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Deadly Inheritance (Sir Geoffrey Mappestone #6)

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Murder, intrigue and marriage in the Welsh Marches of old . . . - When Sir Geoffrey’s unpopular brother, Henry, is murdered, he unwillingly inherits Goodrich Castle in the Welsh Marches. Immediately, his sister pushes him towards a marriage that will provide an heir and stability for the family. But when Geoffrey survives attempts on his own life, he wonders whether they a ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Severn House Publishers (first published 2009)
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May 08, 2014 Stuart rated it really liked it
The first “Sir Geoffrey Mappestone” mystery I have read, it was very good. This one takes place at Sir Geoffrey’s own castle on the English / Welsh border in 1102. Sir Geoffrey, as a younger son in the 12th century, had previously been primarily interested in fighting in the Crusades – that’s what younger sons were for! However, he has just inherited the castle and estates that used to belong to his brother, who has recently been murdered. (Or maybe it was suicide?). Now, as the lord of the mano ...more
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Mar 24, 2013 Huda Sarkowi rated it it was amazing
This is my first venture into the historical mystery genre, and I'm glad I choose the right book. I enjoy reading it and I could have finished it in one sitting but I have some errands to do this week and plus I need to work. Sir Geoffrey Mappestone is a combination of brain and brawn. When he started his questioning and investigation he took every details including motives and alibis in his consideration and at the same time he was indifferent towards all his suspects. In the end I was glad he ...more
Aug 14, 2010 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, 2011
Excellent, excellent book. I was thrilled when I found out there was a new book in the series, and it by no means disappoints. If you like mysteries that you can't put down, historically accurate plotlines, and a lifetime's worth of intrigue, definitely consider picking this up. Simon Beaufort does a wonderful job of intertwining a number of elaborate storylines, all of which tie together beautifully and should make for an interesting next book. I myself finished it in two nights (so maybe consi ...more
Michele bookloverforever
I enjoyed this particular book of this series. A mystery set in early 12th century England during the reign of Henry I. The main character inherits a demesne from his murdered brother. He gets involved with many characters in his efforts to find his brogher's killer and ends up not only finding the murderer but a plot to kill an archbishop and a plot to capture his castle by an enemy of his family and also finds himself a wife.
Some of the recent books by Simon Beaufort/Susanna Gregory have suffered from an over abundance of foolish supporting characters. That is not the case here, and the book is better for it. I'm not entirely sure the plot makes sense, but I enjoyed reading the book anyway.
Diana Duncan
Apr 26, 2010 Diana Duncan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-2012
This was very well written but not my type. While I usually like historical mysteries, I guess I'm not interested in this particular era.
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I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read more of this series.
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Great story. Sorry to see there are only two books left in the series.
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AKA Susanna Gregory with Beau Riffenburgh.
Simon Beaufort is the pseudonym of Elizabeth Cruwys, a Cambridge academic who was previously a coroner's officer. She writes detective fiction.
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