A Little Night Murder by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards A Little Night Murder by Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
Series: Mydworth Mysteries #2
Published by Bastei Entertainment on September 22, 2019
Source: Purchased
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Historical Mystery, Novella
Pages: 119
Format: eBook
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three-half-stars

A young poacher is found shot dead in the woods of a grand estate near Mydworth. A sad accident it would seem. But the boy's mother is convinced it is murder and when Harry and Kat investigate, they find the poacher's life was not as innocent as he made out ...

Sir Harry Mortimer and his American wife, Kat, are settling into married life in the small town of Mydworth. A Little Night Murder is the second in the Mydworth series and can be read as a stand-alone, but since they’re each only a little over 100 pages, it might just make as much sense to go back and meet Harry and Kat at the beginning. They make a good couple. They’re both smart and resourceful. Kat is definitely a “modern woman” for the times, the late 1920s, and Harry seems quite happy that she can ride a motorcycle and throws a mean hook when she needs to. Harry is a nice, friendly, refined man who can also be tough when it’s called for.

This time around, the pair are investigating the death of a poacher at the request of the dead man’s mother. She’s certain it was not an accident, as the police claim. Of course, she’s right. We follow along as Kat and Harry ask questions, meet some of the folks in town, and do some digging at a library. It’s a good, fair mystery. There are several different directions that Kat and Harry need to follow before they find the killer.

Kat and Harry are fun to spend time with. Their banter is cute and light, perfect for a cozy novella.

About Matthew Costello

Matthew Costello was born in 1948 and writes novels and nonfictional works as author and coauthor. Some of his books have been adapted into film versions and he wrote for some TV channels like the BBC. He also scripts and designs videogames.

About Neil Richards

Neil Richards has worked as a producer and writer in TV and film, creating scripts for BBC, Disney, and Channel 4, and earning numerous Bafta nominations along the way. He’s also written script and story for over 20 video games including The Da Vinci Code and Starship Titanic, co-written with Douglas Adams, and consults around the world on digital storytelling. His writing partnership with NYC-based Matt Costello goes back to the late 90’s and the two have written many hours of TV together and the best-selling mystery series Cherringham.┬áTheir latest series project is called Mydworth Mysteries.

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