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Silence in the Library: A Lily Adler Mystery Hardcover – 21 September 2021

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Praise for Silence in the Library
"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."

"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."

"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

Katharine Schellman is a former actor, one-time political consultant, and currently the author of the Lily Adler Mysteries. A graduate of the College of William & Mary, Katharine currently lives and writes in the mountains of Virginia in the company of her family and the many houseplants she keeps accidentally murdering.

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  • 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
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    4.7 out of 5 stars 15 ratings

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Katharine Schellman studied theatre and history at the College of William &amp; Mary, after which she went on to dance professionally, work in political consulting, and collect addresses up and down the east coast of the United States. Her nonfiction and essays have been published on The Huffington Post, Mother Magazine, A Practical Wedding, and more.

Katharine’s debut historical mystery, The Body in the Garden, was published in April 2020 and led to her being named one of BookPage’s 16 Women to Watch in 2020. Katharine currently lives and writes in the mountains of Virginia with her husband, preschooler, and the many houseplants she keeps accidentally murdering.

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