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December 1953Hugo Hawksworth is on the tail of rogue Cold War agents at a top-secret government facility, while back home at Selchester Castle they’re awaiting the arrival of the new Earl—an American, the long-lost son of the murdered Lord Selchester.The town of Selchester, rich in scandal and gossip, is unsure what to make of the Earl or his teenage daughters, but they kn December 1953Hugo Hawksworth is on the tail of rogue Cold War agents at a top-secret government facility, while back home at Selchester Castle they’re awaiting the arrival of the new Earl—an American, the long-lost son of the murdered Lord Selchester.The town of Selchester, rich in scandal and gossip, is unsure what to make of the Earl or his teenage daughters, but they know that his sharp-tongued half-sister, Lady Sonia, furious at being deprived of her inheritance, won’t be a merry guest over Christmas.The new Lord Selchester can cope with the strangeness of English country life, but he hadn’t expected stolen paintings—or a body in the hothouse.What’s the link between Hugo’s investigations and the suspicious goings-on in the town and at the Castle? And will he and his allies get to the heart of the mystery before the murderer gets to them? Revised edition: This edition of A Question of Inheritance includes editorial revisions.


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December 1953Hugo Hawksworth is on the tail of rogue Cold War agents at a top-secret government facility, while back home at Selchester Castle they’re awaiting the arrival of the new Earl—an American, the long-lost son of the murdered Lord Selchester.The town of Selchester, rich in scandal and gossip, is unsure what to make of the Earl or his teenage daughters, but they kn December 1953Hugo Hawksworth is on the tail of rogue Cold War agents at a top-secret government facility, while back home at Selchester Castle they’re awaiting the arrival of the new Earl—an American, the long-lost son of the murdered Lord Selchester.The town of Selchester, rich in scandal and gossip, is unsure what to make of the Earl or his teenage daughters, but they know that his sharp-tongued half-sister, Lady Sonia, furious at being deprived of her inheritance, won’t be a merry guest over Christmas.The new Lord Selchester can cope with the strangeness of English country life, but he hadn’t expected stolen paintings—or a body in the hothouse.What’s the link between Hugo’s investigations and the suspicious goings-on in the town and at the Castle? And will he and his allies get to the heart of the mystery before the murderer gets to them? Revised edition: This edition of A Question of Inheritance includes editorial revisions.

30 review for A Question of Inheritance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ingie

    Review written January 19, 2016 3 1/2 Stars - Perfect audiobook for a girl with the flu. Another lighthearted cozy mystery set in the 50:s Book #2 A Question of Inheritance is the second part in an modern 1950:s (non romance) mystery series I started a month ago with #1-A Man of Some Repute (3.5 stars). I listened to the 8:16 hours audiobook ver well narrated by Michael Page. Looking forward to new parts in the future. ********************************************* This is books about a limping forme Review written January 19, 2016 3 1/2 Stars - Perfect audiobook for a girl with the flu. Another lighthearted cozy mystery set in the 50:s Book #2 A Question of Inheritance is the second part in an modern 1950:s (non romance) mystery series I started a month ago with #1-A Man of Some Repute (3.5 stars). I listened to the 8:16 hours audiobook ver well narrated by Michael Page. Looking forward to new parts in the future. ********************************************* This is books about a limping former spy hero Hugo Hawksworth, and his nosy and curious 13-year-old sister Georgia which are moving from London to the middle of nowhere to the, by now more or less empty old, "Selchester Castle" in 1953. Hugo is supposed to work as a statistician at "Thorn Hall" and his (motherless) sister to study in the local highschool. Their lodgings will to start be in some rooms in the old big castle. There in the castle are also Freya Wryton living. She is former (missing) Lord's free-spirited niece. We also met the lovely (but gossipy) castle cook and housekeeper Mrs Partridge. Winter 1953... A delicate mystery was solved in the first book and it was time for the next clue to solve. — There is a new Lord, an American, with two teenage daughters arriving to the castle. They aren't all that happy about that. Here should my review and my thoughts be... Excuse and sorry but I'm feverish and a bit weak... Without any inspiration or energy for proper review writing will it just be short and sweet: I truly enjoy these books by Elizabeth Edmondson and even more to listen to them read by Michael Page. This second part was as solid nice as the first part. — Not a single kiss or any romance stuff but a good underlying storyline about sweet characters, family and care. A quite clever crime plot too. Not to forget: add the fortune to get the chance to be in the English countryside in an old castle at Christmas times 1953. — Absolutely Jolly British Good!. ********************************************* I LIKE - quite predictable and simple stories too

