Monday, November 24, 2014

Blog Tour Post, Review & Giveaway: Death Comes to London by Catherine Lloyd

Description (from cover):

'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 her 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 turns points a finger at Anna. To protect her sister, Lucy enlists Robert's aid in drawing out the true culprit.

But with the 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...'

My thoughts:

This book is set at the height of the Season in Regency-era London. Lucy Harrington, along with his sister, Anna have arrived in London to enjoy the carefree manner that is well known as the London Season. They are both looking for a husband among the masses of the ton. However, while looking for husbands, they suddenly stumble across a murder on the dance floor at a ball. Of course, Lucy's friend Major Kurland, just so happens to be in London at the same time and witnesses the murder as well. Lucy and Robert team up to discover just who wanted to murder a Countess and why. 

I just got finished reading the first book in this series, Death Comes to the Village and I enjoyed that one a lot. I, however, did enjoy this one a lot more. For some reason the excitement of the Season in London versus the English countryside setting made this one seem more thrilling to me. I thoroughly enjoyed this book a lot and had a hard time putting it down. I love Lucy's character and I even love the dashing, yet formidable, Major Kurland. Just when I thought something was destined to happen at the end of the book, the author frustrated me and left me hanging. But don't misconstrue that as a bad frustration. No, it is the good kind that begs me to keep reading this series just to find out what happens next.

This book was overly exciting and thrilling and kept me on my toes until the very last page. I love how this author uses plot twists and turns to make characters in this book seem suspicions and then changes how the reader sees them. It takes a special type of author to make me really sit up and pay attention and this author does just that. I thought that this was a fun read and I know that I will find my way back to this series over and over again. I love historically themed mysteries and this series is just what I was looking for.

Overall Rating: 5

Title:  Death Comes to London
Author:  Catherine Lloyd
Series:  Kurland St. Mary Mystery #2
Publisher:  Kensington
Publication Date:  November 25, 2014
Pages:  273
Genre:  Historical Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble


About the Author:

Catherine Lloyd grew up in London, England in the middle of a large family of girls. She quickly decided her imagination was a wonderful thing and was often in trouble for making stuff up. She finally worked out she could make a career out of this when she moved to the USA with her husband and four children and began writing fiction. With a background in historical research and a love of old-fashioned mysteries, she couldn't resist the opportunity to wonder what a young Regency Miss Marple might be like, and how she would deal with a far from pleasant hero of the Napoleonic wars.



This has been a stop of the Death Comes to London blog tour hosted by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Make sure that you stop by the other stops as some of them are hosting giveaways of this book!


Monday, November 24
Review & Giveaway at Girl Lost in a Book

Tuesday, November 25
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, November 26
Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Thursday, November 27
Guest Post at Jorie Loves a Story
Guest Post at Boom Baby Reviews

Friday, November 28
Spotlight & Excerpt at Austenprose

Saturday, November 29
Spotlight at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Monday, December 1
Review at Book Nerd
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Guest Post at Madame Gilflurt

Tuesday, December 2
Review & Giveaway at Mina’s Bookshelf

Wednesday, December 3
Review at Editing Pen
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Spotlight & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection

Thursday, December 4
Review & Guest Post at Latte’ Da!

Friday, December 5
Review at Becky on Books


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Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher, through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, in exchange for my honest review. I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

8 comments:

  1. It is a mystery so I am always intrigued :)

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  2. The era, the locale (London and the country), and the story and characters all contribute to make this fascinating. Thanks for this feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I have book 1 requested from the library based on your recommendation- and then I'll get to this one next!

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  4. I've been really into books set in the Regency era lately, and I always love a good mystery so this sounds great!

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  5. I like the time period it is set in, and I like a good murder mystery.

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  6. Great review, I can't wait to read it.

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  7. I love regency era books...they are just so romantic and so easy to read....

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  8. I like the idea of this being a Regency mystery instead of a Regency romance.

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