Death Comes to the Village

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Death Comes to the Village

Death Comes to the Village Regency set historical mystery first in new series 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

  • Title: Death Comes to the Village
  • Author: Catherine Lloyd
  • ISBN: 9780758287335
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • Regency set historical mystery, first in new series.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 mRegency set historical mystery, first in new series.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 fa ade 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

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    1. Lauren on said:

      Death Comes to the Village4 StarsConfined to bed while recovering from injuries sustained at the Battle of Waterloo, Major Robert Kurkland awakens one night and observes something strange from his window. When a young girl vanishes from the village, Kurkland enlists the aid of the rector’s daughter, Lucy Harrington, who is eager for the diversion from the routine of her daily life. However, as Lucy investigates and gets closer to the truth, a dangerous killer is waiting to strike again…Lloyd [...]

    2. Mary - Buried Under Romance on said:

      The mystery aspect of the story is nice enough, though it was still somewhat obvious to a discerning reader who the culprit is. Characterization had the hero more complex than the heroine, who seemed to be a male-weary person without much else to recommend her than the care she bestows on her family and her perceived intelligence. Overall, the story was nice enough to read over a cup of cake, but it did not suck me in and engage me throughout either the mild romance or the murder mystery. The en [...]

    3. Ronna on said:

      I got this free from Firstreads. here is my honest review.Serene and cozy village life in early 1800's Kurland St Mary's England? Hardly, as items are going missing in local homes and businesses, and two local girls seemed to have gone missing. Major Robert Kurland has just recently returned to his manor house after being nearly crushed to death by a horse in the Battle of Waterloo. He's spent long days in bed with pain, boredom, and coddling by his man servants. One night, the moonlight through [...]

    4. Susan Dunn on said:

      Nice cozy mystery but too many anachronisms for me to really enjoy it. The main characters behaved in ways that simply would not have been done during the Regency period. The most glaring examples are Miss Lucy Harrington running directly into Major Kurland's bedroom several times and her curtsying to a carpenter (when she doesn't even curtsy to the Major). There was absolutely no sense of the period at all.

    5. Angela on said:

      3.5 starsThis cozy historical mystery, set in England, has a little bit of a Regency romance feel. Lucy, the rector's daughter, and Robert, a magistrate and wounded soldier, notice some thievery and strange goings-on in the village. With a young woman disappearing, and the men of the village not quite acting themselves, Lucy and Robert put their heads together to investigate. That's the main plot. The subplots include Lucy's resistance to spinsterhood and wanting to find a husband, Robert's diff [...]

    6. ❂ Jennifer on said:

      A very good first historical/cozy with a very well-plotted mystery. If you're the type that wants a dead body ASAP, you're going to be disappointed, but if you enjoy a good mystery regardless of when the body drops, give this one a try.Full review: jennoklikes/post/894796

    7. QNPoohBear on said:

      Major Robert Kurland was wounded at the Battle of Waterloo and for several months he's been cooped up in his home near the village of Kurland St. Mary attended by his faithful butler and batman. One night he wakes to the moonlight streaming in his window and at the risk of his health, he moves to the window where he thinks he sees a mysterious figure carrying something heavy. He wonders what's going on but knows his servants will think he's crazy if he brings it up. He turns to the only person h [...]

    8. Lisa Kay on said:

      (This is a review of the audiobook.) ★★★★✩ I quiet enjoyed this first in the series, but man-oh-man, did the narrator read this one sllllllowly. I had to speed it up to 1.5 times and it was still slow. Still, loved this small town mystery and the budding relationship between the hero and heroine. Thanks for the rec, Lauren! I'll definitely go on with the series; already bought the book.

    9. Heidi (Yup. Still here.) on said:

      Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Can't wait for book two. I listened to this one on audio and recommend that format.

    10. Andree on said:

      Super into these. Very, very much into these. I mean, I had a few twinges of supreme annoyance (okay, perhaps surpressed rage) over how her entire family seems to take Lucy to granted, while simultaneously insulting her (particularly her father), but I got over it. This is obviously with the exception of her sister Anna, who is lovely, but also kind of annoyingly perfect.But mostly, I am here for Lucy and Major Kurland who have a vaguely antagonistic dynamic, while also being one that's not affe [...]

