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Uusi mysteerisarja Cherringhamin tekijöiltä! Mydworthin mysteerit on uusi sarja suosittujen Cherringhamin mysteerien kirjoittajilta. Tällä kertaa ollaan 1920–1930-lukujen taitteessa, ja arvoitusten parissa ahkeroi hurmaava aviopari, sir Harry Mortimer ja hänen epäsovinnainen vaimonsa Kat, jotka ovat hankkineet hyödyllisiä taitoja vuosinaan maailmalla. Laukaus yössä tapahtuu Uusi mysteerisarja Cherringhamin tekijöiltä! Mydworthin mysteerit on uusi sarja suosittujen Cherringhamin mysteerien kirjoittajilta. Tällä kertaa ollaan 1920–1930-lukujen taitteessa, ja arvoitusten parissa ahkeroi hurmaava aviopari, sir Harry Mortimer ja hänen epäsovinnainen vaimonsa Kat, jotka ovat hankkineet hyödyllisiä taitoja vuosinaan maailmalla. Laukaus yössä tapahtuu vuonna 1929. Mydworth on uinuva pikkukaupunki Sussexissa Lontoon lähistöllä. Mutta muutoksen tuulet puhaltavat: sir Harry Mortimer palaa Kairosta mukanaan amerikkalainen vaimonsa Kat. Tuskin he ovat asettuneet uuteen kotiinsa, kun Harryn tädin kartanossa tapahtuu jalokiviryöstö ja Harry ja Kat pääsevät kokeilemaan taitojaan rikosten ratkomisessa... Matthew Costello asuu Yhdysvalloissa ja on kirjoittanut lukuisia menestysromaaneja, kuten Vacation (2011), Home (2014) ja Beneath Still Waters (1989), josta on tehty myös elokuva. Hän on ollut käsikirjoittajana Disney Channelilla, BBC:llä ja SyFy:ssä ja on lisäksi suunnitellut kymmeniä myyntitilastojen kärkipaikkapelejä, kuten kriitikoidenkin arvostama The 7th Guest, Doom 3, Rage ja Pirates of the Caribbean. Neil Richards on työskennellyt tuottajana ja käsikirjoittajana televisiossa ja elokuvissa, muun muassa BBC:llä, Disneyllä ja Channel 4:llä, ja on kerännyt urallaan lukuisia Bafta-ehdokkuuksia. Lisäksi hän on käsikirjoittanut yli 20 videopeliä, kuten Da Vinci Code ja Starship Titanic, kirjoittanut yhdessä Douglas Adamsin kanssa ja kiertää maailmaa opettamassa digitaalista tarinankerrontaa. Yhteistyö New Yorkissa asuvan Matt Costellon kanssa alkoi jo 1990-luvun lopulla, ja he ovat kirjoittaneet yhdessä tv-sarjoja monen tunnin edestä. Mydworthin mysteerit on toinen heidän yhdessä kirjoittamansa rikossarja.


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Uusi mysteerisarja Cherringhamin tekijöiltä! Mydworthin mysteerit on uusi sarja suosittujen Cherringhamin mysteerien kirjoittajilta. Tällä kertaa ollaan 1920–1930-lukujen taitteessa, ja arvoitusten parissa ahkeroi hurmaava aviopari, sir Harry Mortimer ja hänen epäsovinnainen vaimonsa Kat, jotka ovat hankkineet hyödyllisiä taitoja vuosinaan maailmalla. Laukaus yössä tapahtuu Uusi mysteerisarja Cherringhamin tekijöiltä! Mydworthin mysteerit on uusi sarja suosittujen Cherringhamin mysteerien kirjoittajilta. Tällä kertaa ollaan 1920–1930-lukujen taitteessa, ja arvoitusten parissa ahkeroi hurmaava aviopari, sir Harry Mortimer ja hänen epäsovinnainen vaimonsa Kat, jotka ovat hankkineet hyödyllisiä taitoja vuosinaan maailmalla. Laukaus yössä tapahtuu vuonna 1929. Mydworth on uinuva pikkukaupunki Sussexissa Lontoon lähistöllä. Mutta muutoksen tuulet puhaltavat: sir Harry Mortimer palaa Kairosta mukanaan amerikkalainen vaimonsa Kat. Tuskin he ovat asettuneet uuteen kotiinsa, kun Harryn tädin kartanossa tapahtuu jalokiviryöstö ja Harry ja Kat pääsevät kokeilemaan taitojaan rikosten ratkomisessa... Matthew Costello asuu Yhdysvalloissa ja on kirjoittanut lukuisia menestysromaaneja, kuten Vacation (2011), Home (2014) ja Beneath Still Waters (1989), josta on tehty myös elokuva. Hän on ollut käsikirjoittajana Disney Channelilla, BBC:llä ja SyFy:ssä ja on lisäksi suunnitellut kymmeniä myyntitilastojen kärkipaikkapelejä, kuten kriitikoidenkin arvostama The 7th Guest, Doom 3, Rage ja Pirates of the Caribbean. Neil Richards on työskennellyt tuottajana ja käsikirjoittajana televisiossa ja elokuvissa, muun muassa BBC:llä, Disneyllä ja Channel 4:llä, ja on kerännyt urallaan lukuisia Bafta-ehdokkuuksia. Lisäksi hän on käsikirjoittanut yli 20 videopeliä, kuten Da Vinci Code ja Starship Titanic, kirjoittanut yhdessä Douglas Adamsin kanssa ja kiertää maailmaa opettamassa digitaalista tarinankerrontaa. Yhteistyö New Yorkissa asuvan Matt Costellon kanssa alkoi jo 1990-luvun lopulla, ja he ovat kirjoittaneet yhdessä tv-sarjoja monen tunnin edestä. Mydworthin mysteerit on toinen heidän yhdessä kirjoittamansa rikossarja.

