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A centuries-old skeleton is discovered in a lonely Scottish Castle. It wears a crown and hides a curse. Lennox's detective friend, Swift, now lives at Braeburn Castle and it was he who uncovered the skeleton. As ghosts are heard and treasure-seekers appear, the murders begin. Lennox must go to Braeburn and investigate as Halloween draws near.


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A centuries-old skeleton is discovered in a lonely Scottish Castle. It wears a crown and hides a curse. Lennox's detective friend, Swift, now lives at Braeburn Castle and it was he who uncovered the skeleton. As ghosts are heard and treasure-seekers appear, the murders begin. Lennox must go to Braeburn and investigate as Halloween draws near.

30 review for The Curse of Braeburn Castle

  1. 5 out of 5

    OLT

    This is the third in what I hope will be an extended mystery series. The main character is a delight, the other characters, recurring or one-time ones, are quirky and fun to read about, the writing is good, the tone is wryly humorous, and the overall coziness of each book makes for a lovely, satisfying read. These books have been described as being "Agatha Christie meets P.G. Wodehouse" in style and that is an apt description. They take place in the 1920s just a year or so after the end of the Gr This is the third in what I hope will be an extended mystery series. The main character is a delight, the other characters, recurring or one-time ones, are quirky and fun to read about, the writing is good, the tone is wryly humorous, and the overall coziness of each book makes for a lovely, satisfying read. These books have been described as being "Agatha Christie meets P.G. Wodehouse" in style and that is an apt description. They take place in the 1920s just a year or so after the end of the Great War and are little slice-of-life stories, somewhat like a comedy of manners with murders, shall we say. The main character, Major Heathcliff Lennox (but do not call him Heathcliff, please) was a pilot in the war and his butler Greggs, with whom he has an entertaining and humorous relationship, was his batman then. Now back home, Lennox is having a bit of an adjustment to civilian life, preferring solitary activities such as fishing or walking his dog, Mr. Fogg (aka Foggy) in the countryside around his slowly declining estate. He does bestir himself to attend family functions and, beginning with Book 1, in which he visits his uncle, encounters several dead bodies, and is suspected of being a murderer, soon finds that solving mysteries is something that interests him. That's fortunate, because dead bodies seem to follow him around wherever he goes. And I've been following Lennox around ever since that first book. This third one begins with his newly-married friend, ex-detective Swift (the man who suspected him of murder in Book #1) asking him to come to Braeburn Castle to help with the discovery of a centuries-old skeleton. The skeleton had been wearing a gold crown embedded with jewels, but that crown, along with the skeleton's head, has gone missing. Where is the crown? Did the group of archaeologists who arrived after learning of the skeleton's discovery have anything to do with its theft? So Lennox shows up to help Swift out, and wouldn't you know it but fresh dead bodies start appearing. This review is actually a review of the three-book (so far) series by Menuhin: Murder at Melrose Court: A Country House Christmas Murder, The Black Cat Murders: A Cotswolds Country House Murder, and this one. I have enjoyed all three. They are the coziest cozies I've ever read, I believe. The hero Lennox (do NOT call him Heathcliff) is quite an appealing guy. Especially appealing is his relationship with his dog Mr. Fogg, with his newly-adopted kitten (in Book #2) Mr. Tubbs, and with his batman-butler Greggs. Lennox is not, at times, very socially adept, especially around women, but anyone who is so loving to his animals (Mr. Tubbs goes on the walks with Mr. Fogg in Lennox's pocket) deserves to find some peace and happiness after his service in the Great War. Too bad so many bodies end up in his way, but then he seems to enjoy solving the mysteries. And there's a hint of romance for him in this third book, to be continued in the upcoming fourth installment.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gail Gassen

    Loved it! I absolutely loved this last book! It had everything! Romance, mystery, murders, intrigue! The characters are amazing, I'm so happy I found these books and this author! Keep them coming please!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Peg Twasutyn

    Great fun! These tales of the most endearing characters of Lennox, Fogg and Gibbs are wonderful entertainment with clever mysteries and a touch of history added to the mix. I've read all three and eagerly await the next!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shabbeer Hassan