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    This is the second book in the A Very English Mystery series. You could probably read it as a stand alone but why would you. Again set in Selchester Castle and its environs Hugo Hawksworth returns but this time there is an 18th Earl and Lady Sonia's plans to sell the castle have collapsed. It has been revealed that the 17th Earl had a secret first marriage that resulted in a son, an American son. Gus and his daughters Lady Babs (Barbara) and Lady Polly, have arrived and are trying to settle in f This is the second book in the A Very English Mystery series. You could probably read it as a stand alone but why would you. Again set in Selchester Castle and its environs Hugo Hawksworth returns but this time there is an 18th Earl and Lady Sonia's plans to sell the castle have collapsed. It has been revealed that the 17th Earl had a secret first marriage that resulted in a son, an American son. Gus and his daughters Lady Babs (Barbara) and Lady Polly, have arrived and are trying to settle in for Christmas. Their arrival means that Freya and the Hawksworths are about to be evicted and are desperate to find new lodgings in a house shy, post war England. Additionally Hawksworth is tasked with solving a crime where an English officer had been accepting rare and missing works of art in post war Berlin to denazify people and absolve them of their sins. Lady Sonia, her alleged fiance and Oliver; an art dealer, arrive at the Castle for Christmas to befriend the new Earl. She isn't exactly altruistic and is seems that the new Earl is dreadfully accident prone; or perhaps someone is trying to kill him. And for someone who has spent 7 years writing a family History; Freya is dreadfully clueless about the details, what could she be writing?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    Elizabeth Edmondson proves that her excellent debut novel, A Man of Some Repute, was no fluke with the sequel, A Question of Inheritance. Set a few months later than A Man of Some Repute, it’s now December 1953, and Hugo Hawksworth and the late earl’s niece Freya Wryton managed to track down the new heir, a widowed American academic with two teenaged daughters. Seventeen-year-old Babs and 13-year-old Polly Fitzwarin, plucked from comfortable America to a post-war England still bothered with ratio Elizabeth Edmondson proves that her excellent debut novel, A Man of Some Repute, was no fluke with the sequel, A Question of Inheritance. Set a few months later than A Man of Some Repute, it’s now December 1953, and Hugo Hawksworth and the late earl’s niece Freya Wryton managed to track down the new heir, a widowed American academic with two teenaged daughters. Seventeen-year-old Babs and 13-year-old Polly Fitzwarin, plucked from comfortable America to a post-war England still bothered with rationing and deprivation, bitterly resent living in drafty Selchester Castle. Almost as much as 13-year-old sister Georgia Hawskworth, who has been lodging at the castle with her brother, resents those she sees as intruders. But domestic upset is the least of it. The late earl’s daughter, Lady Sonia Richmond, bitterly resents the new earl, Gus Fitzwarin, for depriving her of a king’s ransom from her plans to sell Selchester Castle to a posh hotel and auction off all of the contents. At the same time, Hugo, still working in intelligence at nearby Thorn Hall, comes to suspect that someone is trying to kill the new earl. Meanwhile, Hugo is drawn back into an old case having to do with looted art treasures in the chaotic days at the close of World War II. Full of suspense and perilous scenes, A Question of Inheritance will keep you glued to your seat until you finish the very last page. Like A Man of Some Repute, which foreshadowed the mystery at the heart of A Question of Inheritance, this novel provides a clue to the mystery in the third novel in the series. Damn! Now I have to wait months — maybe a year — to find out more! In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited to be able to read and review this book before it comes out next month! I absolutely loved the first one, (A Man of Some Repute), and had actually pre-ordered/bought this one already, to be honest! This sequel does not disappoint! It's Christmas at Selchester Castle, but all is not quiet. The new Earl has arrived from the United States with his two daughters, joining Mrs. Partridge, Hugo, Freya and Georgia at the castle, alon I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited to be able to read and review this book before it comes out next month! I absolutely loved the first one, (A Man of Some Repute), and had actually pre-ordered/bought this one already, to be honest! This sequel does not disappoint! It's Christmas at Selchester Castle, but all is not quiet. The new Earl has arrived from the United States with his two daughters, joining Mrs. Partridge, Hugo, Freya and Georgia at the castle, along with other, less desirable guests for the festive season.. Drama ensues with murder, espionage and other Cold War post WWll shenanigans all on the menu! I highly recommend this second book in A Very English Mystery series, and I'm looking forward to the next one very much.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ink Drinker

