ISBN-13:  9780062203670
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published Date: February 2016
Format: Hardcover, 336 pgs
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

A mystery set in the prestigious Oxford University. I knew I wouldn't resist reading this by the academic setting alone; plus there is murder and bits of dark power forces in this story. Sounds like a winner to me. 

When Cassandra Blackwell received a mysterious package surrounding her late mother’s past, she knew she has to leave America for England to uncover the truth about Joanna Blackwell. She managed to get through the scholarship system to find a place in the prestigious Oxford University, but she isn't prepared by the erratic schedules, the aristocracy of some students who think they have all the rights to their claims and most of all, the attention of Hugo Mandeville, the guy who both intrigues and intimidates her at the same time. 

As she spends more time in Oxford and trying to mingle with the popular group to get information of her late mother’s existence in the university and the reason why she fled without completing her studies, she stumbles upon a dark secret - a secret society called the School of Night within the University and though there are very few speculations about it, no one dares mention it out loud. Plus, there is no evidence supporting there is such a society and the library archives are equivalent to non-existence if one doesn't has a special pass for the access. But Cassie is smart and determined and she has found one or two resources who have helped her in every means they can. 

When her findings lead her into dangerous circumstances, she knew she has hit the right direction and is more determined to unravel the truth about the society and the activities they undertake, especially seeing her bubbly room-mate, Elvie, is dead and there is no explanation over her suicidal act, as so they claimed. 

I have to admit I didn't know what to expect before reading The Oxford Inheritance. I knew there would be mystery, conspiracies and secrets and I loved the way how the author built the suspense and the academic world-building she created, leading me deeper and deeper into the story until I was as caught up as Cassie's determination in solving the mystery. Although this is unlike the usual crime thrillers or police procedurals which I read, it is intriguing and intense just the same. As I mentioned before, there are bits of dark power forces mentioned so this novel has a little paranormal feel but didn't really take up the overall story; there isn't much romance element (definitely no love triangle here) but I was glad to see there is a love potential between Cassie and one of the characters towards the end. The core of this story is mainly on the characterisations, the search and the mystery behind the society; and of course I was quite satisfied with the ending too. All in all, it was an enjoyable read to me. 

14 Responses
  1. Kay Says:

    I love books with academic settings - universities, boarding schools, all those type of locations. This one is very appealing. Will watch for it!

  2. jenclair Says:

    I'm also a sucker for academic settings, and I like the title and the cover!

  3. Melody Says:

    Kay - There's something about those academic settings, isn't it? ;-)

  4. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - I love the title and the cover too! In fact it was the cover which first attracted me to this book. And I'm glad the story is equally good.

  5. I'm intrigued by the secret society, makes me curious about what she found out. Sounds great!

  6. FictionFan Says:

    These old universities are great settings for mysteries - so much history! Sounds like a good one... :)

  7. I came close to requesting this one, but decided it against it in the end. I've had mixed luck with academic settings in books. It sounds like this is a good one though.

  8. Iliana Says:

    This sounds like a great mystery, Melody. It's got a bit of everything I enjoy and I really like the setting!

  9. Melody Says:

    Diana - It was a very compelling read overall. I'm glad I read it. :-)

  10. Melody Says:

    FictionFan - I know, right? I'll read anything that has an academic setting. ;-p

  11. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I hope you'll give this book a try if you get the chance, Wendy.

  12. Melody Says:

    Iliana - I hope you'll enjoy it if you do read it. :-)

  13. The Bookworm Says:

    The Oxford Inheritance sounds good and I like the setting. Glad you enjoyed it!

  14. Melody Says:

    Naida - I liked everything in this book and I'm glad to have read it! :-)

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