In the English village of Kurland St. Mary, few things are worse than having one’s reputation besmirched. A struggling marriage is one. Murder is another . . .
Three years have passed since Major Sir Robert Kurland and Lucy Harrington, the rector's daughter, became husband and wife. Having established a measure of contentment among the gentry of Kurland St. Mary, the couple lately have found an unsettling distance grown between them. But when the small-village peace is disrupted by the arrival of an anonymous letter accusing Lucy of witchcraft, her as yet unfulfilled desire to be a mother becomes the least of her worries, especially after she learns she is not the only one to have received such a malicious letter.
Speculation in the village only escalates when the local schoolteacher, Miss Broomfield, is discovered murdered at her classroom desk. Was the unlikeable teacher the letter writer, and if so, who killed her and why? Despite her husband’s objections, Lucy offers to help out at the school until a replacement can be found, hoping the schoolchildren might inadvertently reveal a clue, but by doing so she may be putting her own life at risk . . .
Outstanding Praise for Catherine Lloyd and her Kurland St. Mary Mysteries!
Death Comes to Kurland Hall
“The third in this charming Regency series has a darker side."
"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."
"A saucy tale of love and murder, Regency style.”
Death Comes to London
“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.”
“A pleasant combination of Regency romance and mystery that evokes fond memories of Georgette Heyer.”
“Engaging…Regency fans will find plenty to like.”
Death Comes to the Village
“Lloyd combines a satisfying mystery with plenty of wit and character development.”
“A Regency Rear Window whose chair-bound hero and the woman who civilizes him generate sparks worthy of Darcy and Elizabeth.”
“A delightful debut…Readers will hope death returns soon to Kurland St. Mary.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)