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Death comes to London by Catherine Lloyd

Death comes to London (2014)

by Catherine Lloyd

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Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery (book 2)

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It’s the spring of 1817 in England. Miss Lucy Harrington and her sister Anna are heading to London for the “season.” It’s a social whirlwind undertaken to help both women find husbands. Anna is the beauty in the family and just 20 years old. Lucy, a spinster at 25 has less hope. Also in London is their neighbor Major Robert Kurland, who’s going to be made a baronet … that means he’s quite a catch.

At one of the social events, the mother of one of Major Kurland’s army mates is murdered. She’s an odious woman and there aren’t many people who are upset at her death. Then her two sons are taken ill and appear to have been poisoned. What is going on here?? Major Kurland and Lucy have collaborated in their home village on a few other murders, and it falls to them to do some snooping.

This is a great little series. I love the two main characters – the Major and Miss Lucy Harrington – and there’s just enough sexual tension between them to keep it interesting, but not to turn this quiet mystery into a romance. ( )
  NewsieQ | Dec 9, 2016 |
Death Comes to London
4 Stars

Lucy Harrington and her sister Anna travel to London for the Season and become involved in a murder investigation when the Dowager Countess of Broughton drops dead during a ball. With the aid of Major Robert Kurland, who is in the capital to accept a Baronetcy for his heroic actions on the battlefield, Lucy slowly exposes a dangerous web of family secrets, theft and poison.

Once again, Lloyd has created wonderful characters and the romance is developing nicely. However, the mystery isn’t as intense as it could have been.

Major Kurland is rather obtuse at times when it comes to his feelings for Lucy, but he is slowly coming to realize that she isn’t only the girl next door, but a lovely woman in her own right. Lucy, in contrast, is still in denial about her relationship with Robert although she does appear to be waking up toward the end.

The secondary characters are just as compelling even though there are times when they fail to behave in accordance with the social norms of the Regency period, which can be jarring.

As said, the mystery is the weakest element. Despite the large suspect pool, the villain is rather obvious, mainly due to their distasteful behavior, and it is more a matter of figuring out the motive. There are also a couple of twists that don’t really make sense in the larger picture, i.e., why did Dr. Redmond highlight the fact that the dowager died of poisoning when he was an accomplice?

In sum, an enjoyable sequel and I look forward to reading book #3 and hope that Lloyd is working on more. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
It was a happy day when I saw Death Comes to London on my library's new books shelves. I'd been waiting for it since I read Death Comes to the Village last year. While Ms. Lloyd isn't Georgette Heyer (who is?), these two books make me think of what Ms. Heyer might have written if her novels hadn't been one-shots. Because this is a series, Lucy and Robert didn't end up declaring their love with wedding bells obviously awaiting them after THE END. The first time, a future romance was merely a hint. This time, the reader might be pardoned for wanting to rap their knuckles with her ivory fan and pointing out the obvious. In the meantime, there are two other ladies, Lucy's lovely younger sister Anna, and her widowed good friend, Sophie, on the Marriage Mart. (Lucy's husband hunting, too, and Robert keeps stuffing his booted foot in his mouth on that topic.)

Remember Miss Penelope Chingford, the blonde who jilted Robert because he's likely to be permanently lame? She hasn't improved, although a rumor about Robert makes her regret breaking off their engagement. The silly drama queen goes so far as to create scenes in Almack's Assembly Rooms -- and she doesn't even have the excuse of being an elderly dowager known for being a harridan.

That harridan is the paternal grandmother of Lieutenant Broughton, whom Robert knows. Broughton wants to be a man of science, not a soldier, much to his grandmother's disgust. The younger son, Oliver, hates her as much or more than his elder brother does. Their father the earl is in India, so Maude is managing the family in her son's absence -- whether they want her to or not. I feel sorry for the young men's mother.

Broughton is attracted to Anna. Problem solved -- or is it? The lady who was the object of the heir's attentions before Anna came on the scene isn't about to tamely give up a prize she'd counted as already won.

There's a death first thought to be natural that turns out to be MURDER. A prime suspect has gone missing. Can the case be solved before the killer strikes again?

Getting back to Heyer's Regency Romances, in chapter nine the Dr. Redmond character describes a drink often mentioned in them: 'Orgeat is a syrupy concoction made from orange flower water, almonds, and barley water.' He considered the taste to be sweet and sickly (sounds as if it would have been a useful beverage during bouts of PMS).

Now I have to wait for book three to come out... Drat! ( )
  JalenV | Feb 24, 2015 |
Death comes to London is the second book in a series. Lucy Harrington is the older daughter of the village Rector. She accompanies her beautiful younger sister to London for the season. All Lucy wants is to find a husband and set up her own household. She thinks she has left her Special friend and ( sleuthing partner) Major Robert Kurland home yet fate summons him to London to appear before the Prince Regent. Their paths cross among the ton... And they soon find themselves knee deep in a murder mystery. I won a copy on Good reads giveaways. I highly recommend if you enjoy a cozy mystery and historical romance. ( )
  Georgiann | Feb 1, 2015 |
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Begins March 1817.

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. . . [retrieved 12/12/2015 from Amazon.com]
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