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The Inheritance by Simon Tolkien


Cover art: The Inheritance Reviewer: Michael Smith
Title: The Inheritance
Author: Simon Tolkien
Publisher: Minotaur
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-67253-9
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Mystery/Suspense
Year/Setting: England 1959
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Simon's Website: www.simontolkien.com

I would highly recommend reading the introductory note on English Death Penalty cases as this gives the reader insight into the English law.

The prologue relates the dastardly deed lead by Col. John Cade with Sgt. Ritter and Cpl. Carson in Normandy during the invasion of France. Cade interrogates a family to obtain a book referred to as The Codex. This book was originally written by medieval monks in code that reveal clues to treasure locations. There are subplots involving a search for clues to finding one of history’s greatest prizes, the Cross of St. Peter. John believes the Codex will lead him to the Cross.

There is a vast cast of characters within the home of John Cade and those involved in his murder. Fast forward to the testimony delivered at the trial regarding the murder. We learn from recollections and testimony that:

After Cade’s death, Sasha Vigne joins the search to find the Codex, then to decipher the code with her father’s help, and finally to find the Cross.

As the trial goes on, my heart raced during each testimony and I wondered: How will Ritter react when secrets are revealed during Jeanne’s testimony? Did Silas murder his father? Did Stephen do the deed? Will Stephen be convicted?

Due to the English law, there is a short time between conviction and execution. The mystery of finding the true culprit keeps you on the edge of your seat as Police Inspector Trave travels to France to find evidence that will release an innocent man.

The last 5 chapters are a dizzying ride. Will the killer confess? Will they be brought to justice? Will the Cross of St. Peter be found? All of this is explained, but the real inheritance is revealed in the last chapter. Stephen Cade and Inspector Trave spirits are redeemed through this experience and Inspector Trave shares what I believe is the true inheritance.

Though there is quite a surprise involved regarding the true killer and the outcome of justice; keep in mind that justice may not be what you’d expect. The tale of The Inheritance provided quite a twisting path, but the final outcome proved that the journey was worth it.


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