MYSTERY

A Study in Murder

. Crooked Lane. (Victorian Book Club, Bk. 1). May 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781643853024. $26.99. M.
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Amy Lowell is quite happy with her life in Bath, England, in 1890. At 25, she supports women’s rights, attends a mystery book club and dances, and writes successful mysteries under a male pseudonym. She’s not happy when her father pushes her into a betrothal to Ronald St. Vincent. The minute she receives an anonymous note about his scandalous behavior, she breaks the engagement. Of course, that makes her the primary suspect when she stumbles over his dead body in her library. Amy is not going down without a fight. She enlists the aid of Lord William Wethington, a fellow book club member. The two question friends and research shipping lines and poisons, but they’re not prepared when their own lives are endangered. While Amy’s fainting spells and love of her dog are a little over the top, they’re perfect for this amusing take-off of Victorian society.
VERDICT Hutton, known for her best-selling historical romances (His Rebellious Lass), brings that background to this atmospheric start of a humorous new series, blending historical elements and quirky characters into an enjoyable and lively Victorian mystery.

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