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A Study in Murder: A Victorian Book Club Mystery: 1 Hardcover – 12 May 2020
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"A cozy delight, with a charming heroine."
--New York Journal of Books "A breath of fresh air with a heroine that is smart, clever, and brazen."
--Manhattan Book Review "We'll be looking forward to the next in the series for sure!"
--Eyes on World Culture This book is a delight!...A Study in Murder has clear echoes of Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and of course, Sherlock Holmes. You will love this book.
--William Bernhardt, author of The Last Chance Lawyer "A one-of-a-kind new series that's packed with surprises."
--Mary Ellen Hughes, National bestselling author of A Curio Killing. [A] lively and entertaining mystery...I predict a long run for this smart series.
--Victoria Abbott, award-winning author of The Book Collector Mysteries With a breezy style and alluring, low-keyed humor, Hutton crafts a charming mystery with a delightful, irrepressible sleuth.
--Madeline Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of Never Deny a Duke
- Publisher : CROOKED LANE BOOKS (12 May 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1643853023
- ISBN-13 : 978-1643853024
- Dimensions : 14.5 x 2.59 x 21.62 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 825,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lady Amy Lovell is a member of one such book club in Bath, but she has a secret; under a pen name, she actually writes murder mysteries. Reality hits hard when she discovers her ex-fiance stabbed to death in her own home and she is the police’s primary suspect, though, and she quickly realises that if she doesn’t investigate and find the real murderer, she’ll end up convicted of the crime. Accompanied by loyal friend William, Lord Wethington, Amy sets out to apply her theoretical investigative skills to the real world, with stakes that couldn’t be higher.
This is an intriguing story with a lot of twists, turns and red herrings explored along the way. With the opium trade under the spotlight, it’s clear to see that human nature hasn’t changed all that much in the last hundred and thirty years; people in the grip of drug addiction are desperate and will go to unthinkable extremes to get their next fix.
I liked both Amy and William and found myself quite invested in the quiet little romance they slowly built up; it’s very much a sub-plot but felt quite believable. The only thing that did bother me was that the timeframe of the books seemed weirdly elongated; there kept being these week-long time skips where nothing at all happened. I get the desire of the author not to have everything happen all in the space of a couple days, but there’s no need to have entire weeks pass by when nothing happens, not when there was an urgency for Amy to solve the case.
A good read with an engaging plot and likable main characters, but I did have a few quibbles, so I’m going to give this one four stars.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.
This is a nice cozy mystery with likeable characters and a few villains along the way. There's the ongoing response of Amy of correcting everyone that it's her ex-fiance, not fiance. The mystery is fairly typical of this sort and it's enjoyable to unravel the story along the way. It's quite an enjoyable read and I would be happy to read more in the future.
I'd like to thank Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for sharing an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
Overall, I give this 3.5 stars.
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For those who enjoy all things Victorian, this series will be right up their alley. The attitude towards women and the conditions of the day comes through with perfect clarity. The main character, Amy, has to hide who she is and take orders from the men in her life. However, Amy is learning ways of getting around the male-oriented society and living her own life, mostly on her terms. This was common for all women in the Victorian era, and in some ways, is still predominant in several countries.
Characters in this series are provocative and compelling. William is a delight and a man ahead of his time. I also liked the small glimpse of Amy's father and brother and would love to know more about her aunt. I found the Victorian side of the book more fascinating than the mystery itself. There were plenty of suspects and evidence, but it takes some work to figure out who the killer is and reveal the perpetrator. The twists and turns were good as well as plausible. The ending was exciting and, as is usual, filled with last-minute answers. The setting was well done described in enough detail to help the reader see Amy's home and other locations.
A Study in Murder is a wonderfully written Victorian book with hints of romance. I did not find the mystery itself detailed enough, or the police investigation to be viable. I would like to see more interaction between Amy and her aunt and learn the story of why her aunt never married. Overall, this first book was a good beginning for the series. Readers who enjoy historical's or Victorian mysteries will enjoy this book.
Lord William Wethington is a fellow member of our heroine's book club where they gather to talk about mystery books. He finds himself dragged into a real murder/ mystery.
Both our lead characters are a lot of fun. They will get into all sorts of danger and trouble to find the killer themselves.
Really good fun.