Book: Death at the Manor (Lily Adler Mystery # 3)
Author: Katharine Schellman
Genre: Mystery; Historical Mystery; Regency Era
Romance Steam Rating: 2 out of 5 (Hot Cocoa) **Technically a 2.5, but very, very closed door
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: August 9, 2022
Length: 352 pages
This latest installment of the Lily Adler mystery series finds the young widow in the English countryside. After a quick stop in Portsmouth to wish Captain Jack Hartley well on his next voyage, Lily and her friends Lord and Lady Carroway continue on to the home of Lily’s aunt Eliza. Conveniently enough, Eliza lives just a few miles away from Lily’s new acquaintance Mathew Spencer.
Nearby, a ghost seems to have taken up residence in the Belleford manor. Intrigued, but not convinced of the ghost’s existence, Lily and her friends decide to pay a visit. Much to their surprise, the party comes face-to-face with not a ghost, but a very real dead body. Though the residents of the manor are quick to blame the ghost, Lily suspects a much more corporeal killer.
I’m enjoying this series. I love the idea of a genteel regency era widow solving crimes, especially since most of her friends encourage the pursuit rather than finding it shameful. I found this mystery engaging and I liked seeing Lily’s friends interacting with her Aunts. It was particularly interesting to see things from Ofelia’s perspective.
Lily made a couple of choices in this book that I thought might happen much later in the series. I’m interested to see what happens next.