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  • Fun to read

    It's refreshing to find a mystery that doesn't involve a serial killer or police procedure. I like historical puzzles and found the whole story interesting, but it's the characters that really made it work. Dan and Alan are an unlikely pair, having very different personalities, but a shared inability to leave a puzzle unsolved sparks a friendship. I loved that Alan quietly refused to go away when Dan was being obnoxious. By the end of the book, it's hard to say which of the two is actually the main character. They aren't Sherlock and Watson, but I liked their refusal to give up until the mystery was solved and the best coffee shop was found. Also, I learned a bit of history and enjoyed the scattered bits of dry humor. This book was fun.

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  • Refreshingly Enjoyable

    I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery, set as it was in a very believable context and environment. I was encouraged to see good mysteries can involve sleuthing and intrigue without the need for excessive blood and mayhem. I’m glad there are other books to explore in the series!

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  • A new beginning

    A great bedtime read. Looking forward to the main characters revealing their depths. On to the next adventure

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  • Nice quick read

    Actually 3.75 stars for this book. Rarely do I give such high mark to first books in a series but this one was fun and fast paced while avoiding many of the faults of cozy mystery. In this first book, Dan, a Londoner suffering a burnout, an Alan, former teacher turned author, join forces to elucidate a mystery set in motion during a visit at a local café. Dan, being used to a fast-paced life, is a bit discombobulated when he arrives at his sister’s house in Devonshire and Alan, his friendly neighbor, keen on finding inspiration for his new book are both intrigued by a coded inscription on a stone slab shown to them in a cafe in town. Throughout this fast-paced adventure, they face the wrath of the family that owns the stone that sends both men on a quest to discover the truth and the truth comes out in the end.

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  • A very good book

    Enjoyed this story, it was quite different to what I expected, it kept me gripped through.

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