Lucy Harrington has returned to Kurland St. Mary to help with her friend Sophia Giffin’s wedding. But her homecoming is made disagreeable by the presence of Major Robert Kurland, whose bungled proposal has ruffled Lucy’s composure, and a meddling widow who has designs on her father, the village rector.
Wary of the cloying Mrs. Chingsford from the start, Lucy has doubts about the busybody’s intentions with her father. But everyone else seems to think they make an ideal match—until the courtship is curtailed when Mrs. Chingsford is found dead at the bottom of a staircase. It’s clear that it wasn’t an accident, and in hopes of finding the culprit, Lucy and Robert call a truce and begin scrutinizing the wedding guests.
But the widow left behind plenty of enemies, and when one of them is the next to turn up dead, Lucy and Robert discover that the truth is far more scandalous than anyone could have imagined…
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Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it. - Rabindranath Tagore
DEATH COMES TO KURLAND HALL is Book Three is Catherine Lloyd's cozy mystery series set in Regency England. I enjoyed the first two books and recently purchased DEATH COME TO KURLAND HALL ... I could not put it down!
The series focuses on the friendship between Major Robert Kurland, a veteran of Waterloo, and Miss Lucy Harrington, the rector's daughter. Lucy prodded Robert out of his post war funk and helped him recover the use of his leg. Their friendship turned into a partnership when they became entangled in a mystery in the village of Kurland St. Mary (Book 1) and during Lucy's introduction to London (Book 2). Their partnership is now threatened by their growing feelings for each other - can a cripple and a spinster find happiness together? Neither have time to ponder on their circumstances when a murderer strikes during a wedding party.
DEATH COMES TO KURLAND HALL follows the typical pattern of a cozy mystery - suspicious characters, red herrings, and the amateur sleuth (Lucy) exposes herself to danger. Lloyd sets this series apart with its historical setting, secondary characters who are not quite who they seem to be, and the budding romance between the practical Lucy and the cranky Robert. Lloyd is not afraid to allow Lucy and Robert to make mistakes with the mystery and their relationship. Likewise, Lloyd pleasantly surprised me with a few twists of the mystery plot and how secondary characters flushed out from previous books.
Recommended read for fans of cozy mysteries and historical settings.
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I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash, which includes DEATH COMES TO THE VILLAGE, to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about a wedding you attended - did anything happen that was out of the ordinary? Four years ago, we flew from Hawaii to Ohio for my cousin's daughter's wedding. The groom's uncle also came from Hawaii ... so we had an Aloha moment.
2. Comments are open through Saturday,
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday,
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
Learn more about Catherine and her books at catherine-lloyd.com.