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4.0 out of 5 starsCherringham -- The Last Puzzle is a charming British Cozy Mystery!
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2015
Cherringham – The Last Puzzle by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello is one is a series of sixteen cozy mysteries. Michael Edwards is going to his friends, Quentin Andrews to play chess. It is something they do every week. When Michael arrives, no one answers the door. Michael tries calling Quentin and no answer. Michael finds the door unlocked and enters to find Quentin dead in his bedroom. It looks like Quentin died of a heart attack.
At the reading of his will, Tony Standish has a surprise for the four heirs. In order for one of them to inherit the entire 10 million pound estate, they will have to solve a crossword puzzle. The clues can all be found in the town of Cherringham. Sarah Edwards (Michael’s daughter) and Jack Brennan (a NYPD retired copy who now lives in Cherringham) are the observers or witnesses. They will check in with the four heirs to make sure they are not cheating or working together. Jack does not believe that Quentin died naturally. Jack and Sarah investigate the death as well as the heirs.
Cherringham – The Last Puzzle is a cute British cozy mystery. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It is a good story with likeable characters. The mystery is very easy to solve (just follow the clues). The book can easily be read in two hours.
I received a complimentary copy of Cherringham – The Last Puzzle from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
Sarah's father Michael has a standing weekly chess game with his friend Quentin Andrews. Upon arriving at Quentin's home, he finds the lights on, door open, and no Quentin. He searches for his friend and finds him apparently asleep, until he looks closer and realizes he is dead. It seems like a natural death for the old man, at least to him...
At the reading of the will, Sarah and Jack are asked to be 'observers' for a crossword puzzle that Quentin has laid out for four possible heirs, with a ten thousand pound prize for the winner - and only two days to solve it. As Jack and Sarah follow along the game, they also begin investigating and find that it was very possible Quentin was murdered. So which, if any, of the four people involved caused the old man's death?
This is a delightful, quick read. For a novella, it keeps you on your toes. The plot is well written and the characters likable, and solving the murder along with Jack and Sarah, you solve your own puzzle as well. When the answer comes at the end, it is believable and a nice twist to the story.
I have not read any of the other Cherringham mysteries, but will definitely go back and start at the beginning. Highly recommended.
This is book 16 in the Cherringham cozy series. I have read books 1 and 2 and thoroughly enjoyed them. For some reason, this one just didn't grab me into the story as much. I really plan on going back to #3 but when I saw this on NetGalley I couldn't pass it up.
I especially like the description of the locations. The story is a quick read and well written. I recommend this if you like British cozy mysteries but think reading the books in order is best. So go grab #1 and get reading!
* I received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Another Jack and Sarah mystery. A man that wrote crossword puzzles for the New York Post and a friend of Sarah's father Michael was found dead by Michael when he went to his friends house for their weekly game of chess. His will stipulates that Jack and Sarah are to watch his heirs while they try to solve a crossword puzzle to win his millions. I received this in return for an honest review!
An intriguing story, very unusual storyline but gets you well and truly hooked. I read into the night, quite straight forward concept but one I haven't come across before. It was an enjoyable light read. I was supplied with this book free of charge in return for a honest and unbiased
I give this book 5 stars because I love this series. I have read all the Cherringham books and whilst the stories are not remotely the same the main characters are. I love Jack and Sarah and the village. The stories are easy to read and the plots are realistic.The books will suit lots of people who just want an easy read without far fetched plots and blood and Gore. Long may the series continue.
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic! A really good read, as always!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2015
Please don't ever stop writing the Cherringham series! I pre-order the next book as soon as I've finished the last and eagerly wait for it to pop into my kindle. I can't tell you how happy I am when I get the email notification.... I know I've got a few hours of relaxing bliss when I get home from work and I can shut off my brain from the world!