A wounded soldier and a rector's daughter discover strange goings-on in the sleepy village of Kurland St. Mary in Catherine Lloyd's charming Regency-set mystery debut.
Major Robert Kurland has returned to the quiet vistas of his village home to recuperate from the horrors of Waterloo. However injured his body may be, his mind is as active as ever. Too active, perhaps. When he glimpses a shadowy figure from his bedroom window struggling with a heavy load, the tranquil faade of the village begins to loom sinister....
Unable to forget the incident, Robert confides in his childhood friend, Miss Lucy Harrington. As the dutiful daughter of the widowed rector, following up on the major's suspicions offers a welcome diversion - but soon presents real danger. Someone is intent on stopping their investigation. And in a place where no one locks their doors, a series of thefts and the disappearance of two young serving girls demands explanation....
As Robert grapples with his difficult recovery, he and Lucy try to unearth the dark truth lurking within the village shadows, and stop a killer waiting to strike again....
©2013 Christie Kelley (P)2013 Audible Inc.
Based on the reviews I have read about this book I was expecting a post WWI Rector and his daughter solve a cozy British mystery. It isn't that at all. The story is set during the Regency Period around the Napoleonic Wars--early 1800s. It is a wonderful period mystery with terrific characters, village intrigue and loads of fun interaction and insight. The narrator has a slow drawn out sort of voice which added to the feel of the era and the suspense and drama. The author paints every scene with just enough information to transport the reader back in time. To me it proved an excellent diversion that gained speed gradually and held my attention to the last word. I've done some checking and it is the first book of a new series--book two is due out in December 2014. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Susannah Tyrrell was wonderful. She made all the characters come to life. It felt as if you knew them. He accent was perfect for this story. The story was fun. Can't wait for the next book.
It reminds me of Agatha Christi books.
I liked the main character
Warm and Intriguing with a since of humor. Fun mystery.
If I don't like the narrator I cannot listen to the book. I found Susannah Tyrrell voice very soothing and sophisticated. I loved her voice. She was perfect for this book. I am looking for more stories read by her.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
Set in the village of Kurland St. Mary, "Death Comes to the Village" is the first in a projected series. The mystery plot is intriguing, with several twists along the way, featuring two missing maids from two households, and a series of thefts of small items from the houses of each of the wealthier families in the area. The identity of the villains is not who we usually would suspect, and the author keeps the secret well through most of the book.
The characters are even more intriguing, in my opinion, particularly Miss Lucy Harrington, the oldest daughter of the Rector, considered by some to be an old maid in her early 20's. Unlike the heroines in most Regency Romances I have read, this young woman chafes under the strictures imposed upon her by society. Since her mother died in childbirth when Lucy was 15, Lucy has had to act as nursemaid to her 7-year-old twin brothers and as her father's housekeeper and hostess, fulfilling the duties her mother would have performed. She has no prospect of escaping those duties, since her father views the arrangement as a permanent one and intends to send her beautiful younger sister to London for a coming out season.
In rebellion, she becomes involved in investigating the disappearance of the maids and the thefts, in an uneasy alliance with Major Robert Kurland, the wealthy local squire, who is bedridden while he recovers from injuries suffered in the battle of Waterloo. He is rude, with a quick temper, and they argue as much as they work together. Both main characters are multi-dimensional and interesting. Other characters, while not as finely drawn, are still interesting and entertaining.
Narrator Susannah Tyrrell has an unusual voice and delivery which bothered me a bit at the beginning, but I soon grew used to it and decided that it was perfect for this book. Her change of voices and delivery of both high class and low class regional accents sounded wonderful to this American's ear. And she dealt well with scenes of suspense and violence.
I enjoyed this book a lot, and I look forward to listening to the series as it progresses.
Well worth a credit!
Reader, reviewer, blogger
I enjoyed the story very much but had to listen at 1.25x to the narration because it was quite drawn out. The accents were done nicely, however. A fine mystery and I will definitely read the next in the series.
I am a retired Dressmaker living in a village in semi-rural Ohio.
A bad narrator can totally destroy a good book. This narrator seems really awful at first, but the rhythm and tone of her voice grew on me and I was able to enjoy the book very much. She'll never be my favorite narrator, but I will listen to the rest of the series because the story and character's merit it.
I agree with the other reviewers the story was interesting although the plot seemed contrived and not really believable. The vicar's attitude toward his two daughters was appalling - I wanted to wring his neck (as my mom used to say)! The book could have been written by Jane Austen before she had developed her writing skills. I found the ending shocking - it almost made me regret listening to the book.
I liked the narrator OK - I prefer a calm voice such as hers. Would I recommend the book - only if you really love the Regency Period and have read everything else.
Very pleasantly surprised with the first book in this series. From the description and the reviews I was hoping it would be good, but it exceeded my expectations. Very well written with interesting characters and a good solid mystery. I'm downloading the second book now. I'm hoping this author has more to come.
I enjoyed the parts where Lucy and Robert encountered each other best and wished they were in the same room more often.
This is a rather slow paced mystery. I think one of the more memorable scenes involved the episode with the horse which showcased the depths of Robert's war injuries, and Lucy's steadfastness.
The narration was odd. It was like listening to Eleanor Roosevelt narrate the story. While on sedatives. I would like a new narratpr who can make the characters sound like they have some personality.
I could quit listening because of the narrator. I was interested in the story, but the narrator grated.
Please carry book 2, but with another reader.
loved it. glimpse into what it must have been like during that time period to be a woman with an independent mind. ..
i really love to read or listen to a series of books, and the would be amateur detectives in this are good, but we need more, to get a fuller assessment :)
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