    The third book in this very well-written/exciting mystery series set in 1920's England. Here Lennox, as he prefers to be known travels to Scotland at the invitation of the now-retired Inspector Swift to investigate old bones being dug up at Braeburn Castle. What results afterwards is a mix of myth, lore, clan history, some good 'ol fashioned sleuthing and the hijinks of Lennox with his butler Greggs. The narration by Sam Dewhurst-Phillips was excellent! Looking forward to the next one. My Rating The third book in this very well-written/exciting mystery series set in 1920's England. Here Lennox, as he prefers to be known travels to Scotland at the invitation of the now-retired Inspector Swift to investigate old bones being dug up at Braeburn Castle. What results afterwards is a mix of myth, lore, clan history, some good 'ol fashioned sleuthing and the hijinks of Lennox with his butler Greggs. The narration by Sam Dewhurst-Phillips was excellent! Looking forward to the next one. My Rating - 4/5

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy Prosenjak

    Should have stopped at #2. Ah well, still enjoyed the English accents.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Derek Sanderson

    Surprising mix of spooky and funny! This is my first book by this author. I enjoyed the writing style, which remains true to the period, yet easy to read. There is also a great deal of humour!! The main character finds himself in scrapes that made me burst out laughing several times. As well, the book brims with hilarious jibes!!! I didn't like the seance parts so much, but that is not the fault of the author. My only real concern was the historical details and considerable cast of characters. Th Surprising mix of spooky and funny! This is my first book by this author. I enjoyed the writing style, which remains true to the period, yet easy to read. There is also a great deal of humour!! The main character finds himself in scrapes that made me burst out laughing several times. As well, the book brims with hilarious jibes!!! I didn't like the seance parts so much, but that is not the fault of the author. My only real concern was the historical details and considerable cast of characters. They were important to the story and altogether hard to keep straight---especially after a long day of work!! If not for the humour, which added lightness, and the likability of the main character, the story might have been a bit too dense or heavy with details. Overall, it's a great mystery that will startle you, make you laugh, and leave you wanting more!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I have certainly enjoyed reading the first three murder mysteries in this Heathcliff Lennox series and plan to continue on to the next book very soon. The characters continue to be likable and/or interesting and the theme this time centers around a skeleton from another age found in an ancient Scottish castle where anything can happen. Archaeologists have descended on the scene as well as a woman with special talents has attached herself to Heathcliff to gain entry to the deadly action. Adventure I have certainly enjoyed reading the first three murder mysteries in this Heathcliff Lennox series and plan to continue on to the next book very soon. The characters continue to be likable and/or interesting and the theme this time centers around a skeleton from another age found in an ancient Scottish castle where anything can happen. Archaeologists have descended on the scene as well as a woman with special talents has attached herself to Heathcliff to gain entry to the deadly action. Adventure and romance await Heathcliff on this visit to his friends. Kindle Unlimited

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marie Shirley Griffin

    Ever so much fun Our hero is a sweet rather spoiled man of leisure. But he's loyal, loves his small spaniel and tiny cat to no end, and when needs be, he's clever. It's not rocket science, but it's based upon the realities known at the time of its setting, shortly after WW1. It's clever and the characters are nicely done.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gary Michaels

    Continues the story Another cozy mystery in an old and definitely not cozy castle. Old treasure and old superstitions and old secret tales lead to two murders. Another good read, especially for Agatha Christy fans.

  10. 5 out of 5

    gloria thomas

    Another entertaining read. I fell in love with this series from the very first book. I love the characters, the locations, and especially the castle atmosphere. Looking forward to the next book. Highly recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Audible version: Ghosts and treasure and dungeons and legends! This one was my favorite so far. Also, I adore Heathcliff, sorry, Lennox! He's such a dork and that makes him a fun character. The little spats he has with Swift make me laugh. I wish I could remember the exact quotes (like when he's talking about Swift he says something like, "He's always so annoyingly particular when it comes to dead bodies." Haha! And Lennox is such a bumbler, making mistakes and forgetting proper procedure, which Audible version: Ghosts and treasure and dungeons and legends! This one was my favorite so far. Also, I adore Heathcliff, sorry, Lennox! He's such a dork and that makes him a fun character. The little spats he has with Swift make me laugh. I wish I could remember the exact quotes (like when he's talking about Swift he says something like, "He's always so annoyingly particular when it comes to dead bodies." Haha! And Lennox is such a bumbler, making mistakes and forgetting proper procedure, which annoys Swift. I can't wait for the next one. They may not be advancing my intellect any, but they are keeping me entertained in a less than entertaining time!

