A shot in the Dark – Neil Richards & Matthew Costello

I’m not gonna lie, the thrill of an old school mystery is a real love of mine – I’m a real sucker for Agatha Christie and the like and when I was offered the chance to review this new novel, I jumped at it.

Previous readers/followers of the Bartlett’s Book Nook blog will know that my major fail has always been sitting down and actually reviewing a book….I read like a machine but it’s the stopping, gathering thoughts and then committing those thoughts to paper which makes me stumble, so, as this was a quick read I thought i’d give it a go, wish me luck!

Sussex, England 1929.

Sir Harry Mortimer and his new wife Kat are returning to the homeland, his family home of Mydworth, and arrive just in time to be the witnesses to a crime, even finding themselves in the firing line. Certainly not the welcome Katherine had anticipated!

A family mystery? A case of fraud? Mistaken identity? With a dead body – still clasping stolen jewellery in his hand, a possible manhunt for a second thief and a stalling police investigation, it falls to Harry and Kat to put their special skills learned through the years with the secret service and state department to the job at hand….

I loved the way that the story did take me back to those halcyon days I dream of, the description of the environment, the clothes, the attitudes are all good and I felt helped me get more involved in the story, plus the writing style gripped me well and despite only having a couple of days to read this, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to hearing more adventures of Lord Harry and his new wife Kat. 

I’m really grateful to Red Dog Press for giving me this opportunity and also introducing me to a new series of great fun books. Here’s the link to buy your own copy: reddogpress.co.uk/shop or hopefully you’ll find it wherever you buy your books.

About the Authors

Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), have been writing together since the mid-90s, creating innovative television, games and best-selling books. Together, they have worked on major projects for the BBC, PBS, Disney Channel, Sony, ABC, Eidos, and Nintendo to name but a few.

Their transatlantic collaboration led to the globally best-selling mystery series, Cherringham, which has also been a top-seller as audiobooks read by Neil Dudgeon.

Mydworth Mysteries is their brand new series, set in 1929 Sussex, England, which takes readers back to a world where solving crimes was more difficult — but also sometimes a lot more fun.

Thanks for reading!

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