Today I am sharing a good old fashioned style murder mystery. “Murder In Little Shendon” by A.H.Richardson was brought to my attention by Kelsey at Book Publicity Services. It is available in paperback and eBook format. It can be purchased via Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Picture, if you will, a picturesque village called Little Shendon, suddenly caught up in dealing with a murder of one of its citizens — not a particularly well-liked one at that. Which makes it all the more intriguing because the list of suspects becomes very long. This tantalizing tale unfolds with delightful twists and turns to find out whodunit to Mr. Bartholomew Fynche, the murdered shopkeeper.
Fear grips the community as the investigation slowly progresses. Everyone is interviewed; everyone is suspect! From the murdered man’s housekeeper to Lady Armstrong, her staff and her nephew. Or could it be the shy librarian new in town? Or the defiant retired army major and his ladyfriend, the post mistress? Or perhaps the weird sisters who live on the edge of town? Then there is the couple who own the local inn and pub, along with the two Americans who are staying there? Even the vicar and his wife fall under the gloom of suspicion.
Uncertainty, wariness, and terror reign as neighbors watch neighbors to discover the evil that permeates their upturned lives. No one feels safe in this charming little village.
A.H. Richardson, noted author, places in your trembling hands a mystery murder that will keep you reading until you learn the details, uncovered by Police Inspector Stanley Burgess and his two amateur detectives, his friend Sir Victor Hazlitt and the famed Shakespearean actor Beresford Brandon. Scratch your head with them over the strange clues that turn up. Follow them as they tread carefully among the landmines that appear innocent as they lie hidden beneath the surface of mystery.
Something evil skulks in this tiny country village. Who is the murderer? And why was this strange uncivil man dispatched in such a seemingly civil community? You are challenged to discover the culprit before the last few pages. And no fair looking ahead — it’s the journey that proves the most enticing.
As the village residents of Little Shendon are coming to terms with the death of Bartholomew Fynche, a local antique shop owner and man of mystery. It becomes the task of local detective Inspector Burgess investigate. He calls on Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford “Berry” Brandon to give assistance.
This is a cosy murder mystery with a classic “whodunit”sleuthing feel to it, similar in style to Agatha Christie novels with several similarities in choice of names for some of the characters. Set in a quintessential English Village with a large cast of characters, the reader is taken through the interviews, through the thoughts and deductions of the case. In this classic style the culprit is uncovered and all the why’s and wherefores are explained as we are taken around all those who may have a link to the victim. All being brought together in the Grand Unveiling at a public meeting.
The plot sticks with the tried and tested way of following the sleuths on their journey around the village as they pick up titbits of information to track down the culprit. There are some nice twists and a few red herrings along the way. As for the cast, well there are a lot of them, but I did manage to keep up with them all. The victim is quite an odious man and not a popular face, so he is one of those that you feel got his fictional comeuppance.
This is a book that I would recommend to readers who like a more classic sleuthing and deductive style cosy mystery read. A really enjoyable read, some interesting and memorable characters, quite a few of them I would like to have known more about. This is my first time reading anything by this author and I will be looking at reading more by her in the future. My thanks to Kelsey at Book Publicity Services for sending me a copy of this book. My thoughts expressed here are my own and unbiased.
About the Author:
A. H. Richardson was born in London England and is the daughter of famous pianist and composer Clive Richardson. She studied drama and acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was an actress, a musician, a painter and sculptor, and now an Author.
She published her debut novel Jorie and the Magic Stones in December 2014. At the request of those who loved the first ‘Jorie’ story, Richardson has written a sequel titled Jorie and the Gold Key, and she is currently working on the third book in the series.
In addition to children’s books, she also enjoys writing murder mysteries. She is the author of Murder in Little Shendon, a thriller murder mystery which takes place in a quaint little village in England after World War Two, and introduces two sleuths, Sir Victor Hazlitt and his sidekick, Beresford Brandon, a noted Shakespearian actor. And she has more ‘who-dun-its’ with this clever and interesting duo… Act One, Scene One – Murder and Murder at Serenity Farm.
A. H. Richardson lives happily in East Tennessee, her adopted state, and has three sons, three grandchildren, and two pugs. She speaks four languages and loves to do voiceovers. She plans on writing many more books and hopes to delight her readers further with her British twist, which all her books have.
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