Murder in Westminster

Kensington. (Lady Worthing Mysteries, Bk. 1). Aug. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781496738660. $26. M
Multipublished, multigenre author Riley’s (A Duke, the Spy, an Artist, and a Lie; Sister Mother Warrior) new historical mystery series is set in Regency-era England and introduces Lady Abigail Worthing. Lady Worthing has an ongoing feud with her next-door neighbor, Stapleton Henderson, over boundary issues and disruptions. From her side, it’s her dog Teacup who causes problems, and from Henderson’s, his estranged wife Juliet. The battling neighbors are forced to become uneasy allies when Juliet is found murdered at the border between their properties and his alibi includes Abigail. Abigail fears suspicion could fall upon her because of her racial background, and Henderson likely worries that Juliet’s profligate behavior will make him a likely suspect. Each has reasons to maintain the fake alibi but conclude that the best way to make it all go away is to unmask the true murderer.
VERDICT Riley’s introduction to Lady Worthing is a bit overstuffed with plot and subplots, but fans of Regency-era historical mysteries featuring intelligent heroines (such as Andrea Penrose’s Lady Arianna or Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily) will find this series a welcome addition to the genre.
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