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A Matter of Loyalty

(A Very English Mystery #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,168 ratings  ·  196 reviews
January 1954. Mists cover the hills around Selchester. Someone at the research facility known as the Atomic is leaking secrets to Soviet Russia, and when nuclear scientist Bruno Rothesay goes missing, the British Intelligence Services are convinced he’s the mole. Hugo Hawksworth isn’t so sure. Then a body turns up, and Hugo’s instincts are proven correct. But if Rothesay w ...more
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published October 19th 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
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Kathleen According to the author's notes at the back of the issue I am reading, his mother, Elizabeth, left enough written for him to finish this book. She als…moreAccording to the author's notes at the back of the issue I am reading, his mother, Elizabeth, left enough written for him to finish this book. She also left an outline for subsequent books in the series but not enough for him to write more. So this will end a very interesting series.(less)

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Although I would definitely recommend reading the first two in this series before picking up A Matter of Loyalty to fully understand the background of the characters, I would perhaps suggest you don’t read all three in a row because, unfortunately, I did, and I think it took away some of my enjoyment for the series.

Yes, by book three I was finding the plot lines a bit weak and the characters flat. The repetition of certain aspects of the book (Freya's secret writing life; everyone knowing that H
Ivonne Rovira
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
In the third novel — and, sadly, last — in the series featuring spy Hugo Hawksworth and his family and friends, an atomic physicist has disappeared from near their village of Selchester. A brash zealot from Special Branch has come down from London to look into the disappearance, convinced that Dr. Bruno Rothesay has defected to the Soviet Union and that the local intelligence agents are at fault. The arrogant Inspector Jarrett (the allusion to Javert is all too obvious) will cause plenty of upse ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so pleased to see that Anselm Audley had written this from his mother's notes and outline after her sad death.

I think his mother would certainly have approved - it is so similar in style to the previous two books in the series that the move between authors was practically seamless.

As he says himself, in a note at the end, his mother had planned more than three books in the series but he feels it should end here with the last book of which she had written anything. And he does bring many of
Lexxi Kitty
Book received from both Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an honest review

I do not recall why I initially tried the first book in this series. I hadn’t read the author before. I’m not 100% certain now if I even know if the book would be a romance, or a spy book, or a mystery, or possibly all three. I do recall that I liked that book and liked the sequel. So we come to this third book in the series.

It’s not a spoiler to note that the author never intended this to be a three book series, but then
Cindy Rollins
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Delightful light reading. I am sad Elizabeth Edmundsen died before writing more of these. I will look at more of her writing.
Penny Castle
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, murder
A Very Adequate English Murder Mystery

Book: A Matter of Loyalty (A very English Murder Mystery Book 3)
Author: Anslem Audley, Elizabeth Edmondsen
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (October 19, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1542046580
ISBN-13: 978-1542046589

Rating: 3/5

“January 1954. Mists cover the hills around Selchester. Someone at the research facility known as the Atomic is leaking secrets to Soviet Russia, and when nuclear scientist Bruno Rothesay goes missing, the British Intelligence Services are convinced he’s th
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
In A Matter of Loyalty by Anselm Audley and Elizabeth Edmondson, Hugo and his sister, Georgia, have now lived in Selchester for four months, and it is now January 1954, with another serious mystery facing Hugo. In the midst of being debriefed, a Hungarian defector who spent years in a nuclear plant in Siberia casually mentions knowledge of an accident in an experimental nuclear plant near Selchester, an accident that no one is supposed to know about. It appears they have a spy in their midst. Hu ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another satisfying visit to Selchester.

I've thoroughly enjoyed these cosy mysteries and was saddened to hear of Edmondson's death. Her son did an admirable job finishing the book, and whilst I understand his reasons for not continuing the series, his familiarity with her style and her characters would have made him the perfect person to keep the series alive. I hope he reconsiders, one day, and that Freya, Hugo, Georgia, Leo, and Mrs P get to continue their adventures.

The audiobooks were adeptl
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2018
I'm so fond of these characters, I'll miss them and their untold stories 😥 ...more
Linda Baker
It's January 1954, and there have been leaks of research done at "The Atomic" facility; leaks that have ended up in the hands of Soviet Russia. British Intelligence Agent Hugo Hawkesworth, who works at the center is assigned the task of finding out who is the source. When a nuclear scientist, Bruno Rothesay, goes missing British Intelligence is sure that he must be the mole. When Rothesay's body turns up, Hugo isn't so sure. The scientist was an arrogant serial adulterer who had plenty of enemie ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of A Matter of Loyalty, the third and last novel in the Very English Mystery series.

Hugo Hawksworth has been tasked with finding the leak at The Atomic so when nuclear physicist Bruno Rothesay disappears, presumed to have defected his bosses are satisfied that they have found the leak. Hugo is not so sure and when Bruno's body turns up he is back to the task although not for long as a convenient suspect is quickly found.

I th
I've been enjoying my time in 1950's Selchester, England, where much seems to happen. When Hugo and his teenage sister, Georgia, moved to the countryside after his espionage career ended on a dark Berlin street when a bullet shattered his leg and he was transferred to a desk job doing background checks on the people in his organization for traitors, he thought it would all be boring. But living at the castle and with the Selchesters brought him nearly as many dark secrets and murder than his pre ...more
I finished reading this some time ago but kept putting off my review simply because I wasn't sure what to write. In the end I decided that honesty is the best policy.

