Death Comes to the Village (Kurland St. Mary Series #1)

Death Comes to the Village (Kurland St. Mary Series #1)

by Catherine Lloyd

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Death Comes to the Village 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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 his window was just one annoyance to much.  But what he saw from his window got his brain to stirring.  Was that somebody carrying something large through the center of the village when everyone should be asleep?  His body may be failing him but his mind is as active as ever! Miss Lucy Harrington is his long time friend and eldest daughter of the local widowed rector. Unfortunately, the rector is more interested in his horses than in his congregation.  Lucy is left to manage the household, younger children, and visiting duties for his father's congregation.  What she really wants is a "season" in London resulting in a husband and a household of her own.  But her father has definitely made clear his ideas on that subject.  As the eldest daughter, her duty shall always be to her father.  When Lucy does her duty in visiting the bedridden Major, she hears his concerns about the village and she decides to do the footwork for their investigation into the towns mysteries. Finally, something more interesting than keeping her father's life in order.  But she is hindered by everyone's ideas of a " normal" woman's mental state at those times.  Major Kurland's apparent use of laudanum isn't helping their discussions of these mysteries either.  For lovers of such stories as Downton Abby and Upstairs Downstairs, this book should definitely draw you into the mysteries of Kurland St Mary!  It's a mystery cozy with a few intriguing twists and turns around village life in the early 1800's. Class and the morass of the times add so much to this clever mystery.   The characters are superbly written, and I want to read more about them for sure!  Hopefully, this is the beginning of a long series to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A regency mystery set in a small English village. A badly injured veteran of Waterloo, a rector's daughter, murder and theft. Not fast moving, but still interesting. I hope there's more to come about these characters; I'd like to see what happens next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the diologue. The characters were well developed and the relationship between lucy snd robert is so fun. I too look forward to a sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it very much, well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very enjoyable. I also read Death Comes To London, the second book in the series, and it was very good too. Can't wait for the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable cozy mystery!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It reads like a romance trying to be a mystery or a mystery trying to be a romance. The body doesn’t appear until the last few chapters. I liked the lead characters and can see them eventually getting married but from the teaser chapters from books 2 and 3 it won’t happen quickly. Not sure I have the patience to wait it out.
Kathlingram More than 1 year ago
"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." My first Kurland St. Mary Mystery was a fun read with some intricate details to the plot. The two main characters, Lucy Harrington and Major Robert Kurland both seem to be oblivious to their growing affection. There were two more book excerpts attached, and in those also they are close to one another while avoiding an emotional attachment. Violence is done by a close associate of the Major, without his awareness, to both Miss Lucy Harrington and one of her household. Mary a long time maid was murdered and hidden in a crypt and Lucy came close to sharing her fate. Lucy's family entanglements hinder any social life, as she has been her father's housekeeper and caregiver for her twin brothers for eight years. Major Kurland comes home seriously wounded from Waterloo with an entourage who barely protected him. Their ability to share details of events in this small village and help others makes a very readable storyline. I intend to get book two right away.
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I've read them all and want more .
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Death Comes to a Village - Kurland St. Mary Mystery Book 1 Author: Catherine Lloyd Published: 11-26-13 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 289 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Cozy Mystery, Historical - Regency England ISBN: 9780758285034 ASIN: B00DG7M2KU Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Major Robert Kurland is slowly recuperating from injuries received at Waterloo. Bored late one evening he spots a strange man trespassing on his property dragging something. When his legs give out he collapses and is not found until the following morning. Lucy Harrington, at her father's insistence acts as companion to the Major. Visiting and often reading to him. Even though she is busy with running the household and replacing a maid that has disappeared. The finally confides what he saw to her and the two begin to investigate the late night vision. . Ms. Lloyd has carefully recreates with words the regency era. A time where class was well defined and the genteel were far removed from the everyday lives of the staff in their homes. She has built a world easy to envision in your mind's eye so that you are there yourself, riding in the carriage, dressing in your finery for dinner or walking through the extensive gardens. The simpler, slower paced lifestyle of the time. The plot has only a few slow spots and moves at quite a steady pace. If you have a leaning towards regency books Death Comes The Village is definitely a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very quaint little mystery set in 19th century England. Not typically a book that I would enjoy, but I found this one to be enjoyable. Some of the characters were quite irritating (the protagonist's father, in particular), but the main character was thoroughly enjoyable. A good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the entire series!
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Good read. Different historical read for a change. Funny how the lead characters don't see they are attracted though. Didn't get that. Read the second in series but it will be 2015 before the third book is released. I hate that