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Oh, those British mysteries! How I love them! From Agatha Christie to Ian Rankin (OK, he’s Scottish, and I go for the Irish stories too), the Inspectors, DCIs, and detectives, pros and aficionados, have always entertained me (so much so that my new book is an homage to Christie). This one’s a who-done-it a la Christie, mostly taking part in a rural village where everybody knows everybody, and everybody seems to be a suspect!
The cast of characters—it takes a village—features Inspector Stanley Burgess, the local constable, Sir Victor Hazlitt, nephew (really cousin) of Lady Armstrong, the richest woman in the village, and almost-famous actor Beresford Brandon. The latter two men go to Little Shendon to help Burgess find the murderer of the hated Mr. Fynche who seems to have had everyone in the village mad at him for one thing or the other and not regretting his demise.
There are twists and turns and an entire collection of English characters who are delightful in their eccentricities. Who did the dirty deed? The dirty deed seems associated with other ones. What connects them all? I’ll not go into details to avoid spoilers. Suffice to say that I had two candidates among the many but wasn’t sure until the end—I was right with one, but I suppose as an author I have an unfair advantage.
This author shows her British roots even though she now lives in Tennessee. Like many of us, she had a very interesting life before she became an author and before she came to the U.S., presumably most of that interesting life in Britain. I found this to be an entertaining mystery with all the key ingredients—good plot, characterization, description, dialogue, and a wee bit of dry British humor that follows the Goldilocks Principle. I read the print version for this review, but there’s also a reasonably priced e-book version. Definitely worth a summer read if you’re a fan of this genre.
The only negative for me were the residual editing errors, particularly those associated with quotation marks. Those can be a bit confusing at times, so readers will have to get past them—it’s easy enough to do if you’re an avid reader. Perhaps my eagle-like editing eye did me no favors! If you get past them, you’re bound to have an enjoyable read.
Mr. Bartholomew Fynche is murdered in his shop by a blow from a candlestick.
Inspector Stanley Burgess catches the case and is accompanied by Constable Hobbs to investigate the scene and set up the search for the killer. Constable Hobbs is a detective-in-training. He is very observant and astute.
Inspector Burgess first contacts his boss Superintendent Derek Jonathan Milner of Scotland Yard who in turn calls his friend Sir Victor Hazlitt, who then contacts another friend Beresford “Berry” Brandon who is an actor and amateur detective. Sir Victor was acquainted with Bartholomew Fynche when they were together in MI5. Fynche was a codebreaker.
Sir Victor and Berry travel to Little Shendon to assist in the investigation. Inspector Burgess is glad to have the help of these two gentlemen.
They split up the list of many, many suspects. Mr. Fynche was a decidedly unpleasant man. After interviewing, they join up together and discuss the case. They happen upon a lucky find and it breaks the case wide open. While the murder was not so much of a surprise, the circumstance of their being in Little Shendon and the motive for the crime was a revelation.
This book is well written and plotted. The chapters are short which tends to move the story along more quickly. The characters are interesting and likeable. Oddly, this is my first A.H. Richardson novel, but it won’t be my last. I truly enjoy her writing. This book puts me in mind of an episode of “Midsomer Murders,” a British television series now in its twentieth year.
I want to thank Kelsey Butts of CreateSpace for forwarding to me a copy of this wonderful book to read.
Everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE, in this town is interviewed. This is a classic British Whodunit. As each person is interviewed it becomes evident that there are those keeping secrets, those with secret relationships and those who may or may not be involved. Then to make matters worse, or more interesting, there is another murder. People in the village are on edge and and begin to look at each other as possible suspects. There are a few twists and turns. The book culminates into the big REVEAL at the end. Everyone is gathered at the end for the big public reveal. Drama ensues and the investigators get their answers.
I struggled initially with this book. I LOVE mysteries but had a very hard time getting into this book. I also found that for me there were too many characters. Around the half way mark, I started enjoying this book more and I will say that the reveal at the end was done very nicely. Kudos for that! For some reason, I feel that this book would work very nicely as a play. I can see this being performed and acted out on stage.
I received a copy of this book from Book publicity services and the Author in exchange for an honest review.
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