Murder Takes a Turn A British country house mystery
by Eric Brown
Pub Date 01 Jul 2018
There is nothing quite like a well written, originally plotted manor house mystery. Murder Takes a Turn is an exemplary manor house mystery complete with a wide cast of characters, each with a motive and potentially the opportunity to murder the victim. Denbigh Connaught has long been a terror, with a long list of wronged acquaintances, including Charles Elder. When Charles receives a letter from Denbigh stating he wants Charles to act as agent for his new novel and invites him to stay for the weekend, he is greatly disturbed. Long ago Charles suffered greatly at Denbigh’s hand and is reluctant to consider accepting the invitation. Meanwhile Donald and his partner are hired by Denbigh’s daughter to investigate his secretary, who she believes is somehow defrauding her father. At Charles’ behest, Maria (his business partner) and Donald accompany him to Denbigh’...
by Eric Brown
Severn House Publishers
Historical Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 August 2017
I love mysteries involving early Hollywood. I also love classic manor house mysteries. Put the two together like Eric Brown has and the result is an absolutely delicious historical mystery. David Langham is a mystery author/private investigator. American movie star Suzie Reynard hires him to investigate a potential threat to her lover, the film’s director. The cast and crew are preparing to film a mystery based on an actual murder that occurred not far from the film’s location - Marling house, a stately home in the Norfolk countryside. Suzie believes that something sinister is going on at Marling house, so she wants Langham and his fiancee to pose as her friends and stay the weekend. The danger is not readily apparent, but tensions between the cast, crew and homeowners are palpable. The relationships and histor...
Murder at The Loch A traditional murder mystery set in 1950s Scotland
by Eric Brown
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: 15 June 2016
Murder at the Loch reminds readers why Manor house mysteries have always been a popular sub-genre of mysteries. This interesting mystery pits crime writer David Langham and his good friend Ralph Ryland, a private eye, against a possible killer. When their good friend and former commander, Major Cartwright, requests their assistance, the duo travel to the Scottish Highlands. It appears that someone may wish to kill Major Cartwright or the Dutch engineer assisting him in the recovery of a German airplane that crashed into the loch 10 years before. An eclectic assortment of guests are currently staying at the manor, but while any would have opportunity motives are difficult to discern. But their arrival does not prevent a murder from taking place, and a sudden winter storm isolates the manor. With the phones out of commission and snow...