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Miss Seeton Draws the Line

(Miss Seeton #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,109 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Miss Seeton's every attempt at a portrait of little Effie Goffer has become a chilling picture of a corpse. Is Miss Seeton actually drawing a clue to a series of child murders in rural England? And can she turn from sketching to catching a skilled killer? ...more
Published October 1st 1988 by Berkley (first published June 28th 1969)
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Ivonne Rovira
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The delightful, intuitive Miss Seeton returns in the second book in Heron Carvic’s slyly comic series. And she’s as charming and perspicacious as ever.

Kind spinster Emily D. Seeton finds herself on the brink of retirement from her job teaching art in a London school and a permanent settlement in the village of Plummergen in Kent. Hopeful that her reputation as the Battling Brolly, established in Picture Miss Seeton, is behind her, she tries to maintain a normal life. But a serial killer who tar
There's a kind of benevolent chaos about these stories that's very appealing.

I feel very sad for Miss Seeton, though, whenever she draws. She's someone who had considerable talent, who was trained out of it and into respectability. She represents all those interesting little girls, who were bound up in conformity's straight-jacket.
After reading two of these, I've come to the conclusion that Miss Seeton is Miss Marple crossed with Mr Bean! Delightful, chuckleworthy, and stopping just the right side of absurd to be funny, not painful. ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Charming cozy mystery. The ending is hilarious. Really great.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Absolutely Deightful

No spoilers in this review. Four stars is my high praise. Five stars is reserved for outstanding books.

This is, without doubt, going to be my favourite Miss Seeton story. Extremely well-written and edited and grammatically correct it is a pleasure to read, although there are a couple of glitches in some words which I put down to the digitisation of the book. Miss Seeton has been compared with Miss Marple in some reviews, and to a certain extent this is so, but only superficia
Mystereity Reviews
I'm not really sure what to think about this book. I haven't read any of the earlier books in the series, so this was my introduction to Miss Seeton. The plot; solving the murders of several children and the possible link to post office robberies was enjoyable, as was the charming locale of a small village in England.

The dialogue is what kept me from enjoying the book. In a few places, I had to re-read some passages several times just to understand what was being said. And it wasn't the British
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miss Seeton Draws The Line
Heron Carvic

What it's all about...

Children are being murdered in and around London and Miss usual...seems to accidentally be in the middle of the action.

Why I wanted to read it...

I read the last Miss Seeton book first and loved it so much that I wanted to start at the beginning and really understand how Miss Seeton and her artistic abilities became so important to the police.

What made me truly enjoy this book...

The village of Plummergen and its villagers
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miss Seeton is upset because she is unable to draw a local child' s picture. Shas tried three times and the drawing comes out the same. She has a bad tooth and goes to a dentist. He gives her pain medication and she falls asleep. There so many turns and twists in this book it will keep you guessing. Miss Seeton even though her life that is filled with a child killer, robberies, embezzlement, and town routs without realizing what is happening around her. The police find her drawings very helpful ...more
Cathy Cole
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the Miss Seeton series is every bit as delightful as the first, Picture Miss Seeton. Heron Carvic wrote an essay in 1977 in which he recalled how, after having first used her in a short story, 'Miss Seeton upped and demanded a book' -- and that if 'she wanted to satirize detective novels in general and elderly lady detectives in particular,' he would let her have her head. I'm so glad he did. These books are the perfect light (and absolutely hilarious) reads when readers want ...more
Margaret Eveleigh
How this hasn't been made into a spooftacular brit movie is beyond me. Lots of fun. Recommend. ...more
Julie Davis
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
More of Miss Seeton with her deep intuition which only comes out in her art and her befuddled misunderstandings of dark situations. The village battle in the end of this book may be one of the funniest things I've read in the series. Cozy, funny, and a fitting second in the series. ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Miss Seeton is a treasure! This book is funny and well-written, with a fabulous ending. I plan to read every book in this series.

I received a free advance reading copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Ditto *

*see review of book 1 for more details
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Seeton fears the worst in this comedy drama mystery featuring the inimitable older lady, her umbrella and most significantly, her strange ability to draw clues to mysteries. Once again, Detective Superintendent Delphick, also known as the Oracle, is stuck in solving a murder, and thinks of Miss Seeton as the only person who can possibly help. This book is part of a series, but can happily be read as a standalone novel, once the basic idea of the unusual premise of the book is established. A ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Miss Seetonseries is a collection of cosy mystery novels featuring elderly spinster, Emily Seeton, and the cosy village of Plummergen.

“… she is one of those people things happen to – or she happens to them ..”

The series was originally created by author Heron Carvic, before being continued by Roy Peter Martin writing under the name Hampton Charles, followed by Sarah J Mason under the pen name of Hamilton Crane. Miss Seeton Draws the Line is the second in the 25-book series. The books are fun
Virginia Tican
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As there was a serial child strangler at large in towns near the village of Plummergen in Kent, the Colvedens (the area's most prominent family), disliking a particularly obnoxious little girl, were of the opinion of writing an advertisement for the murderer to take notice of the plain, vindictive and mannerless Effie Goffer... thus, putting a stop to her spying on people and her rumor~mongering... obviously resulting in the child's unlamented death. So that when Miss Seeton drew Effie's face it ...more
Kathy Davie
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homey, mystery, history
Second in Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton mystery series set in a small village in England in the mid-1960s and revolving around Miss Seeton, a sweet old lady who happens to draw psychically.

