Cherringham: A Lesson In Murder By Neil Richards and Matthew Costello
Published By Bastei Entertainment March 11, 2015
Genres: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
When Jack and Sarah are called in to investigate mysterious pranks at an exclusive girls’ private school, it seems at first that it might be the work of a few mean pupils with a grudge. But things quickly turn serious when a popular teacher meets a sudden, violent death. Now, with murder in the air, Jack and Sarah have their own lessons to learn about the Cherringham Girls School, its dark secrets… and who wanted that teacher dead before they learned the truth.
Cherringham is serial novel à la Charles Dickens, with a new mystery thriller released each month. Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly – but with a spot of tea – it’s like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. Each of the self-contained episodes is a quick read for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa.
For fans of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series, Lilian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who series, Caroline Graham’s Midsomer Murders, and the American TV series Murder She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury.
Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), are known for their script work on major computer games. The Cherringham crime series is their first fictional transatlantic collaboration.
The 13th book in Neil Richards and Matthew Costello’s series Cherringham is a good mystery story that is intriguing in spite of its short length.
Not knowing this was story number 13 in a 14 story series it was a little disconcerting to jump into the lives of the main characters but as their personal lives weren’t key to the storyline I moved right into the story just fine. Minor pranks at private girls school Cherringham Hall have escalated to a level the staff cannot handle so Headmaster Gavin Ward sends for local sleuths Jack Brennan and Sarah Edwards to find out what’s going on. After hearing the details of what has occurred Jack and Sarah decide this case is worth their time and set out to find the culprit. As they dig into the school, they find there is more to the school’s success than the brilliant minds of its students – and also stumble into an apparent suicide. But to solve this crime Jack and Sarah will have to find a way to get past the protective barrier everyone at the school maintains like a war-time fortress. Although this book was not especially long I did enjoy reading and considering the mystery. It was not complicated but still retained enough thrill to keep me reading to the very end. I prefer longer mystery books so as to get to know the characters in the story better but without a complex plot this was not necessary in this story. I had clues throughout the story that this belonged in a series but it stood alone fairly well while also inviting the reader to look for the rest in the series. I will perhaps read the others in the series given time but not sure it will be soon. I would recommend this book to others with a word of caution as to language. Given this is written by British authors I fully expected a larger inclusion of curse words and I was right – there is not so many as to put everyone off but enough that some might take offense. So read with caution this book and the rest in the series.
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