When I was a third of the way through this book, I had the feeling that it wasn't 'quite' as compelling or engaging as the previous two: there was more action and less 'quiet', and in some way, a few too many characters but it wasn't until I reached the end that I realised why.

It was with real sadness that I learned of the death of
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fine wrap-up to the series, amazingly true to the others despite being completed by the author’s son. Hugo faces a very different mystery as a scientist disappears from the Atomic and is thought to have defected. Most of the dangling threads are wrapped up, and though I would have liked a tiny bit more romance since this is the last book, after all, the mystery was satisfying in the extreme. Well done. The afterward is quite weepy and quite informative about Elizabeth Edmondson’s death, which ...more
Leith Devine
Sadly, the last book in the Very English Mystery series after the death of the original author. Her son has done an admirable job finishing her work with this book. As in the first two books, the characters, setting and plot are perfectly done.

I highly recommend this book and the other two books in the series.

Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Enjoyed it but not as much as others in the series. I was sad to learn it was the last.
Debi Levins
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

It is heartbreaking to think that this wonderful author will write no more. I shall miss her stories, peopled with entertaining and interesting characters.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the first two of this three part series much more than this one. This novel seemed to come unmoored with too many characters and too many threads to the plot. I found myself picking the book up more to get finished rather than because I couldn’t wait to get back to it. I understand that this third book was written by the son of the original author of the first two books to complete the three book concept. Another reviewer mentioned that at some point interest in the book clicked, I am ...more
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this historical mystery spy novel. There were some good twists and turns with the characters, a kidnapping, espionage, an old English castle, romance...A real good read.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reading
I’m going to miss this series. Her son did a beautiful job of completing it for her.
Janka H.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
My honest opinion - I am both happy and unsatisfied about this book.

Facts first: the authoress of The Very English mysteries, of whom this book is the last one, had died while working on it. So the book has been co-written and finished by her son.

The series will not continue. Thank you, dear author/s, for the witty and highly entertaining ride! It has been a pleasure.

I love this series immensely. The title is right: the books are very British, very clever, full of very dry humour, very lovely t
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The best compliment that I can give Anselm Audley is that I didn't realize that he had written this novel. The style is so close to Elizabeth Edmonson's previous books, that I had no idea that she had passed away and that he had completed this last volume. It has all the best parts that we've grown to love. Hugo Hawksworth is once again involved in a case of espionage and murder. He knows that there is a mole in their organization, but is not so convinced that it is who everyone thinks. There is ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Well, this series ended as it began, which is to say, okay but not great. I really liked the characters throughout, but the mysteries themselves were always a bit of a jumble. In the case of this particular book in the series, it's even more of a jumble, undoubtedly because Elizabeth Edmondson died while working on it and her son, Anselm Audley, finished it. There were some mysteries that were never resolved -- why exactly did Lady Sylvia hate her father so much, and what was the deal with those ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful. The story as well as the writing style was awesome.
All the characters seem to have grown into themselves and the passage of time from book to book is very evident.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Lovely storyline and characters, flowing on strongly from the previous books. A nice finale to the Selchester series, sadly the last book.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first book in this series intrigued me, and this, the third, cemented my appreciation. Sadly, the author, Elizabeth Edmonson died in 2016 (her son completed the book based on her notes), so it seems we'll have no more of these appealing "Very English Mysteries." The series is set a small, quaint, English village--always a good sign for an English cozy whodunit--in the period directly after World War II. In large and small ways, Edmondson reminds us that the war's emotional and physical shock ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sadly, the Last in the Series - 4.5 stars rounded up to 5

It is so very sad that Mrs Edmondson passed before her last book was published, but thanks to her son we have another fine novel from this author.

This is a book I have been looking forward to reading. It took me a while to get back into this series as it is so long since I read the previous books, but once I did, I was again immersed in life in Selchester. All the characters from the previous books are here, with a few additions. Hugo is s
Nick Phillips
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Strangely this is the second book that I have read this year which effectively mark it's author's final work. The first, Birdcage Walk is being followed by both a poetry and a short story collection while A Matter of Loyalty was left at a very early stage and completed by the son of the original author. Whether the series has naturally started to run out of steam or whether the new authorial voice doesn't quite imbue this the same charm and vitality as the first novels in this series I don't kno ...more
While I wish for more, the original author's son does a wonderful job concluding the series for us. The voice and plot are so good that I honestly didn't notice the change in author until I sat the book down 100 pages in. The outline was there when the author died and the son had done editing on the previous two books so it is really great as far as voice and fit in the series. That said it wasn't meant to be the end. The ending however feels both satisfying that it wraps things up and leaves yo ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A brilliant story in the mould of the golden age mysteries.

A Matter of Loyalty is well written. It has drama and that wonderful sharp British humour. The story is slow in the beginning but it builds into a plot that I could not put down.

Anselm has done a sterling job assembling his late mother's notes and completing the story. He is an absolute credit to her. And I do hope he will write another in the series, although he says not.

Highly recommended.


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