Title: death at the manor.

AUTHOR: Katharine Schellman.
GENRE: Historical Mystery, Regency.
PUBLICATION DATE: August 9th, 2022.

Regency widow Lily Adler is looking forward to spending the autumn away from the social whirl of London society. When she arrives in Hampshire with her friends, Lord and Lady Carroway, she doesn’t expect much more than a quiet country visit and the chance to spend time with her charming new acquaintance, Matthew Spencer.

But something odd is afoot in the small country village. A ghost has taken up residence in the Belleford manor, a lady in grey who wanders the halls at night, weeping and wailing. Half the servants have left in terror, but the family is delighted with the notoriety that their ghost provides. Piqued by this spectral guest, Lily and her party immediately make plans to visit Belleford.

They arrive at the manor the next morning ready to be entertained—but tragedy has struck. The matriarch of the family has just been found smothered to death in her bed.

There was no one else in her room, and the door was locked from the inside. The dead woman’s family is convinced that the ghost is responsible. The servants are keeping secrets. The local magistrate is flummoxed. Lily is determined to learn the truth before another victim turns up—but could she be next in line for the Great Beyond?

Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for letting me read this book prior to its publication. My opinion is 100% honest, unbiased, and my own.

It had been a long time since I have read a Regency mystery, the reason being that the authors I chose never got the period right. That bothers me a lot because I am a huge fan of the Regency period in England (big Jane Austen nut fan here). So I was really surprised to finally read a book that was historically accurate and didn’t make me roll my eyes and put the book down.

At the beginning of the book I was a bit confused because they kept mentioning very vaguely events and characters from the two previous books. Since I haven’t read them, I cannot really blame the author. However, that contributed to my not feeling very connected to the story since the start.

Once said that, I have to say that the story, although interesting enough, moved very slowly, so slowly that it didn’t make me be really into it until I reached more or less the halfway mark. The characters were well defined and the plot was clever, with enough twists to make you keep wondering who did it. But then we get to the end. The ending that, in contrast to the slower pace of the rest of the book, felt rushed and too quick. I would have loved to see more build-up to the climax.

Overall, a very entertaining story, suitable for the summertime and as a beach read.

So, for all of that, I give this book… 3 TEA CUPS!

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