A fascinating historical mystery by Sulari Gentill, author of #1 LibraryReads pick The Woman in the Library
2021 NED KELLY AWARD NOMINEE, BEST CRIME FICTION
Hell hath no fury like a family disinherited…
American millionaire Daniel Cartwright has been shot dead: three times in the chest, and once in the head. His body is found in Harvard Yard, dressed in evening attire. No one knows who he planned to meet there, or why the staunch Oxford man would be caught dead at Harvard—literally.
Australian Rowland Sinclair, his mate from Oxford and longtime friend, is named executor of the will, to his great surprise—and that of Danny's family. Events turn downright ugly when the will all but disinherits Danny's siblings in favor of one Otis Norcross, whom no one knows or is able to locate. Amidst assault, kidnapping, and threats of slander, Rowly struggles to understand Danny's motives, find the missing heir, and identify his friend's killer before the clock—and his luck—run out.
A deft blend of history and mystery, WHERE THERE'S A WILL offers an alternately charming and chilling snapshot of Boston and New York in the 1930s, with cameo appearances by luminaries of the day including Marion Davies, Randolph Hearst, Errol Flynn, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and an arrogantly ardent Joe Kennedy, who proves no match for Rowly's sculptress friend Edna…
This Rowland Sinclair WWII Mystery is a murder mystery at its finest. With depth, a touch of British humor, and a baffling crime perfect for puzzle lovers, this gripping novel will appeal to fans of Rhys Bowen, Kerry Greenwood, and Jacqueline Winspear.
Gentill's witty, rip-roaring 10th mystery featuring Australian portrait painter Rowland Sinclair (after 2021's Shanghai Secrets) takes Rowland to Boston, Mass., with his ever-faithful entourage. His flamboyant university friend, Daniel Cartwright, has been murdered, and Rowland has been appointed the sole executor of the man's considerable estate. Rowland winds up not only investigating his friend's death but also dealing with Daniel's angry siblings, who have been left with what they consider to be the paltry sum of $10,000 each. The bulk of the estate is to go to the mysterious Otis Norcross, whose whereabouts are unknown. The search for Norcross takes Rowland and his crew in some unusual directions, leading to encounters with William Randolph Hearst, Orson Welles, Joseph Kennedy, and Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. Each chapter begins with an edifying quote from a period publication, and, as ever, Gentill elegantly infuses historically accurate details on the rise of fascism into the text, providing insight that's relevant to today's readers. This is historical mystery fiction at its finest. Agent: Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.