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 . . .
Outstanding Praise for Catherine Lloyd and her Kurland St. Mary Mysteries!
DEATH COMES TO BATH
“Well-crafted . . . The couple’s complementary investigative skills shine in a plot that balances colorful characters and lively action.” —Publishers Weekly
“An amusing combination of Regency mores, romantic aspirations, and a clever mystery makes this one of Lloyd’s best.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Watching this duo in action is a joy.” —BookPage
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
“A romance of married life intertwined with a murder puzzle featuring a heroine suitable for a Jane Austen novel.” —Kirkus Reviews
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
“A saucy tale of love and murder, Regency style.” —Kirkus Reviews
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.” —Booklist
“A pleasant combination of Regency romance and mystery that evokes fond memories of Georgette Heyer.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Engaging . . . Regency fans will find plenty to like.” —Publishers Weekly
DEATH COMES TO THE VILLAGE
“Lloyd combines a satisfying mystery with plenty of wit and character development.” —Booklist
“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)