    I found the prose less engaging than Edmonson's first novel in this series and even reread a significant portion of the novel due to fear I had missed pages (read on my Kindle), which I had not. The writing was really more of a screenplay than a novel and I found this unappealing. I also wondered at the protagonist: was it Freya or Hugo? The lack of definition in these characters was disappointing because they each have such potential, but neither felt fully developed. I hope these characters fi I found the prose less engaging than Edmonson's first novel in this series and even reread a significant portion of the novel due to fear I had missed pages (read on my Kindle), which I had not. The writing was really more of a screenplay than a novel and I found this unappealing. I also wondered at the protagonist: was it Freya or Hugo? The lack of definition in these characters was disappointing because they each have such potential, but neither felt fully developed. I hope these characters find another story with more depth of plot and person.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    The case of the late Lord Selchester's disappearance is solved and his dark clandestine activities discovered, but now, it's Christmas and time to welcome the new Earl, a long lost son of the late Earl, to the castle along with his two teenage daughters. In the meantime, Lady Sonia is fuming and makes her own plans to return to Selchester Castle for Christmas. Freya and the Hawksworths are divided between welcoming the new Lord Selchester and now having to consider where they'll live next. Hugo' The case of the late Lord Selchester's disappearance is solved and his dark clandestine activities discovered, but now, it's Christmas and time to welcome the new Earl, a long lost son of the late Earl, to the castle along with his two teenage daughters. In the meantime, Lady Sonia is fuming and makes her own plans to return to Selchester Castle for Christmas. Freya and the Hawksworths are divided between welcoming the new Lord Selchester and now having to consider where they'll live next. Hugo's new assignments involving tracing those in key places that might turncoat to the Russians. Meanwhile, what does art stolen by the Nazis and then used as bribes got to do with the people at the castle? The second installment of the A Very English Mystery series picks up some time after the first book with a novella in between. I'm really vested in this engaging series by now and especially after listening through this one. I loved the familiarity of the 1950's in the English countryside with a gossipy small village, espionage and government work up at the Hall, murderous doings at the castle, and a fantastic cast of characters. Hugo Hawksworth, former spy during the war and after, but sidelined due to a permanent leg injury, is now riding a desk job at the Hall, looking after his much younger sister, Georgia, a precocious teen, and now on his second murder mystery at the castle. Narrating the story with Hugo is Freya, cousin to the earl and secretly a novelist while pretending to research and write the family history while living up in the castle tower. Lady Sonia the late earl's daughter and half-sister to the new earl is probably the most intriguing character of the stories. She's a side character, but she's a tad outrageous, shady on her ethics while keeping a clear line that she won't cross, and holds secrets about her father. She's a stunning London socialite who just doesn't give a rip about what other people think, but still has a bit of the traditional aristocrat in her. This latest mystery involved the artwork from all over occupied Europe that the Nazis took and then some of it slid into greedy hands in the turmoil after the war so that recovering it and getting it to rightful owners is tough and some don't want it coming out that they had their hand in all this. The mystery wasn't that hard to work out, but it was still an entertaining story. There are some loose ends left over like the new Earl's accidents, the mysterious stranger, and Sonia's secrets that I hope to discover in the next book. Michael Page is a great narrator for this series. He has a wonderful versatile English voice that had no trouble with a large cast of older, younger, genders, classes, and even the occasional foreign accented English. I'm well settled to his voice and style after two books and would gladly pick up other books he's done. All in all, this was the coziest of English armchair-type mysteries with a classic mystery style of writers from England's golden age of mystery writing. COYER Summer Scavenger Hunt Clue- Christmas time 1 pt.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    A Question of Inheritance follows fairly closely on from A Man of Some Repute, with the empty space between the books revealing the shocking news that Lord Selchester had an heir in America. Strange things happen, some accidents appear a little bit too co-incidental and once again someone is murdered at the castle - it seems like a bit of an unlucky place! For a second time Hugo, with the help of his sister Georgia and Freya must use their investigative powers and smarts to try and figure out wh A Question of Inheritance follows fairly closely on from A Man of Some Repute, with the empty space between the books revealing the shocking news that Lord Selchester had an heir in America. Strange things happen, some accidents appear a little bit too co-incidental and once again someone is murdered at the castle - it seems like a bit of an unlucky place! For a second time Hugo, with the help of his sister Georgia and Freya must use their investigative powers and smarts to try and figure out what exactly is going on. I really like the setting of this novel and the proceeding novel, and love the descriptions of the castle and of village life in England in an era where class barriers were still there; but beginning to merge. The writing is lively, descriptive and easy to read, and the mystery kept me turning the pages. There some drama, some violence, some espionage and a bit of history and culture thrown in too, an excellent mix! I would recommend reading A Man of Some Repute first, as it gives a great deal of backstory about most of the main characters in this novel and was an excellent read. I really appreciate the opportunity given to me by NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer with an advanced review copy of this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beachreader