  12. 4 out of 5

    John Beta

    A fun read with some interesting characters. A solid mystery set in a medieval Scotland, with a mysterious skeleton, crown, treasure, vikings, crossbows, dungeons, a medium, ghosts, kilts, bagpipes, a seance and fun English and Scottish accents. My favorite was when granny the cook spoke. Here's her first sentence she spoke in the story - "Wit ye doin' in 'ere, ye lanky malinky longlegs?" Loved her!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linda Lugar

    4.5 Stars!!! So fun!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    the series is delightful. the "locked room" mystery, but with quirky characters, interesting plots.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Diane Louis

    This one earned itself only two stars rather than the three of its two predecessors. I didn't like this as much as the others and of the others, I liked the first better than the second. These books started off on a very high note but are on so downward a slope that I fear for the fourth and latest in the series. Lennox is as endearing a buffoon as ever in this book, and his pets are a nice, cosy interlude. The story here though, was extremely convoluted and, to me, there seemed to be no clues w This one earned itself only two stars rather than the three of its two predecessors. I didn't like this as much as the others and of the others, I liked the first better than the second. These books started off on a very high note but are on so downward a slope that I fear for the fourth and latest in the series. Lennox is as endearing a buffoon as ever in this book, and his pets are a nice, cosy interlude. The story here though, was extremely convoluted and, to me, there seemed to be no clues whatsoever pointing to the final culprit. The ending was a complete surprise to me. Ex-Chief Inspector Swift was as insufferable as ever, but he and Florence were very sweet together. One very strange aspect of the plot was the introduction of the clairvoyant. The idea of a complete stranger turning up at a grand house, being welcomed and given bed and board when absolutely no-one actually knows who she is made no sense at all and her presence went some way to spoiling the book for me since every time she appeared in the book she struck such a disparate note. Nothing she said made any sense so she added nothing at all to the plot, making me wonder why on earth she was shoehorned in in the first place. Not sure about a love interest for Lennox either. Its only natural for a young man, of course, but Lennox is the character he is because he is a bachelor and a loner. Add a woman and he will become a completely different person. A bit like Bertie Wooster actually getting married. If he had, those Jeeves books would have been quite different. I agree with some reviewers who say that the author has lost her way and should stick to cosy mystery instead of adventure thriller. I don't have high hopes for the next book, but I shall read it just the same.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    Brilliant She just keeps getting better. I am waiting for the audiobook as I listened to the last two and laughed out loud they are so well narrated

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Thorpe

    I loved this book and this series. The stories are well written and keep you guessing until the end. This story starts with a telegram from his friend Inspector Swift who is now married and living in Scotland. There is a "thousand year old ghost", who is missing his head and crown, archaeologists searching for treasure and a mystery to solve. Lennox hops on a train to help his friend along with his butler and dog. On the train he meets a mysterious woman who is also going to the castle... There I loved this book and this series. The stories are well written and keep you guessing until the end. This story starts with a telegram from his friend Inspector Swift who is now married and living in Scotland. There is a "thousand year old ghost", who is missing his head and crown, archaeologists searching for treasure and a mystery to solve. Lennox hops on a train to help his friend along with his butler and dog. On the train he meets a mysterious woman who is also going to the castle... There are a few characters from the previous books, but that won't stop you from enjoying the story. The story is complex and filled with humor. Especially, Lennox trying to talk to a woman! I am looking forward to the next installment.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    It kept me guessing to the end. I thought for a long while I'd figured out where the story was leading but I was so wrong. This is expert story telling. Plus, what's not to love about a cheeky, eligible bachelor who carries a kitten in his pocket and keeps an adorable dog at his heels. I'm looking forward to more adventures with the dazzling Carruthers. It's thrilling there's another story in the works!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    I'm really enjoying this series. Light hearted mysteries with engaging characters. I'm listening to a very graphic serial killer audiobook, so this is a delightful counterpoint. The time setting is wonderful - England between the end of WW1 and the depression. The war doesn't hang over this series too heavily, although there are mentions of it, and how it impacted the lives of those who served in it. If you are looking for an English country house mystery, highly recommend.

