The Inheritance and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
Buy Used
£2.80
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by the book house
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This item will be picked, packed and shipped by Amazon and is eligible for free delivery within the UK
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Inheritance Hardcover – 13 Apr 2010


See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover, 13 Apr 2010
£0.01
MP3 CD, Audiobook
"Please retry"
£22.44
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (13 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031253907X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312539078
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,670,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

‘A fine novel. A thinking person’s Da Vinci Code.’ Chicago Tribune

‘A deft combination of Agatha Christie manor-house whodunit. Erle Stanley Gardner courtroom drama, and Dan Brown thriller, The Inheritance is nonetheless unique to its creator’ Richmond Times-Dispatch

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Simon Tolkien was a successful Criminal Justice barrister in London specializing in serious crimes before moving to California with his wife and two children to take up writing full time. He has been acclaimed as a naturally gifted storyteller with a terrific command of language and a unique perception into the darker sides of human nature. The grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien, with whom he had a very special relationship, Simon Tolkien’s writing is set firmly in this world.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
Simon Tolkien has a written a very good story spanning two countries and 15 years, in his second novel, "The Inheritance". A war criminal in deed, if not charged, Professor John Cade, is found shot to death in his Oxford home. The house abounds with suspects; his two sons, an old war crony and his wife, a researcher for Cade, and several others. The Oxford police, with a fair amount of surety, charge and convict Cade's younger son, who stands to hang within days of his conviction. This is in 1959, when Britain still had the death penalty in murder cases.

But his barrister and a member of the Oxford Police Department who helped convict Stephen Cade doubt his guilt. Disturbing echos of the war crime John Cade had committed in Normandy after D-Day with two subordinates, have returned to haunt the case. Throw in a missing Cross of St Peter, which everyone seems to be searching for, and the fact that almost no one, other than the Cade family, are who they say they are, and the reader has a fine mystery to read. It's a well-written book with a satisfying ending.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
"The Inheritance," a new British mystery/courtroom drama/thriller by Simon Tolkien, whom the Los Angeles Times has described as "half Christie and half Grisham," gives us the tale of the murder of John Cade, Colonel Cade during his war hero World War II years; now an honored Professor Cade at England's prestigious Oxford University. The don is found dead in his locked study; circumstantial evidence weighs heavy against his son Stephen, who soon ("The Inheritance" is set in the 1950's, when the United Kingdom still hanged those convicted of murder), finds himself on trial for his life in the Old Bailey, London's famous old courthouse. However, there were five other people in the Cade manor that night, and Detective Inspector William Trave of the Oxford and Midland CID, who had initially gathered the evidence that put Stephen on trial, is now, rather late in the day, having misgivings as to his part in building this case. He is revisiting the alibis and backgrounds of the others in the house; he will find and unravel a thread that goes back to the Professor's WWII service in France.

This is a pretty good thriller, it kept me turning the pages, and I liked it. England of the 1950's is well-rendered, as is the Oxford area, its flora and fauna, and the speech of its people. London is also well-rendered. The dialog, narrative and descriptive writing all satisfied me. Characters struck me as unusually sturdy and well-drawn for an entertainment of this type. The courtroom scenes may not have the snap of master Grisham, but they kept my attention fixed on the plight of poor Stephen.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Thomas Koetzsch on 10 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
An eminent art historian is found dead in his study and all the evidence points towards his estranged son. With his fingerprints on the murder weapon, Stephen's guilt seems undeniable. Don't worry folks I am not giving anything away here, I copied this from the back of this book.

I picked this up because a friend of mine recommended it and the name helped a little bit as well. What I liked about the book is its title. When you start reading the book it seems obvious which inheritance is meant but as you are progressing through the book it becomes obvious that there is more than one inheritance and every one of them is of vital importance to the people involved.

The author describes a lot of what is happening and most of the background for understanding the story. I would have preferred it, if this information was told by the main actors of the story rather than as a description by the author.

The story is part of the `Inspector Trave series' but Inspector Trave plays only a minor role in the book and doesn't really come into his own in the last part of the book. For a detective novel I thought his appearance in the story is a bit thin.

But apart from this, The Inheritance is a fine story and I wouldn't be surprised if quite a few readers find it a pageturner.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mikel on 5 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The writing was good, the characters were fairly well-developed and the plot was believable, but, in the end, I couldn't really bring myself to CARE about the characters or "who did it"...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By dDavid Roome on 20 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was my first Simon Tolkien book. I saw him on Breakfast TV and was impressed by him so I thought I'd try one of his books.

It was a very good read. I read the book in less than a week and thoroughly enjoyed the story and the pace of the book never lets you get bored.

I'll definatley be buying another.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great compelling tripartite book. Nicely balanced but not ruined by a sloppy ending. It falls happily into crime fiction without being formulaic. The long lasting results of people's actions leave one continuing to meditate.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The story itself was great but the writing let it down and made it hard to stay with the tale. The multiple switches in narrative point of view (sometimes mid para!) made it very difficult to get to know the characters properly. I found it difficult to care about any of them and hence it was a struggle to get to the end.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Feedback