Death Comes to London

Death Comes to London

eBook - 2014
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With the reluctant blessings of their father, the rector of Kurland St. Mary, Lucy Harrington and her sister Anna leave home for a social season in London. At the same time, Lucy's special friend Major Robert Kurland is summoned to the city to accept a baronetcy for his wartime heroism. Amidst the dizzying whirl of balls and formal dinners, the focus shifts from mixing and matchmaking to murder when the dowager Countess of Broughton, the mother of an old army friend of Robert, drops dead. When it's revealed she's been poisoned, Robert's former betrothed, Miss Chingford, is accused, and she in turn points a finger at Anna. To protect her sister, Lucy enlists Robert's aid in drawing out the true culprit.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Kensington Books,, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780758287366
0758287364
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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mmcbeth29
May 20, 2015

SUMMARY: Lucy and Anna go to London to hunt for a husband after all. Major Kurland is quite put out to be losing such a valuable helper. He receives a summon from the Prince Regent to travel to London and is able to visit the Harrington sisters. But they are not all he finds while there. First, an angry ex-fiancée, then a dead body or two. Luckily, he has Lucy and a few friends to help him sort out what is going on. But when bodies begin dropping like flies and the suspect list grows, things become extremely messy. And to further complicate things, emotions begin to swirl and rise.

THE GOOD: I still enjoyed the main characters of Major Kurland, Lucy, and even Kurland's butler. The mystery was riveting although I figured out the who right away, but not the how or why. I enjoyed the play between potential couples and the fact that we were not given a full force of romance. The relationship between Kurland and Lucy is being drawn out very slowly and I actually like that. It makes me want to come back for more to see what happens with them.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The book begins with some over the top drama that would not be acceptable behavior in this time period. Ladies yelling at each other in public, the ex-fiancée who in the first book was snobbish, but is now acting like an insane woman and no one thinks this is out of place, and women making public threats. This made the first part of the story move too quickly and moved it away from a serious mystery. Also, so much of the beginning of the book is taken up with the ex-fiancée, but there is not resolution with her. She never receives her comeuppance which I think all readers deserve. Finally, there are the social issues the author slips in not so subtely including animal cruelty and homosexuality. If she feels the need to do this through her writing, I wish she would pick one social issue per book. Otherwise, instead of feeling sympathetic, I felt annoyed.

So why did this book get 4 stars with so many things wrong? There are still a lot of very good elements in this quick to read mystery and I am intrigued enough to want to come back for more when the new novel comes out. I am desperately hoping the bad guy has a different profile and that we see the relationship between Lucy and Kurland progress. I am all anticipation!

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merlinsilver
Mar 23, 2015

Enjoyed this Regency cozy and look forward to reading more of her books.

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mmcbeth29
May 20, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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