30 review for A Shot in the Dark

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Mydworth Mysteries #1 Publication Date: 7/31/19 What a delightful introduction to a new series this book was! I love historical mysteries and this will be a new favorite series for me. I love that it features an American and a Brit and that the writers are also – one American and one Brit. That means that we get the correct lingo, etc. from both sides. Love it! Kat Reilly and Sir Harry Mortimer are, on the surface, an unlikely match. He is an English aristocrat and she is the daughter of an Series: Mydworth Mysteries #1 Publication Date: 7/31/19 What a delightful introduction to a new series this book was! I love historical mysteries and this will be a new favorite series for me. I love that it features an American and a Brit and that the writers are also – one American and one Brit. That means that we get the correct lingo, etc. from both sides. Love it! Kat Reilly and Sir Harry Mortimer are, on the surface, an unlikely match. He is an English aristocrat and she is the daughter of an American pub owner. Yet, each has served in the war and then served their countries in other capacities. Now, they have found each other and love. Kat and Sir Harry are on their way to Mydworth Manor to begin their new life together. As their car and baggage are being unloaded from the steamer ship, a messenger shows up with an urgent summons for Harry to make an appearance at the Home Office. So, Kat heads to Mydworth on her own – driving Harry’s prized Alvis motorcar. She had a lovely adventure with learning the rules of the English road. When she arrives at the dower house they plan to live in, it is dark and boarded up. Didn’t their housekeeper get the cable advising of their arrival? Kat heads off, on foot, across the field to the manor house where Harry’s aunt lives hoping for a place to spend the night and await Harry’s arrival. She arrives to find a man climbing out a window – only to be shot – and then more bullets are flying all around – several flying very close to Kat. What a welcome to her new home! Since Mydworth is a very small community, Harry’s aunt asks him and Kat to investigate. When the dead man is identified, they worry that the murderer might be close to home. With the house full of guests and servants galore, there are plenty of suspects to go around. Time is of the essence since the guests are all planning to leave. With suspects aplenty, Kit and Harry have to work quickly to identify the guilty party. Who murdered the man who just happened to be a jewel thief? The solution is hard-won, the villain unexpected and the punishment sad. I loved the romance and the mystery was interesting – but I never did understand why the dower house was unprepared for their arrival. Just something that was left undone and unexplained, yet it was an integral part of the plot I am really looking forward to the next books in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    MaryJo Dawson

    This novella introduces the reader to Sir Harry Mortimer and his American born birde Kat Reilly. One gets the impression the authors decided to do a fun take off that combines Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, Nick and Nora Charles, and maybe Mr. and Mrs. North. I didn't mind another series taking place among the well-to- do in Britain during the mid-twentieth century, if it was interesting, well written, well done. This isn't. There is every stereotype in the book, complete with past and murky time sp This novella introduces the reader to Sir Harry Mortimer and his American born birde Kat Reilly. One gets the impression the authors decided to do a fun take off that combines Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, Nick and Nora Charles, and maybe Mr. and Mrs. North. I didn't mind another series taking place among the well-to- do in Britain during the mid-twentieth century, if it was interesting, well written, well done. This isn't. There is every stereotype in the book, complete with past and murky time spent in the secret service during the war. Kat is extra savvy, extra modern, extra smart - of course. Way ahead of her time, which is an update from those couples mentioned above, perhaps, but her character is still pretty type-cast. The plot, the setting, the other characters, in my opinion also true to form. The author lacked the creativity to write something really interesting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Van Damme

