A Question of Inheritance Book Review

A Question of Inheritance Book Review
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Title: A Question of Inheritance
Author: Elizabeth Edmondson
Published: 2015, Thomas & Mercer
No. of Pages: 288
Cover Price: $5.99 Kindle



The second installment in the “A Very English Mystery” series, A Question of Inheritance continues the story from the first book which left readers believing that Lord Selchester’s heir, his daughter, Sonia, was to inherit the castle as well as his lands, and money. However, the story begins with the announcement that a new Lord Selchester is coming from America with his family, and Sonia is no longer the sole heir. Sonia, who is disagreeable and selfish anyway, is furious at Freya and Hugo for looking into the matter and finding the new heir.

Sonia invites herself to Christmas dinner, much to the discomfort of those living in the Castle, and brings two men with her to look at some paintings that she claims were given to her by her father (but conveniently weren’t on the inventory list); one of the men is a politician and the other is an expert in art. The art expert is found murdered, and most of the characters believe that he was murdered by mistake, and that the new Lord Selchester was the target.

Like the previous novel, the characters are charming, the writing is very English, and the story is delightful. However, in this book there are numerous errors, which, hopefully will be cleared up in a new edition; it seems the author was in a hurry to get this one published and was probably not as careful as she was with the first. At first, the story is a bit confusing, because of the gap in the heir issue, but as the story goes on, the facts become clearer. Even though the errors are a bit irritating, this book goes fast, and is hard to put down. By now, readers will be fans of Freya, Hugo, and Georgia, and will keep reading to fill in the gaps of the story. The favorite characters are in some danger during the course of the novel, and there is a substantial amount of suspense. The politician, who, Sonia claims is her fiancé, is typical of politicians now and in the past; he certainly has no problem with dishonesty and deceit, especially where Sonia’s paintings are concerned.

All told, the author should have been more careful with the editing before publishing, but since many of us are already fans, it is nice to be able to read more of the story sooner. Fans of the English culture will enjoy this book, and most readers will appreciate the humor, the research that went into making sure things were true to the time period, the lack of graphic violence, language, or sex, and what will be considered by most to be good writing and a fun story.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this novel.

This book may be purchased at Amazon:
A Question of Inheritance (A Very English Mystery Book 2), Kindle






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