The Inheritance (Inspector Trave #1)
When a famed Oxford historian is found dead in his study one night, all evidence points to his son, Stephen. About to be disinherited from the family fortune, Stephen returns to home after a long estrangement—and it happens to be the night his fat...more
I was pleasantly surprised. Simon Tolkien’s The Inheritance is a very good read. It held my interest, was NOT a regurgitated DaVinci Code, and I thought, well written. Since I’m a fan o ...more
Because its almost a locked room mystery: a young man stands accused of killing his estranged father. His finger prints are on the murder weapon and on the key to the room. It was known that he had had words with his father; had yelled that his father deserved to die. And sh ...more
The book starts out with a p...moreSometi ...more
Tolkien is not likely to become one of my favorite authors, since I doubt I'd ever knowingly re-read this book, but someone I can turn to when I want a quick read that's a little different from my usual.
The first chapter then jumps right into the trial of Stephen Cade for the murder of his father, who was quite a reprehensible character. The book is set in 1950's England. The story follows the trial giving the readers clues as to whodunnit, for it's pretty obvious Stephen didn't. In betwee ...more
I won an Advance Readers' Edition of this book on Goodreads.com.
Aside from skimming the Goodreads description when I entered the giveaway, I read this book, beginning with the front cover, without a clue as to what it was about or where the story would go. I dislike all "spoilers" and it annoys me to learn details of a story on the back cover. I was happy to find that the author, Simon Tolkien, is not relying on his grandfather's fam ...more
Clearly, Tolkien brought his experience as a courtroom lawyer into his work. It was clear that he knew what he was talking about.
His writing i ...more
This was another history-mystery book, with the addition of courtroom drama. I have to say, I liked the book, it was faced paced, and well written. I learned about how the English Court system worked in the 1950s during death penalty cases. I actually find that very interesting. I found out what a “barrister” was. It's “English” for lawyer! I was actually quite curious what a “barrister” was when reading the authors bio before starting to read the book, because ...more
I really liked the mixture of genres in this book - at times mystery who-done-it, gritty court room drama and at other moments a great historical story set in World War II, oh and did I mention the quest for the Codex?
Starting with a bang! The story opens with the atrocities of war followed by the murder ...more
The Inheritance was a fantastic murder mystery that constantly had me guessing.
Everything about this was really fun. It very much had an interactive feeling to it because of how everyone was a suspect in the murder of the late Professor Cade. I was constantly guessing as to which person had a hand in it, and every one that could have done it had motive to do so. Sometimes when I read a book like this the murderer comes out of left field, and I won't understand how that ...more
I thought the character development was very good for the sympathetic characters and the "villians."
There were times, though when I had to confront my own arrogance. I found myself wishing th ...more
I found myself thinking about the title when I finished the book, and if you read it with the title in mind, it's interesting to find an interpretation where all of the interweaving plots boil down to a child and what they've inherited from their parent, tangible and intangible, whether it's a manor house or unqua ...more
Well, I have waited a week to come up with a better review, but am still at a loss for the words to describe my emotions. I had hoped that it being written by a grandson of Tolkien, would have had a bit more substance than it does. It was a fine book. An enjoyable read, yet not a waiting to turn the page type of book. I enjoyed the story, though it lagged in a place or two. The characters were fairly ...more