Title: Death Comes to Kurland Hall (Kurland St. Mary Mystery #3)
Author: Catherine Lloyd
Published: November 2015
Published By: Kensington
Format Read: eBook, Hardcover
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Cozy Mystery
Date Read: January 17 2015
I was sent a copy of Catherine Lloyd's Death Comes to Kurland Hall from the publisher and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
This book picks up where the second book (Death Comes to London) left off Lucy and Robert are back at their respective homes and preparing for the marriage of their mutual friends. The big day arrives and the guests and host say goodbye to the newlyweds as they leave on their honeymoon. All is going as well as can be expected until the gossiping Mrs. Chingford suffers a fatal fall down a rarely used staircase. Readers follow Lucy and Robert as they piece together the woman’s mysterious death as suspects continue to add up.
First of all I would to mention that this third installment of the Kurland St. Mary mystery series doesn’t exactly make for a stand-alone novel. There is a fairly large cast of characters with storylines that have been carried over from the first two books. I read the second book Death Comes to London earlier last year and even with that in mind, it took me some time to work out who was who. I think that a character map or list would have been very beneficial.
Set in regency England this is the first series I have ever enjoyed that was set in this time period. Normally this era doesn’t interest me. Perhaps the reason why I enjoy it is because it is written in more of a modern tone, while including historic detail.
Another reason why the Kurland St. Mary series keeps my interest is due in part to its strong female lead character; Lucy Harrington. She may have an irritatingly stubborn streak, but she certainly has a mind of her own. She isn’t portrayed as a weak damsel in distress, like women often are in this time period.
Death Comes to Kurland Hall made for another interesting mystery and set readers up for the next installment in the series. I would recommend this book to fans of the previous two books.
NOTE: Originally I obtained Death Comes to Kurland Hall from Net Galley. However I began having trouble with the file, so the publisher Kensington were kind enough to send me a hard cover copy.
Previous Books in the Kurland St. Mary Mystery Series by Catherine Lloyd:
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1. Death Comes to Kurland St. Mary (#1)