book. I don't know when the edits were made. (less)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
If you want a light, cosy mystery with a touch of parody, this should be enjoyable. Written in 1968, when Britain was still on the old money system of shillings and sovereigns, villages were still full of wellstocked local shops, and computers get a glancing mention as weird new technology that exists somewhere, but can't be trusted to do much.
Miss Seeton is a retired but not retiring art mistress who goes to spend her holidays in the house she has inherited from her aged godmother. (If Miss Se
Aug 27, 2011 Almeta rated it really liked it
Shelves: dying2read
Miss Seeton never "gets a clue", yet provides clues galore. She has a remarkable ability to observe things, but never correctly interprets them. She is surrounded by mayhem and criminal activity but only notices "bad manners" as a punishable crime, for which she delivers a swift swat of an umbrella.

She is not interested in solving anything more mysterious than how to maintain a garden. Yet, as long as Scotland Yard and the local authorities can keep up with her...they nab plenty of ne'er do well
Apr 24, 2016 Sheri rated it it was amazing
I'm going to start this off by saying that I do have a big partiality to murder mysterys set in English villages/small town murder mysteries. This book did not disappoint. It was funny, the author gave the reader a good view of the village and did a great job describing the characters, their characteristics/idiosyncrasies, and how no matter whether they agree with one another or disagree, her fellow villagers pull together as a village and support one another. Miss Seeton's arrival came with mix ...more
David Tate
Jan 12, 2016 David Tate rated it it was amazing
An amazing and unique artifact of the late '60s, Miss Seeton is a quintessentially British phenomenon. I suspect that she was the inspiration for Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax, but there's really no comparison. Heron Carvic's concept -- of an oblivious schoolmistress with a subconscious knack for psychoanalysis and detection -- sounds like it couldn't possibly work. The breezy, disjointed plotting and stream-of-words dialog should grate -- but they don't. This book, and the first couple of sequ ...more
Kathy Davie
Mar 24, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, history, homey
First in the Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton mystery series set in London and a village in Kent.

Note: It seems that Carvic only wrote the first five books in this series before he died. After that a Roy Peter Martin writing as Hampton Charles wrote the next three books with a Sarah J. Mason writing as Hamilton Crane. Mason/Crane wrote the next 14 stories, but it was noted that she modified Carvic's characters so much that only the names of the characters are recognizable (Wikipedia). Further mentions
Sep 01, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I picked this up in a thrift shop because I love English village mysteries, even though I had never heard of Miss Seeton. She seems to be often compared to Miss Marple, but to me they're nothing alike. Miss Marple is a shrewd observer of human nature and not easily taken in; Miss Seeton is far too trusting and naive. Her sensibilities would almost seem to be more at home in 1868 than 1968. Several seemingly obvious things "never occur" to her.

I was having my doubts about Miss Seeton after the fi
Some reviewers have compared Miss Seeton to Miss Marple. However,other than the fact that they both live in an English village and aid Scotland Yard, they have very little in common. Miss Seeton is much more naive and her help in criminal investigation comes about more by chance and her innate intuition. While this series does not have the depth of Christie's books I still enjoyed it as a light read that made laugh out loud several times.
Apr 25, 2016 Ellen rated it it was amazing
The first in a series written by a now deceased author, this cozy mystery is a delight. Miss Seeton, aka the Battling Brolly, is a retired art teacher who becomes embroiled in a small town's drug problems after inheriting a house in the village. With the requisite quirky characters, the story is filled with humor. I loved it.
Sep 29, 2010 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, humor
Miss Seeton is an unwitting, and unaware, focus for disasters that Scotland Yard realizes they can use to their advantage, sort of. She lives in gossipy village where massive
donnybrooks roar through with no lasting damage except to the crooks. However while the furor reigns and organized crime seems to be gaining the upper hand much is described with tongue firmly in cheek.

The village makes me think of Benson's stories about Miss Mapp far more than Christies stories about Miss Marple. The villa
May 11, 2013 Joy rated it it was amazing
Miss Seeton, school art teacher, has inherited her godmother's cottage in an old English village, just in time to escape to it and hopefully avoid the furor after she interrupts a murderer in London. In the meantime, the police have discovered that Miss Seeton's drawings of the murderer and related people are extra helpful because they include her intuitive sense of her subjects, no matter how hard she tries to draw literally.

Loveable, charming, funny. I so wish Heron Carvic had lived long enoug
Sean Brennan
Jun 14, 2015 Sean Brennan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This is a really good English country village story with an excellent leading Lady! Really enjoyed it
Apr 24, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing
Miss Seeton is often compared to Miss Marple, but aside from being elderly British women, they really aren't that much alike. Miss Seeton, an interesting combination of dithering and perceptive, is an accidental sleuth - not a world-weary expert on human nature but rather someone who literally falls in the middle of trouble and pokes it with her umbrella. The book is light in tone, despite the somewhat darker subject matter (drug addiction, kidnapping, and murder). The supporting cast of police ...more
May 06, 2015 Divadianne rated it it was amazing
Miss Seeton is the best.
Dec 30, 2014 Shannon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is a somewhat quick read. The book offers a cute story line but I found the plot underdeveloped. I like a bit more character development and depth as well. The characters were likable but I finished the book feeling I hadn't gotten to know any of them. This is the introductory novel in the series so character development may come in later books of the series. I had high hopes but I am afraid the book fell a little flat for me. But I may return to the series to give it another try in the fut ...more
Jun 27, 2011 Lchamp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like any book that gives me a good "belly laugh". At one time, I got to laughing so hard I couldn't see for the tears. The only other author who has caused that intense laughing spells is Evanovich.

This book started slowly, but moved nicely later. I had to get used to the style of going from reciting a story to live action in a sort of a flashback.

I am starting the second book in this series today.
May 10, 2014 Homerun2 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Dec 20, 2007 Linda rated it it was amazing
The Miss Seeton series, as originally penned by Heron Carvic, is lighthearted, whimsical, and a lot of fun to read.
Aug 09, 2011 Gordon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
very funny... the series gets a bit repetitive after a while but I thoroughly enjoyed the first book
May 27, 2008 Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy, caper
Fabulous series regardless of the author. The battling brolly cannot be defeated!
Jan 06, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Like a mix of Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse!
Dec 26, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
FUNNY! Good English mystery
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Heron Carvic (21 January 1913-9 February 1980) was a British actor and writer who provided the voice for Gandalf in the BBC Radio version of The Hobbit, and played Caiphas the High Priest every time the play cycle The Man Born To Be King was broadcast.

As a writer he created the characters and wrote the first five books featuring retired art teacher Miss Emily D. Seeton, a gentle parody of Agatha C
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