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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.
Turns out there are nearly as many reasons as their are residents of Little Shendon. Was there anyone who liked the man? Police Inspector Burgess knows he will need some help with this one, so he calls on his friend, Victor Hazlitt, to come and assist. Mr. Hazlitt brings along friend, Beresford Brandon, who happens to be an actor.
How the three of them go about finding a killer is the mystery you will have fun following. Where do they begin when everyone is a suspect? It seems as difficult to remove anyone from the suspect list as it is to discover the reason for the murder.
It’s a quick and entertaining read, with likable characters, and a sweet English village setting. Give it a try, you will enjoy this one.
I was provided this book by the publisher, author or agent for review on my site, Mystery Suspense Reviews. You can find the complete review there.
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