Matthew Costello – Cherringham 15: The Last Puzzle

costello_15
Matthew Costello – The Last Puzzle

Quentin Andrews is dead. As a surprise to many not only in Cherringham, he was quite wealthy and has left a large fortune. Sarah’s father is astonished, obviously he hardly knew anything about his chess mate who pretended to work as an inventor of crossword puzzles. When the deceased’s will is read, the very last puzzle is opened: whoever of the four potential heirs – his brother, his ex-lover, his carer and an old friend – can solve it, will get all the money. Since Quentin Andrews was already 89 years old and suffered from heart weakness, the attack does not raise suspicion first, but when Sarah and Jack dig a bit deeper into Quentin’s life and the four heirs, the death becomes more and more suspicious.

The 15th episode of the cosy crime series can come up with a good story and a surprisingly exciting plot. I have read the previous episodes but after some time, they became more and more repetitive and could not really entertain me anymore. Yet, I had some waiting time today and picked another one which could fulfil what I expect from such a quick cosy crime novel: some twists and turns in the plot, yet a straightforward solution which does not leave any questions unanswered and some typical English-village-ingredients. All in all, I could cover the waiting time in quite a pleasurable way.

 

Advertisements