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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
The owner of an antique shop is murdered in a small village, and all the residents are suspects in the delightful murder mystery novel, Murder In Little Shendon, by AH Richardson. Bartholomew Fynche owned the village antique shop in Little Shendon. He was a very unpleasant man with a nasty disposition and was disliked by those living in the village. When he is murdered, because of their distaste for the victim, the citizens of Little Shendon are all likely suspects. With so many people to interview, Chief Inspector Burgess calls Superintendent Derek Milner in London for assistance. In turn, Superintendent Milner contacts his old friend, Sir Victor Hazlitt. Sir Victor and his actor friend Beresford Brandon have successfully solved a murder in the past and are thrilled at the thought of another murder mystery to crack. Will they prove their ingenuity once again? Or will a violent murderer go free?
Murder in Little Shendon by AH Richardson is a fascinating murder mystery set in a small village in England several years after the war. It is a captivating novel that has all the irresistible charm of an old-fashioned cozy mystery, and once you delve into its pages, you are transported to another era. Because the main characters are reminiscent of the adept crime solvers who unraveled puzzling crimes in the early twentieth century, it is easy to create a rapport with them. The story line is captivating and has a diverting plot that slowly unfolds to an unexpected finish. The denouement is revealed in the uncanny similarity to an Agatha Christie novel, where the sleuth calls everyone together to unmask the murderer. The author has done a superb job of capturing the essence of Poirot and Miss Marple, and this engaging sleuth/murder mystery novel will delight those who love to venture back into the mists of time to solve a crime.