Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Golden Age (25) : The Belting Inheritance

An interesting tale by Julian Symons set in the Post War period. The story deals with the issues of identity, inheritance and family secrets... and murder of course.

Lady Wainwright had lost two of her two sons in the war, thus when one of them turns up alive after a number of years - claiming to have been a prisoner of war - this causes a great deal of delight from the mother and surprise and suspicion from the other family members. The story is told through the eyes of an adoptive member of the family who helps discover the truth behind the returned son...

An enjoyable enough read, the charactisations are on the whole well drawn and a varied ensemble. The plot is a bit off though, sometimes meandering and heading off onto brief irrelevant tangents. However we do get to a reasonable ending and there is a good twist!