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Death comes to Kurland Hall (2015)

by Catherine Lloyd

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Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery (3)

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Another interesting entry in the fine series. The morals, mores and culture of the Regency Era serve as connective tissue for the conflicts and solutions that drive the storyline in this latest installment from Catherine Lloyd. The irascible male. Major Kurland is a cut above some of the more stolid, even stupid characters, like the police captain and Quincannon given to us by otherwise excellent authors. The female half should get most of the best lines but they do best when they are delivered to a functioning male partner rather than the more frequently depicted blank wall. ( )
  jamespurcell | Aug 20, 2018 |
Lucy is helping with her best friend’s wedding (she’s marrying the Major’s best friend) at Kurland Hall. The guests are arriving and the overflow is staying at the rectory. Meanwhile there has been a misunderstanding between Lucy and the Major and she is keeping her distance. There are two murders, a sabotaged carriage that is run off the road and overturned, a kidnapping, and a shady blackmailing rogue cousin to be dealt with before there’s finally a sincere proposal from the major. ( )
  Kathy89 | Jul 6, 2018 |
Death Comes to Kurland Hall
4 Stars

Lucy Harrington returns home to Kurland St. Mary to help with the preparations for her best friend’s wedding. Her homecoming is marred not only by the irascible Major Robert Kurland, whose bungled proposal of marriage has set Lucy’s teeth on edge, but also the presence of Mrs. Chingford, a meddling widow who has set her sights on Lucy’s father. When the infuriating woman is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, Lucy and Robert are convinced that any one of the many wedding guests with a motive might have done away with her.

A charming cozy mystery series set in Regency England.

Lucy Harrington is not your usual historical heroine content to either manage her father’s home or marry the first man who proposes. She is intelligent, outspoken and confident to the point of recklessness at times.

Major Kurkland, however, is the epitome of the domineering hero convinced that Lucy, as a member of the "weaker and fairer sex", is in need of his protection even as he reluctantly comes to realize that his feelings for her run much deeper than duty and responsibility.

Even as they fight against their growing attraction and fail again and again to recognize what is so clear to everyone around them, Lucy and Robert finally take those irrevocable yet necessary steps in their slow burn romance.

The murder mystery in this installment is slightly more complex than in previous books due to the nature of the victim. Mrs. Chingford’s tendency toward capitalizing on the secrets of others and spreading malicious gossip results in the accumulation of numerous suspects and motives. That said, the ultimate revelation of the culprit is not that surprising given the evidence.

In sum, this is an entertaining addition to an engaging series with wonderful characters. I look forward to reading the next book as soon as it becomes available. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Great mystery series set in the regency, with continuing developments over several books that increases interest.

Miss Harrison, the heroine is a bit too strong willed for regency times. She is meant to be the more polite of the two (her and Major Kurland) but due to stricter societal conventions for woman, she oversteps the limit a bit. She is quite full of pride, and headstrong. Major Kurland is recovering from a painful war wound, which affects his mood and offends his pride. This book could be called "Pride and Pride Takes the Case."

In this case, a mysterious death during a wedding at Major Kurland's house sets off the chase. Shortly into the book, it was a bit clear about who would be the victim. They convince the county doctor to withhold facts as they work together (read:compete with each other) to gather clues and question witnesses. Add red herrings to Mr Pride and Miss Pride's romantic tension, and the result is a cloudy but enjoyable, light cozy read set in the regency. Better than most mysteries set in that era.

**eARC netgalley** ( )
  Critterbee | Apr 16, 2018 |
Because I had enjoyed books one, Death Comes to the Village, and two, Death Comes to London, of the Kurland St. Mary mysteries, it was with great pleasure that I spotted book three, Death Comes to Kurland Hall, at my local library.

In book two, heroine Lucy Harrington's widowed friend, Sophie, found love again. This book opens with Sophie and her Andrew about to be married. Lucy has been avoiding Major Sir Robert Kurland since he muffed things in London. Robert, who has been made a baronet, manages a truce, but he hasn't lost his talent for saying the wrong thing to Lucy.

Andrew's sister, Miss Stanford, has a fiancé (a great relief to a young woman who was practically an Ape Leader, or old maid). So why isn't Mr. Reading at her side for the wedding of his brother-in-law to be?
There are some distant relatives of the Stanfords who ARE at the wedding: widowed Maria Chingford and her two daughters, Penelope and Dorothea.

Miss Chingford also appeared in books one and two. She was engaged to Robert, but broke it off when he was lamed at Waterloo. She's still hunting for a husband, but the new baronet is now immune to her blond beauty. Dorothea is a shy little thing.

Bad as Penelope is, she's an angel of amiability compared to her malicious mother. Maria is making a play for Lucy's handsome father, who has been widowed for eight years. We get to be horrified on Lucy's behalf as Maria wastes no opportunity to offend everyone but the rector. If Maria were a fairy tale character, she'd be a great candidate for the curse of having toads and vipers fall from her mouth every time she speaks.

