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Death Comes to the Village (A Kurland St. Mary Mystery) Paperback – November 26, 2013
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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
About the Author
Catherine Lloyd was born in London, England. She completed her education with a Masters degree in history at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and uses the skills she gained there to research and write her historical mysteries. SHe currently lives in Hawaii with her husband and 4 children. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't often read quaint mysteries, but I really enjoyed this story. The characters were engaging, and I guess what happen only just before it was revealed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Camille Di Maio
I enjoyed reading this book very much.the people were so real and likable and the mystery part was surprising .Published 4 months ago by Gladys m zitz
This was a very nice book! The mystery kept me hooked and entertained. The two main characters were dynamic and worked well together. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it quite by accident when I was trying to find something to fill in between books in my favorite series. I'm so glad I found it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by B. Rogers
is home to Major Kurland who is recuperating from injuries suffered at Waterloo. Lucy, the village rector's eldest daughter, has taken on the responsibilities of raising her... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rita
This is a murder mystery of course there is violence but not descriptive as in some books. You know there has been a crime in the true style of a murder. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Delightful fun; a fine mystery that I couldn't put down. Not as historically accurate as it could be, but well worth a cozy readPublished 7 months ago by J. M. Massi
I LOVED THIS BOOK! It got me hooked on this author! I am anxiously awaiting her 3rd book which will come out in November, 2016. You will NOT be disappointed.Published 7 months ago by Sandy Pemberton