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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Harrington Manor is a terrific mystery by Ronald James. Shep and Reggie are impatient for their father, Colonel Harrington, to die so that they can squander their inheritance. Their wish comes true when the Colonel is found dead, but their celebration is short-lived. Detective Snipes suspects foul play and gets on everyone’s nerves with his brash interrogative manner. He already has a suspect in mind, and the butler is not off the hook. The detective introduces the latest fingerprinting technology to help solve the case. A toy Jack-in-the-box left by the killer is one of the few leads that the lawman has. The body of a missing neighbour is found, only fueling the trauma that the family faces. When the will is read, Detective Snipes realizes just how vindictive the family members can be, and is baffled by another twist that the case takes.
Harrington Manor by Ronald James was a very suspenseful mystery which kept me guessing as to the identity of the killer. Although I had my suspicions, the author included twists which made me scrutinise the characters a bit more. I liked their interesting personalities, and thought Ronald James nicely highlighted the good, bad and ugly temperaments of his cast. I especially liked Elena, who added her own brand of humour to this engaging mystery. Harrington Manor is set in the 1920s, giving it a nostalgic feel, aided by historical information. The dialogue was lively and unforced, and there was never a dull moment in this delightful novel.