The Body in the Garden
By Katharine Schellman
Published by Crooked Lane Books
What’s it about?
Set in London, 1815 this is a historical high society murder mystery.
Recently widowed, Lily Adler is returning to Mayfair and re-entering society. Her oldest friend, Lady Walter convinces her to attend a ball she is hosting.
Getting some air in the garden, Lily overhears a desperate conversation involving threats and blackmail. When the body of a young man is discovered, Lily is shocked that she was so close to the murder. When Lord Walter bribes the magistrate to drop the case, Lily decides to do some investigating of her.
What I think:
I really enjoyed this period mystery. Lily is an engaging protagonist – she’s independent and clear-minded but still works within the conventions of society which makes her a more realistic character than some historical heroines.
Navy Captain Jack Hartley is a loyal but candid friend and their shared memories of Lily’s beloved husband and another level to their friendship.
There are some interesting characters of mixed heritage and attitudes to race, particularly the character of Ofelia Oswald, who is accepted in society because of her wealth despite her scandalous parentage are realistic and supported with the research that went into the novel. London and Georgian society is vividly recreated.
This is the first in a new series – Lily’s future investigations look set to make her widowhood a lot less dull! I will definitely keep an eye out for future adventures.
Thank you Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the advanced copy in return for an honest review.
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