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Picture Miss Seeton (Miss Seeton #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,937 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
When Miss Seeton walks out of a performance of Carmen and witnesses a real-life stabbing, all she can recall is a shadowy figure. But how could even she have guessed that her latest artistic endeavour is a picture-perfect portrait of the killer? Her caricature, however, puts her in a perilous position, for back at her rustic cottage in Plummergen, she’s fated to be a sitti ...more
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published May 5th 2016 by Farrago (first published 1968)
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Lorraine The something apparently was the murderer, although the murderer was not the drug lord. Apparently, he suffocated in there and Miss Seeton and Martha…moreThe something apparently was the murderer, although the murderer was not the drug lord. Apparently, he suffocated in there and Miss Seeton and Martha will discover his body when they clean out the closet. All future events are left to the imagination, but I would have liked to read about it..(less)
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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Ivonne Rovira
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To truly picture Miss Seeton, you must imagine a younger, less conventional Miss Marple, one who gets caught up in farcical situations through no fault of her own. While the mystery is clever and the novel is quite funny, it’s the darling Miss Seeton and her can-do spirit that really captured me.

London art teacher Emily D. Seeton, a kind, dutiful forty-something spinster, encounters a murder of a French prostitute that turns out to be part of a larger scheme. Brave — or perhaps foolhardy — she d
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Juli
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Miss Emily Seeton is a retired art teacher who seems to magically thwart criminals and evil-doers armed only with a trusty umbrella, grace under pressure, and her drawing talents. She is naive yet incredibly observant and astute. Miss Seeton definitely reminds me of Miss Marple, with innocent, unintentional humorous antics added. I absolutely adore her!

Picture Miss Seeton is the first in the 22-book series. The book was originally published in 1968 by Heron Carvic, who wrote the first 5 Miss See
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Trish
A fun, quirky mystery. It did take a while for me to get used to the writing style, which was rather stream-of-consciousness, but I liked the characters. However, given the situations she found herself in, and her solutions to them, I just couldn't decide if Miss Seeton was really smart, or a female Mr Bean.
Damaskcat
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Miss Seeton, almost retired art teacher, leaves a performance of Carmen at Covent Garden only to witness a stabbing. Not realising what she is seeing, she prods the murderer in the back with her umbrella. After knocking her to the ground, the murderer escapes but Miss Seeton is able to draw a picture of the man she saw for a fleeting second so the police know who they're looking for. Superintendent Alan Delphick (The Oracle) is intrigued and impressed by her ability but fears she is in danger.

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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Picture Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic was originally published in 1968 and is a totally delightful and funny read. Careful Miss Marple, you have some competition in a retired art teacher, armed with only her trusted brolly and her drawings.

Miss Seeton is slightly psychic, though she doesn't realize it. Her drawings are much more than an eye-witnessed account - they are her impressions of the situation, sometimes of what will happen. Her adventure in this novel happens after attending the play, Ca
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Elisabeth
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, humor
I think this is the first time an automated Kindle recommendation has scored a hit for me. Picture Miss Seeton is an absolute riot. It's rather like a comedic parody of the Miss Marple type—Miss Seeton is a bit younger and more active, but much less bright spinster, whose gift seems to lie in her odd, metaphoric sketches of people which reveal things she intuitively senses about them. That, and a knack for getting into the wildest of scrapes without realizing she's done anything unusual.