    11. Aurian Booklover on said:

      I do love historical (cozy) mysteries, there is just something about the slow pace of the story, the characters who have to act within their social time frame, that appeals to me. Major Robert Kurland has come home from Waterloo with a severely broken leg, and is recuperating at home. It is not healing well, and he is tired of being sick and in bed, and being taken care of by his butler and his valet (who is his former Sergeant). One night he wakes up in a moonlight lit room from a laudanum indu [...]

    12. Hannah on said:

      What a pleasant surprise this was! I can count the number of historical cozies I've read on one hand and certainly don't remember ever having read one set in the Regency period, but after Death Comes to the Village, I'll definitely be interested in checking out more. Part of the appeal lies in the charming tranquility of the village setting; away from the hustle and bustle of London and Bath that lovers of Jane Austen are familiar with, Kurland St. Mary seems like the kind of village where nothi [...]

    13. Andrea Guy on said:

      I love a good cozy mystery and I really loved the regency setting. Historical cozies are my my absolute favorite.It is a shame that this particular mystery just seemed to plod along at a snail's pace. It is the first book is the first book in the Kurland St Mary Mystery series and most of the time seemed to be spent getting to know the two main characters, Lucy Harrington and Major Robert Kurland.More time seems to be spent on Robert and Lucy and what seems to be a possible romance then the actu [...]

    14. Heather on said:

      Wonderful read! One of those rare mysteries where a body doesn't appear until close to the end.

    15. Linda on said:

      I really enjoyed this mystery, it was not too gorey or gruesome and it was not weighed down by the historical setting. If you enjoy the "Maisie Dobbs" books then I would recommend this one as well.

    16. Phair on said:

      Mystery set in an interesting period- 1816, just after the Continental War- so we have a wounded warrior with a touch of ptsd and the threat of demobbed soldiers roaming the countryside with no jobs. The wounded Major and the vicar’s eldest daughter are the main characters/detectives and there is an unacknowledged spark between them that will undoubtedly develop through the series. Start of the book was rather slow and dull but it picked up once Lucy’s investigations got going (the Major is [...]

    17. Jaclyn on said:

      In keeping with my recent mystery affliction, I've moved to a more cozy setting in Death Comes to the Village. Major Robert Kurland has returned home to Kurland St. Mary bedridden from the battle of Waterloo. When he witnesses a furtive man moving a heavy load in the dead of night, his suspicions are raised. Unfortunately, the nature of his wounds prevent him from investigating the matter. When his former nurse, Lucy Harrington, a woman he's known since childhood, reveals that two young girls fr [...]

    18. Susan in NC on said:

      This was a fun and satisfying introduction to a new series for me, and I look forward to reading future installments. Lucy Harrington, the vicar's daughter in Kurland St. Mary, is smart, efficient, hard-working; her widowed father cares more for hunting and enjoying the comforts of life (and the insolent vicarage cook), leaving the work of the parish and his household to his overworked curate and Lucy. She has all the responsibilities of a vicar's wife with none of the authority and hopes to mar [...]

    19. Tanya on said:

      This one is going on my keeper shelf. I didn’t know anything about this book when I picked it up, and for full disclosure, let me add the copy I read was a free copy. I am so glad I read it. It combines Regency England and cozy mysteries. The book captured my attention on the first line and didn’t let go.In Kurland St. Mary, Major Robert Kurland has returned home to Kurland Manor after receiving grievous injuries at Waterloo. Not wanting to disturb his valet or butler, he tries to fetch some [...]

    20. SOS Aloha on said:

      Few things are more pleasant than a village graced with a good church, a good priest and a good pub. - John HillabyIn the village of Kurland St. Mary, the pleasantries derive from the rector's daughter, Miss Lucy Harrington. She cares for her widowed father, her four siblings, and the villagers in need. She also cared for the village's benefactor, Major Robert Kurland, when he returned from Waterloo. But Lucy wants more for her own life, maybe even a season in London.Kurland struggles with his r [...]