    Fun cosy mystery set in a fictional Sussex village in 1929. Harry is the typical English "old chap" and Kat is his impulsive wife, whose upbringing in the Bronx couldn't be further from Harry's upbringing with his aunt, Lady Lavinia. They make a great duo, they are opposites but very much alike in all the ways that matter, and I loved them from page 1! Master sleuth that I am, I guessed most of the plot, though I did need Kat and Harry to fill in the details, but who even cares when the way to th Fun cosy mystery set in a fictional Sussex village in 1929. Harry is the typical English "old chap" and Kat is his impulsive wife, whose upbringing in the Bronx couldn't be further from Harry's upbringing with his aunt, Lady Lavinia. They make a great duo, they are opposites but very much alike in all the ways that matter, and I loved them from page 1! Master sleuth that I am, I guessed most of the plot, though I did need Kat and Harry to fill in the details, but who even cares when the way to the finale is so entertaining?! If cosy mysteries are your bag, this one needs to find its way onto your shelves! Recommended!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shaelyn

    Had really high hopes for this one, but couldn't get over the constant praising between the newlyweds as well as the reminders that she came from a " rough, poor, American "background and that he's used to all that the ' elegant, rich and English' lifestyle entails- we certainly understand the concept, we're some of the same readers of the Cherringham series and I feel like they don't shove the differences in our faces in the manner that they did in this- but maybe they actually do and it's more Had really high hopes for this one, but couldn't get over the constant praising between the newlyweds as well as the reminders that she came from a " rough, poor, American "background and that he's used to all that the ' elegant, rich and English' lifestyle entails- we certainly understand the concept, we're some of the same readers of the Cherringham series and I feel like they don't shove the differences in our faces in the manner that they did in this- but maybe they actually do and it's more annoying (to me at least) because it's newlyweds we're reading about And not a platonic older pair - it feels like too much -in this.The mystery and other characters were very mediocre. I will definitely check out more of the series to see if there will be an improvement- I really hope so because this was a big disappointment.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Whipp

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This felt like the outline for TV show more than a novel. The characters were one dimensional, and the writing was filled with too many sentence fragments, as well as an overuse of italics. As for the plot, a lot of holes, such as how a chauffeur who couldn't hold a job was hired in the first place. And the two main characters who supposedly worked in intelligence during the war took their time in realizing what was obvious to most mystery readers instantly - there was no second thief. It was th This felt like the outline for TV show more than a novel. The characters were one dimensional, and the writing was filled with too many sentence fragments, as well as an overuse of italics. As for the plot, a lot of holes, such as how a chauffeur who couldn't hold a job was hired in the first place. And the two main characters who supposedly worked in intelligence during the war took their time in realizing what was obvious to most mystery readers instantly - there was no second thief. It was thankfully short.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    What a find! A Shot in the Dark is the debut to a mystery series featuring the debonair Sir Harry Mortimer and his modern American wife, Kat Reilly. The pair met in Cairo when both were diplomatic attachés, and they’re chic, sophisticated and clever. Think a more Bohemian and elegant Tommy and Tuppence Beresford with one soupçon of Nick and Nora Charles and another of Lord Peter Wimsey in harness with Harriet Vane. Readers will adore this audiobook, which is just the right length (short) for my What a find! A Shot in the Dark is the debut to a mystery series featuring the debonair Sir Harry Mortimer and his modern American wife, Kat Reilly. The pair met in Cairo when both were diplomatic attachés, and they’re chic, sophisticated and clever. Think a more Bohemian and elegant Tommy and Tuppence Beresford with one soupçon of Nick and Nora Charles and another of Lord Peter Wimsey in harness with Harriet Vane. Readers will adore this audiobook, which is just the right length (short) for my frazzled attention span during the COVID pandemic. The series is penned by the English Neil Richards and American Matthew Costello, who are better known for their modern series set in the village Cherringham in the Cotswold. I can’t remember which one of the Cherringham series audiobooks I picked, but it was unreadable — er, unlistenable. I’m happy to report the Mydworth series is much, much, much better.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    This is a fun and quick read. These are new to me authors who have hit the mark. Sir Harry Mortimer and his new American wife, Katherine (Kat) have returned to England from Cairo. Kat and Harry have been working for their respective governments. Each of them have been doing work which is not exactly a match to their job descriptions. They both seek facts in interesting ways. They are going to live in the dower house on the grounds at Mydworth Manor. Things do not go as planned. Before they even get This is a fun and quick read. These are new to me authors who have hit the mark. Sir Harry Mortimer and his new American wife, Katherine (Kat) have returned to England from Cairo. Kat and Harry have been working for their respective governments. Each of them have been doing work which is not exactly a match to their job descriptions. They both seek facts in interesting ways. They are going to live in the dower house on the grounds at Mydworth Manor. Things do not go as planned. Before they even get to see Harry’s Aunt Lavinia, there is a murder, a body falls out of a second story window and many shots are fired. Lavinia has been having a house party with only the best people as guests. The dead body is her former driver. His pockets are filled with jewels. That fact leads to many suspects. The investigation by Kat and Harry is fast moving and very informative. Many of the people who are involved in the mystery, know Harry from the past. That gives Harry background knowledge. Kat has experience in asking questions, that gives her a helpful skill. There is humor throughout the story. The mystery is well done. This is the first in a series, so the reader gets a good amount of background information. I liked this story and I look forward to seeing the next book in the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    Nice light read

