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Murder by Bequest (A Sherrod Colsne Mystery)

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On a frigid Friday afternoon in February, Eleanor Harkness shows up at the door of the "granite palace," Sherrod Colsne's New York townhouse. Her unexpected yet incredibly timely appearance not only knocks Colsne's normally unflappable assistant, Monty Weston, off stride, but takes both of them down a winding path of romance, past and present, and decades-old, bitter hatre ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published November 16th 2012 by Createspace
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S.A. Molteni
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder by Bequest by John Spencer Yantiss is a finely crafted novel in the vein of Sherlock Holmes.

The story begins with Eleanor Harkness visiting detective Sherrod Reynard Colsne and his assistant, Montague Boyd 'Monty' Weston in their New York City, "Granite Palace" to discuss employing them to find her father's killer.

The book is written from Monty's point of view and spreads over many years and many continents, although the book details just four days. Throughout the story other characters a
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Tracey Lampley
Murder by Bequest nearly delivers on the mystery. Without giving away the plot, I noticed the author places a premium on the character to engross the reader into the story. The book should be edited more. I rate this book a three-star read!
Andrex
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in the first person, the "I" is Montague also known as Monty, Sherrod Colsne's sidekick. The year is 2006, the setting New York City. Private detective Sherrod Colsne is 47 years old, 6' 4" and a Brit, residing at East 75th Street in the "Granite Palace".

The book opens with a heated argument started by Monty regarding being professionally idle for three weeks. Colsne is happy to only take on the puzzles that present a worthy challenge. Monty is trying to stir Colsne up in talking about t
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Andrex
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Written in the first person, the "I" is Montague also known as Monty, Sherrod Colsne's sidekick. The year is 2006, the setting New York City. Private detective Sherrod Colsne is 47 years old, 6' 4" and a Brit, residing at East 75th Street in the "Granite Palace".

The book opens with a heated argument started by Monty regarding being professionally idle for three weeks. Colsne is happy to only take on the puzzles that present a worthy challenge. Monty is trying to stir Colsne up in talking about t
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Lillie
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I was prepared for the book to be written in a pretentious style, using a large vocabulary of obscure words. I was not prepared for the degree of pretentiousness and the sheer volume of obscure words. More than that, I was not prepared for the number of errors: "since" for "sense", "accept" for "except", "discrete" for "discreet", "develope" for "develop", and too many more of the most common, basic errors. Many of the words I didn't recognize weren't in the dictionary on my Kindle--I'm not sure ...more
Frederick Crook
"Murder by Bequest" is a mystery modeled after the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Nero Wolfe novels by Rex Stout. Unfortunately, it reads like a well-meaning but nonetheless half-hearted knock-off. Even the main characters’ names are caricatures, which seems a bit insulting to the casual reader of mysteries, never mind what a fan of Sherlock or Nero would think.
On the plus side, I very much liked the characters despite their names. They are well built to a fault, as the
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Andi Houtsch
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder by Bequest reads like a classic novel, notably something like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have written in his Sherlock series, with highly complex sentence structure that gave the impression of an author with immense vocabulary and equally complex thought patterns but little regard for the ease of reading. At multiple points in the reading I did think “why so many words for so little being said?”
Having conveyed this sentiment I did enjoy this book, to a degree. Because of the complexity
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Andi Houtsch
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Murder by Bequest reads like a classic novel, notably something like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have written in his Sherlock series, with highly complex sentence structure that gave the impression of an author with immense vocabulary and equally complex thought patterns but little regard for the ease of reading. At multiple points in the reading I did think “why so many words for so little being said?”
Having conveyed this sentiment I did enjoy this book, to a degree. Because of the complexity
...more
Kathy
Nov 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish.
John Yantiss
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
John Yantiss
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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John Spencer Yantiss was born in Louisville, KY to parents of Anglo-Scotch-Irish, and Lithuanian descent. A musician and singer, he started piano lessons at age 5, and began writing poems and songs when 8 years old. While still in high school he began playing guitar professionally. Over the years he shared the stage with such notable Southern Rock figures as Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley, and an e ...more