#Review : A Testament to Murder by Vivian Conroy. @VivWrites @canelo_co

Today I’m reviewing this book which I discovered by accident a few months ago. I can’t remember when exactly but given I have the next book on my to-read list, this book was clearly not a recent acquisition.  Anyway, I’m slowly catching up on myself so you can find my review below……

Blurb:

A dying billionaire. Nine would-be heirs. But only one will take the prize…

At the lush Villa Calypso on the French Riviera, a dying billionaire launches a devious plan: at midnight each day he appoints a new heir to his vast fortune. If he dies within 24 hours, that person takes it all. If not, their chance is gone forever.

Yet these are no ordinary beneficiaries, these men who crossed him, women who deceived him, and distant relations intent on reclaiming the family fortune. All are determined to lend death a hand and outwit their rivals in pursuit of the prize.

As tensions mount with every passing second, retired Scotland Yard investigator Jasper must stay two steps ahead of every player if he hopes to prevent the billionaire’s devious game from becoming a testament to murder…

 

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My Review:  This was an interesting read. What would you do if someone left you everything in their will but only if they died on the day you were named and, if they survived the next day someone else could inherit? It’s an interesting twist on the classic country house mysteries. Here no one has killed the billionaire and then been investigated, but rather he seems almost to be hoping to be killed by playing a game with his relatives and potential beneficiaries.

I have to admit there was the odd occasion on which I got a bit confused with some of the characters, there were two I found quite similar and muddled them up once or twice but aside from that I really enjoyed this story. It was such an unusual premise, I don’t know what I would do in these circumstances, would I leave and inherit nothing or stay and risk being accused of murder and still potentially inherit nothing.  The characters are a bit as you would expect in this situation and from classic country house mysteries, all deception, suspicion and red herrings, not to mention the number of hidden secrets that are revealed.  I found Jasper, the investigator to be very methodical and intelligent but I even had my doubts about him in the end. To say more would risk spoilers but let me just say that I’m not sure of his morals after reading this book. He’s back in the next one though so it should be interesting to meet him again.

The next book is out on 1st July which is only a few weeks away so now is the perfect time to discover this intriguing book for yourself.

 

 

 

 

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