J. R. Ellis
# 3 in the Yorkshire Murder Mystery series
As I read about 80 % of this book still in 2020 and only the last part in 2021, I have decided to count it for both years.
Third in the series, by now the reader knows the characters well. For those who have not read the first two books, some background is provided; although I would recommend reading them in order, each of these mysteries can stand alone.
Books set in Yorkshire are always interesting for me, and this one particularly so: DCI Oldroyd and his team investigate a murder at Redmire Hall, a stately home outside Ripon. Of course, Harrogate also features frequently, as it is where Oldroyd lives. Both places are real; Redmire Hall is fictional, but based on a real stately home near Ripon. Readers familiar with the area will be delighted to find out that they - like me - guessed right at which one the author had in mind; he tells us in the acknowledgments at the end of the book.
The murder is most puzzling and a classic "locked room mystery" in the best sense - not only does it happen in a locked room, but the room itself is part of an illusion the murder victim performs to entertain a group of guests - with Oldroyd and Stephanie in the front row, and live on TV.
Soon, motives and suspects emerge left, right and center, and two more people die before two mysteries are solved: who did it, and how the locked room trick works.
Like the first two, I enjoyed this book very much. There are two more on my kindle, and the latest one is ready for pre-order - I'll be sure to get that one as well.
Every now and then, I contact the author of a book I have enjoyed. I did that last week, writing to John Ellis and telling him of my reviews of his books here on my blog. He replied to me very kindly, and even left comments on those two posts; you can find them here and here. His homepage is here.