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Mystery at the Manor by Matthew Costello
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Mystery at the Manor

by Matthew Costello, Neil Richards (Author)

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The books in this series are definitely quick reads, but they pack quite a bit into a small package. This book featured a mystery involving a secret in a mysterious attic of an old manor house after the owner died during a suspicious fire. I loved the classic cozy feel of the story and the small village setting. I just found the audiobooks on Amazon that are narrated by Neil Dudgon (Midsomer Murders) and will be looking into purchasing them. ( )
  BookishHooker | Dec 16, 2019 |
A great little trio of mini-mysteries set in the village of Cherringham, in the Cotswalds area of the UK.

All three feature the detective work of web designer Sarah Edwards and retired NYPD Detective Jack Brennan. The relationship is one of mutual trust and respect, but no overt evidence of it being romantic. They fall into a mystery and discover that they both enjoy the detection process, and continue solving mysteries together. These stories are wonderful, and do not feel that they have been stilted or inflated to meet a certain size. Very enjoyable.

In "Episode One," Sarah's best friend Sammi has "accidentally drowned," according to the police. The situation does not feel right to Sarah, and she starts asking questions. She quickly meets Jack, who is intrigued by the situation, and together they work to determine what exactly happened.

"Episode Two" involves a dysfunctional family consisting of a grumpy septuagenarian and his three middle-aged children. Again, Sarah and Jack are drawn in to assist a friend who was close to the deceased.

"Episode Three" finds them again mixed up in a suspicious death, during the winter holidays.

In each episode, we learn a little more about Sarah and Jack. The character development is steady and pleasing. Highly recommended.

**eARC netgalley** ( )
  Critterbee | Apr 16, 2018 |
Sarah and Jack are at it again. Victor Hamlyn the elderly owner of the manor is killed when a fire starts, but his caregiver Hope doesn"t understand why he would go up to the attic instead of going down the stairs so she becomes suspicious of the fire. So as usual they begin to investigate and continue until the mystery is solved.

***I received this book in exchange for an honest review*** ( )
  druidgirl | Oct 23, 2014 |
Jack and Sarah are back. When Victor, the elderly owner of the local manor, Mogdon House, dies in a suspicious fire his carer, Hope, asks Sarah to look into it.

Victor may have been old but he was still sharp as a tack. Physically he needed assistance on the stairs so why was he found in the “off limits” room at the top of the house? Why would he go up instead of down on his chair and out of the house? Confusion? How did a fire erupt in an electrical outlet in a largely unused room? Who could’ve wanted Victor out of the way? His grasping children?

In Episode Two we learn more about Cherringham and meet more of its inhabitants. Sarah and Jack reach some unexpected and startling conclusions in this bittersweet episode.

MYSTERY AT THE MANOR is proof that short doesn’t equate to a lack of any of the aspects needed to draw and hold a reader until the final word is read. However, I do recommend reading the episodes in order to appreciate the growth of the village, the characters, and their relationships.
Reviewed by IvyD for Miss Ivy's Book Nook ( )
  ivydtruitt | Jul 18, 2014 |
...murder takes a hand!

Sarah and Jack are back on the trail. An elderly man dies in a house fire at a manor near the village. This time an old friend of Sarah's enlist the aid of Sarah and her 'yank' detective friend to investigate the death of her patient. The despicable heirs are definitely on the suspect list. The trail however leads to strange places. Another sleepy village mystery that only takes a commute to read. The storyline and characters never faltered. I am hooked!

(copy kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review) ( )
  eyes.2c | Jun 3, 2014 |
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