If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know I have fairly decided opinions on what the perfect temperature is. Last Friday, I asked multiple people how they were and the answer was invariably “cold” which was fine, except for the fact that I had just been outside and was thinking how glorious the weather was. It was sunny in that crystalline clear way that makes you just want to strike off and take a long walk into the unknown suburbs. Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to do that, but I thought about it.
So, if you’re freezing, what should you do on these glorious winter days? Snuggle in with a cup of tea and a blanket and read, of course!
As some of you may suspect, I have a very long list of books to read. I actually do my best to be behind the times because then I don’t have to wait for the next book in a series. (To be fair, since I have over 100 items in my to-read list, that’s usually not a problem anyway.)
That said, I have absolutely no idea how long ago this series got into my pile because there were four books out in the series (including one that just came out two weeks ago), but I’m glad I waited. The Kurland St. Mary mysteries are absolutely delightful.
Set initially in 1816, the series stars Lucy Harrington and Major Robert Kurland. At the start of book one, Death Comes to the Village, Miss Harrington is the rector’s oldest daughter and has developed into a woman of a certain age with a rather “managing” disposition. (Of course, I didn’t identify with her at all at all. *eye roll*) Major Kurland, on the other hand, is back from the Napoleonic wars with a badly shattered left leg. He’s been bedridden for months, and his normally acerbic temper has just gotten worse as he’s forced to sit in bed healing. Therefore, when he sees someone carrying a body past his window at night, he needs Lucy’s help to investigate.
The best thing about this series is the repartee between Miss Harrington and Major Kurland. Straight from Pride and Prejudice with a touch of the The Thin Man movie, their banter is acerbic, prolonged and hilarious. Lloyd has definitely nailed what a couple sounds like and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the Kurland St. Mary series!
Books in the Series:
1. Death Comes to the Village
2. Death Comes to London
3. Death Comes to Kurland Hall
4. Death Comes to the Fair