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cody E. Tower

    *Slightly spoilery, but only in a negative sort of way* Let me start by saying that I DID enjoy this novella. I think Kat and Harry are lovely, and I shall probably continue with the series, and maybe even give Cherringham a visit, but there is something that claws at my mind just a tad. Kat's observations of the death could not possibly be right with how the man was eventually proved to have died. I spent most of the story mentally running around trying to develop a far more complicated crime to *Slightly spoilery, but only in a negative sort of way* Let me start by saying that I DID enjoy this novella. I think Kat and Harry are lovely, and I shall probably continue with the series, and maybe even give Cherringham a visit, but there is something that claws at my mind just a tad. Kat's observations of the death could not possibly be right with how the man was eventually proved to have died. I spent most of the story mentally running around trying to develop a far more complicated crime to account for information that seems to just be wrong. After all, if a man is shot in the head and consequently falls backwards out of an upper floor window is dead before he falls, so he should not be kicking and spiraling his arms. He would have to be shot after he fell... I don't think I ever came up with a satisfactory answer to how the seven muzzle flashes could be seen from the window when he must have been shot at the ground, but I must admit I was a little disappointed that it turned out there WAS no explanation.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maureen O'Connor

    If one could give a rating below one star, this would be the book to get a negative rating. It reads like a first draft of a short story assignment in a year one writing course. The dialogue captures neither the British nor the American syntax and rhythm. I was shocked to learn there were two authors intending to cover both sides of the Atlantic. The premise is weak; there is no continuity from one scene to another and any semblance of investigative technique is missing. Little is done to evoke If one could give a rating below one star, this would be the book to get a negative rating. It reads like a first draft of a short story assignment in a year one writing course. The dialogue captures neither the British nor the American syntax and rhythm. I was shocked to learn there were two authors intending to cover both sides of the Atlantic. The premise is weak; there is no continuity from one scene to another and any semblance of investigative technique is missing. Little is done to evoke the period or to describe the setting. This is a series to skip

  11. 4 out of 5

    Myriam Correa

    I love historical mysteries, especially English. This was a nice little novella, with a cute just married couple and a light plot. I’ll probably continue with the series. I hope the style of writing will be more 1920’s. When I was reading the book, it looked like it was written by a 21st. century author telling a story about a 1929 crime. Which is what it is ! But I don’t think that’s what the authors wanted.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Stults

    Not great I like the Cherringham series and was excited at this new setting. A good read was spoiled by the plethora of "hmmm's" used ad museum. Eliminate those and the story will be a more enjoyable read and less irritating. Not great I like the Cherringham series and was excited at this new setting. A good read was spoiled by the plethora of "hmmm's" used ad museum. Eliminate those and the story will be a more enjoyable read and less irritating.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carol Evans

