Murder in little Sheldon #25


I was kindly sent a copy of 'Murder in little Sheldon' to review from A.H. Richardson.

summary provided by publisher:

The first book in the series, Murder in Little Shendon, takes place in a quaint little village in England. 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 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 his housekeeper to Lady Armstrong and her household staff. 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. Who is the murderer? And why was this strange uncivil man dispatched in such a seemingly civil community?

A murder mystery that will keep you reading until you learn the details, uncovered by Police Inspector Stanley Burgess and his two amateur detectives, Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford Brandon. The three sift methodically through the Alibis and life stories of the suspects until they uncover…

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.

my short review *may contain spoilers*

I love a mystery novel and love the feel to the story of the village, the author takes the time to describe the characters and their surroundings which made me connect with the book and characters wonderfully. This is not for those, who are looking for a fast-paced thriller but for those, who enjoy a classic murder mystery. It was an exciting read for me where the author takes the reader along on the investigation. She takes you through each stage of the investigation so you're always aware exactly on what is happening. The three main men investigating the case are each in their own strong characters – Police Inspector Burgess, his friend Sir Hazlitt and the actor Beresford (‘Berrie’) Brandon.

There were many references to Agatha Christie, the book is filled with references and as a huge Agatha Christie fan this was heartwarming to read.

 Victor Hazlitt and Berrie Brandon were a great duo and although they were 'amateurs' they were the best characters in my opinion, i enjoyed their friendship. 

This is a book that I would recommend to readers who like a more  cosy mystery read.  A really enjoyable read. This is my first time reading anything by this author and I will be looking at reading more by her in the future.

Thanks to kelsey and A.H. Richardson for sending me this book!

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Love, Beth 

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