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A Question of Inheritance

A QuestIon of Inheritance book coverby Elizabeth Edmondson
Narrated by Michael Page
#2 A Very English Mystery
Historical Mystery
Brilliance Audio
Formats available:  Paperback, Electronic, Audio
Pub Date: 1.11.16| 8 hours 11 minutes

REVIEWER: Sophia Rose


Book was borrowed through Kindle Unlimited. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


December 1953

Hugo 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.




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.


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