Murder at Midnight
by Katharine Schellman
September 18 - October 13, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Regency widow Lily Adler is looking forward to a quiet Christmastide away from the schemes and secrets she witnessed daily in London. Not only will she be visiting the family of her late husband; she will be reunited with Captain Jack Hartley, her friend and confidante, finally returned after a long voyage at sea.
But secrets aren't only found in London. Jack's younger sister, Amelia, is the center of neighborhood scandal and gossip. She refuses to tell anyone what really happened, even when an unexpected snowstorm strands the neighborhood families together after a Christmas ball. Stuck until the snow stops, the Adlers, Hartleys, and their neighbors settle in for the night, only to be awakened in the morning by the scream of a maid who has just discovered a dead body.
The victim was the well-to-do son of a local gentleman--the same man whose name has become so scandalously linked to Amelia's.
With the snow still falling and no way to come or go, it's clear that someone in the house was responsible for the young man's death. When suspicion instantly falls on Jack's sister, he and Lily must unmask the true culprit before Amelia is convicted of a crime she didn't commit.
Praise for Murder at Midnight:
"Delightful . . . Historical mystery fans will devour this holiday treat."
~ Publishers Weekly
"A plummy period whodunit with a colorful collection of suspects."
~ Kirkus Reviews
This is the second mystery I have read featuring Lily. I liked this mystery in the locked room style. We know one of the people sequestered because of the snowstorm must be the murderer. All of the potential suspects, it seems, have secrets. It was interesting to see how Lily and Sir John uncover the truth. Lily is persistent, even when Sir John thinks he has his villain.
Shellman has created a quite complex plot. There are layers of deceit that must be uncovered. I like Lily as an amateur sleuth. She is observant and intelligent. The setting is well done. I appreciate the attention to historical detail. While I am not usually a fan of historical mysteries, I liked this one and will be watching for more featuring Lily Adler.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
You can read my review of the earlier novel I read featuring Lily Adler, Death at the Manor.
Genre: Historical mystery
Published by: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: September 2023
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781639104321 (ISBN10: 1639104321)
Series: A Lily Adler Mystery, 4
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)