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Anon, Sir, Anon (Vivi & Farnham Mystery)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The 12:55 out of Darlington brought more than Orville Farnham's niece; murder was passenger. In coming to Whistlecreig, Genevieve Langley expected to find an ailing uncle in need of gentle care. In reality, her charge is a cantankerous Shakespearean actor with a penchant for fencing and an affinity for placing impossible bets. When a body shows up in a field near Whistlecr ...more
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Published October 31st 2014 by Ruby Elixir Press
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Abigail Hartman
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Going Into It...

I've enjoyed English mysteries for years, despite overdosing somewhat on Agatha Christie. I was thus understandably peached to discover that Rachel Heffington was turning her attention from 1920s New York (Fly Away Home) to the a murder mystery set in the November fogs of Northamptonshire. On the other hand, murder mysteries are tough. It's very easy for a writer to overplay his hand, very difficult to be original. I went in with interest piqued but expectations uncertain. Oh, an
This book was a lark! Witty and often unexpected...I stayed up til 1:30 to finish it! Didn't manage to put it down once. ...more
Clara Thompson
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from this book, but I was certainly surprised to find a warm, cozy theme winding its way through Whistlecreig's countryside. There were foxes, there were warm cups of tea on chilly nights. There were golden afternoons, forest walks, crackling fires, and scones.

But in the midst of all this whimsy, there was murder.

From the opening line, I was hooked. Farnham is one of the most memorable characters in all the books I've read this year, and I absolutely l
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Life was much gentler at home, much more vivid here...She liked vivid; it kicked like mustard."

When Genevieve Langley arrives at Whistlecreig Manor to play nurse to her uncle, a Shakespearean actor who has been suffering from ill-health, nothing that she finds is what she expected. Orville Farnham is a man of sharp tongue and old-fashioned habits, whose sideline, as Vivi discovers on her very first evening at Whistlecreig, is solving crimes. The body of an American actress discovered in a f
Allison Ruvidich
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like most reviewers, I was charmed by the warmth and humor of Heffington's novella, The Windy Side of Care. I was therefore delighted to discover her latest novel, a Shakespearian mystery.

When Vivi set out to nurse her ill uncle, she had no intention of being involved with murder. But when her train brings the death of a young, notorious woman, only Vivi can identify her-- and only Vivi, with the help of her Shakespearian uncle, can see through the pastoral countryside façade to the dark secret
Kelsey Bryant
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, but I have to round upward because I was just so delighted with this book.
In the introduction, the author says that she hopes her readers "will let Vivi and Farnham into the ranks of the British Detective." I say yes with a right good will! I love these two. They are so funny, delightful, entertaining, and well developed, with a unique and hilarious rapport. Their friend Dr. Breen is a perfect third to their sleuthing party.
I also really enjoyed Ms. Heffington's writing style. It's
Elizabeth Rose
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, personal
"How are you around blood?"
"Oh my. Is there an injury?"
"It's a bit worse than that, Miss Langley: there's a murder."

Some books beg to be read at certain times of year. With its foggy Northamptonshire setting, ANON, SIR, ANON makes the perfect fireside mystery for a November evening. Heffington's quaint descriptions swept me along immediately and warmed me to the little town of Whistlecrieg. Manor, Rowan Walk, and surrounding countryside are all painted in vibrant, tangible tones. Genevieve Langl
Joy C.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Spoiler free review coming soon :)
Sarah Cnossen
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I LOVE Rachel Heffington's novels. But this one probably blows the other one and a half outta the water. Oh so good! The humor! The wit!

Mysteries have always been dearly loved by me. I suppose in part, because I am gullible and easy to surprise. . . but nonetheless, they are quite intriguing and enjoyable.

Dear Ms. Heffington crafted an excellent tale of murder, fun, and intrigue. The characters were realistic and well fleshed out. The relationship between young Vivi and her strang
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I hold a certain fondness for this book—not unlike Farnham's relationship with his niece. I am immensely proud of my friend, Rachel Heffington, for having written a book (not that I believed she couldn't, etc., but that it is an accomplishment). And while there was less Sherlockian, blatant clue-hunting/-discussing than I assumed there would be, it really painted a picture of how this would happen, were amateur detectives to investigate a murder. The way it was written really made the people and ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Anon, Sir, Anon is Rachel Heffington's second novel. I've also had the pleasure of reading Fly Away Home (read my review here) and her novella The Windy Side of Care, both of which were lots of fun.

