As wedding bells chime in Kurland St. Mary, a motley group of visitors descends on the village—and with a murderer on the prowl, some of them may not be returning home…
Lucy Harrington has returned to Kurland St. Mary to help with her friend Sophia Giffin’s wedding. But her homecoming is made disagreeable by the presence of Major Robert Kurland, whose bungled proposal has ruffled Lucy’s composure, and a meddling widow who has designs on her father, the village rector.
Wary of the cloying Mrs. Chingford from the start, Lucy has doubts about the busybody’s intentions with her father. But everyone else seems to think they make an ideal match—until the courtship is curtailed when Mrs. Chingford is found dead at the bottom of a staircase. It’s clear that it wasn’t an accident, and in hopes of finding the culprit, Lucy and Robert call a truce and begin scrutinizing the wedding guests.
But the widow left behind plenty of enemies, and when one of them is the next to turn up dead, Lucy and Robert discover that the truth is far more scandalous than anyone could have imagined…
Death Comes to Kurland Hall is a regency mystery/romance that follows the investigative exploits of Lucy Harrington and Major Kurland. I was not familiar with this series before reading Death Comes to Kurland Hall and it put me at a distinct disadvantage. The author obviously assumed everyone will have read the first two books and jumped right into the story with no introduction or background of the characters. As a result, I never felt a connection with the characters – I wasn’t sure of their ages, what they looked like, or their general place in Society. This isn’t the first series I’ve jumped into a few books in, but usually the author provides a little bit of back story to catch the reader up (granted this can get old after you’ve been following a series for fifteen books, but is very useful the first few books of a series).
The story and mystery surrounding the murder was decent. The author did a good job of making the victim extremely unlikable and provided numerous suspects with motive to kill her. Unfortunately, I figured out who the murderer was about three quarters of the way through although I wasn’t sure of the why. At that point I was just waiting for the main characters to catch up and figure it out.
The relationship between Major Kurland and Miss Harrington reminded me a lot of the relationship between Lizzy and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, but without the heartfelt emotion and sentiment. I’m interested in reading the first two books of the series to see how the relationship developed and gain more insight into the characters and their backgrounds. I don’t recommend reading this book before the first two, but if you’re familiar with the series you shouldn’t have any problem at all.