Delighted by the quiet uproar of raising their newborn, Lady Lucy and Major Sir Robert Kurland could not be more pleased at the prospect of welcoming another into their home. But their preparations are soon overshadowed by a baffling case of murder . . .
Once known to all in her village as the rector’s daughter, Lucy is now a mother herself—to a wonderful eighteen-month-old son, Ned. Upon discovering that she is expecting a second child, Lucy and Robert are delighted. In anticipation of the new arrival, Lucy is set on expanding her nursery staff. When Agnes, her current nurse, recommends her cousin, it seems like the perfect solution.
But trouble arrives along with the new nursery maid from London. Polly’s flirtations provoke fisticuffs in the servants’ hall and tumult in the village tavern, and on her afternoon off, she fails to return to the Kurland Estate. When a farmer finds her lifeless body in a drainage ditch, Lucy and Robert fear foul play.
To their consternation, they learn their new nursery maid was not who they thought. As Lucy’s sister Anna leaves the rectory and moves in to watch over Ned, the couple’s search for the truth leads them to the London theater world, where aristocrats purchase their mistresses, and into danger. But the real threat strikes all too close to home . . .
About the Author
Catherine Lloyd was born just outside London, England, into a large family of dreamers, artists, and history lovers. She completed her education with a master’s degree in history at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and uses the skills she gained there to research and write her historical mysteries. Catherine currently lives in Hawaii with her husband and four children. Her website is located at www.catherine-lloyd.com.
Outstanding Praise for Catherine Lloyd and her Kurland St. Mary Mysteries! Death Comes to Bath “An amusing combination of Regency mores, romantic aspirations, and a clever mystery makes this one of Lloyd’s best.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Well-crafted . . . The couple’s complementary investigative skills shine in a plot that balances colorful characters and lively action.” —Publishers Weekly
“Watching this duo is action in a joy.” —BookPage
“Another deftly crafted gem of a mystery . . . An inherently riveting read that is unreservedly recommended for dedicated mystery buffs.” —Midwest Book Review Death Comes to the School “Enjoyable . . . The liveliness of Lloyd’s many secondary characters and the marital tensions arising from Lucy’s fertility woes add richness to the well-plotted puzzle.” —Publishers Weekly
Death Comes to Kurland Hall
“The third in this charming Regency series has a darker side." —Library Journal "Lloyd is an expert on all things early 19th-century England and it shows. This engaging book ends with a twist readers won't see coming." —Mystery Scene Death Comes to London
“A pleasant combination of Regency romance and mystery that evokes fond memories of Georgette Heyer.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Excellent historical detail, delightfully flawed lead characters, and the doings of the season make for entertaining reading. M. C. Beaton fans will enjoy this series.” —Booklist
Death Comes to the Village “A Regency Rear Window whose chair-bound hero and the woman who civilizes him generate sparks worthy of Darcy and Elizabeth.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A delightful debut…Readers will hope death returns soon to Kurland St. Mary.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)