Cherringham: Mystery at the Manor is another installment in the cozy Cherringham crime series. It is served in a perfect small dose and is a quick read. But the mystery is well written and will keep you guessing till the end.
All is calm and quiet in the British village of Cherringham, deceptively so. Mogdon Manor, the local big property is occupied by Victor Hamblyn who is pushing 90. He is a recluse, and is house is falling down around him. He has three children, none of whom live with him or really care for him. Dominic is henpecked and ruled by his ambitious wife. His daughter has a flourishing career and the other son is an alcoholic who lives in a trailer park. Each of the three believe that they will be the sole heir to Victor’s property.
One night, there is a fire and Victor runs after a secret room in the manor instead of saving himself. His care giver Hope wants to find out what Victor really wanted and if he died a natural death. She ropes in Sarah and Jack to ask around and try to unearth the truth. Sarah is a divorced mom who is trying to rebuild her life back in the village. Jack is a retired NYPD detective who is trying out the English village scene. They start talking to people and methodically collect clues.
Jack and Sarah’s investigation builds a completely different picture and leads them to the truth – something no one would ever have guessed. But the mystery still remains. Did someone kill Victor?
The Cherringham series reminds of me of Hardy Boys or Three Investigators, maybe for grownups. It is small enough to enjoy without spending too much time, and busy people who want to read but are short on time will love it. The British village atmosphere is vaguely reminiscent of old British mysteries, although there isn’t as much detail or depth of characterization as found in an Agatha Christie or M C Beaton book.
Cherringham: Mystery at the Manor is a bite sized treat for mystery lovers.