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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Tolkien Narrator: Simon Tolkien Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When a famed Oxford historian is found dead in his study one night, all evidence points to his son, Stephen. About to be disinherited from the family fortune, Stephen returns to home after a long estrangement - and it happens to be the night his father is shot to death. When his fingerprints are found on the murder weapon, Stephen's guilt seems undeniable.

But there were five other people in the manor house at the time, and as their stories slowly emerge - along with the revelation that the deceased man was involved in a deadly hunt for a priceless relic in Northern France at the end of World War II - the race is on to save Stephen from a death sentence. Everyone has a motive, and no one is telling the truth.

Unwilling to sit by and watch the biased judge condemn Stephen to death, an ageing police inspector decides to travel from England to France to find out what really happened in that small French village in 1945 - and what artifact could be so valuable it would be worth killing for.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephen | 2/9/2014

    " crime mystery thriller based in 1950's oxford where an art historian's son is on trial for his father's murder but the shadow of what happened in france in 1944 hangs shadows over the son's trial and the missing st peter's cross and the marjean codex . interesting and easy going read but felt however the ending was a bit rushed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Al | 2/6/2014

    " Tolkien's latest thriller moves from a horrific crime perpetrated on a French family by two British soldiers during World War II and then straight into 1959, with the opening of a trial at the Old Bailey. Tolkien provides the kind of caustic portraits of judges and barristers and knowledge of the innermost cells of the Old Bailey that the late John Mortimer, also a barrister, delighted readers with in the Rumpole series. On trial is 22-year-old Stephen Cade, accused of shooting his estranged father in the head. The father was a war hero and then a well-heeled university professor. The son had motive: the father had just written him out of his will and denied him a requested sum of money. He had opportunity: he was, apparently, and by his own admission, with his father in his library. And his prints were on the gun that was found near the body. But something seems off to the officer in charge of the case. Detective Inspector William Trave of the Oxford CID uses the window of opportunity between trial and sentencing to trace the locked-room mystery back to its origins in France. Written with great surety and absolutely compelling. --Connie Fletcher "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/5/2014

    " Though it took a few chapters before I really got into Simon Tolkien's The Inheritance, by Part Three, I was desperate to know how it would end. This novel has everything you could want from a historical mystery, including but not limited to murder, conspiracy, revenge and sexual intrigue. Tolkien is economical with his words, meaning there are no flowery and extended descriptive passages, and yet his characters seem fully realized, and their motivations clear. There is the central whodunit in that the reader wants to know who committed the murder, but there is also a secondary mystery in the Cross and the Codex, as well as the tertiary mystery of what all the suspects were really doing when the murder was committed. The novel spans two countries and several decades to bring to life a complex and provocative tale. Far better written than that other mystery involving a religious artifact, The Inheritance is a great book, worthy of your attention and praise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carlissa | 2/2/2014

    " I saw an ad for this book and was curious. I liked Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and I wanted to see if his grandson was as good. At first I didn't care for Simon Tolkien's narration in the prologue, but he got better (or maybe I just got used to his accent). I found this to be a very entertaining police procedural even though I was fairly sure of the culprit before the cop figured it out. "

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