Saturday, September 3, 2016

REVIEW: Cherringham - A Lesson in Murder

Cherringham - A Lesson in Murder
Authors: Matthew Costello & Neil Richards

**I was provided with a copy of this novella by Bastei Entertainment via NetGalley in exchange for a fair, honest review.**

Jack Brennan, a former NYPD officer, once again joins forces with English web designer Sarah Edwards to investigate a mystery. This time the duo is hired to investigate strange occurrences at an expensive girls boarding school. What started as innocent pranks is escalating into increasingly more serious vandalism at Cherringham Girls School. When dead rats are thrown into the swimming pool, Brennan and Edwards are hired to discover the identity of the perpetrator. As clues are discovered and a teacher dies, they discover the real issue is much more serious.

A Lesson in Murder is the 13th installment in the serialized Cherringham Cozy Crime Series. A new story is released in ebook format each month. The stories are available in both German and English. It is not necessary to read the stories in order. This is the first Cherringham story I've read and I was able to jump right in without any problem. There is a short bio of both main characters just before the story begins.

At 103 pages, this novella is a quick read. The plot is fast-paced, engaging, and well-written. I liked the rapport between the two main characters. The pace and feel of the story was reminiscent of television detective shows like Murder She Wrote and Midsomer Murders. There are currently 24 Cherringham stories available.

I definitely want to read more of this serialized mystery series! It was the perfect length for a quick bed-time read!

Matthew Costello and Neil Richards have also collaborated on many scripts for television, radio and computer games.

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