** I received a copy of this book from the author **
Author : A.H. Richardson
Title : Murder in Little Shendon
Pages : 256
Publisher : n/a
Publication date : August 28, 2015
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.
Set in a quaint English village shortly after World War II, Murder in Little Shendon is a classic British whodunnit.
The story starts with the murder of the local antiques dealer, Mr Fynche, by all accounts a character universally disliked by the village residents. Is that what got him killed or is the motive linked to rumours of his involvement with MI5 during the war?
Inspector Burgess calls in the help of his friend Sir Hazlitt. Together with the actor they will endeavour to find out the truth. Having an actor involved in the investigation seems a little odd, but his charm may just convince people to share information with him that they might not as easily share with the police.
There are a lot of characters to get acquainted with, maybe even a few too many. They’re all eccentric in their own little ways. Some have secrets but even those who don’t, find themselves on the suspect list. And they all, and I do mean all, will be interviewed.
I found some of the story a little repetitive at times. Conversations that were relayed to different people, yet sounded quite the same. But there was also the repetition of words like “rather” in three subsequent sentences and that sort of thing just annoys me.
However, Murder in Little Shendon is a well-written cosy mystery with intriguing characters. It’s an entertaining story but for me, it just needed that little something extra to keep me hooked.
Many thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book, which I chose to review honestly!
Murder in Little Shendon is available now.