    This is the second book in the series. The first was quite good, but this one had too many characters and a storyline that was difficult to follow. So much of the book was slow and boring. While the reocurring characters are likeable and interesting, the author doesn't know how to write a tight story around them. There will be no more from her on my reading list. This is the second book in the series. The first was quite good, but this one had too many characters and a storyline that was difficult to follow. So much of the book was slow and boring. While the reocurring characters are likeable and interesting, the author doesn't know how to write a tight story around them. There will be no more from her on my reading list.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    This is the second in the A Very English Mystery series. While I enjoyed this book, all the things that I found fault with in the first book of the series (A Man of Some Repute) unfortunately continued here. For example, there was the awkward introduction of regular/major characters in the first book. I assumed this wouldn’t be a problem with the second in the series, but Edmondson threw this theory out the window by inserting three more major family members into the mix. These types of books alr This is the second in the A Very English Mystery series. While I enjoyed this book, all the things that I found fault with in the first book of the series (A Man of Some Repute) unfortunately continued here. For example, there was the awkward introduction of regular/major characters in the first book. I assumed this wouldn’t be a problem with the second in the series, but Edmondson threw this theory out the window by inserting three more major family members into the mix. These types of books already have a plethora of characters from which potential victims and/or suspects originate. All these have various backgrounds etc that the reader must learn and remember, without adding to the list unnecessarily!  The post-WW2 setting is again important to the plot. It’s a plot which is not as complicated as some reviewers would suggest, but I will admit it is a little muddled. For example, there is one scene which shows a character smoking in a hothouse, and I waited for this knowledge to be used to solve the murder, but it’s simply never mentioned again.  Also, whilst the main murder plot reached a resolution, most of the B plots were left without an ending or explanation. (There is a third book I’m about to start reading, so I will get back to you on this one.) I wouldn’t call Hugo (a secret spy) and Freya (a secret novelist) the most capable detectives They do very little detecting actually.   Still, happily, they are a likeable pair. (But sadly still in a platonic relationship with only hints that there could be further development in the future.) You do not need to read the first book in the series for this one to make sense. Most of the important stuff is recapped. In fact, the repetition of some facts got frustratingly annoying at times. All in all, I was a little disappointed, and can only give this a 3 out of 5