    I’ve listened to several of the Cherringham series by this Richards and Costello, so when I stumbled across A Shot in the Dark, the first in their Mydworth series, I went ahead and picked it up. I enjoy a light mystery novella, and this fit the bill. Lord Harry Mortimer and his new wife, Kat have just arrived in England, when Harry is called to Whitehall on urgent business. So Kat decides to drive herself to their new home, but when she arrives, it’s all locked up. She walks across the fields to I’ve listened to several of the Cherringham series by this Richards and Costello, so when I stumbled across A Shot in the Dark, the first in their Mydworth series, I went ahead and picked it up. I enjoy a light mystery novella, and this fit the bill. Lord Harry Mortimer and his new wife, Kat have just arrived in England, when Harry is called to Whitehall on urgent business. So Kat decides to drive herself to their new home, but when she arrives, it’s all locked up. She walks across the fields to “nearby” Mydworth Manor where Harry’s aunt, Lady Lavinia, lives. As she arrives she hears gunshots, a man falls from a window and more shots are fired in her direction. Not quite what she was expecting. Harry arrives and they search the body and find jewelry in his pockets. The man was Lady Lavinia’s driver, who was apparently shot while attempting to rob one of her guests. She asks Harry, and by extension Kat, to look into it, not trusting the local police. Harry is definitely a member of the British upper class and Kat is from America, daughter of a bar owner, but has clearly done a lot of work for the State Department, some probably less than savory. They make a good couple, capable and clever. The whodunnit was a bit easy to solve, but watching Kat and Harry put all the pieces together was enjoyable. It’s a fine start to the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicki

    I do love a cosy mystery! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I particularly like them set in England in the early part of the 20th Century. In fact one of my favourites is the Amory Ames series by Ashley Weaver, and this series is very similar! I really enjoyed my first outing with Sir Harry and his American wife Kat. Harry is the perfect English gentleman, and Kat is very American, in that she have very modern way of thinking and interacting with strangers. None of t I do love a cosy mystery! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I particularly like them set in England in the early part of the 20th Century. In fact one of my favourites is the Amory Ames series by Ashley Weaver, and this series is very similar! I really enjoyed my first outing with Sir Harry and his American wife Kat. Harry is the perfect English gentleman, and Kat is very American, in that she have very modern way of thinking and interacting with strangers. None of that class nonsense with Kat, thank goodness! I loved Kat’s driving adventure in the Alvis, even though Harry wasn’t keen on her going by herself. There were some very amusing moments, particularly went she was driving through a very narrow tunnel and then getting lost. Although the crime wasn’t difficult to solve, it was fun to follow Harry and Kat as they unravelled the whole mystery, especially some of the final scenes involving Kat and the getaway car. Nathaniel Parker’s narrator was superb, I loved his portrayal of Harry, Kat and Lady Lavinia. In fact his voices for the women were pretty amazing! I enjoyed this one so much that I bought the other three in the audible sale for £1.10 each, a real bargain. Definitely recommended if you enjoy cosy mysteries! Thanks to Kelly @ FromBelgiumWithBookLove for highlighting this series on Twitter the other day.☺

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    #1 of the Mydworth Mysteries series Lord Harry Mortimer and his new wife, Kat have just arrived in England, when Harry is called to Whitehall on urgent business. So Kat decides to drive herself to their new home, in his beloved Alvis…. Eventually, she arrives at Dower House, but it’s all locked up, so she walks to nearby Mydworth Manor, home to Harry aunt, Lady Lavinia. But, as she arrives she hears gunshots, a man falls from a window and more shots are fired in her direction…..What a welcome! Harr #1 of the Mydworth Mysteries series Lord Harry Mortimer and his new wife, Kat have just arrived in England, when Harry is called to Whitehall on urgent business. So Kat decides to drive herself to their new home, in his beloved Alvis…. Eventually, she arrives at Dower House, but it’s all locked up, so she walks to nearby Mydworth Manor, home to Harry aunt, Lady Lavinia. But, as she arrives she hears gunshots, a man falls from a window and more shots are fired in her direction…..What a welcome! Harry arrives and they search the body and find jewellery in his pockets…..who is this man? And how did he know where to find these jewels? Kat and Harry put their skills and knowledge to use to find out…. All set in 1920’s England amongst the upper classes, this is a marvellously fun crime thriller from a simpler time. It reminded me of the novels of Josephine Tey and is a must for readers of a classic style mystery. A quick read but packs a lot in. I loved it

  16. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    There's nothing really wrong with this detective novella set in the 1920s. It's just a bit bland and not very exciting, with somewhat 2D characters. I see the authors have written for TV a lot, and I think perhaps this would work better as a TV drama, with actors giving the characters more personality. There's nothing really wrong with this detective novella set in the 1920s. It's just a bit bland and not very exciting, with somewhat 2D characters. I see the authors have written for TV a lot, and I think perhaps this would work better as a TV drama, with actors giving the characters more personality.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ShanDizzy

    Cozy murder This was a fun start to an exciting mystery series. The manor house, the characters, the cars all set in late 1920s! Fantastic! And then throw in an American, from the Bronx with THAT accent in the British aristocracy...this will definitely be a fun ride!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Philina

    Characters with lots of potential, but sadly a very foreseeable (boring) ending.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Very short and not much to it. Tolerable, but nothing to write home about. Unfortunately the narrator does not do a good female American accent.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donna Weaver

