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May 27, 2015

MURDER BY BEQUEST by John Spencer Yantiss

Sherrod Colsne Mysteries
Book One
John Spencer Yantiss

Murder by Bequest (Sherrod Colsne Mysteries Book 1)

Murder by Bequest is a transatlantic tale of deep romance and multiple murders spanning the Indian sub-continent, Europe and the United States. It follows the often exciting lives of Sherrod Reynard Colsne and Montague Boyd 'Monty' Weston. Monty casually mentions a recent and most bizarre murder in the hopes of calling his employer and friend to action. Action in this sense means business, the work of a professional detective. Little does Monty know that his choice of stimulus is prophetic. When faced with Eleanor Catherine Harkness, the eldest Scion of the murdered man who is convinced the authorities are botching the investigation is determine to hire both Monty and Colsne to solve the case for her. A literary adventure awaits you within these pages. Find out how this riveting mystery unfolds.

The Sherrod Colsne Mysteries are not for everyone. If you are passionate about language as not only a means of basic communications, but as a means of artistic expression in an of itself, and you are a mystery enthusiast, you will absolutely enjoy exploring "the granite palace," Colsne's New York townhouse, and its inhabitants. If you are of the "Tweeting," "texting," "newspeak" crowd, then you will not. For those who enjoy classically written literature, and a good riddle, a recherché thriller, on the order of Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, et alia, you will find Sherrod Colsne extremely refreshing. Those who liked clipped, shallow--and sallow--verbiage, will not.

The author, John Spencer Yantiss wrote a wonderful, old fashioned detective murder mystery. Two life changing events, only to be done away with, were an all natural childbirth over two decades ago, the other three were murders and one was an attempted slaying.  The book is intriguing and  interesting.
 The beginning is  Eleanor Harkness visiting detective
Sherrod Reynard Colsne and his confidant, Montague Boyd 'Monty' Weston.  They lived in the New York City, "Granite Palace".  They meet to discuss finding her father's killer.
The book spans many years and continents over just 4 days.  Monty writes from his point of view.  During the story other murders take place and the true mystery is who the true killer is.  The author allows the reader to be there as there are detailed sights and sounds of New York, Europe and India.  The author apparently did a lot of research and travel to give the reader his believable story with
characters you feel you know.
If you are a murder/mystery lover, I would recommend this to anyone who loves fine story lines that end up wrapped up in a consistent manner.
I received a complimentary copy of MURDER BY BEQUEST from the author, John Spencer Yantiss for my view of the book.

I would give this book 4 STARS.



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