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Death Comes to London

“Death Comes to London” (Kurland St. Mary Mystery, Book Two) by Catherine Lloyd

Published on… 25 November 2014
Published as… Historical Mystery

Catherine Lloyd’s Guest Post

Regency England is a very popular setting for books. Why do you think this is, and why did you choose to write about it?

I think it’s a surprisingly easy time period for modern readers to understand, and with the popularity of Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and Regency romance novels, it is quite familiar to a lot of readers. Personally, I just find that era fascinating because we have war with France and the newly emerging nation of America, we have a Royal family who behave appallingly, and an emerging population wanting the right to vote and control their own destiny. It’s a huge period of change and totally unlike the repressive Victorian period that followed, which in itself was a reaction to the profligate nature of the Hanoverians.

Mystery writing was a new venture to me so I wanted to make sure I was familiar with at least the historical time period as I worked on making the mystery elements the best that they could be. I’m comfortable in the Regency and thought it worked really well with the constraints of writing a more ‘cozy’ type mystery where the setting and the small cast of characters play an integral part in the creation and the solving of the murder.

I imagined a village rather like Agatha Christie’s St. Mary’s Mead and realized that the daughter of the rector had the ability to transcend all social classes and poke her nose into everyone’s business. Setting her against the bad-tempered lord of the manor who is confined to bed after injuries sustained at the battle of Waterloo just gave the series a slightly different twist, which I enjoy writing immensely. In this second book, even though Major Kurland is on his feet again, Lucy Harrington still takes an active and sometimes dangerous part in solving the case.

About the Book

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

But with 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…

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About the Author

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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.

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