It all b
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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
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Rosemary
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVED IT. So, Miss Seeton--the proper, aging amateur lady detective at the heart of this series--is kind of a mashup of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (whom I loathe) and Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver (whom I adore), with an extra dose of satire thrown in. While this mystery has that "Golden Age," village-cozy vibe, the fact that it was originally written in the 1960s allows it to be edgier than either of those series: the crimes in _Picture Miss Seeton_ all revolve around a drug ring, and the ...more
Andrea
I wasn't certain I'd enjoy this starting out - Miss Seeton's opening was very scatty, and the narrative leapt from person to person at an almost frantic pace. Eventually though, it settled down and became mildly humorous - a nice light read.
Betty
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
What a treat to meet my old friend Miss Seeton. I enjoy my visits with her and all the antics that happen. There is much laughter and many smiles as Miss Seeton managed to aid the police with her drawing ability. She carries her umbrella with her. Leaving the opera house Miss Seeton interrupts a murder and is able to draw a picture of the villain for Scotland Yard. This begins her adventure as she heads toward the small town where she has inherited a house. There are several attempts to kill her ...more
Susan
Aug 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book as it is beginning of a series but I just couldn't get into it. The main character is a younger Miss Marple type who witnesses a murder. The catch is she is an Art teacher able to replicate the killers face through her drawing. She moves to an late elderly relatives home in the country and meets a series of quirky characters. It should be good but the writing just doesn't do it for me, it seems bitty and confused at times. The characters are annoying and the sce ...more
Kathy Davie
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy, funny
First in the Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton too-funny mystery series sharing adventures between London and a village in Kent.

This ARC was sent to me by NetGalley and Farrago for an honest review.

My Take
If you like the homey qualities of Agatha Christie, you will very much enjoy Carvic's Miss Seeton! She's a no-nonsense, logical lady who firmly believes in manners. Much to some bad boys' chagrin! She's also naive in believing that everyone will behave the same way, which turns Picture Miss Seeton int
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Kathy Davie
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who adores a cozy mystery and Agatha Christie's Miss Marple
Shelves: homey, history, mystery
First read in 2011 and again 29 April 2016.

First in the Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton too-funny mystery series sharing adventures between London and a village in Kent.

This ARC was sent to me by NetGalley and Farrago for an honest review.

My Take
If you like the homey qualities of Agatha Christie, you will very much enjoy Carvic's Miss Seeton! She's a no-nonsense, logical lady who firmly believes in manners. Much to some bad boys' chagrin! She's also naive in believing that everyone will behave the sa
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Richard
The first book of an apparently fairly long series, this mystery was first published in 1968. It stands up well today, having attained only a slight retro patina. Miss Seeton, a retired teacher of art/drawing, is an amusing character who moves blithely through life (usually with her umbrella handy) while everything sort of erupts into chaos around her. In this story, she witnesses a murder practically on page one while returning from the opera. That's in London. She soon goes to visit a cottage ...more
AudioBookReviewer
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My original Picture Miss Seeton audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

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 helpf
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Julia
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Steeped in all things mystery since early adolescence, I can't believe I have never read a Miss Seeton book (that I can recall) until now! This book is a prime example of what I consider the classic British mystery, with the added whimsy of Miss Seeton herself innocently stumbling into and out of chaos. Miss Seetong must have a seriously overworked guardian angel...

Miss Seeton has treated herself to a seat at the opera before going on holiday in the country. Walking home from the performance of
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C-shaw
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to my Goodreads friend Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) for recommending the Miss Seeton books. This free e-book download is the first of the series which has at least 22 books, some written by a second author after original Heron Carvic died.
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I LOVE Miss Seeton! Such a delightful story with good characters. I can't wait to read more and to see how the story changed with two writers who took over the series after Mr. Carvic's tragic death. This is a good, sweet cozy with charming
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Kam
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was quite looking forward to this series and new author so bought the first 3 books. I really liked the characters and the story but just didn't enjoy the read because of the disjointed writing style. For me, the writing style detracted from the flow of the story.
zjakkelien
I thought the language was a bit confusing at times, and the story was thin, but the main character was charming and entertaining.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This book was originally Published in 1968 and has just been reissued. If you want a light, cozy mystery with a touch of parody, you should enjoy this book. The story takes place in a small village that is relatively self-sufficient, but only has about 500 inhabitants. The villagers are enjoyable for the most part but very different. You have the vicar who has lost his belief but is too lazy to change careers, and his sister, Sir George, his wife and son Nigel as well as many others. They are al ...more
Nancy
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, netgalley
Miss Seeton is a tonic for whatever may be bothering you. I'm embarking on a major project; awaiting approvals; hitting roadblocks; and just want to escape from it all. Voila! Miss Seeton arrived and transported me to another time, another place, and someone else's challenges. It was wonderful!