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Hugo, Georgia, and Freya are still in the castle but a new Earl is coming to take possession. The nasty Lady Sonia is also coming for Christmas and bringing a friend and an art dealer to check out some paintings she says are hers. Intrigue! Murder! Revenge! An excellent sequel, although I really wish I’d been able to read the novella that explains how we get from the end of book 1 to the beginning of this book 2, and there is One Large Dangling Thread that goes unresolved here. I really do think Hugo, Georgia, and Freya are still in the castle but a new Earl is coming to take possession. The nasty Lady Sonia is also coming for Christmas and bringing a friend and an art dealer to check out some paintings she says are hers. Intrigue! Murder! Revenge! An excellent sequel, although I really wish I’d been able to read the novella that explains how we get from the end of book 1 to the beginning of this book 2, and there is One Large Dangling Thread that goes unresolved here. I really do think it was genius to have the old Earl be such a terrible person, his perfidies seem to offer unlimited future plots but alas there is only one more book, and that completed by the author’s son.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    I greatly enjoyed this and the first book in the series, and was saddened to find that the author died in January 2016 after a short battle with cancer. I was so looking forward to where this series would go. What a loss to the reading world, as well as to her family and friends. RIP Elizabeth Edmondson.. :(

  12. 5 out of 5

    Damaskcat

    The new Earl of Selchester is due to arrive at the castle in time for Christmas. He is an American and never expected to inherit the title and everything that goes with it. Hugo Hawksworth and his sister Georgia have been lodging at the castle and fear that they will need to find a new home while Hugo continues to carry out top secret government work. Freya - who has been looking after the castle - has her own secrets to hide and she also fears she will need to find herself a new home. The new E The new Earl of Selchester is due to arrive at the castle in time for Christmas. He is an American and never expected to inherit the title and everything that goes with it. Hugo Hawksworth and his sister Georgia have been lodging at the castle and fear that they will need to find a new home while Hugo continues to carry out top secret government work. Freya - who has been looking after the castle - has her own secrets to hide and she also fears she will need to find herself a new home. The new Earl's half sister, Sonia has had her nose put out of joint by the discovery of the Earl but she is also descending on the castle for Christmas along with her fiancé and an art expert. This ill-assorted group of people are also joined by Hugo's Uncle Leo - a Roman Catholic priest and scientist. There are many tensions between the various people gathered at the castle and the stage is set for murder. Spies, stolen art work, ghosts and plenty of secrets combine to make this an exciting and fast paced read set in the 1950s when everyone is still recovering from World War II. I enjoyed reading this well written mystery from this underrated author and I shall look forward to reading more in this series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    There were many things about this book that I enjoyed tremendously. I like the characters, I love the setting and the cozy British writing style. But the kindle version, at least, which is what I read, didn't seem quite polished enough for publishing. There were lots of errors - words left out, repeated, etc. And after a long, slow detailed build to the climax, the ending seemed overly rushed and simplified. Overall a good read, but left me feeling it was rushed to meet the advertised publicatio There were many things about this book that I enjoyed tremendously. I like the characters, I love the setting and the cozy British writing style. But the kindle version, at least, which is what I read, didn't seem quite polished enough for publishing. There were lots of errors - words left out, repeated, etc. And after a long, slow detailed build to the climax, the ending seemed overly rushed and simplified. Overall a good read, but left me feeling it was rushed to meet the advertised publication date?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    This book follows soon after the first book in the series. The new earl arrives and Hugh is asked to look into the background of a Russian diplomat. It's Christmas time and Sonia has another greedy scheme in the works, so she shows up for the holiday with two guests. Among the uncertainty faced by Hugh, Georgia, and Freya, there is scheming, a potential threat to the new earl, and a murder. This book has art sales and theft around the WWII period as its subplot. It is interesting, and the old ea This book follows soon after the first book in the series. The new earl arrives and Hugh is asked to look into the background of a Russian diplomat. It's Christmas time and Sonia has another greedy scheme in the works, so she shows up for the holiday with two guests. Among the uncertainty faced by Hugh, Georgia, and Freya, there is scheming, a potential threat to the new earl, and a murder. This book has art sales and theft around the WWII period as its subplot. It is interesting, and the old earl's shadow still looms large. The characters develop, there are new characters to get to know, and the various threads come together with some underlying issues that are still a mystery. I'm really looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    An enjoyable cozy mystery with a fish-out-of-water element when the surprise American heir to the castle and his two teenage daughters arrive to make their home in Selchester in 1953. What I didn't know before I read this was that there is a novella between this and book one that explains how the new lord was located. However, it's not necessary to read the novella in order to follow this book's plot. As usual, Hugo's sister Georgia and her American counterpart provide a good share of the humor An enjoyable cozy mystery with a fish-out-of-water element when the surprise American heir to the castle and his two teenage daughters arrive to make their home in Selchester in 1953. What I didn't know before I read this was that there is a novella between this and book one that explains how the new lord was located. However, it's not necessary to read the novella in order to follow this book's plot. As usual, Hugo's sister Georgia and her American counterpart provide a good share of the humor that makes this series so much fun to read. Hugo, his uncle Leo, and Freya from book one get help from the new lord to solve this mystery while we the readers enjoy a peek into life in postwar England where rationing hasn't yet ended and the Cold War is very much in progress.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laurel Hicks

