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The author of this cozy whodunit is Angela Richardson, who writes under the name A.H. Richardson. Before relocating to Tennessee, she was born in London and is the daughter of Britain’s famous composer and pianist, Clive Richardson. Like many writers, her life has been filled with a spectrum of pursuits, such as painting, sculpting, acting, learning four languages, recording voice overs, and even Dressage. (I had to look that last one up, since I know next to nothing about the art of horse training for exhibition.) Richardson has been a reader all her life and has published more than half a dozen novels.
This novel is about solving the murder of Mr. Fynche, a local shopkeeper but also an enigmatic man once connected to MI5 and whose personality is abrasive enough to make him the least-liked person in town. Inspector Stanley Burgess investigates the crime along with his friend and former MI5 agent himself Sir Victor Hazlitt and his friend Beresford “Berry” Brandon. Berry is a charming man who thinks of himself first as an amateur detective. His day job is as a Shakespearean actor.
No book is perfect, so let me give you the cons first.
I am, at best, a casual reader of mysteries, so take this with a grain of salt.
There is really only one issue I had with the book. Early on, the story was difficult to get into. Everyone in town was a suspect, and so the three investigators (primarily Berry and Sir Hazlitt) interviewed every person on the list. After a while, it felt like the same scene over and over. I wanted to trade some of the talking heads for action. This sensation eventually flipped, though, and I started turned pages eagerly until the end of the book.
Let’s start with the cover, which I love. It is just a blood splatter on black, but its simplicity makes it eye-catching. It was done by illustrator Jeff Preston.
Richardson handles the technical side of writing well. The author was invisible throughout the story, as a writer should be. As Stephen King said, “It is the tale, not he who tells it.” Her dialogue is also authentic. In fact, it is one of the best things about the book. I could easily hear the character’s accents and rhythms of speech. This is primarily how Richardson differentiated the characters, instead of relying on physical features. Characters are difficult to bring to life on the printed page, but dialog is one of the best ways. She took full advantage of it.
Best of all, I did not figure out who the murder was beforehand.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
Sure. It is a quick read and harkens back to the traditional mystery tale. Plus, it is not just another detective mystery trying to take a new angle on Sherlock Holmes.
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.
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