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Death comes to London
Lloyd, Catherine, 1963- , author.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2014]

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259 pages ; 21 cm.
Leaving their father's rectory, two sisters set out for the social season in London only to end up investigating the poisoning of a dowager countess.
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A season in London promises a welcome change of pace for two friends from the village of Kurland St. Mary--until murder makes a debut. . .

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.

But with suspects ranging from resentful rivals and embittered family members to the toast of the ton, it will take all their sleuthing skills to unmask the poisoner before more trouble is stirred up. . .

Praise for Death Comes to the Village

"[A] delightful debut. . .Readers will hope death returns soon to Kurland St. Mary." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Lloyd combines a satisfying mystery with plenty of wit and character development." -- Booklist

Author Notes

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.

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Booklist Review

Major Kurland and Lucy Harrington meet in London during the social season in their second adventure. Lucy wants to find a husband, and the major is being honored for his war heroics. At one of the many parties, an unpleasant woman dies right after drinking a cocktail that Lucy handed her. The major is a friend of the deceased's family and moves into their home to help. Lucy feels constricted in town, but she and the major meet often to discuss the case. When another member of the family jumps to his death after drinking another laced concoction, the two friends from Kurland St. Mary begin researching poisons and motives. Missing rubies and college secrets seem unrelated at first but add to the multifaceted picture. 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.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in 1817, Lloyd's engaging follow-up to 2013's Death Comes to the Village takes Lucy Harrington and her younger sister, Anna, from their home in tiny Kurland St. Mary to London. There they hope to find a suitable husband for Anna through the patronage of their uncle, the Earl of Clavelly. Meanwhile, their irascible neighbor, Maj. Robert Kurland, receives a letter from the Prince Regent, who wishes to make him a baronet for his heroism at the Battle of Waterloo. Robert dislikes the prospect of such official recognition, but in the end he follows the Harrington sisters to London, where he soon runs into an old army colleague, Lieutenant Broughton. When Broughton's sharp-tongued grandmother and wastrel brother die under suspicious circumstances after the grandmother is accused of jewel theft, Robert and Lucy investigate. Regency fans will find plenty to like, though some readers may be disappointed by a paltry array of suspects. Agent: Deidre Knight, Knight Agency. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.