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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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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...more
Kathy Davie
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
The Miss Seeton series, as originally penned by Heron Carvic, is lighthearted, whimsical, and a lot of fun to read.
very funny... the series gets a bit repetitive after a while but I thoroughly enjoyed the first book
Fabulous series regardless of the author. The battling brolly cannot be defeated!
Like a mix of Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse!
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...more
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