Anon, Sir, Anon knocks those two out of the park.

Full review available on my blog, Vintage Novels.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I immensely enjoyed this book! It's on par with any YA/adult historical mystery best-selling book out there -- for anyone who enjoys a good old-fashioned British murder (with a splash of comedy). Definitely for fans of the Flavia de Luce series.

Author Rachel Heffington is obviously a lover of words, a grammar aficionado, and a learned student/fan of Shakespeare himself. Her writing style is brilliant, pithy, and keeps a lovely British banter going for ages. The wittiness of it all is divine.

Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Sadly I didn’t make time to read either one of Rachel’s previous works, both of which sound good. What I do know is her writing in the blogosphere everyone praises her books, so I knew, sooner or later, I would be reading something from her poetic pen. It came “sooner” when I had an opportunity to read Rachel’s newest release, Anon, Sir, Anon.

STORY: The feisty, unmarried and clever Genevieve Langley may be unremarkable in appearance but she’s a good hand at nursing. This prompts her well-to-do p
Carmel Elizabeth
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
I have always been a great fan of mysteries, from the time when I would read one Nancy Drew novel a day, to when I'd cleared the library shelves of Agatha Christie. This book, though different than I'd expected, was no exception.

Pros: The main characters are very well-developed, specifically Vivi and Farnham. The reader feels right at home in their little world of Shakespeare banter and ulcers. The plot flowed along at a comfortable pace until the end (where of course it's bound to rush) which i
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had the privilege to read Anon, Sir, Anon before it came out. It's a thrilling yet cozy novel set in rural Europe, complete with fog, plenty of rain, and long walks in the countryside. Rachel has created a cast of dynamic characters with intriguing personalities and idiosyncrasies. And I guarantee you'll fall in love with Vivi and Farnham right off the bat. If you don't, you're probably reading it wrong. ...more
Alli Macfadden
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
This review contains spoilers.

The writing style of 'Anon, Sir, Anon' is very good- I haven't felt such a delicious sense of place and mood like this from a modern author in quite a while - the authoresses style seems to come from a much older and more refined time - with Shakespearean quotes seasoning the lovely cadence and adding a rich flavor.

The concept was delightful - I loved the setting and the uncle / niece team - two odd characters in an less than understanding society who team up to w
Miranda Atchley
Anon, Sir, Anon is a delightful English mystery. I love the setting of the book and I loved Vivi and Farnham. Both were endearing characters. While they were somewhat thrown together by their mutual meddlesome family, they soon come to love and appreciate one another. The style of writing is another plus for this book. Heffington beautifully weaves in historical references throughout the novel, and her 1930s British dialogue is nearly flawless. The witty conversations make for a quick read that ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I really enjoyed this book! It kept me guessing who the murderer was. I had a feeling it was a certain person the whole time but I didnt want to believe it, lol. I loved reading about the growing relationship between the uncle and his niece, and I wish there were more Farnham and Vivi mystery books to read! I love it!
Meghan DeWalt
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novel is a delightful, cozy trip over the pond and back in time to the 1930's where we meet truly unforgettable characters from their first lines of dialogue. The main characters, Farnham and Vivi, are uncle and niece. One, a convalescing Shakespearean actor and the other is deemed an old maid by her family and sent to care for her uncle to give her something to do. What Vivi does not bargain for--besides the difficult to read relative who at first makes her jump with his use of, Bang! inst ...more
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Anon, Sir, Anon by Rachel Heffington was a delightful mystery novel. While I suspected or "cleared" certain people as the murderer, I could not be quite sure until I reached the end. I liked the setting and the characters -- especially those of Farnham's household. I liked the gravity with which certain subjects were treated -- it had a more realistic feel than some mystery novels. The premise of uncle and niece gave the story a unique slant.
Somewhere in the middle, the author almost lost me (I
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Well-written, well edited (a pleasure in this era of online publishing) and an engaging cozy mystery. However, I just could not sympathize w/ the heroine and that really spoiled my enjoyment.
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Rachel Heffington is a Christian, a novelist, and a people-lover. Outside of the realm of words, Rachel enjoys the Arts, traveling, mucking about in the kitchen, listening for accents, and making people laugh. She dwells in rural Virginia with her boisterous family and her black cat, Cricket.

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