MYSTERY

The Body in the Garden

Crooked Lane. (Lily Adler, Bk. 1). Apr. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9781643853567. $26.99..
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Two years into their marriage, Lily Adler’s husband succumbs to illness and dies in 1815. After a mourning period in the country, Lily moves to London’s fashionable Mayfair neighborhood. Lady Serena
Walter convinces her to attend a party, where Lily overhears a whispered conversation between two gentlemen and then, suddenly, a gunshot. Convincing her late husband’s friend Capt. Jack Hartley to investigate, she leads him to the clearing where she overheard the conversation, and they discover the unfortunate victim. When the magistrate declares it a case of murder by persons unknown and tells the Bow Street Runners to stop investigating, Lily is livid and vows to find the murderer herself. Confident in her ability to unravel the clues, she is unprepared for the repercussions of her investigation.
Will she unmask the killer before she pays the ultimate price herself?
VERDICT Fans of historical mysteries and intelligent, strong women sleuths such as Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily, Darcie Wilde’s Rosalind Thorne, or Andrea Penrose’s Charlotte Sloane will want to add this series opener to their TBR pile.

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