Another widowed guest is Mrs. Emily Fairfax, stepmother to Thomas Fairfax, Robert's highly competent new steward. Thomas is illegitimate in the days when only children born out of lawful wedlock inherited -- unless disinherited. His young half-brother, Robin, will come into their father's estate when he's of age, but he won't be 21 for 13 years. Is his mother here to beg Thomas to come back and manage that estate?

Lucy finds a body during the wedding: accident or murder? She and Robert need to find out, especially after another guest commits suicide -- or was that murder? Matters are complicated because Robert fears for Lucy, knowing that he's in no physical shape to protect her. Is Robert going to be sensible and discuss his worries with Lucy, or is he going to be a dictatorial twit and order her to stop investigating?

CHAPTER NOTES:

Chapter 3:

a. Robert wears his dress uniform of the Prince of Wales 10th Hussars to the wedding.

b. See book two, Death Comes to London, for the involvement with the Broughtons.

c. Here we learn that Miss Stanford's first name is Melissa.

d. There's a description of the oldest part of Kurland Hall.

Chapter 3: Lucy brings up the famous unsolved death of Amy Dudley, wife of Robert Dudley, who wanted to marry Queen Elizabeth I. (Here I must fault the author for having Lucy refer to Queen Elizabeth as 'the First'. One does not become 'the First' until there is a second. The great queen was known as 'Queen Elizabeth' until the accession of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.)

Chapter 4: Robert is still terrified of horses after what happened to him at the Battle of Waterloo. Here he puts on a brave face for the sake of Andrew's little girl, Charlotte.

Chapter 12: Here we learn that both Thomas and Robin Fairfax have 'Edward' for their middle name.

Penelope Chingford becomes a slightly more sympathetic character in this entry, now that we know what her mother is like. She and her sister still have to find husbands, and Penelope is on the lookout.
Lucy is shown to be the kind of gentlewoman who remembers servants' kin and inquires after them (in other words, the RIGHT sort of gentlewoman). Her relationship with Robert proceeds, with plenty of setbacks. It wasn't that difficult to guess the killer, but who cares? This is an amusing Regency romance that's also a cozy mystery. I look forward to the next book!

Cat lovers: we're out of luck.

Dog lovers: Alas, we get only a few scenes with Sophia's pet, Hunter. ( )
  JalenV | Jan 10, 2018 |
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This one is for Sophia Rose Catherine. My favorite and only daughter.
This one is for Sophia Rose Catherine.
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"Lucy, my dear, you cannot ignore Major Kurland forever."
Kurland St. Mary, England
May 1817


'Lucy, my dear, you cannot ignore Major Kurland forever.'
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[Robert and Lucy are discussing her finding a strange man in the first victim's bedroom]

'And I assume you confronted him.' The major sounded far too calm for her liking.

'I didn't really have a choice.'

'Of course you didn't. No sensible woman would decide to run and get help.'

She winced. 'Once he lowered his pistol, I didn't feel as if he would --'

'He had his pistol aimed at you?'

'Only until he realized who I was, and then he was most apologetic and quite charming in his way.'

More silence. This time she risked a glance upward and encountered a furious blue gaze.

'You have no idea how much I yearn to pick you out of that seat, Miss Harrington, and shake you until your teeth rattle.' The major's tone was almost conversational, but not reassuring at all. (chapter 12)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0758287372, Hardcover)

As wedding bells chime in Kurland St. Mary, a motley group of visitors descends on the village—and with a murderer on the prowl, some of them may not be returning home…

Lucy Harrington has returned to Kurland St. Mary to help with her friend Sophia Giffin’s wedding. But her homecoming is made disagreeable by the presence of Major Robert Kurland, whose bungled proposal has ruffled Lucy’s composure, and a meddling widow who has designs on her father, the village rector.

Wary of the cloying Mrs. Chingford from the start, Lucy has doubts about the busybody’s intentions with her father. But everyone else seems to think they make an ideal match—until the courtship is curtailed when Mrs. Chingford is found dead at the bottom of a staircase. It’s clear that it wasn’t an accident, and in hopes of finding the culprit, Lucy and Robert call a truce and begin scrutinizing the wedding guests.

But the widow left behind plenty of enemies, and when one of them is the next to turn up dead, Lucy and Robert discover that the truth is far more scandalous than anyone could have imagined…

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:33:36 -0400)

Returning to Kurland St. Mary to help with a friend's wedding, Lucy Harrington is dismayed at the presence of Major Robert Kurland, but calls a truce with him when Mrs. Chingford, a meddling widow who had set her sights on Lucy's father, is found dead at the bottom of a staircase.

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