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.
This is the second Kurland St Mary mystery. This one is set at the London social season, at the ball Lucy, Anna Harrington and Major Kurland are attending. A dragon of a dowager Countess drops dead at Lucy’s feet, after Lucy had given her a drink to calm her down after a spat with several guests.
I am enjoying the Kurland St Mary series. And can’t wait to get started on book 3 – Death comes to Kurland Hall (Expected publication: November 24th 2015 by Kensington), which I have been lucky to get an ARC via Netgalley to review.