Murder at Midnight

Crooked Lane. (Lily Adler, Bk. 4). Sept. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781639104321. $29.99. M
It’s Christmas season in 1816, and Lily Adler is looking forward to celebrating at a neighbor’s estate, enjoying time with the family of her late husband Freddy Adler, the widower who is courting her, and Jack Hartley, Freddy’s childhood best friend. Jack’s younger sister Amelia is the talk of the party. She’s in the middle of a scandal, but she won’t talk about it with her family. Then a snowstorm hits, stranding all the neighbors who don’t live nearby. The next morning, a body is found in the snow. When he’s identified as the man who was involved in Amelia’s disgrace, suspicious eyes turn on her. The local magistrate, Lily’s brother-in-law Sir John Adler, is forced to investigate, and begs Lily to help him. Everyone trapped in the house has secrets: illicit romances, jewelry theft, poison, blackmail. Can Sir John and Lily uncover a murderer trapped in the house with them?
VERDICT The Regency-era follow-up to Death at the Manor is a Christmas treat for fans of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Those who enjoy stranded guests in isolated locations will appreciate Schellman’s latest.
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