My Take
This series is a buy for me...well, at least the stories written by Heron Carvic. In this particular story, Miss Seeton has been coming down to spend her holidays at her cottage for about a year now and the villagers should have had a chance to get to know her...well, to be fair, they have and it seems to
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
If this book had been written by someone else, today, it would have been dark and gritty in the extreme. Someone is going around Kent strangling small children, while someone else (or is it?) is breaking into post offices and people's houses. At the same time, gang warfare makes itself felt in the countryside, and a bank cashier is leading a dangerous double life.

Fortunately for us, it was written in 1969 by Heron Carvic, and it's a Miss Seeton cosy. Carvic's Miss Seeton is a combination of Mrs
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Probably more like 2 1/2 stars. Miss Seeton and her antics are certainly amusing, while the strangulation of children isn't. The fact that Supt Delphic believes in her is a plus, it avoids all that time with him having to be convinced. However, she has been compared to Miss Marple and other older amateur detectives. That does not make sense to me. Yes, she seems to have an intuitive ability to sort things out through drawing and yes, she seems to be at the center of the capture of most perpetrat ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This was the second book in a series about Miss Seeton. She is a lovable character and the story is a combination of comedy and mystery, but with a sadistic twist involving children being murdered. I did not enjoy it enough to continue reading the remaining Miss Seeton mysteries. The writing style is disjointed and the use of British slang (which I am quite familiar with) was prolific in the extreme.
Other reviewers felt the terminology used was dated because the book was written in the late 196
Janka H.
Read this if you are feeling like reading about: 1. British old school atmosphere; and 2. some gross crimes! As Heron Carvic goes for these two birds at once here.
To be honest, I do not think the one stone called Miss Seeton can successfully kill them both (no pun intended). Because she is incredully naive for such a long-time teacher (can they be so blind to the sadder realities of life?). But she also has this sharp intuition, which (mostly through her drawings here) shows the way for the sma
Gail Gassen
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lively time for Miss Seeton!

This was such a fun book! I'm so happy I started at the beginning of the Miss Sexton books. How can so much happen to one little aged women, at barely 5' tall, adding her umbrella adds the the petite Miss S. With all the height she needs. Plus don't forget the sharp end of business! All the characters here have all the believability of being for real. I'd love to meet anyone of them, but I think Lady C. would be the most interesting person besides Miss S. Love
Maureen Hetzel
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actually I would rate. 4.5. Love this series and Miss Seeton! I read the series when it was written 15+ years ago and loved it then. I recently saw an offer for the first so I took advantage of rereading. The good news is that there have Ben too many books read in between for me to remember the plot. But Miss Seeton lives large in my memory and rereading reminds me why! Laugh out loud adventures as she assists unknowingly in most cases Scotland Yard and the local,constabulary in routing criminal ...more
Mary Barna
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book #2 of 5 written by Heron Carvic. The series was later continued by others after Carvic's death. I read these when they were originally written in the late 60s, but enjoy them more now that I am closer to Miss Seeton's age .

Carvic had the special talent of combining slapstick with sharp drama. In "Miss Seeton Draws the Line" Miss S. finds a bank embezzler, solves a series of robberies, and ends a killing spree.

Several new characters are introduced and the village is even zanier. Well
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
These books are such fun! The crimes are deceptively dark but wrapped in in such a gloriously tongue in cheek humour that the frisson of discomfort is soon abated by another laugh

MIss Seeton and her Umbrella get involved in a spate of bank robberies that the Good folk at The Yard have linked to some terrible child murders in Plummergen and the surrounding areas, so Miss Seeton's skill for drawing emotions and feelings in called upon again.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, humor
I can't stop laughing! Miss Seeton is an art teacher, a yogini, and a big help to Scotland Yard! Her weapons are her pencils and paper and her brolly. She has just moved to a quiet, sleepy little hamlet. Suddenly, the hamlet is no longer sleepy or quiet . All sorts of burglary and murder ensue and somehow Miss Seeton is involved.
If you enjoy British humor, with odd characters that Bertie Wooster would no doubt know, you're in for a treat with this series. Start with Picture Miss Seeton.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Miss Seeton returns and brings Inspector Delphick and Bob Ranger back to Plummergen. This time the police are looking for a serial killer who is killing children. And, of course, since Miss Seeton is involved the village is once again acting on the Nuts rumor-mill, the police are wiping their brows, and she is just going about her days without realizing the mayhem around her.
Great series from the 1970s that makes me smile.
Ms M
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovingly revisited

I had forgotten what fun the Miss Seaton books are. Such a nice lady on the cusp of retirement to her inherited, cozy cottage in Kent, innocent and oblivious to dangers around her except through her psychic drawings interpreted by The Oracle of Scotland Yard. Laugh out loud fun through the myriad of coincidence when she and her umbrella just happen to be in the right place at the right time never having a clue.
Karen wadey
This book is not to be taken seriously. It's a bit silly and far-fetched. Some of the words and scenarios are difficult to believe. I'm still not sure what era it was set in. I thought the characters seemed edwardian/victorian but helicopters are mentioned twice so this made me think late 60's. Even so Miss Seeton is an extraordinary person. ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Farrago for the free copy.

I found this rather distasteful as it seemed to be attempting to be humorous about child murder which I thought was an unsuitable background for this sort of novel.

The whole solution was just so obvious and I kept thinking there would be a twist.

I have now read four of these and will call it a day.

Not for me.
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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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