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. Chingsford 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. Chingsford 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…
REVIEW: Kurland St. Mary, England – 1817
Sophia and Andrew Stanford are to marry soon so Lucy Harrington is nearby Kurland Hall for the wedding. Major Sir Robert Kurland, Baronet and Lucy are at odds with each other. He had asked Lucy to marry him but she refused him when she found that her uncle had pushed Major Kurland to propose to her.
Lucy lives with her father, a rector, and her twin brother and sister, Anna and Anthony. Major Kurland’s ex-fiancee, Miss Chingford, daughter of the snide Mrs. Chingford, are staying at Kurland Hall to attend the wedding. Mrs. Chingford is a mean woman who enjoys stirring up trouble and discord wherever she goes. Surprisingly, Lucy’s father announces his engagement to Mrs. Chingford. However, after the wedding of Sophie and Andrew, Lucy finds Mrs. Chingford dead from falling down the stairs. As Lucy and Major Kurland have worked together in the past to solve mysteries, they immediately join together once again to try and solve the mystery of the woman’s death. Soon after, Mrs. Fairfax, a recent widow is found dead from what appears to be an overdose of laudanum. While both Lucy and Major Kurland are working together to find out the truth behind these deaths, a Mr. Reading, fiancee of one of Mrs. Chingford’s daughters, makes threats to Lucy that she should back off from her investigations, things turn dangerous.
Will Lucy and the Major manage to solve the mystery while they continue to be at odds with one another?
I did not read the first two books of this series. Perhaps if I had, I would not have been so confused as I struggled through this story. Many times, I felt like I had walked into a movie in the middle of it and had no clue as to what was going on. However, if readers have read the first two novels and liked them, then I’m sure you will be pleased with this novel too.
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