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Monday, August 23, 2021

Silence in the Library by Katherine Schellman (Lily Adler series)

Lily is not the average Regency type lady. Now widowed, just coming out of mourning she has been unexpectedly, unpleasantly surprised by the visit of her father without any notice. Her father and Lily do not get on at all. Lily feels that she will never compare or come up to the expectations of a son and her father frowns on every aspect of Lily's life - from her clothes to her company, to the way the house is run and just about everything. Lily loves her home, and the peace and contentment that is there and all this is disrupted by her father. On a visit to see a newly married woman (at the behest of her father) who disapproves that someone married again after the death of his spouse Lily is once again thrown headlong into another murder investigation. Finding Sir Charles dead was bad enough but having to declare it was murder, and to be the person who found the murder weapon was hard. Especially in Regency society who preferred to sweep everything under the carpet, find some innocent bystander or workman to bear the brunt of the crime and whoever actually did it to literally escape with murder. Sadly for the Wyatt family who have many secrets to hide, Lily and her side kick Captain Jack, along with Mr. Page the Bow Street runner who was in charge of the case are not willing to compromise on their principles. Mr. Page is an unusual Detective. He is not open to bribery or to look the other way where the aristocracy is concerned and the investigation plods on. Plenty of diversions, another hapless victim found murdered, another son discovered, then another illegitimate daughter discovered and the net closes in. This was vintage detective genre - one I like very much. Set in Regency England with a bit of history thrown in, just a smidgeon of romance to keep us going till the next book appears this was a good entertaining read. Sent by Crooked Lane Books for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

4 comments:

Lark said...

Oh, I do like the sound of this one! :)

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds good!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Delightful. It sounds like the perfect read for you.

Katherine P said...

Oh this sounds good! I've been loving historical mysteries and I'm adding this one to my list.