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    Marjorie Eccles(Author)

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Introducing Detective Inspector Herbert Reardon in a new mystery series, set in the Downton Abbey period.

November, 1928. Family and friends have gathered at the Shropshire country home of Penrose Llewellyn to celebrate the retired wealthy businessman’s 60th birthday. But the morning after what should have been a convivial supper party, their host is found dead in his bed – and the circumstances look decidedly suspicious.

As he questions the victim’s nearest and dearest, DI Reardon discovers there are several longstanding secrets lurking amongst the Llewellyn clan – and he is convinced that not everyone is telling him the truth, or at least not the whole truth. Those who stand to inherit most from Pen Llewellyn’s will – if it can be found – are under the strongest suspicion, and among them hides a ruthless killer.

“Readers will be as keen as the inspector to see how the case develops” (Publishers Weekly)"This delightful British country-house mystery features a clever plot, captivating characters, and authentic period detail.” (Booklist)“Plenty of suspects and unexpected twists.” (Kirkus Reviews)“Will delight fans of the TV series Downton Abbey and authors Simon Brett and Kate Kingsbury” (Library Journal Starred Review)"Downton Abbey fans rejoice! This is a book not to be missed. The writing is so evocative of the time, that one can almost hear the characters speaking. Great read!" (C. Sharbrough, Librarian) Introducing Detective Inspector Herbert Reardon in a new mystery series, set in the Downton Abbey period.

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Marjorie Eccles(Author)
  • Severn House Trade Paperback; Reprint edition (August 1, 2016)
  • English
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  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By BabyMo on November 1, 2015

    I received this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Two of my favorite genres are historical fiction and mysteries, and when these two are combined, I’ll likely enjoy the result. I’m not very particular about historical era- I love Victorian stories, as well as stories set in the 1930s, and just about everything in between.I received the opportunity to read Heirs and Assigns, the first entry in a new British country house murder mystery series by Marjorie Eccles. The story begins in 1928 with a pilgrimage; the entire Llewellyn clan is descending upon their ancestral home to celebrate the birthday of their patriarch, Penrose. Even the family black sheep/prodigal son Huwie has returned for the happy occasion. At a celebratory dinner the night before the big event, Pen makes an announcement that surprises everyone, and the family’s reaction disrupts the evening’s festivities. The dinner party breaks up, and everyone retires for the evening. The next morning, Pen is discovered dead in his bed.Pen was not a young man, but he was not a particularly old man either. He was not in good health, but there are enough unanswered questions to warrant bringing in Inspector Reardon and Sergeant Gilmore. The family swears they didn’t hear any signs of a struggle, and that the doors were locked with nobody entering or leaving the house after the party broke up.The search expands to the small village near Pen’s house. The Great War may have ended ten years before the events of this story, but its effects are almost tangible. Everyone seems profoundly affected; not only by Pen’s death, but also by their own life choices that led them to remain in their small village. Pen’s death serves as a catalyst for secrets to be revealed, but of course, the biggest secret is who hated the amicable Pen Llewellyn enough to kill him?Heirs and Assigns started rather slowly, but I later realized that this is intentional. The introduction of characters (and there are quite a few) is a methodical process, and no detail should be considered unimportant. From the very beginning, we establish that anyone could be a suspect because everyone has a potential motive. The slow introduction is also indicative of the slow pace of village life. The world is changing around them, but there are only two telephones in the entire village.I would recommend Heirs and Assigns. This wasn’t as funny or light as some of the other mystery series that I tend to gravitate towards, but this was a satisfying read. Family and loyalty are put to the test as a result of this shocking death. Eccles does a wonderful job of the ennui that the rest of the Llewellyns feel as they wait to see how the case unfolds. They are all suspects, and cannot return to their everyday lives until it has been proven that they are not involved in Pen’s death. I am looking forward to reading more country house mysteries from Marjorie Eccles.

  • By Viviane Crystal on November 1, 2015

    Penrose Llewellyn has called his clan together for his 60th birthday in November 1928. Since he’s recently suffered from a heart ailment, everyone in his family feels obligated to attend. From the very beginning, the reader realizes this is a family not quite happy to be together. Pen seems like a loving relative, but there’s an edge to his relationship with his brothers, Theo and Huwie, the latter who has been absent for years. Theo is a successful lawyer and a rare book collector of books about music. He and his haughty wife Claudia live well above their means but Theo is close to Pen and may be looking to inherit some wealth that is sorely needed. Huwie seems like the black sheep of the family and others indicate he’s not to be trusted. The females in the family each have a bit of the wild side in them and clearly don’t get along, even the mother and daughter in the tale. There’s a close family doctor and some others who would like to marry into the clan but don’t seem able to accomplish their desires.Imagine then the shock when Pen holds a family dinner before the big event and announces he will marry his garden designer, Anna. The expectations for the family are now obviously diminished but even more so when Pen is found dead the next morning after the exciting family dinner.Herbert Reardon, a detective, is called into the case immediately. He’s a shrewd character, physically scarred from the Great War, but no less loved by his sensible, liberal wife Ellen. He sets about his investigation with the help of an assistant and becomes intrigued by the town’s antique bookseller from whom both Pen and Theo bought books for investment and love of old books. The novel moves on rapidly with fascinating twists and turns and is totally unpredictable as who committed the dastardly deed. Two other murders, one human and one canine, add to the mystery’s complexity.Heirs and Assigns is a super historical mystery that is evenly paced, well-plotted, and contains just enough clues to sweep the reader to its very surprising end. It also adds some minor information about treatment of veterans from the War and those who refused to fight in the war, as well as the women’s reform movement for equality in that time. Descriptions of the homes, shops, cooking, etc. abound realistically, including the great love for tea and some classic British meals. Highly recommended for those who love a good mystery and a touch of Downton Abbey in between the puzzling and satisfying investigations.


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