I have been a fan of "cozy" mysteries for years. I don't expect depth. I don't expect great literature. I do expect characters that will engage me and situations that will entertain me. Picture Miss Seaton
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Ian
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy, netgalley-arc
Meet retired art teacher Miss Emily D. Seeton, a gentle parody of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple.

If you can follow the conversations of Miss Marple, you will love Miss Seeton!

Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton books are a joy to read from start to finish. As Miss Seeton wrecks havoc in the Kent countryside.

I'm glad to see these classic mysteries back in circulation once more. I love them.

Further adventures of Miss Emily D. Seeton.

Book #2 - Miss Seeton Draws the Line. - May 2016

Book #3 - Witch Miss Seeto
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Almeta
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Georgiann Hennelly
I received a free copy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Miss Seeton is an aging amateur Lady Detective, this story was originally written in the 1960's Which gives it a certain flare. Miss Seeton is a logical no nonsense lady she firmly believes in manners. She is also naive in some ways.. The villagers all see her logical approach to life as eccentric. One of her more logical moves is to take up yoga. Superintendent Delphrick is quick to use Miss Seeton's naivete to his advantag
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Beth
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Picture Miss Seeton by Heron Cavoric, Miss Emily Seeton is a loveably elderly amateur detective in the style of Miss Marple. After leaving a performance of Carmen she unwittingly witnesses the murder of a young prostitute. What follows is a wonderfully funny investigation by Scotland Yard , Miss Seeton and the entire village of Plummergen., England. In a mix of attempted murder, murder, gossip, drugs, more gossip and busybodies, you have a wonderful story full of laughs and twists. This book ...more
Cori
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an enjoyable story. I just love a good mystery! The main character of this series, Miss Seeton, reminds me of one of my favorite mystery/crime fighting females, Agatha Raisin, by M.C. Beaton. This is an easy, fun read. Something any old fashioned mystery enthusiast would love. I can’t wait to get started on the next title, Miss Seeton Draws the Line.
Susan
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The writer has to decide if Miss Seeton is a doddering old fool or a sharp, smart woman. He can't have it both ways as he seems wont to do here. Miss Seeton might have appeal, but it is not evident in this story.
Patty
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Picture Miss Seton
By
Heron Carvic




What it's all about...

So...this is the very first Miss Seeton book written by the original author. I just finished the last Miss Seeton book but now that I have read the first one...the town, the characters and all of the circumstances are so much more clear. Miss Seeton is an art teacher who seems to get herself in and out of precarious situations armed with only her brolly/umbrella. In this first book she is coming out of the theatre and walks by a man fighting
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Bethany
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, mystery
I bought this book last year entirely because Phyllida Nash did the narration, and I love her Georgette Heyer books. So happy I did, because this was really enjoyable!

Miss Seeton is a retired(ish) art teacher who inherits a cottage in an English countryside. She is also just a tad psychic through her art which was a nice twist! She witnesses a murder, hits a villain with her umbrella and becomes embroiled in a drug ring and embezzlement scheme. She is a wonderful character! Full of spunk and ki
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Naomi
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series was conceived by the author as a lighthearted spoof of the popular elderly British spinster detective mysteries. In Carvic's vision of Miss Seeton, she was everyone's somewhat "barmy" aunt. Retired art teacher Miss Seeton is very much the stumbler, the bumbler, the "accident waiting to happen" wrapped up in innocence and an unwavering belief that nothing unladylike ever happens to ladies. Therefore she fails to see the significance of the events happening to and because of her. When ...more
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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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