A Testament to Murder #BookReview #NetGalley

Written by Vivian Conroy


150 hrt






Suspenseful from the first page to the last, A Testament to Murder is perfect for fans of And Then There Were NoneMurder on the Orient Express, and Crooked House

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…









A Superbly Crafted Mystery!  5-stars


This is a cracking mystery – a real enigma!

At his villa in the French Riviera, Malcolm Bryce-Rutherford gathers relatives and people of importance in his life, informing them of his impending death and the bizarre way he intends to leave his not inconsiderable inheritance to one of them. As we get to know these nine people, circumstances become more and more bizarre, eventually leading to murder and the suspicions of ‘whodunnit’!

I have read several of Vivian Conroy’s novels, and she writes beguiling mysteries but I think this one tops them all! This is worthy of the best authors around and could easily be mistaken for an Agatha Christie tale! Really well plotted with plenty of suspects and so much going on – I think I had everyone in the frame at some time or another! As with all the best stories, I couldn’t put it down – especially as I neared the end and thought anyone could be the perpetrator. The characters are widely varied and well-drawn – and the inclusion of a friendly dog only added to my enjoyment. This is a stunning mystery set in the 1920’s and I can’t help but imagine it on the small screen; it would be compulsive viewing! This deserves each and every one of it’s five shiny, sparkling stars, and a hearty recommendation from me to all lovers of a superbly crafted mystery.

My thanks to publisher Canelo for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: period mystery
  • Format: ebook
  • Size: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Canelo
  • Publication Date: 18 February 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
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