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A Question of Inheritance

A Very English Mystery, Book 2
Lu par : Michael Page
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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?

©2015 Elizabeth Edmondson (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Simone
  • 12/06/2016

Cozy Mystery

I enjoyed Book 2 much more than Book 1 because I didn’t feel so lost this time! I have trouble keeping track of many characters but in this case I actually remembered who was who from the first instalment and the introduction of new characters didn’t confuse me!

I’m searching for a new series to get hooked on and as the story unfolded I thought I could really get attached to Selchester; I found the entire thing very charming and entertaining.

Sadly, the author died a few months ago so my search for a cozy mystery anthology continues.

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  • Kathi
  • 15/10/2017

Very good series

I enjoyed the first book in this series, in which Hugo Hawksworth and his younger sister Georgia, come to live in Selchester Castle, as they—along with many people in Britain, were displaced by all the bombing in the war. Hugo is continuing work with the war office, keeping him in touch with the governmental secrets. In the first book, they are dealing with the death of the old Lord Selchester, and in this one, they introduce the previously unknown new Earl. He is an American, and arrives with his two daughters to claim his inheritance.

Naturally, everyone is nervous—half sister Sonia (who had expected to inherit everything) even quite jealous.But even since the trip across the Atlantic, strange occurrences have taken place—with Gus (the new Earl) brushing them off as accidents. But soon Hugo and others are not so sure. Additionally, the people living in the castle are worried about where they will find to live after the new Earl has properly claimed his inheritance. Everything becomes even more upsetting when murder takes place.

This is probably a sort of cozy mystery, but has the interest of being post WWII Britain. I liked the narration. Michael Page makes distinctly different voices come alive, and does womens’ voices well, too. I had wondered how well the transition to a new American Earl would happen, but it went very well. A very pleasant listen.

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  • Grete
  • 16/01/2016

English murder mystery with cold-war ties

Very well read English murder mystery, with political and cold war complications. Lots of English upper class and village characters, and a well-plotted mystery. You will have to read Book 1, to really enjoy this story.

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  • Bunty
  • 26/01/2016

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. LO VE THE SERIES!

I have just completed A Question of Inheritance, book two of the Hugo Hawkswoeth series by Elizabeth Edmondson. The book was very well written and I find the new Lord Selchester totally charming. Lady Sonia is jpher usual self, selfish and self-centred. I love how Hugo solve the murder and I do hope there will be more books on this series.

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  • Carol
  • 04/09/2017

A Sequel Is Anticipated

I enjoyed the first book in this series, “A Man of Some Repute,” and immediately downloaded “A Question of Inheritance.” Both these books are billed as “A Very English Mystery,” and that is truth in advertising. Brit-bashers need not bother. They are sort of cozies, but are well written and have an edge to them.

I was looking forward to “Inheritance” until I learned that the author, Elizabeth Edmondson, died somewhat suddenly in early 2016. I put off listening to it because I was afraid it would end with a cliffhanger and no subsequent books. I finally listened to “Inheritance” this summer and thought it was even better than the first book.

As revealed at the end of “Some Repute,” the dastardly Earl of Selchester did not, as had been thought, die without a male heir. Turns out a secret marriage to a young French woman during the aftermath of World War I resulted in a legitimate but unacknowledged son who, after his mother’s death in childbirth, was raised by relatives in the U.S. This son, now a history professor and a widower with two teen-age daughters, is as shocked as everyone else to learn that he is heir to an earldom and a castle in the north England town of Selchester.

Having given up his US citizenship and jumped through a zillion legal hoops, the new earl arrives at Selchester Castle shortly before Christmas 1952. The culture shock of this “Yank,” who cringes at being addressed as “m’lord” and knows how to fix his own fuse box, is well portrayed.

Selchester is a fictional village and home to two top-secret government establishments. One is an outpost of MI6, the British foreign intelligence service, and the other is referred to by the locals—who aren’t supposed to know the reality, but of course they know everything—as “the atomic.”

Hugo Hawksworth, the hero of both books, works for MI6. Forced into a desk job after his WWII intelligence service got him shot and battered, he’s surprised to find his new life anything but dull. “A Question of Inheritance” is a unique take on the English Christmas Country House novel. The flavor of Britain in the early 50s is vivid, and an interesting escape from our world of instant communication and the Internet. Hugo’s work involves painstaking searches through archives of photos, documents, and old newspaper clippings—work most of us today would, I think, find unimaginable (and intolerable).

Now the big question. Is there a cliffhanger? Yes and no. The murder in this “Question of Inheritance” is solved and resolved, but certain ongoing questions that arose in the first book continue to be mysterious. Hugo’s relationship with Fiona, niece of the deceased earl, is moving forward but still not fully acknowledged and certainly not consummated. (The pace of relationships was, shall we say, slower in the 50s.) The three girls—the new earl’s very American daughters and Hugo’s sister, who I find to be the most interesting characters in the book—are about to start on new adventures in education. And the book ends with the local postman bringing the news that a scientist from “the atomic” has just gone missing—news he imparts a few minutes before Hugo’s MI6 superior calls to inform Hugo of this supposedly top-secret disappearance.

The publisher’s website now says that there will be a Book 3, due out in fall 2017: “…Anselm Audley, Lizzy’s son and editor of A Man of Some Repute and A Question of Inheritance [will] finish the third Selchester novel ... based on her extensive notes, conversations in the last weeks of her life, and the existing early scenes ... Publication is scheduled for September 2017.” I hope Book 3 does come out soon, and that it’s as good as the first two, and that Audible will get it, and that the wonderful Michael Page will again narrate.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04/08/2016

Highly recommended!!!

Excellent book. I listened to book one and book 2 flowed right into the continued story. It kept me guessing until the very end. The narrator did an awesome job keeping all the characters voices separate. I highly recommend this if you enjoy a good mystery.

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  • Wayne
  • 06/06/2016

Charming English murder mystery

I suppose A Question of Inheritance completes the two book series begun with A Man of Some Repute. Both novels are charming if somewhat simple murder mysteries set in the fictional English town of Selchester at centuries old Celchester Castle. The protagonist is Hugo Hanksworth who is in charge of a secret British intelligence service located in Selchester. The most interesting character is Lady Sonia who is the daughter of the former Lord Selchester who was killed in Book 1 and half sister to the new American Lord Selchester who she just learned existed. Lady Sonia is a catty and petty woman. The novel appears to be set around the year 1950.

Michael Page narrates brilliantly.

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  • Robin
  • 01/08/2017

Quiet but satisfying mystery

Like the first book in the series, this is a low-key mystery, no car chases or acrobatics. But I find them engaging. Michael Page is always good, whether narrating classics, fantasy, romance or mystery.

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  • Ms Peach
  • 07/02/2016

Good novel

This is a good novel with a mystery in it. The murder does not happen until hour 6 of an 8 hour book. Good characters, good dialogue. The ending seemed rushed. If you like the traditional mystery with the action with the first 10 pages give this a skip.

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  • Kathy N
  • 10/02/2017

Great Cozy Mystery

I really like this series and can hardly wait to read more. The story is on the slower side in developing but appropriately paced for a cozy. Characters are enjoyable and narrator is excellent with acting, voices, and nuances. Very enjoyable.

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