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1.0 out of 5 starsMystery? Not!!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
This Mystery??? Broke the number one rule of mystery stories; it in the end just pulled someone from the hat as the murderer. The whole fun of reading a mystery are the “clues”the author gives so the reader can try to figure out the murderer. Plus calling the couple Mr. and Mrs. Christie ( as in Agatha) was just too cutie for me
4.0 out of 5 starsA fun classic cozy mystery novel
Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2021
I enjoy mystery novels, mostly classic mystery novels but also some police procedural mystery novels, especially those from other countries. (It is like traveling the world without making horribly long airplane trips. ) I enjoyed this one very much.
I like the main characters. Tommy and Evelyn are a sweet couple who clearly love each other and incorporate a sense of humor in their marriage. Despite previously serving in the police, they are amateurs and not trained in detective work. They both exhibit believable puzzle solving logic ability. Aunt Em is a likeable crusty spinster, also with a sense of humor.
I figured out that someone was killing the inheritance line to the Earl's title but not the motive for the killer...I was expecting something more like the movie "Kind Hearts and Coronets" and not the motive in this book. (Even though there were ample clues. I must have a blind spot or be rusty at solving mysteries since not reading very many the past year.) This is not as complex as an Elizabeth George "Inspector Lynley " novel or a Louise Penney or Charles Todd novel.
I know editing is hard work. I do not go hunting for editing errors but I do stumble over them when reading...they cause me to stop reading because I do not skim, I read every word. I have to metaphorically pick myself up off the floor after stumbling. I have also noticed lately, mostly in ebooks but even in paperbacks and hardcover books being published in recent years, more typos and other errors than I find in older books. Maybe today's editors are being severely unpaid per book and rushing through manuscripts they edit. Or maybe working with digital copies makes errors more common than working with traditional paper manuscripts (handwritten or typewriter pages). So yes, there were errors in the text that I hope will be corrected in future editions and future books in this series.
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2020
Although it took me a while to warm up to this book I did enjoy it overall. I might have said "Finally!" Out loud when Evelyn stood up for herself at the end of chapter 14. I did kind of feel like she and Tommy found the answer to everything mostly by accident and I'm not really clear on Isobel's roll in everything but I enjoyed it enough to read the second one. My kindle version did have a few errors in it towards the end.
5.0 out of 5 starsA simply delightful cosy murder mystery
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020
Its the 1920s. The Manor has guests for the annual grouse shoot. But the Lord of the manor is murdered. Who by? The son, the daughter-in-law, the aunt, the nephew, the vicar, or the school teacher? Who is the next to die? This is a fun filled mystery to spend an afternoon with.
4.0 out of 5 starsAn enjoyable cozy mystery with a hint of Agatha Christie peeking through the words.
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2020
I enjoyed this book. The storyline was interesting, the characters were believable, and I really liked the way the author provided a narrative wrap up as to who could have committed the murder.
The main characters, Tommy and Evelyn Christie (I’m assuming a nod to the lady of mystery, Agatha Christie), we’re fun and interesting to follow throughout the story. And I positively loved Aunt Em, a rather gleeful old lady. The author provided a list of characters at the beginning of the book which is always helpful in a book with so many characters.
I liked the author’s style of writing, and at times, it felt as if she was writing the book “tongue in cheek”. She kept the story moving along and gave the readers a satisfactory ending.
If your a fan of Agatha Christie or Downton Abbey, you will enjoy this book. I look forward to continuing with the series.
Thank you to Hidden Gems Books and Catherine Coles
5.0 out of 5 starsA very unexpected gem of a murder mystery
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2020
I loved this book. It was definitely a cross between Downton Abbey & Murder She Wrote but it was a good combination of the two. The author did a really good job of combining these two "eras" and making them work together. This is one of those books that is a joy to read on a stormy night. The author had it to where you were definitely pulled into the story and could not put the book down. There will be another one coming out in October which I can not wait to read that one.
**I was given this free ARC book to read and give an honest review of it by HiddenGems Books**
5.0 out of 5 starsNasty relatives, murder and double gin and tonic.
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2020
Set in the 1920's, after the first world war, means the world is changing. Evelyn has been working during the war, unheard of for a married woman, before that time. But at the mansion Toomy's relatives still hang to a life of spoilt gentry. Murder changes everything. A lot of interesting, if not all of them likeable, characters. I like aunt Em, she brings a fun note to tense situations. I am looking forward to more Tommy, Evelyn and Nancy! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
A fun book,plot well handled if predictable but enjoyable and carried at a good pace. Shame about the poor proofreading hence only four stars and some Americanism was difficult to digest in what was supposed to be a typical "county" setting. In England you hunt with horses and hounds, you go shooting with a gun dog. Still looking forward to meeting the characters again.
3.0 out of 5 starsIntroducing Tommy And Evelyn....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2020
Lighthearted, cosy mystery introducing the likeable and amenable amateur sleuthing duo of Tommy and Evelyn Christie. Just when life seems quiet, contained and, frankly, boring murder rears its’ ugly head. A promising start to a new series and a pleasant read for a little escapism.