  20. 4 out of 5

    April Hippensteel

    Amazing adventures! Thank you for writing this series, I have enjoyed being transported to another place and time again! I am so looking forward to reading another adventure with Lennox, Foggs, and Mr. Tubbs ! I highly recommend this series and they are worth reading a second time!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Heatherinblack

    some intellectual leaps 100s and 100s of years and no one else figures it out? an expert in norse history and a bunch of archeologists took as long as a gentleman of landed gentry? really? Lennox should really start a detective agency.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I loved it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    I love the books in this series. Heathcliff Lennox is a terrific hero, in spite of himself. Lennox (he hates the name Heathcliff) is a former pilot in The Great War. He has returned home and finds himself with not a lot to do. He walks his dog Mr Fogg. He enjoys his kitten, Mr Tubbs. He fishes. He deals with his butler, Gregg. In short, he basically spends most of his time alone. Every now and then he investigates along with his friend, former Scotland Yard inspector Swift. Swift is married to a be I love the books in this series. Heathcliff Lennox is a terrific hero, in spite of himself. Lennox (he hates the name Heathcliff) is a former pilot in The Great War. He has returned home and finds himself with not a lot to do. He walks his dog Mr Fogg. He enjoys his kitten, Mr Tubbs. He fishes. He deals with his butler, Gregg. In short, he basically spends most of his time alone. Every now and then he investigates along with his friend, former Scotland Yard inspector Swift. Swift is married to a beautiful Scottish woman and they are expecting their first child. They live in her family home, Braeburn Castle. Lennox has received a telegram asking for his help. It seems a skeleton has been found in a wall of the castle. The skull with a crown still on it has gone missing. There are strange archaeologists all around. Swift needs Lennox to come. Although this is the third book in the series, it can be a stand alone read. But, in order to truly enjoy this book and the entire series, I suggest you start with the first book, Murder at Melrose Court. Immediately after Lennox arrives in Scotland, a dead body falls at his feet. A man evidently took a fall off the top of the castle battlements. The dead man is part of the group of archaeologists. Also among that group is a nasty man who is an obvious treasure hunter. There are 3 other men who are part of the team. And by the way, there is a beautiful woman, Carruthers. Lennox is smitten. He is not very comfortable with social niceties. Fortunately, Carruthers finds his charm and lack of sophistication attractive. As Lennox and Swift try to find a murderer as well as the stolen crown there is a discussion of a curse on Braeburn Castle. Along with Lennox, a woman arrived on the same train. She is a seer. All during the book she makes statements about the people around her. She talks about seeing ghosts and spirits in the castle. She also believes that the skeleton is a personification of evil. This is a mystery. The reader is taken along as Lennox and Swift investigate. As the suspects are interviewed, we are there. As different clues come to light, we are there. Ms Menuhin has created a very good character in Heathcliff Lennox. He does not recognize himself as a hero. But, his part in WWI illustrates his strong sense of right and wrong. He is intelligent, humorous and at times he loses his place in a conversation. Most of all, he is observant and he can put facts together and arrive at a sound conclusion. He is terrific. The secondary characters add a great deal to the book. Gregg, the butler is a priceless addition to the story. He and Lennox have an unusual relationship. Neither one of them could get along without the other. I must confess. By the power of deduction, I figured out the villain. I am proud of myself, because Lennox normally beats me to it. Anyone looking for a fun mystery, with wonderful historical information thrown in, this is a book you will love.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Uluwehi Hopkins

