Hello, my friends! It’s the middle of August and it is so hot here! I hope you are all having a great time somewhere cooling off even if that means splashing with water in your backyard. And what is the best way to relax on these hot summer days? A good book, of course. An easy summer read to chill out. And what is the best summer read in crime fiction? A cozy mystery! This time I am reviewing Murder in Little Shendon by A.H.Richardson, a cozy mystery that will relax you but still make your grey cell work. Enjoy!
Imagine a quiet little village with a quiet little antique shop. Everything is so ordinary, so familiar, so predictable. Everybody knows everybody. And suddenly, a very loud scream changes everything! A woman finds a dead body! The owner of the antique shop is found dead! Murdered! And suddenly, everyone is a suspect. Everyone! Police Inspector Stanley Burgess works on the case along with his two amateur detectives, his friend Sir Victor Hazlitt and the famous Shakespearean actor Beresford Brandon.
It seems that the owner of the antique shop wasn’t the most favourite person in the village. It seems that everyone has some kind of motive to kill him. But also it seems that everyone has an alibi. And sometimes the most obvious things are right in front of our eyes, but we don’t see them. While the police Inspector and his two assistants are trying to solve the puzzle, another murder happens! In a village where nothing ever happens, there are two murders one after another.
Who dunnit ????
In a story full of different and interesting characters, it’s hard to find the real culprit until reaching the last page. While the main detective is not interesting at all, the people in the village are very interesting characters. The former actor who helps the detective has more success in interviewing people and gathering the pieces of the puzzle than the police inspector himself. I’ve found the story easy to follow. Total opposite from the serial killers I usually read about. There are many characters, but that just makes the story more interesting. I read it while I was on vacation, it seemed like a perfect beach read. And I wasn’t wrong. I enjoyed reading the story, it was a perfect entertainment while sunbathing on the beach. If you are a fan of Midsomer Murders like I am, this is a perfect read for you.
About the Author:
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, a children’s chapter book, 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.
A.H. Richardson also enjoys writing murder mysteries and who-dun-its. She is the author of the Hazlitt/Brandon series of murder mystery novels. The series follows a pair of clever, colorful and charismatic sleuths – Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford Brandon. The series includes Murder in Little Shendon, Act One, Scene One – Murder, and Murder at Serenity Farm.
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.
To learn more, go to https://ahrichardson.com/
The Hazlitt/Brandon Series of Murder Mystery Novels by A. H. Richardson
The Hazlitt/Brandon series of murder mystery novels follows a pair of clever, colourful and charismatic sleuths – Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford Brandon – as they scratch their heads searching for clues to figure out whodunit.
The first book in the series, Murder in Little Shendon, is a thriller murder mystery which takes place in a quaint little village in England after World War Two.
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 neighbours watch neighbours 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.