Book Review | The Inheritance

Title: The Inheritance

Author: Simon Tolkien

My Review:

Simon Tolkien is the grandson of famous author JRR Tolkien, of Lord of the Rings fame, and he has recently published his second novel.  Eager to become an author in his own right, Simon Tolkien has a style that is his own, but a knack for detail reminiscent of his grandfather.

The Inheritance is a mystery/courtroom drama that unfolds when a famous Oxford historian is murdered.  Both of the historian’s sons have motive to have killed him, based on the large inheritance at stake, as well as a valuable historic artifact. Many of the deceased’s acquaintances and employees also have motives to have committed the crime, and a police inspector takes it upon himself to find out the details of what secrets the historian was hiding and why someone would have taken his life to keep the truth hidden.

I wanted to like this book more than I actually did.  I found the dialogue to be a bit unnatural and dry, and the narration was fragmented. For example, there was no fluidity when going from one character’s experiences and point of view to the next.  The characters weren’t as well-developed as I would have liked; every time I learned just a little about one or that the mystery might be pointing to them, it seemed they were killed off. The Inheritance also seemed like it would have been better as two different novels:  one about the mystery and trial surrounding the historian’s death, and the other about the historic artifact he had in his possession.  It’s worth reading, but didn’t quite meet my expectations.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*