Wednesday, February 7, 2018

[Book Review] Act One, Scene One-Murder by A.H. Richardson

Book Review of Act One, Scene One-Murder by A.H. Richardson

Act One, Scene One-Murder by A.H. Richardson is such a fun, old fashioned murder mystery!

This was the second book featuring Berry Beresford, Sir Victor Hazlitt, and Stan Burgess that I have read, Murder in Little Shendon was the first. So when I was asked if I would like to review another of A.H. Richardson's books, I agreed immediately!

I'm so sad that it took me this long to get to it, but I'm so happy that I've finally read it! This one certainly didn't disappoint!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Act One, Scene One-Murder by A.H. Richardson


Synopsis: 
Talk about drama! To celebrate the opening of his new play, the playwright invites the entire cast to his mysteriously medieval mansion for a gala dinner. As the curtain rises on this festive feast, a scene of chaos occurs when the leading man is murdered. Who could have done it? And why? Old friends - Inspector Stan Burgess, Actor Berry Beresford, and Sir Victor Hazlitt - question an outlandish cast of frightened actors and household staff. The plot thickens with yet another murder occurs, and the intrigue continues until...


My thoughts: 
This one took me awhile to get through only because I picked it up at a very busy time in my life. It's one that I could have otherwise breezed right though! The story was so interesting right from the start, and it only got more and more peculiar as the three gentlemen dug deeper into the situation.

The writing style is so lovely! I'm just a sucker for the classic styled mysteries! This book was so humorous and the banter between the characters is so well-written. The descriptions of the people and surrounding areas were wonderful. And oh my gosh... the description of food made my mouth water!

I loved all of the little hints that were dropped throughout. I thought I had a pretty good guess at who the murderer was, but because of the wonderful writing from this author, I was also second guessing myself! Only once the three gentlemen laid it all out, did all the little hints and such finally fall into place.

This book certainly had a bit of a Clue-vibe going on, and of course I loved every second of it! I couldn't wait to learn more at the same time that the three gentlemen did to see if I could figure the mystery out myself!

The only slight negative I have to point out was that there were many formatting issues, such has missing quotation marks, extra punctuation like ";;" and other small things. But luckily it didn't take away from the overall reading experience.


My favorite passages:
Tantalizing aromas - fresh garlic, baking cheese and crusty baguettes, and wine - permeated the atmosphere, along with the hum of contented chatter from patrons.

"Life has a way of handing out just desserts; of that there is no doubt."- Kieron

Not to worry. A glass of champagne will doubtless serve to remedy the situation, as, indeed it is a remedy for most things, I have discovered.

"Yes, of course I'm all right. Just suffering from a bit of wounded dignity. Ouch!"-Berry

"Life has a way of handing out just desserts; of that there is no doubt."- Kieron


My final thoughts:
Bravo, A.H. Richardson! I cannot wait to read more of your work!

I would highly recommend this one to any mystery fan that doesn't mind a bit of drama and gossip!



Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite old fashioned mystery?

16 comments:

  1. It's great when a book clicks with your sense of humor, and banter is usually fun! I like the sound of the Clue vibe too. Glad you enjoyed this one!

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  2. Murder mystery isn't my jam, but I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! I try to stay away from scary books, movies and anything else that goes bump in the night.

    Formatting issues are a bummer! Was it an advanced copy? If so, hopefully things were straightened out before it published!

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    1. :-D Hmm, I'm actually not sure! It wasn't marked with anything that indicated that it was an ARC, but I suppose it still could have been!

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  3. Oh, I'm a big fan of Clue! Haha you said precisely the right thing to get me interested :) Great review Erica!

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    1. :-D I hope you love it as much as I did!! :) I'm just a sucker for this genre, and A.H. Richardson is such a great writer!

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  4. This sounds so fun! I love that it has such a vintage feel!

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    1. Right?! I love books like this so much!

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  5. The Clue vibe totally sold me. Sounds like fun!

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    1. Right?! I'm a total sucker for books that are a bit like clue!

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  6. Oo a clue vibe! I’ll have to add this one to my to read list. Wonderful review, I’m glad you enjoyed it. 😀

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  7. This book made me smile, as did your mention of the Clue vibe -- I LOVED that movie!

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  8. Great Review Erica, this is actually the first time I heard about this book series. And it looks and sounds absolutely amazing and right up my alley. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and putting this book on my radar.

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