March’s Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Cara Miller – The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder

I got to meet Cara in real life!!!! Yes I am afraid I did ask her to sign my book!!!

When I discovered that CL Miller lived in Suffolk I was a little (a lot) cockahoop. A real life author living round the corner from me (I didn’t actually know which part of Suffolk but let’s not geographise). I then discovered (where a crime novel is concerned there is always a voyage of discovery so a double discovery is very on point) that Cara knew Mrs Harris of Harris and Harris books in Clare, Suffolk, so I forced Cara to meet me at Harris and Harris at midnight or the secret is out…sorry…for a cup of coffee and a chat in the sleepy Suffolk village where anything coul…we had the most wonderful morning playing bookshops.

Only Cara qualifies for new and noteworthy but Mrs Harris and I were all to ready to jump in and be counted

I haven’t laughed so much in ages and this is part of Cara’s charm that comes across in the book, yes it is a wonderful Agatha Christie style village mystery but it is also funny, Cara is really really clever but lovely and kind and generous and really creative and this all comes across in this brilliant mystery crime romp. I absolutely loved this book and absolutely love my new best friend (sorry Sarah Raven). If you live in Suffolk, pop down to Harris and Harris in Clare, have a ruddy lovely chat with Mrs H – she may even offer you a snifter – and buy this utterly brilliant debut novel.

A truly old school bookshop with the unbelievably knowledgeable and gorgeous haired Mrs Harris at Harris and Harris bookshop
The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder

Over to my bookish partner in crime Rebecca Fletcher for a slightly more detailed description of this fabulous book:

Rebecca Fletcher @margotgoodlife

We’ve another mystery for you to solve, lovely AYSC fans.  Hot on the heels of February’s Are You Sitting Comfortably with the lovely Jennie Godfrey (Sunday Times bestselling author of The List of Suspicious Things) is our March book pick and let’s just say it couldn’t be more perfect for us.  Enter stage right, a fabulous debut novel from C L Miller, The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder.

 

Antiques and a murder mystery, I hear you cry…. I told you it couldn’t be more fitting for an episode of Are You Sitting Comfortably.  Buckle up for a little detective fiction that’s pacy and attention grabbing.  It’s a plot that will have you thinking you’ve been dropped into an Indiana Jones style adventure, crossed with Miss Marple and the Sunday night telly classic, The Antiques Roadshow.  Rebecca and I simply LOVED it.  Believe me, you’re about to fall in love with Auntie Carole.  Now the question you must ask yourself is…what antique would you kill for?

 

Freya, it’s down to you to finish what I started . . .

 

Freya Lockwood has avoided the quaint English village in which she grew up for the last 20 years. That is until news arrives that Arthur Crockleford, antiques dealer and Freya’s estranged mentor, has died . . . and the circumstances seem suspicious.

 

You will uncover an invitation, I implore you to attend . . .

 

But when a letter from Arthur is delivered, sent just days before his death, and an ordinary pine chest concealing Arthur’s journals are revealed, Freya finds herself sucked back into a life she’d sworn to leave behind.

 

But beware, trust no-one. Your life depends on it . . .

 

Joining forces with her eccentric Aunt Carole, Arthur’s staunch best friend, Freya follows both clues and her instincts to an old manor house for an ‘antiques enthusiasts weekend’. But not is all as it seems; the antiques are bad reproductions and the guests all have something to hide.

 

Can Freya and Carole solve the mystery and unearth the killer before they strike again?

 

Join us on Monday 11th March at 7pm when we’ll be chatting to author Cara Miller about how the story of The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder came into being, what it was like starting out in publishing as an editorial assistant for her mother, international antiques expert Judith Miller, and how she decided to follow her long-held dream of becoming an author in her own right.  

Thinking of buying a copy of the book?  Don’t forget you can purchase through Bookshop.org where you can find copies of all the books Rebecca and I have been chatting about on Are You Sitting Comfortably.  Here’s the link

The books were flying off the desk as regulars popped in and overheard our chat and snaffled a copy for themselves (and their wives: “if a lady comes in with a yoga mat don’t sell her a copy”…..the lovely chap was buying it for her Mother’s Day present but knew that his wife would pop in after yoga and buy herself a copy!)

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