Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for A Testament of Character by Sulari Gentill
A suspicious death… A missing person…
A journey across America in search of answers
In fear for his life, American millionaire Daniel Cartwright changes his will, appointing his old friend Rowland Sinclair as his executor. Soon murder proves that fear well founded.
When Rowland receives word of Cartwright’s death, he sets out immediately for Boston, Massachusetts, to bury his friend and honour his last wishes. He is met with the outrage and anguish of Cartwright’s family, who have been spurned in favour of a man they claim does not exist. Artists and gangsters, movie stars and tycoons all gather to the fray as elite society closes in to protect its own, and family secrets haunt the living. Rowland Sinclair must confront a world in which insanity is relative, greed is understood, and love is dictated; where the only people he can truly trust are an artist, a poet and a passionate sculptress.
Fans of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series will love the Rowland Sinclair novels in which Sulari Gentill expertly weaves real events into her tension-fuelled murder mysteries. Rowland Sinclair and his friends are destined to become long-haul companions for lovers of mystery fiction and world history.
This was a really enjoyable read. I do love a good murder mystery and this did in some way remind me of the old fashioned mystery novels written by the wonderful Agatha Christie. Sulari has the same ability to capture both location and character wonderfully – this time tapping into the America of the mid 1930’s. Of course the main characters are actually Australian but they travel to America after a close and much loved friend is murdered. Rowland Sinclair, friend and executor of the dead man soon becomes embroiled in a bitter fight as the family contest the will of the murdered millionaire. Things turn particulary ugly as the Cartwright family are disinheritated and a fortune left to the unknown Otis Norcross. It is up to Sinclair and his friends to try and locate the mysterious Norcross and ensure that Daniel’s last wishes are followed through.
There are some sinister figures in this novel and Sulari captures some of the less savory attitudes held at the time. Homophobia and anti-semitism being just some of the subjects touched upon. There are also notable figures from history sneaked in here and there, and much more going on beneath the surface that relates to this volatile time in history. I found it incredibly interesting and it all added to the richness of the story.
Watching Sinclair and his friends work their way through this mystery was, at times, quite touching. Daniel Cartwright was obviously a very good friend and their sadness as they realised what he had endured was moving. Yet he left enough clues to help them to their conclusion.
Sulari has quite an extensive list in her back catalogue and this is the 10th in the Rowland Sinclair mysteries and I have to say I am rather taken by it. It’s always wonderful to discover a new series no matter how far in they are and I look forward to exploring the previous novels. I certainly don’t feel that not reading them first has hindered me at all. I found this a delightfully entertaining and engaging read. I think they might also transfer rather well onto the screen – Rowland Sinclair and his companions are great company and I can’t wait to see what other places they have visited and mysteries they’ve solved.
Many thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the lovely team at Old Castle Books (follow on Twitter at @CrimeMystClub) for sending me a review copy. I very much look forward to reading more of these thoroughly engaging tales.
A Testament of Character is currently available now in ebook and will be published in paperback on 22nd of October 2020.
About the author
Sulari Gentill is the author of the award-winning and best-selling Rowland
Sinclair Mysteries, the Greek mythology adventure series The Hero Trilogy, and winner of the Best Crime award at the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards, Crossing the Lines.
She set out to study astrophysics, graduated in law, and then abandoned her legal career to write books instead of contracts. Born in Sri Lanka, Sulari learned to speak English in Zambia, grew up in Brisbane and now lives in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains of NSW.