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I love this new mystery series set in England in the early 1800s. It continues the puzzle/murder solving adventures of neighbors and friends Lucy Harrington and Major Robert Kurland. This time the story is set during the season in London. So, much of the action revolved around parties and dances and the formal life, dress, and manners of 1816.
I have to say that I really enjoyed and preferred the setting of the village of Kurland St Mary from book one over the London setting of this second installment. There is very little detail about the London environment and surroundings. The author really captured the village in beautiful vivid detail which made it far more engaging. To me, the best part of this book was the dialogue and fantastic conversations and interactions between the characters. But--that said--I admit I found myself missing the village and perked up whenever it was mentioned. I hope the next book finds them home again in the country.
The narration was good. A light and easy listen as the adventure continues in a good new mystery series.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
Catherine Lloyd has a lovely voice and in her narration, captures the stifling constricts of society in the Regency period. Acknowledging that, I still think the speed could be increased a bit. I did, for instance, play it on double speed for a bit and had no problem understanding it.
Would you recommend Death Comes to London to your friends? Why or why not?
I would recommend it as a enjoyable escapist read with two main characters that are both infuriating and engaging.
Any additional comments?
The reader has to wait for awhile until the mystery part of the novel begins. I would prefer a bit more emphasis on the mystery and less on the burgeoning romance. Another reviewer pointed out that some of the behaviours portrayed are unlikely given the rigid social order of the day but, for me, it's almost necessary to inject some anachronism in order that the female characters are able to do anything more interesting than sitting quietly and gossiping.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series.
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