I received the following comment about the Miss Seeton cozy mysteries… Shermeen wrote:
"Why were there 3 different authors? Also Hampton Charles’ books were decidedly different than the other 2 authors, I can find no information about him. Thanks, I have read most of the books, and wish there were more."
In answer to the comment:
Heron Carvic wrote the first five Miss Seeton novels between 1968 and 1975. I couldn’t find any information about why he stopped writing the books before his death in 1980.
It was at that time that Roy Peter Martin (using the pseudonym of "Hampton Charles") took over the series, and penned three more of the Miss Seeton novels, which interestingly enough, were all published the same year (1990.) Roy Peter Martin also uses the pseudonym "James Melville" when writing his Superintendent Tetsuo Otani series set in Japan.
Sarah J. Mason (using the pen name "Hamilton Crane") took over the series, writing fourteen more Miss Seeton novels… more than the two previous authors put together. She uses her own name when writing her British Detective Superintendent Trewley & Sergeant Stone series.
I noticed that Sarah J. Mason is putting out novels in her other series, so I wonder if she has decided that it is time for Miss Emily D. Seeton to finally do what she had decided to do in the very first novel… retire!