    Haunted castle, romance, murder, two eligible bachelors, amateur sleuths, espionage, family, and quite good writing—this one has something for everyone. It’s the second of three books and should not be read until you read the first book. The series: 1. A Man of Some Repute 2. A Question of Inheritance 3. A Matter of Loyalty

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura Hannaway

    *Thanks the NetGalley and the publisher*

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debra Belmudes

    Book #2 of a 3 book English cosy taking place in the countryside.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda Baker

    A Question of Inheritance begins a few months after A Man of Some Repute in December 1953. Hugo Hawksworth and his sister, Georgia, along with Freya Wryton are still in residence at Selchester Castle; all three wonder what will happen to them upon the arrival of the long-lost heir. Housing is very scarce in post-war Britain and even though Freya is a cousin of the Selchester family she is afraid she will lose her much loved and convenient tower residence. The heir to the Earldom is American, afte A Question of Inheritance begins a few months after A Man of Some Repute in December 1953. Hugo Hawksworth and his sister, Georgia, along with Freya Wryton are still in residence at Selchester Castle; all three wonder what will happen to them upon the arrival of the long-lost heir. Housing is very scarce in post-war Britain and even though Freya is a cousin of the Selchester family she is afraid she will lose her much loved and convenient tower residence. The heir to the Earldom is American, after all. Gus Mason and his two teenage daughters, Polly and Babs, never expected to be moving into an ancient castle, much less owning one. Gus had lived in England while attending Oxford, but he is a Classical scholar, not a British one. He is very unsure of his surroundings and it's history. His daughters are also unhappy about leaving America for this unknown world. He never expected an onslaught of visitors at the castle, chief among them Lady Sonia Richardson. Lady Sonia thought that she was the sole heir. Her plans to strip the estate of it's liquid assets while cheating the Inland Revenue of its' due share have been thwarted. Needless to say, she is livid and will do whatever she can to recoup at least some profits. Still less does Gus expect multiple attempts on his life and a dead body in the hothouse. A Question of Inheritance, like its' predecessor, is an interesting look at a bleak time in British history. Despite having won the War, rationing is still in effect and social upheaval has everyone on edge. The exposure of the Cambridge Spy Ring (Burgess, McClain, Philby, et.al) has shaken the government and the British public to its' core, especially Hugo's employers. If well-born, well-educated, highly placed people can turn out to be Russian spies, who can one trust? A Question of Inheritance combines history and mystery, along with some dysfunctional family dynamics into a satisfying read. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its' cover, but I love both covers in the series. They are very evocative of a bygone era. Thanks to Thomas and Mercer and Netgalley.com for and advance digital copy. RATING- 4 Stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Jackson