    This was a fun read and did a great job of setting up characters and setting for this series. I really enjoyed the two characters, Harry and his American wife Kat. They've come to England instead of working in other places for their different governments. It'll be fun to see how Kat fits into her husband's very English lifestyle, especially since he's got a title. Looking forward to the next book. This was a fun read and did a great job of setting up characters and setting for this series. I really enjoyed the two characters, Harry and his American wife Kat. They've come to England instead of working in other places for their different governments. It'll be fun to see how Kat fits into her husband's very English lifestyle, especially since he's got a title. Looking forward to the next book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eden

    2019 bk 307. This is the same book (in paperback) as A shot in the Dark by Matthew Costello. I'm not sure what is going on with the placement of this book with two different authors. It is a cute mystery, characters with fun dialog between them as newlyweds negotiating the new to them rules of living and having to deal with the differences of one being American and one being British. The theft appears to be based on a real crime, with murder being added to the mix. I enjoyed the book and thought 2019 bk 307. This is the same book (in paperback) as A shot in the Dark by Matthew Costello. I'm not sure what is going on with the placement of this book with two different authors. It is a cute mystery, characters with fun dialog between them as newlyweds negotiating the new to them rules of living and having to deal with the differences of one being American and one being British. The theft appears to be based on a real crime, with murder being added to the mix. I enjoyed the book and thought it was a first book by the authors, then I discovered they have written television and gaming stories for years, in addition to another best selling mystery series. It didn't quite have the sophistication I would have expected. The authors did an excellent job with the historical setting, the location, and the pacing of the story. I will most likely purchase the second in the series as that was the one that caught my eye first.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I love the Cherringham series by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards and so I was excited to see that they have a new series out- especially in my favorite niche genre British period mysteries. I enjoyed this... It was entertaining and I’ve already started the second book, but I was a little disappointed. The characters weren’t super developed and the plot was too simple for my tastes. It’s great for a mindless, easy, fun read though.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Duration: 3 hrs 28 mins. Publisher: Lübbe Audio. A Shot in the Dark, Mydworth Mysteries - A Cosy Historical Mystery Series, Book 1 by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards kicks off another charming mystery series from the authors of the best-selling Cherringham audiobooks. This audiobook was an easy purchase for me, as not only do I enjoy two other cosy mystery series from this publisher, Lubbe Audio, but it combines the authors of one (Cherringham) and the narrator of the other (Bunburry). As I wait Duration: 3 hrs 28 mins. Publisher: Lübbe Audio. A Shot in the Dark, Mydworth Mysteries - A Cosy Historical Mystery Series, Book 1 by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards kicks off another charming mystery series from the authors of the best-selling Cherringham audiobooks. This audiobook was an easy purchase for me, as not only do I enjoy two other cosy mystery series from this publisher, Lubbe Audio, but it combines the authors of one (Cherringham) and the narrator of the other (Bunburry). As I wait - rather impatiently - for new books in those series, I took my first trip to Mydworth; where Harry Mortimer and his his wife, Kat, arrive with quite a splash. It's unusual to have a happily-married young couple as the amateur sleuths in a story like this, but they make such a good team that it was a very welcome change. Harry's unguarded devotion to his wife and the pride he took in her skills and successes was a delight, and made him far more likeable. As with all Lubbe productions, this audiobook featured their signature jangly musical intro - which I'm not especially fond of. Mydworth is another excellent cosy mystery series from Lubbe, and it was the perfect audiobook to take my mind off the tumult in the world right now. It's a short enough adventure that it didn't seem daunting to embark upon at a time when my attention is being pulled in 100 different directions at once, but it still packs a punch. The narrator, Nathaniel Parker, was a joy to listen to, as ever. He has the perfect classic, refined voice to bring out the best in aristocratic characters from the roaring 20s, and even manages Kat's American accent without it sounding too false or out of place in the English village. He has such a soothing voice that he makes a wonderful narrator for cosy mysteries, and I knew the story was in good hands from the start. I've already put book 2 on my wishlist, and I'd heartily recommend the Mydworth series to fans of Cherringham and Bunburry, but also to listeners who enjoy T. E. Kinsey's Lady Hardcastle series, which is set in a similar period. (Click here to buy this book, listen to a sample, or add it to your wishlist!) You can read the full review on my blog. If you liked this review then please join me for more! | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline sharp

