When a house is full of mysteries, will the truth come out?

Synopsis

I saw something out of the corner of my eye as I was leaving, and you know what that means. It’s never good news when I see something out of the corner of my eye…

With enough rooms to fill a Cluedo board several times over, Montague House has often been the subject of rumour and gossip. Tales of strange goings on, an owner who disappeared one day and was never seen again, not to mention the treasure that rumour has it lies at its heart… But now the present owner has died and the house is to be sold. Has the opportunity come to finally settle the stories once and for all?

Clodagh Wynter doesn’t believe in ghostly goings on and tall tales of secrets. She has her feet very firmly on the ground and, tasked with the job of valuing and cataloguing the house and all its contents, she’s simply looking forward to working in such a glorious setting. And if she happens across a priceless painting, well, that’s just icing on the cake.

Andie Summer is a self-styled Finder of Things (dead bodies mostly), and looking for hidden treasure sounds right up her street, even if there was something very fishy about the mysterious Mr Mayfair who hired her. Because it’s just like she said to her faithful basset hound, Hamish; I saw something out of the corner of my eye as I was leaving, and you know what that means. It’s never good news when I see something out of the corner of my eye…

As the unlikely pair are thrown together, it soon becomes very clear that they are not the only ones searching for the treasure. And they’re going to need all their ingenuity and resourcefulness if they’re ever going to untangle the web of secrets that surrounds Montague House. One that reaches even further than they ever thought possible…

From the #1 International bestselling author comes a new series of cosy murder mysteries introducing the indomitable Andie Summer and Clodagh Wynter, and of course Hamish, everyone’s favourite basset hound. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Clare Chase and Anthony Horowitz.

My review

When the owner of the mysterious Montague House dies, Clodagh Winter is hired to make catalogue and value the house and its content. She is curious to see if she will be able to find a hidden treasure, like a priceless painting.
Yet she is surprised that she isn’t the only one working in Montague House. Also Andie Summer has been hired because she is a Finder of Things. Together with her loyal yet a bit lazy basset hound Hamish, she is adamant to find the real treasure everyone talks about.

What seemed as an easy job, quickly becomes a real mystery, because they are not the only ones looking for the secrets that Montague House keeps…

Initially, I thought I would have a hard time in keeping my attention to the story. Not because I thought I wouldn’t like it, but because there are some moments concerning supernatural aspects that I don’t truly believe in.
Especially when it appears that Andie has the ability to see something out of the corner of her eye and that never means good news.
But luckily I didn’t find that aspect a disturbing addition to the story. Of course I still am sceptical but it made perfectly sense in this story!

Clodagh and Andie are very different people and each having their own opinions over certain things. Yet despite their differences, it is clear that these two women will quickly become friends.
Clodagh is a more strict person, while Andie can be seen as more open – minded. But the more time they spend together, the more they learn from each other and see the advantages of being a more like the other one.

The mystery surely kept my attention, because I had no clue what would happen next and what was actually really going on. I have to admit, I totally understood why Clodagh and Andie would freak out at some events, because I had the same reaction!
Together with the main characters, I tried to solve the mystery, but I wasn’t that successful to have it figured out before our lovelies did…

I found this a very entertaining but also a very intriguing story. I loved the interaction between Clodagh and Andie and adored Hamish. Him being in the story made this cosy mystery even cosier!
The treasure hunt kept me guessing, and the revelation that not everything is what it seems, came like a total surprise!

I cannot wait to read more adventures of this odd yet funny and completing couple of newly made friends!

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