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  • Series: A Kurland St. Mary Mystery (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (November 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075828733X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758287335
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 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 (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Major Robert Kurland is back in the village of Kurland St. Mary, recuperating from his service in Waterloo and injuries he sustained there. Major Kurland witnesses a strange event from his bedroom window that he can't put out of his mind. At the request of her father, Lucy Harrington who has known the Major since she was a child, becomes a companion to Kurland. She helps him pass the time during his recuperation by talking to him and reading him books. Kurland takes Lucy into his confidence about what he witnesses. Now instead of ready books, the two have other things to discuss when they are together since two have formed an unlikely team investigating a possible murder.

"Death Comes to the Village" has all the elements of a cozy mystery, as well as a historical novel, with a touch of romance. The two main characters, Major Robert Kurland and Lucy Harrington work together to solve a mystery in a "Rear Window" type plot in which the injured war veteran Kurland thinks he has witnessed something suspicious outside his window and the rector's daughter Lucy asks questions on his behalf to get to the bottom of the mystery.

I like historical mysteries and if the story is good, I don't mind the slower pace. However, while this book sometimes moves at a relaxing, leisurely speed, there are times it slows to a snail's pace and becomes boring. It takes quite a while for the story to get going both in terms of plot and connecting to some of the characters. Although Robert is a likeable character from the beginning, it takes longer to warm to Lucy. Lucy has a far from perfect life, with a difficult father who is quick to shirk his duties, and doesn't have the freedom to live the life she wants due to the times.
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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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