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  • Series: A Kurland St. Mary Mystery
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (November 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075828733X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758287335
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miss Lucy Harrington runs the busy house of her rector father and many siblings while still finding time to solve a crime in this delightful Regency mystery. She visits with Major Robert Kurland, wounded at Waterloo and confined to his home, who believes he saw someone carrying something heavy outside one night. Then a maid goes missing at the rectory, several households and shops experience thefts, and Lucy and the major begin to connect the dots. Both are busy with personal issues in their homes, but they talk to enough staff and gentry to see a pattern of criminal activity in the neighborhood. Although one of the sleuths is barely mobile and the other is constrained by her gender, the unlikely pair persevere, forming an engaging partnership and promising much for the series. Lloyd combines a satisfying mystery with plenty of wit and character development. --Amy Alessio

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Such a good story, great characters, believable plot.
Claudia
The plot sounded so interesting but the story was incredibly slow and boring, sadly.
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I enjoyed this mystery very much, reading it in one sitting.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By pfigalilly on December 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Just finished "Death Comes to the Village" and absolutely loved it. It was a cozy, very English romantic mystery--my favorite kind! I loved the comradeship between our heroine, Lucy, and the Major when solving the mystery of the missing Mary, and their underlying but as yet unrealized feelings for each other. They are, of course, perfect for each other, so I am very much looking forward to book 2 in this wonderful new series by Catherine Lloyd to see where our intrepid heroine and hero end up, and with what mystery they will next become entangled together. I see I have to wait until December, 2014 for the next book in the series (too long!), so I will be forced to practice patience. If you love stories set in small, English villages with engaging characters and romance waiting to bloom, I highly recommend this book. Keep 'em coming, Ms. Lloyd!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aurian on November 28, 2013
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I do love historical (cozy) mysteries, there is just something about the slow pace of the story, the characters who have to act within their social time frame, that appeals to me.
Major Robert Kurland has come home from Waterloo with a severely broken leg, and is recuperating at home. It is not healing well, and he is tired of being sick and in bed, and being taken care of by his butler and his valet (who is his former Sergeant). One night he wakes up in a moonlight lit room from a laudanum induced sleep, and wants to close the curtains. He can hardly stand on that broken leg, and is in tremendous pain, but Robert is stubborn, and manages to get to the window.
Then he spots a strange man lurking on his grounds. What is he lurking about for, and what is he dragging with him? But then his strength gives out, and Robert collapses. None of the servants hear him call, and it isn’t until morning that he is found and put back to bed.

The next day, miss Lucy Harrington calls upon the Major, as her father makes her do that, even though it is laundry day and she needs to oversee the maids. When he asks her if something has happened in the village, she has not heard anything on her daily round of visits, but she will inquire. Back home though, she discovers one of the maids has gone missing. She has taken off with all her possessions, but without asking for her back wages, or telling Lucy what she was about to do. Did she go to London with her new friend Daisy, or did she run off with a man? Lucy is really worried, and determined to find out what happened that night, especially now that she has come home with blood on her gloves. What did she touch on the way home that she did not notice the blood?

Lucy is 25 now, and really wants a husband and a house and children of her own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ronna on January 18, 2014
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Serene and cozy village life in early 1800's Kurland St Mary's England? Hardly, as items are going missing in local homes and businesses, and two local girls seemed to have gone missing. Major Robert Kurland has just recently returned to his manor house after being nearly crushed to death by a horse in the Battle of Waterloo. He's spent long days in bed with pain, boredom, and coddling by his man servants. One night, the moonlight through his window was just one annoyance to much. But what he saw from his window got his brain to stirring. Was that somebody carrying something large through the center of the village when everyone should be asleep? His body may be failing him but his mind is as active as ever!

Miss Lucy Harrington is his long time friend and eldest daughter of the local widowed rector. Unfortunately, the rector is more interested in his horses than in his congregation. Lucy is left to manage the household, younger children, and visiting duties for her father's congregation. What she really wants is a "season" in London resulting in a husband and a household of her own. But her father has definitely made clear his ideas on that subject. As the eldest daughter, her duty shall always be to her father.

When Lucy does her duty in visiting the bedridden Major, she hears his concerns about the village and she decides to do the footwork for their investigation into the towns mysteries. Finally, something more interesting than keeping her father's life in order. But she is hindered by everyone's ideas of a " normal" woman's mental state at those times. Major Kurland's apparent use of laudanum isn't helping their discussions of these mysteries either.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie R Turner on December 29, 2013
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This novel is a very satisfying read for those who not only enjoy the proverbial English village setting, historical details and a nice bit of wit with their murder mysteries. I was thoroughly entertained all the way and hope this is the beginning of a new series of novels.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* on November 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
The mystery aspect of the story is nice enough, though it was still somewhat obvious to a discerning reader who the culprit is. Characterization had the hero more complex than the heroine, who seemed to be a male-weary person without much else to recommend her than the care she bestows on her family and her perceived intelligence. Overall, the story was nice enough to read over a cup of cake, but it did not suck me in and engage me throughout either the mild romance or the murder mystery. The ending, to my disappointment, was ambiguous and failed to properly (that's the key word here) foreshadow the furthering of relationships between the protagonists, which, as a romantic mystery, I thought it should have.
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Catherine Lloyd grew up in London, England in the middle of a large family of girls. She quickly decided her imagination was a wonderful thing and was often in trouble for making stuff up. She finally worked out she could make a career out of this when she moved to the USA with her husband and four children and began writing fiction. With a background in historical research and a love of old-fashioned mysteries, she couldn't resist the opportunity to wonder what a young Regency Miss Marple might be like, and how she would deal with a far from pleasant hero of the Napoleonic wars.

You can find Catherine Lloyd's website at http://www.catherine-lloyd.com

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