Death Comes to the Village

Death Comes to the Village

Book - 2013
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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 facade 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780758287335
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 282 p. ; 21 cm


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Mar 26, 2018

First title in this better-than-average regency mystery series. This is one series that really needs to be read in order.

May 15, 2015

Major Robert Kurland is recovering from two broken legs from the war. One night he notices something unusual from his bedroom window. He believes it to be suspicious enough to ask his neighbor, the vicar's daughter to look into it. Through her investigations, she discovers that two girls have possibly gone missing and small thefts have been occurring in the community. Lucy attempts to keep the major's spirits up while she keeps him informed with updates of her discoveries even as they become more dangerous. Are the disappearances related to the thefts? And who could possibly be responsible?

I loved this mystery! It reminded me a bit of the classic movie, Rear Window, where an injured man sees something suspicious out his window and has a lovely lady to help him figure out what is going on. The major is cranky due to his injuries and yet is still likeable. Lucy is also unsatisfied with her life, but one understands her plight and wants to take her side. All of the characters were interesting and the plot twisted and turned like an Agatha Christie book keeping me guessing until near the end (when the clues became more obvious). The way the main characters are developed, it is obvious a sequel is to follow because their issues have not been resolved. And although some may put this in the romance category, this book is more of a mystery. The relationship between Robert and Lucy has barely begun to develop so far. I look forward to the next book in this series so I can see how things are working out for these two and whether their relationship matures. And of course, I hope the next mystery is as riveting as this one!

Mobybeth Jul 13, 2014

Although not so accomplished as the Julian Kestral books by Kate Ross, I enjoyed Death Comes to the Village much more than I'd expected to, mainly because I liked the two main characters, wounded-at-Waterloo Major Kurland, and Miss Lucy Harrington, the rector's put-upon daughter.
I usually enjoy English village cozies and also Regency romances, if they don't become too 'cutesie', which this did not, managing to avoid many/most of the over-used genre cliches.

May 22, 2014

This is a good little regency era murder mystery which will appeal to fans of manor house mysteries. There is a war-hero-country-squire gentleman who is confined to bed and although he has been taking the "poppy seed juice" for his unbearable pain, he thinks he sees something suspicious outside his window (kind of rear-window-ish). The reliable but mousey rector's daughter agrees to investigate for him. Some of the characters feel familiar but there are also some surprises. Even the rector's daughter is refreshing because she is impossible to shock. The dialogue is fairly modern sounding (I guess I mean not Jane Austen-y,) except maybe when a character says he will be back "in the morrow" or something like that. The clues are there for the reader to find. First in a new series and I will be watching for the next entry.


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May 15, 2015

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