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my name is Catherine LLoyd and I’m very pleased to tell you all that I’m going to be writing a series of Regency set mysteries for Kensington Publishing!
A shy spinster and a bed-ridden hero from the Napoleonic Wars must work together to prove that a murder has been committed in their small peaceful village and then solve the case.
The first book, DEATH COMES TO THE VILLAGE, involves our feisty heroine, Miss Lucy Harrington, the Rector’s oldest daughter and Major Robert Kurland, late of the 10th Hussars, and heroically wounded at Waterloo. Major Kurland is stuck in bed with very limited mobility and it is Miss Harrington who has to do a lot of the sleuthing in the quiet little village attached to the manor house. Think of it as Rear Window meets a young Miss Marple, and you’ll get the idea. Read an excerpt »
The first reviews are in! RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 Stars and a TOP PICK! Here’s what they said:
“This historical series debut set in 1816 Regency England is a skillfully crafted mystery [...] The details of village life lend authenticity to the story and the evolving relationship between amateur sleuth Lucy and Major Kurland provides great entertainment. Lucy’s internal struggles with family duties and wishes for her future create a compelling picture of a young woman trying to find the courage to stand up for herself.”
And Publishers Weekly wrote in their starred review: “Readers will hope that death returns soon to Kurland St. Mary.”
TO THE VILLAGE
A Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards Nominee for First Mystery
November 26, 2013
In the bestselling tradition of Anne Perry, Catherine Lloyd’s historical mystery debut brilliantly combines an authentic snapshot of the picturesque manor houses dotting the Regency English countryside, a high-handed war hero, and a mystery with revelations that will shock even 21st century readers.
When Major Robert Kurland returns badly wounded from the battlefields of France, he is completely confined to bed. One night he spies a mysterious figure near the parish church carrying a heavy load, and suspects foul play. Reluctant to share his experience with his staff, he turns to an old childhood acquaintance, Miss Lucy Harrington, the Rector’s daughter.
When Lucy mentions the recent disappearance of two young serving girls, Robert wonders if one of the girls has met with a terrible end. As they struggle to solve the mystery, the unlikely pair find themselves revealing far more to each other than they had ever imagined. But setting a trap to force a confession out of the suspected murderer will put them both in mortal danger…
Look also forward to another Kurland St. Mary Mystery in December 2014!