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The Body in the Garden: A Lily Adler Mystery…

The Body in the Garden: A Lily Adler Mystery (LILY ADLER MYSTERY, A) (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Katharine Schellman (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:The Body in the Garden: A Lily Adler Mystery (LILY ADLER MYSTERY, A)
Kirjailijat:Katharine Schellman (Tekijä)
Info:Crooked Lane Books (2020), 336 pages
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A Lady of Quality Regency mystery!

Two delightful characters in the lead roles in this new Regency mystery add to its charm. Lily Adler is a young widow, a no nonsense woman who knows her way around the ton.
Attending her friend Lady Walter's Ball was a beginning to her new, independent life.
Unexpectedly coming across a couple of men exchanging terse and threatening comments in the garden, after having slipped out of the crowded ballroom for fresh air, Lily beats a hasty retreat. As she quietly sidles away from the scene she is frightened by a gunshot as she retreats.
That's where her dead husband's friend, Captain John Hartley—Jack, comes in handy. Stumbling back towards the ballroom she runs into him and seeks his help. Disbelieving he accompanies her, only to confirm the truth. There obviously was a gunshot because they find a dead body.
When Lord Walter has the investigation into matters surrounding the death, including the identity of the person squashed, Lily is determined to find out why, and what lies behind the murder. Jack of course is drawn into the chase and there's an interesting cast of additional characters including Jem a cheeky young messenger boy from the Dials area and Simon Page the Bow Street Constable.
Jack and Page don't get of to the best of starts but as the chase for the murderer progresses they do come to respect each other.
Lily having been dismissed as a mere woman wastes no time in changing Page's opinion. Danger treads her path and Jack is infuriated as she places herself squarely in its way. Her investigations reach to the heights of society, secrets are exposed and Lily makes not only powerful enemies but new friends, including a very independent and unusual heiress.
As we leave Lily contemplating carving out a new path for herself as a discreet investigator, I for one felt ready to pursue more of her adventures.

A Crooked Lane ARC via NetGalley ( )
  eyes.2c | Apr 7, 2020 |
Series: Lily Adler #1
Publication Date: 4/7/20
Number of Pages: 327

This book was an excellent debut for new author Katherine Shellman. The writing was excellent, the research impeccable, the storyline very cohesive, fast-paced, and interesting, and the mystery – well – very mysterious. You’ll think you know who the villain is – but do you? I was up well past my bedtime to finish the read because I just had to know…

Lily Adler was very much in love with her husband, Freddy, and she is still mourning him almost two years later. She’s spent her mourning time with Freddy’s family in the country since Freddy’s death, but they have encouraged her to return to London so she can begin to live her life again – read that as remarry. She’s returned, but she isn’t happy about it – but then she’ll not be happy wherever she is with Freddy. She and Freddy had such plans for their lives – for doing something that would matter to the world – and now he’s gone. She has to find a new path for herself – alone.

Navy Captain Jack Hartley is in London while his ship is in for repairs. He’s not happy about that because Napoleon is on the loose and he’d much rather be in the thick of things. However, his time in London will give him the opportunity to catch up with and offer any assistance he can to the widow of his best friend, Freddy Adler. He and Freddy had grown up together and had always remained closer than brothers. He is also filled with guilt because he was unable to be at Freddy’s funeral services because of the war.

As Lily reconnects with old friends and begins to attend the societal events, she realizes that she doesn’t enjoy those activities as much as she did before she married. Imagine her shock – and dismay – when, on her very first day back in London, she discovered the body of a murdered man in the gardens at her best friend’s ball. She even heard the shots.

When Bow Street decides not to pursue the case, Lily cannot stand to just let it go. There must be some justice for the poor, unidentified young man who had his life taken from him. As Lily investigates, she draws Jack into her investigation, and she also draws a new friend, Miss Ofelia Oswald, in as well.

Who is the young man who was murdered? Why was he, an uninvited guest, in that garden? With whom was he arguing? Why is Bow Street dropping the case? So many questions, so few answers. Can her friend or her husband be involved? As suspects mount, clues are investigated and more bodies added to the count, Lily and company are in the thick of the investigation.

This could have easily been a 5-star read for me. The story was compelling, the pacing was perfect, the historical details were spot on, etc. However, I just had a hard time warming up to Lily and Jack often annoyed me. I’m not sure why, but so many authors who want to write strong, independent female characters think that they have to make them angry, acerbic, domineering, selfish, etc. and that they have to pair them with milksop male characters. Lily and Jack were those characters. Jack, a war hero, a Naval Captain, was always apologizing to Lily and bowing and scraping to her. Why couldn’t they form a partnership as two equals who worked together, respected each other, and were on equal footing? Toward the end, I saw a slight glimmer of perhaps her softening somewhat, so I’ll certainly try the next book to see where it will go. As it stands, if I were to meet Lily in person, I would not like her and we certainly wouldn’t become friends – so I certainly can’t like her in a book. I’ll look forward to seeing where she goes from here.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ( )
  BarbaraRogers | Mar 29, 2020 |
Lily Adler is a young widow who has returned to London to try to decided what to do with her life now that the plans she and her husband made have been derailed by his death. She is deeply grieving the loss of the man she loved.

When her best friend encourages her to take up the social reel again, she doesn't expect to overhear an argument and a gunshot and find herself in the middle of a mystery. When her friend's powerful husband pays off the Bow Street Runners to make the potential scandal go away, Lily feels that it is up to her to solve the crime.

Lily is assisted in her endeavors by Navy Captain Jack Hartley and West India heiress Ofelia Oswald. Jack is a childhood friend of Lily's husband who was away when he died. Miss Oswald is connected to the body found in the garden and is a bright young woman sent to England to find a husband.

After some misunderstandings with Jack who assumes Lily is a typical society lightweight, he becomes a good friend to her. His initial suspicions about Miss Oswald who is definitely keeping secrets adds some additional tension to the story.

In fact, there is a lot of tension as the murderer definitely doesn't appreciate Lily's investigation into the murder of the young man. There are two additional murders and a couple of attempts on Lily's life before the story comes to a satisfying conclusion.

I enjoyed the story very much and liked the depths of the characters and the Regency setting. ( )
  kmartin802 | Mar 26, 2020 |
cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, 19th-century, historical-fiction, historical-research, London *****

Excellently researched!
Lily was widowed too soon from her beloved and has moved to London at the suggestion of her in laws where she has lived for the past two years. At least she has a few friends there are is of an independent nature. Navy Captain Jack Hartley had an English father who married a local while in India and was a good friend of Lily's husband. He learns flexibility. Lily finds a good and capable friend in young Miss Ofelia Oswald, an heiress from the Caribbean West Indies whose English father sent her to London to secure a husband. Bow Street provides another good guy by the name of Mr Page, and then there are the ragamuffins who...
The plot is ingenious and the other characters are also well done! Enjoy!
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you! ( )
  jetangen4571 | Oct 29, 2019 |
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