Murder mars a wedding in English village, and a squabbling couple must find the killer in this Regency-era mystery by the author of Death Comes to London.
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. Chingford 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. Chingford 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…
Praise for Death Comes to Kurland Hall
“A saucy tale of love and murder, Regency style.”—Kirkus Reviews
Lloyd's overly complicated third Regency mystery (after 2014's Death Comes to London) finds amateur sleuths Lucy Harrington and Maj. Robert Kurland returning from London to Kurland St. Mary, where Lucy's father, the local rector, is about to preside over the wedding of a friend of Lucy's. Rector Harrington's surprise announcement that he plans to marry widow Maria Chingford, a blackmailer who sells secrets to the London newspapers, sets Lucy devising ways to prevent the match. When Mrs. Chingford's body is found at the bottom of a staircase, almost everyone, including Lucy herself, is a suspect. Then Emily Fairfax, the stepmother of Robert's new estate manager, is found dead near a letter confessing that she killed Mrs. Chingford. As Lucy and Robert, unconvinced, probe the two linked deaths, they must clarify their feelings for each other as well as a web of other subterfuges. Though implausibilities mar the plotting, the protagonists' romantic power struggles are as appealing as ever.