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Silence in the Library: A Lily Adler Mystery Hardcover – 21 September 2021
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Regency widow Lily Adler has finally settled into her new London life when her semi-estranged father arrives unexpectedly, intending to stay with her while he recovers from an illness. Hounded by his disapproval, Lily is drawn into spending time with Lady Wyatt, the new wife of an old family friend. Lily barely knows Lady Wyatt. But she and her husband, Sir Charles, seem as happy as any newly married couple until the morning Lily arrives to find the house in an uproar and Sir Charles dead.
All signs indicate that he tripped and struck his head late at night. But when Bow Street constable Simon Page is called to the scene, he suspects foul play. And it isn't long before Lily stumbles on evidence that Sir Charles was, indeed, murdered.
Mr. Page was there when Lily caught her first murderer, and he trusts her insight into the world of London's upper class. With the help of Captain Jack Hartley, they piece together the reasons that Sir Charles's family might have wanted him dead. But anyone who might have profited from the old man's death seems to have an alibi... until Lily receives a mysterious summons to speak with one of the Wyatts' maids, only to find the young woman dead when she arrives.
Mr. Page believes the surviving family members are hiding the key to the death of both Sir Charles and the maid. To uncover the truth, Lily must convince the father who doesn't trust or respect her to help catch his friend's killer before anyone else in the Wyatt household dies.
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"The fast-paced, engrossing story has a climactic confrontation worthy of Rex Stout or Agatha Christie."
--Library Journal, starred review Schellman's gracefully written whodunit is equally a tale of 19th-century female empowerment and societal conventions...More than a clever murder puzzle, this is an immersion in a bygone era.
--Kirkus Reviews "Lively character and an intricate plot keep the pages turning."
--Publishers Weekly "Fans of Bridgerton will enjoy watching Lily, Jack, and their friend Ofelia Carroway pursue the truth."
--Booklist "A welcome return . . . Schellman's meticulous research puts the reader right in the heart of Regency London."
"Refreshing . . . Fast paced, the characters are believable, the premise is a good one."
--New York Journal of Books
"Schellman does a brilliant job bringing historical accuracy and clever characters to life."
--San Francisco Book Review, 5-star review Praise for The Body in the Garden
"A perfect London crime novel and a masterful debut; fast-paced, expertly researched, and intricately plotted. I actually gasped when I got to the end!" --Alex Grecian, New York Times bestselling author "[An] elegant, excellently-paced, and thoroughly engrossing mystery."
--Ashley Weaver, author of the Amory Ames Mysteries Fans of Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily mysteries will want to set aside space on their bookshelves for the adventures of widowed amateur sleuth Lily Adler.
--Greer Macallister, bestselling author Sensitive handling of class and race issues common to London in the early 1800s give the story depth...[A] smashing debut.
--BookPage, starred review Schellman's well-researched fiction debut uses nuanced, elegant prose to depict a fully realized world.
--Kirkus Reviews The mixed-race identities of her partners in crime solving and the methods through which they navigate London society add richness to the tale beyond mere Regency-era tropes."
--Booklist "Will appeal to fans of Catherine Lloyd."
--Publishers Weekly "An incredibly charming debut mystery. I look forward to more of Lily's adventures."
--San Francisco Book Review, 5-star review "If you need a truly enjoyable start to a new historical murder mystery series, this is your book."
--BookRiot, Unusual Suspects Newsletter Katharine Schellman's 1815-set debut has all the glittering trappings of the era, while examining the privilege and racism at its core.
About the Author
- Publisher : CROOKED LANE BOOKS (21 September 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1643857045
- ISBN-13 : 978-1643857046
- Dimensions : 14.61 x 3.05 x 21.72 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 603,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Along the way, Lily meets quite a few new characters, renews acquaintance with several others, and uses her common sense to sort out what has happened.
This is one of those easy reading mysteries filled with characters you feel invested in. Lily is clever and bold and sometimes pushes the boundaries of the social mores of the time. There's a bit of development in her friendships with both Jack and SImon from the previous book. The writer still only hints at anything further in that area but also leaves the story wide open for flirting and possibly more with other characters she meets. As for the mystery, there are quite a few layers to unwrap in this story. Lily has a long history with the victim's family but it turns out there are secrets that she is unaware of until she delves more deeply into the family's affairs. As expected, it's settled quite nicely and open to future mysteries by the end of the book.
Overall a fun and enjoyable read. I give this 3.5 stars. Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for sharing an advanced reader copy. I reviewed this voluntarily.
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Lily Adler returns home from an outing to find her father, George Pierce has moved into her London home for his stay in town for a visit to a physician. Lily and her father have always been critical of Lily and his stay is not welcome, but she cannot send him away. Her father tells Lily his old friend and neighbor has remarried and so Lily volunteers to pay a congratulatory call on the new couple to get out of her home and away from their arguments.
Lily and her friend Captain Jack Hatley pay a visit to Sir Charles Wyatt and his new wife. The visit becomes uncomfortable when they witness the eldest son’s rudeness to his father’s new wife and the cousin is caught stealing money from Sir Charles office drawer. The next morning Sir Charles is found dead and Simon Page, the Bow Street constable determines the man was murdered.
Once again, Lily refuses to stay out of Mr. Page’s case when she knows she can be of assistance. Soon there is another murder. Can Lily, Jack and Simon sort through all the stories told by the family members and servants to discover a killer?
This is such an enjoyable and engaging mystery read. I love Lily, Jack and Simon and the way their personal interactions are evolving in this series as you learn more about each. All the characters are realistically portrayed for the Regency era and the descriptions of social interactions, clothing and settings add depth and richness to the story. The mystery plot moves at a good pace and has many red herrings and twists that kept me changing my mind about the guilty party right up until the climax. I am looking forward to more mysteries with Lily and I am also looking forward to how the author handles her private life now that she is out of mourning.
I highly recommend this historical mystery, the series and the author!
I read it in one go. The premise, the timing and pace of the story is just about perfect. The characters are well defined and their thoughts, actions and dialogue are natural and not stilted or artificial. Well done, Ms. Schellman. I look forward to Lily As let's next adventure.