    As we are going through difficult times I have been struggling to read and give my fullest focus on heavy reading books. But I recently purchased the first three books in this series from RedDogpress.co.uk. I found this first book to be just the thing I needed, a cozy mystery, introducing Sir Harry Mortimer and his new American wife Kat Reilly. It is the perfect tonic. I love these characters. Set in Sussex 1929, Harry and Kat have just arrived in England and Kat is looking forward to seeing Mydw As we are going through difficult times I have been struggling to read and give my fullest focus on heavy reading books. But I recently purchased the first three books in this series from RedDogpress.co.uk. I found this first book to be just the thing I needed, a cozy mystery, introducing Sir Harry Mortimer and his new American wife Kat Reilly. It is the perfect tonic. I love these characters. Set in Sussex 1929, Harry and Kat have just arrived in England and Kat is looking forward to seeing Mydworth, but from the minute they arrive Harry is called away on important business, and begrudgingly allows Kat to drive his car to Mydworth. The very confident Kat is happy to drive until she almost crashes into a bus and then gets lost. A few mishaps and she arrives at Harry’s home, but no one is in. So she starts to trek to Harry’s aunts home Mydworth Manor. However just as she arrives, there are things going on! Jewellery has been stolen, someone is dead, but who is telling the truth. Harry and Kat find themselves investigating this mystery. This I a book you can devour within a couple of hours. I loved it and will be looking forward to the next two I already have and I believe a new one is due out soon. The Mydworth Mysteries series is my new go to at the moment for some entertaining, curl up in a chair or on the bed reading. If you are struggling grab a copy of this and relax. The authors have also written a number of books in another series, the Cherringham Series which you can listen to, read by Neil Dudgeon from Midsommer Murders. Another series to consider.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Indra

    There is some criticism in reviews on Amazon and elsewhere online that the suspect was fairly clear from the start, though I feel they may have missed something. For me, Shot in the Dark wasn’t all about finding out ‘who dunnit’, but rather the motive behind it and if they can prove everything in time. While the plot could have been expanded on and explored further had the book been longer, I still feel that it’s a great book. As there aren’t too many characters in Shot in the Dark, the main cast There is some criticism in reviews on Amazon and elsewhere online that the suspect was fairly clear from the start, though I feel they may have missed something. For me, Shot in the Dark wasn’t all about finding out ‘who dunnit’, but rather the motive behind it and if they can prove everything in time. While the plot could have been expanded on and explored further had the book been longer, I still feel that it’s a great book. As there aren’t too many characters in Shot in the Dark, the main cast are well rounded and feel quite human. The relationship between Kat and Harry is a well-written and believable example of newly weds in love starting off on their new life together. Even the character of Aunt Lavinia isn’t the stereotypical cold and dower older lady. Though there is a lot of what you would expect from this aristocrat, Aunt Lavinia also has some warmth and personality to her too. All in all this is a great book and I have to say I’m looking forward to reading more in this series as I have some questions left over. What exactly were the jobs that Harry, and especially Kat, doing overseas? How does Kat know how to fight? I’m hoping that future books in the Mydworth Mysteries series will explore these points and more. This is a great book for anyone who enjoyed Downtown Abbey and Midsommer Murders; it’s the perfect blend of the two and would make a great series itself. Reviewed on www.bookbloglondon.co.uk using an ARC from Red Dog Press

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth du Fresne

    Mydworth Mysteries joins the Cherringham series by Costello and Richards As a fan of the 30+ Cherringham village mysteries, I looked forward to sampling the dual authors' new Mydworth mysteries. While the first series is an approximate current milieu, the new series opens with its first entry, A Shot in the Dark, set in 1929 in upper class Britain in Suffux The couple Harry and Kat Mortimer, Sir and Lady Mortimer, has a backstory that tells us the two met in Egypt working for their respective emb Mydworth Mysteries joins the Cherringham series by Costello and Richards As a fan of the 30+ Cherringham village mysteries, I looked forward to sampling the dual authors' new Mydworth mysteries. While the first series is an approximate current milieu, the new series opens with its first entry, A Shot in the Dark, set in 1929 in upper class Britain in Suffux The couple Harry and Kat Mortimer, Sir and Lady Mortimer, has a backstory that tells us the two met in Egypt working for their respective embassies in intelligence, Kat being a Bronx girl raised in her father's bar in the borough. Harry's autocratic title is worn loosely. He adores his new wife and brings her home to England to begin their married life and the series. They end up at his aunt Lavinia's who raised Harry after his parents' death. A house party is underway and before they enter the house they experience 7 gun shots and aunt Lavinia's now dead driver who was shot as he was leaping from a window in Mydworth Manor. Lavinia asks them to quietly investigate the matter in addition to the efforts of the provincial constablulary. And that's how their first weekend in England is spent. Much tongue in cheek reparte' and sarcastic throw away lines is leveraged into their endeavors. Remind s you just a touch of Amelia and Radcliffe in Elizabeth Peters' Egyptian series. This is a lovely addition to the historical cozy mystery genre. More to come.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Hare