    21. Paula on said:

      I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to netgalley, Kensington books, and Catherine Lloyd.Major Robert Kurland has returned home from the battle of Waterloo and it is Miss Lucy Harrington's duty as the rector's daughter to help him recuperate from his injuries. One of the rector's servicing girls has gone missing and Lucy is determined to figure out what happened to her. Major Kurland sees a dark figure outside his window one night and confides in Lucy. [...]

    22. Denise on said:

      I just love this series! I am rereading them on audio to freshen my memory for the new book that comes out Tuesday. Within the 3 books in the series so far, there has been slow but meaningful development between the main characters of Lucy and Robert.Lucy is a strong and very grounded woman who has been seriously overlooked and taken advantage of by her family. Your heart wants to break for her, but she would not allow that type of pity for herself. Lucy is so well drawn out that you will think [...]

    23. Sarah on said:

      I listened to the audiobook of this and found the narration very enjoyable. It's a quaint cosy mystery with a difference: the story takes place in the early 19th century, just after the Battle of Waterloo. Oh what a difficult and frustrating life most women must have had at that period; I'm so glad to be living in the here and now, although I can still rant about inequalities of the sexes!The plot is not terribly complex, but the main characters are interesting, and the historical context unusua [...]

    24. Beth on said:

      This was sweet and frothy. The setting (post-Napolianic war English countryside) was terrific, the plot reasonably interesting (not riveting, mind you), and the characterslet's say promising. There simply must be another book before I can commit any further, but this is a good start to a cozy mystery series. I was charmed by the heroineightly less so by the hero, but as I said, there's reason to think he'll do eventuallyyhaps. A couple characters desperately need some serious consequences, as th [...]

    25. Susan on said:

      Major Robert Kurland probably would have died from his injuries at Waterloo if it wasn't for the vicar's eldest daughter Lucy Harrington, who nursed him devotedly. He should be recuperating by now, but his legs are slow to heal, and he's bored. When he sees something mysterious from his window one night, his household dismisses it as a product of laudanum. But he had refused a sleeping draught that night. Lucy is suspicious of her maid's disappearance, and also discontented with her lot as an un [...]

    26. Lin Stepp on said:

      A nice little cozy English mystery novel set in Kurland St. Mary, England. Lucy Harrington, the rector's daughter, gathers your admiration and pity early in the book for dutiful and exploited role she must play in her household with her father, who is a less-athan-admirable rector. However, Lucy soon gets invalid - along with Major Robert Kurland - in trying to work out and solve a village mystery. The fact that author Catherine Lloyd resolves the mystery but not the relationship with Major Kurl [...]

    27. Betty on said:

      This delightful book reminds me of Georgette Heyers in style. It takes place just after Waterloo. The scion of the main family was injured in action. He see an unusual incident from his bed. Objects are missing from local gentry's homes. Two maids are missing. The oldest daughter of the rector works with him to find what is going on in the Village. Not much research on thetimes are present. The supporting cast is already partially developed. Several siblings, a father who puts himself first, loy [...]

    28. Kathleen on said:

      In this novel the author creates excellent characters, believable dialogue, and an interesting conundrum to be solved. Much in the style of Georgette Heyer, Lloyd does a good job of capturing the society of the time, including the frustrations of women with the strictures and expectations placed on them by a patriarchal social order. While creating a delightful period piece, Lloyd doesn't shy away from the very real psychological effects of war and the expectations society places on people. I lo [...]

    29. Jennifer on said:

      I had a fun, quick time with this cozy historical. The mystery itself wasn't the most intriguing aspect (in fact, we're not sure there is a murder for quite awhile). Still, the characters of Major Kurland and Lucy Harrington are fleshed out well - and not as stereotypical as I might have thought. Neither are painted as martyrs, nor do they suffer their trials nobly (he with his war injury and she as her father's right hand/wife/housekeeper/babysitter). And the culprit was a little bit of a surpr [...]

    30. Gennielc on said:

      I loved the characters, the story, and the realistic setting of the time period. But the mystery was a bit simple (the mystery is usually secondary to the story to me, but when i keep saying "don't be stupid, it's that person" it brings me out of the story). I guess this is the author's first foray into mystery, so perhaps it will get better (and now i look forward to finding her other books under her other name - they're racy romance!).

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