    This is a good cozy mystery series when you want something light to pass the time. However, once you get to the third book, readers will find that the author is too obviously formulaic; the same progression of events happens in every book, which leeches all the fun out of it. The long-drawn out reveal at the end is also unnecessary, especially since Lennox ends up accusing everyone in the room at some point, including those he loves. And, in truth, Lennox wouldn’t be all that likeable were it no This is a good cozy mystery series when you want something light to pass the time. However, once you get to the third book, readers will find that the author is too obviously formulaic; the same progression of events happens in every book, which leeches all the fun out of it. The long-drawn out reveal at the end is also unnecessary, especially since Lennox ends up accusing everyone in the room at some point, including those he loves. And, in truth, Lennox wouldn’t be all that likeable were it not for the endearing Fog and Tubbs. He’s arrogant without realizing he’s arrogant (which is the worst kind), and he’s too much of a curmudgeon for someone so young. And although he is described as handsome, I really can’t imagine it since his single greatest love is indulging in food and drink and doesn’t work for a living. Swift is somewhere in between bumbling idiot and efficient cop, though too often he falls on the side of the former, which also makes him somewhat repulsive as a mainstay character. I’ve made it to book three, but do not expect to go any further. The author has left me feeling as if she is incapable of any real surprises.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    I am Loving Binging on this Series Karen found her calling! This is such lovely,cozy, entertaining "period" amateur sleuthing. I love the way she so descriptive sets the scene, develops her characters, expands on her protagonist (s) and their cohorts. Just overall enjoyable and entertaining read. I have a soft spot for British Crime and turned down this land as something a bit different, but still crime solving. The British seem to go about things with so much more grace and aplomb. We Americans I am Loving Binging on this Series Karen found her calling! This is such lovely,cozy, entertaining "period" amateur sleuthing. I love the way she so descriptive sets the scene, develops her characters, expands on her protagonist (s) and their cohorts. Just overall enjoyable and entertaining read. I have a soft spot for British Crime and turned down this land as something a bit different, but still crime solving. The British seem to go about things with so much more grace and aplomb. We Americans are such brutes. We haven't really been able to hold a candle to the delicacies of the writing and descriptive sensitivities as our friends across the ponds seem to have long since mastered. Mmm...maybe time for me to try my hand. For now, book 4 is next in the series for me. Thank you for discovering your gift and sharing your talents with us. One other point, I appreciate how well you researched the background premise of this story. Job well done and much appreciated...often overlooked or not as thorough as you provided. Especially in your closing notes.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laurel L Glasco

    Snow, hail, rain, muck, old bones, dead bodies, oh my! I do so enjoy reading the adventures of Major Heathcliff Lennox! This outing has him visiting his friend Swift and his wife at Braeburn Castle, a dilapidated pile of stone that is literally falling to pieces. The characters are a treat, including the servants. I think the author managed to include everything but vampires and werewolves in this convoluted tale of walled up skeletons, dead bodies, ghosts, and treasure hunting! Archeologists mix Snow, hail, rain, muck, old bones, dead bodies, oh my! I do so enjoy reading the adventures of Major Heathcliff Lennox! This outing has him visiting his friend Swift and his wife at Braeburn Castle, a dilapidated pile of stone that is literally falling to pieces. The characters are a treat, including the servants. I think the author managed to include everything but vampires and werewolves in this convoluted tale of walled up skeletons, dead bodies, ghosts, and treasure hunting! Archeologists mix with a mysterious psychic medium while trying to solves two murders, find a hidden treasure and prove the Norsemen were the first Europeans to discover North America. I loved all of it! I did decide who must have dunnit rather early, and I was right, but I won't give any clues. Figure it out for yourself. With the creepy goings-on and humorous interludes, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Jennifer Ann Shoesmith