    This is a delightful, historical cozy mystery set in post WWI England. I really enjoyed the characters and how they interacted with each other. As the wife was American and the husband upper class British. This allowed for humorous relief as the language and cultural expectations sometimes clashed. The supporting characters were unique and some quirky. The narrative was well done allowing the reader to visualize the era and setting in which the story takes place. The story is told from both the This is a delightful, historical cozy mystery set in post WWI England. I really enjoyed the characters and how they interacted with each other. As the wife was American and the husband upper class British. This allowed for humorous relief as the language and cultural expectations sometimes clashed. The supporting characters were unique and some quirky. The narrative was well done allowing the reader to visualize the era and setting in which the story takes place. The story is told from both the husband and wife’s point of view, allowing insight into their deductive reasoning, their motivations and their actions. The mystery had numerous suspects, subtle clues, surprises, danger and suspense. The storyline flowed along smoothly and quickly. I enjoyed the fact that both husband and wife were Intelligent, interesting and strong characters that worked really well together. This was a well written story, so if you like cozy, historical mysteries you should enjoy this one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Niken Widyastuti

    I've been following Cherringham series. So, when the two authors released new series, I'm eager to try, specially because the setting was more "historical" aka in the past. I really liked this book. The characters were likeable, with air of mysteries surrounding them. I liked that though they're married couple, there were things they just discovered about their spouse. I believe both of them were intelligence agents for their respective countries. The story itself was intriguing. Of course, for m I've been following Cherringham series. So, when the two authors released new series, I'm eager to try, specially because the setting was more "historical" aka in the past. I really liked this book. The characters were likeable, with air of mysteries surrounding them. I liked that though they're married couple, there were things they just discovered about their spouse. I believe both of them were intelligence agents for their respective countries. The story itself was intriguing. Of course, for mystery books lover like me, the plot was quite standard. Yet I still found it refreshing due to its simplicity. My only problem with this book was the "hmmm" that being used so often. Was that the way people talk in those days? It was used too often to the point of annoying. Well, I've pre-ordered the second book and hope it will be as good as, or even better than, the first book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    After the Cherringham series caught my attention, I had to see what Richards and Costello were up to with the Mydworth Mysteries. Not disappointed at all since American Kat brings a much-needed spice to the stodgy world of 1929 Sussex, England. Sir Harry Mortimer returns home from his post in Cairo with an American wife while a jewel robbery is taking place at Harry’s aunt’s home. Using the skills that each have honed while in service to their respective Countries, and Harry’s ties to English soc After the Cherringham series caught my attention, I had to see what Richards and Costello were up to with the Mydworth Mysteries. Not disappointed at all since American Kat brings a much-needed spice to the stodgy world of 1929 Sussex, England. Sir Harry Mortimer returns home from his post in Cairo with an American wife while a jewel robbery is taking place at Harry’s aunt’s home. Using the skills that each have honed while in service to their respective Countries, and Harry’s ties to English society, they set out to help a perplexed police force and quickly fine holes in the lies. Mydworth, like the Cherringham series, is a short novel designed as light reading. They take only an hour or two and allows the reader a mental break from more complex books or the realities of what is going on around them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    Open and shut murder mystery, or so it seems. Kat Reilly marries aristocrat Harry Mortimer. Although she is well traveled she has never been to Britain until their return as a married couple. Her first night in Mydworth she heads to her new aunt's manor while Harry has been called away on business. When she arrives, she is just in time to see a man shot climbing out of a window and falling dead on the ground in front of her. Harry arrives shortly after and is told by his aunt that it was Cousin R Open and shut murder mystery, or so it seems. Kat Reilly marries aristocrat Harry Mortimer. Although she is well traveled she has never been to Britain until their return as a married couple. Her first night in Mydworth she heads to her new aunt's manor while Harry has been called away on business. When she arrives, she is just in time to see a man shot climbing out of a window and falling dead on the ground in front of her. Harry arrives shortly after and is told by his aunt that it was Cousin Reggie. Open and shut case. . . Although the introduction lasted a little longer than I might have liked, the story quickly picked up pace after the murder and I enjoyed the book much more. This is the first book in the series and I can't wait to see what happens next. I give this book 4 stars!

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