    A delightful post war British mystery. I'm sad this is the end to the series! A delightful post war British mystery. I'm sad this is the end to the series!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    This is a continuation of the previous novel (A Man of Some Repute) and a novella. A new earl of Selchester has been discovered, the son of a hitherto unknown first marriage of the former, murdered earl. He comes from America with his two daughters to live in the castle and take responsibility for the lands and riches. The displaced Lady Sonia no longer inherits a great deal of money to add to her considerable fortunes and her nose is out of joint. She appears to know a little more about her fat This is a continuation of the previous novel (A Man of Some Repute) and a novella. A new earl of Selchester has been discovered, the son of a hitherto unknown first marriage of the former, murdered earl. He comes from America with his two daughters to live in the castle and take responsibility for the lands and riches. The displaced Lady Sonia no longer inherits a great deal of money to add to her considerable fortunes and her nose is out of joint. She appears to know a little more about her father's blackmailing schemes and illegal activities than she previously revealed. On Christmas Eve, she comes to the castle with a man to evaluate some art her father left her, mysteriously left off the inventories, and her bogus fiance. In the meantime, Hugo and his sister who are lodging at the castle are making a vain attempt to find other lodgings. His work leads him to uncover some other odd goings-on. And then one of the guests dies. Off we go into another mystery adventure and comedy of manners. I like this series. I care about the characters. These books are not stand-alone and reading them in order is important. As mysteries, some things were a little obvious, but it was an enjoyable ride to the conclusion. The gabby, gossipy town of Selchester is a delight. If you are going to murder someone, don't do it there. Everyone will talk about it and ask questions until there are no secrets left. What saddens me (on a couple of levels) is that the author died in January and so another book in the series will probably not appear. There are some unanswered questions and a couple of people who really want killing. Resolution will now be up to the readers' imaginations.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This book is a sequel to A Man of Some Repute. I enjoyed seeing some return characters and being introduced to new ones. The novel opens with Lord Selchester driving up to the Castle. I hadn't read the synopsis before I started reading so I was a bit confused for a little bit until I finally caught on that he is the next Earl, the son of Lord Selchester who was murdered in the first book. I liked it that the author reminded us subtly of what happened in the first novel without giving anything aw This book is a sequel to A Man of Some Repute. I enjoyed seeing some return characters and being introduced to new ones. The novel opens with Lord Selchester driving up to the Castle. I hadn't read the synopsis before I started reading so I was a bit confused for a little bit until I finally caught on that he is the next Earl, the son of Lord Selchester who was murdered in the first book. I liked it that the author reminded us subtly of what happened in the first novel without giving anything away. I think I enjoyed the mystery in this book better than A Man of Some Repute. I don't want to give anything away so I won't say more about it. I hope that the author will continue with the series. I look forward to reading more. I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Very poorly edited. Chapter 5 has the sudden appearance of a main character who wasn't previously in the scene, but everyone acted like he'd always been there. There were also typos (maybe only in the kindle edition?) The book was authentic to the time, even being subtly anti-semitic (describing someone who was Jewish as dark, like another character, but "sallow"--ding, ding!) Subtle, because the characters were supposedly going to clear thefts by Germans during WWII. Less subtle since the Britis Very poorly edited. Chapter 5 has the sudden appearance of a main character who wasn't previously in the scene, but everyone acted like he'd always been there. There were also typos (maybe only in the kindle edition?) The book was authentic to the time, even being subtly anti-semitic (describing someone who was Jewish as dark, like another character, but "sallow"--ding, ding!) Subtle, because the characters were supposedly going to clear thefts by Germans during WWII. Less subtle since the British Jew betrayed a British member of the resistance? In cahoots with some French Jew? Never explained how or why that would've happened. Disappointing since it wasn't a bad series, and seemed like it was going to get into Cold War antics.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Schattman

    E-book has been re-edited with happy results The first couple of reviews I read reported egregious editing errors. I am happy to report these have been resolved. Good country house murder, solid characters, Commies and art works purloined by the Nazis. What's not to like? E-book has been re-edited with happy results The first couple of reviews I read reported egregious editing errors. I am happy to report these have been resolved. Good country house murder, solid characters, Commies and art works purloined by the Nazis. What's not to like?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vikas Datta

    Even better than the first with a host of new characters - some warmly engaging and a few despicable but there are surprises there too.... a satisfying though not very deep mystery but evokes the period very well..