    I do so like it when characters are written to be well rounded human beings that you can make decisions about whether you would want in your life or not. This is Menuhin's main skill, along with the ability to write with humour, to retain information that you feel will be along in a while - if you just keep reading, and to interweave two main characters who so obviously could never solve a case without one another. I would so love to see these books televised. While I chortle my way through them, I do so like it when characters are written to be well rounded human beings that you can make decisions about whether you would want in your life or not. This is Menuhin's main skill, along with the ability to write with humour, to retain information that you feel will be along in a while - if you just keep reading, and to interweave two main characters who so obviously could never solve a case without one another. I would so love to see these books televised. While I chortle my way through them, with gasps of horror and occasional other emotions clenching gut, heart, and throat; I cannot help but feel that television would be able to maximise the hilarity potential - Greggs is the most improbable and perfect straight man/ fall guy - or is that Swift, or did he switch places with Lennox in that role? You see the potential for stings in the tail? Oh yes, don't ever think you know whodunnit, not until the final Poirot style, double act gathering of the players!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Les Wilson

    This series has improved with each book. Also Scotsman Sinclair and a member of the Gunn clan also reached America before Columbus. A cast of the glacial boulder on which appears a carving known as the Westford Knight. The original is in Westford, Massachusetts, and some have interpreted it as depicting a medieval Scottish knight in full armour carrying a sword and a shield bearing the crest of Clan Gunn. On this interpretation it is believed to mark the grave of Sir James Gunn. He is said to ha This series has improved with each book. Also Scotsman Sinclair and a member of the Gunn clan also reached America before Columbus. A cast of the glacial boulder on which appears a carving known as the Westford Knight. The original is in Westford, Massachusetts, and some have interpreted it as depicting a medieval Scottish knight in full armour carrying a sword and a shield bearing the crest of Clan Gunn. On this interpretation it is believed to mark the grave of Sir James Gunn. He is said to have accompanied Henry Sinclair, 1st Earl of Orkney, on a voyage of exploration which brought them ashore in North America in 1398, nearly a century before Columbus. It seems Sir James Gunn perished during the expedition and as a result could have been the first European to be buried in the New World.

  29. 5 out of 5

    JJ

    Oh I do love Lennox. Hapless, but not hopeless. Handsome, intelligent a bit scatty very kind to animals - see Mr Fogg and Tubbs. He is very observant though he comes across a bit Bertie Woosterish at times. Up to Braeburn Castle in the wilds of Scotland he goes. Summoned by old sparing partner ex-chief inspector Swift. (You need to read the other books to work out their relationship.) A skeleton has been found walled up, wearing a golden crown. We have a bunch of archaeologists and the family and Oh I do love Lennox. Hapless, but not hopeless. Handsome, intelligent a bit scatty very kind to animals - see Mr Fogg and Tubbs. He is very observant though he comes across a bit Bertie Woosterish at times. Up to Braeburn Castle in the wilds of Scotland he goes. Summoned by old sparing partner ex-chief inspector Swift. (You need to read the other books to work out their relationship.) A skeleton has been found walled up, wearing a golden crown. We have a bunch of archaeologists and the family and servants of the castle in residence. Not forgetting the old woman that Lennox picked up on the train that everyone is taking as his guest but he doesn’t know who she is but she was definitely on the way to the castle. Murder, ancient curses, romantic entanglements, glorious scenery and wild weather make for a very satisfying read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Gray

    Not bad I do like the main character in this series - he isn't too clever or too stupid, and comes across well. The mysteries are also well plotted. The errors are a tad annoying though. It's very much someone from somewjwte else writing about something they have researched, rather than inherently understand. Just little things really - the timing of the Sleeper train where unlikely even for 100 years ago, I've never heard of the Loch Lomond area refered to as 'The Lennox', and even if some peopl Not bad I do like the main character in this series - he isn't too clever or too stupid, and comes across well. The mysteries are also well plotted. The errors are a tad annoying though. It's very much someone from somewjwte else writing about something they have researched, rather than inherently understand. Just little things really - the timing of the Sleeper train where unlikely even for 100 years ago, I've never heard of the Loch Lomond area refered to as 'The Lennox', and even if some people have refered to it as such it is certainly not common parlance, other little things like that which don't sit easily.I'm also extremely doubtful about all the merrily burning fires burning wood. The UK has been burning predominantly coal since the 17th century, although an island castle may have burned peat. Still, an enjoyable read with a lovely main character.

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