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
A decent whodunnit, in which a dedicated detective must unravel a mystery which began in France at the end of WW2.
He’s in a race against time to save a young man, who he believes is innocent, from being hanged.
I enjoyed this book, it was fast paced, with some interesting characters, and kept me guessing.
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.
However, as I read the book, it came into its own. Tolkien seemed to find his voice, which, from the beginning was different from his grandfather's, a period tale set firmly in our own world with no magic, no t ...more
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
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