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Mccollum

    My review/rating is actually a 3.5. This is the second book in this series that I've read. Very enjoyable and an easy read. Liked the continuing characters living in a medieval castle in England. And the addition of stolen artworks from WWII was a nice touch. I'd recommend it. My review/rating is actually a 3.5. This is the second book in this series that I've read. Very enjoyable and an easy read. Liked the continuing characters living in a medieval castle in England. And the addition of stolen artworks from WWII was a nice touch. I'd recommend it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cyndie

    I've really enjoyed this series. The way it ended makes me think there will be another book, another mystery to solve. I hope so! Edit: I just saw she died earlier this year?!?! Oh no! I guess I'll never know what happened between a few of the characters. :-( I've really enjoyed this series. The way it ended makes me think there will be another book, another mystery to solve. I hope so! Edit: I just saw she died earlier this year?!?! Oh no! I guess I'll never know what happened between a few of the characters. :-(

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Interesting characters and believable story. Story moved along quickly to a logical conclusion.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Imjussayin

    A Question of Inheritance: A Very English Mystery 2 Reading in chronological order is recommended. In A Nutshell: A classic murder mystery, perfectly written. The Plot: Oliver an art dealer and a guest at Selchester Castle is found dead. Murdered. Does the death have anything to do with Hugo's rogue Cold War agents or is his death a case of mistaken identity? The Protagonist: Hugo Hawksworth is the stiff upper lip Brit. Man of mystery, secret agent. Hugo was wounded during the war but is not prepar A Question of Inheritance: A Very English Mystery 2 Reading in chronological order is recommended. In A Nutshell: A classic murder mystery, perfectly written. The Plot: Oliver an art dealer and a guest at Selchester Castle is found dead. Murdered. Does the death have anything to do with Hugo's rogue Cold War agents or is his death a case of mistaken identity? The Protagonist: Hugo Hawksworth is the stiff upper lip Brit. Man of mystery, secret agent. Hugo was wounded during the war but is not prepared to give up active military service to be deskbound. There is a romance brewing for him, but as with the English, it is very cool. The story takes place in the romantic post World War II era in the idyllic English village of Selchester. There is so much happening in this book. The new Earl has arrived from America. His two teenage daughters are not keen on being British. There is a strained relationship between Georgia and one of the girls, Georgia resents their presence. Lady Sonia, the Earl's half sister, also has issues with their arrival and being disinherited. There are attempts on the Earl's life, and a dead body is found. There are lots also lots of secrets. All the supporting cast are impressive. Each is adding important little details to the whole. My favourites are Georgia, Hugo's livewire 13-year-old sister, her Uncle Leo the scientist and priest and the housekeeper. A classic murder mystery, written perfectly. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended. Connect with me on Twitter Follow my blog on Bloglovin’ Book Rating Sexual Content: U Language: U Violent: U Would I read the next one or reread ?: Yes My rating system (* = star) 0* Could not finish this book (waste of time) 1* Finished the book but didn't like it. 2* Finished the book it was okay. 3* A good read worth your time.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This book is #2 in the "A Very English Mystery" series. I enjoyed it, but maybe not quite as much as I loved book #1. Well written? Yes. It takes place in England in 1953- a plus for me. And in a castle: Yes! I wish that the author had written a book between book #1 and book #2, though. At the end of book #1 they find a letter from a women that was sent to the deceased Lord Selchester, calling him her husband. Book #2 starts with the shocking revelation that a long-lost heir is coming from Ameri This book is #2 in the "A Very English Mystery" series. I enjoyed it, but maybe not quite as much as I loved book #1. Well written? Yes. It takes place in England in 1953- a plus for me. And in a castle: Yes! I wish that the author had written a book between book #1 and book #2, though. At the end of book #1 they find a letter from a women that was sent to the deceased Lord Selchester, calling him her husband. Book #2 starts with the shocking revelation that a long-lost heir is coming from America to take the title of Lord Selchester. Yes, I would have liked reading how that came about. The new Lord Selchester is rather really American and his daughters Barb and Polly don't like living in an ancient old castle. His cousin Freya continues to live in the castle. Hugo, who has a secret job nearby, leftover from World War II, and his young sister Georgia are also still lodging at the castle. Lots of room there. Forever a romantic, I guess what I wanted to see the most is a romance between Hugo and Freya but they remain good friends throughout the book. Please, please let there be a book #3 bringing this about! As in book #1, which happened some years before the start of the story but having a big impact, bad weather causes a house party to maroon the guests. And like book #1, even though this one takes place in the current times (1953), there is a murder during the Christmas house party. Added to the fact that the new Lord had several strange near accidents, the reader and also Hugo and Freya, wonder if the new Lord Selchester was the real target of the murder. The book progresses in an orderly fashion and is tied up neatly.

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