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DEATH COMES TO THE VILLAGE
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth, Historical
This historical series debut set in 1816 Regency England is a skillfully crafted mystery that combines a wounded war hero, an inquisitive rector’s daughter and a quaint peaceful village with some sinister secrets. The details of village life lend authenticity to the story and the evolving relationship between amateur sleuth Lucy and Major Kurland provides great entertainment. Lucy’s internal struggles with family duties and wishes for her future create a compelling picture of a young woman trying to find the courage to stand up for herself.
Miss Lucy Harrington, the widowed rector’s eldest daughter, has taken over her late mother’s role in the family. Her life is full of household duties and chores. Major Robert Kurland is recuperating after being wounded at Waterloo. Bedridden, he sees a shadowy figure carrying a heavy load at night from his window. Major Kurland confides in Lucy who agrees to look into the matter. In the meantime, two young serving girls go missing from the village and a rash of thefts from large houses causes a stir. As Lucy investigates, she is assaulted in the cemetery, and Major Kurland becomes concerned for her safety. Together they agree to draw out the person responsible for disrupting the peace of their quaint village. (KENSINGTON, Dec., 288 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Sandra Martin
Published: December 2013