As December dawns, we start looking back over the year, trying to recap what we did, what went well, what lessons we learned and so on. When it comes to books, it gives me great pleasure to go over some of the good reads of the year. 2015 has been the year of British mysteries for me. With several out of print editions of the British Crime Classics being resurrected, I had a pretty good time losing myself into a retro British mystery. Then along came Kurland Hall and surprised me more. And just when I thought Charles Lenox was going to be the last good mystery of the year, along came A Question of Inheritance.
A Question of Inheritance has the typical English country house setting. A small village that played a big part in the War, a new heir, old retainers finding themselves homeless – there is a lot to reel the reader in. Selchester Castle is at once evil and possibly haunted, and also intriguing with something to hide. It is much more than a pile of rocks to the daughter of the house who has always thought it was home. Hugo is an injured war hero used to assuming much more responsibility. The spoilt rich debutante is enraged at losing her inheritance to a total stranger.
The American heir with the two daughters is an amiable character, ready to learn the ropes and get along with everyone. Hugo’s sister is a bit too possessive of the castle. This is a part of the book I found irrational. Maybe it is supposed to be so, because it is after all a little girl’s obsession. But I think it silly that a girl who is at best a guest, at worst a refugee living off someone else’s largess bear a grudge to the people who own the place. As expected, the mystery is kicked off when a body is found. Things get curiouser when the new Earl gets shot at and almost electrocuted. Saying anything more would just reveal more of the plot.
The best way to learn more about A Question of Inheritance is to read it. Mystery lovers will rejoice with this book. Yes, it is a must read!