Death Comes to the School (Kurland St. Mary Mystery #5)
In the English village of Kurland St. Mary, few things are worse than having one’s reputation besmirched. A struggling marriage is one. Murder is another . . .Three years have passed since Major Sir Robert Kurland and Lucy Harrington, the rector's daughter, became husband and wife. Having established a measure of contentment among the gentry of Kurland St. Mary, the couple lately have found an unsettling distance grown between them. But when the small-village peace is disrupted by the arrival of an anonymous letter accusing Lucy of witchcraft, her as yet unfulfilled desire to be a mother becomes the least of her worries, especially after she learns she is not the only one to have received such a malicious letter.Speculation in the village only escalates when the local schoolteacher, Miss Broomfield, is discovered murdered at her classroom desk. Was the unlikeable teacher the letter writer, and if so, who killed her and why? Despite her husband’s objections, Lucy offers to help out at the school until a replacement can be found, hoping the schoolchildren might inadvertently reveal a clue, but by doing so she may be putting her own life at risk . . .Lucy offers to teach in the school until a replacement can be found, hoping the schoolchildren might inadvertently reveal a clue, but by doing so she may be putting her own life at risk . . .

Death Comes to the School (Kurland St. Mary Mystery #5) Details

TitleDeath Comes to the School (Kurland St. Mary Mystery #5)
Author
ReleaseNov 28th, 2017
PublisherKensington
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Historical Mystery, Historical, Historical Fiction

Death Comes to the School (Kurland St. Mary Mystery #5) Review

  • Barbara Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery #5Publication Date: 11/28/17Another outstanding new book in the Kurland St. Mary Mystery series. As always, the mystery is outstanding, full of twists and suspects and keeps you guessing right up until the end. It is a well-written, well-paced and very well executed book – both romance and mystery.Robert and Lucy have been married for three years and they are going through a bit of a rough patch. It is not that they don’t love each other, it is that Lucy is horri Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery #5Publication Date: 11/28/17Another outstanding new book in the Kurland St. Mary Mystery series. As always, the mystery is outstanding, full of twists and suspects and keeps you guessing right up until the end. It is a well-written, well-paced and very well executed book – both romance and mystery.Robert and Lucy have been married for three years and they are going through a bit of a rough patch. It is not that they don’t love each other, it is that Lucy is horribly depressed and Robert doesn’t know how to help her. He tends to order her around, demands that she take care of herself, etc. Frankly, I’m not sure what else he could actually do because she is inconsolable after going through two miscarriages within six months. Robert is afraid of losing her in childbirth and while he’d love children, he wants her more. He just isn’t good at actually making her understand that. She feels inadequate as a wife because she doesn’t think she can give him the heir he needs and wants. Most of the problems, as usual, fester because two people just don’t actually talk with each other. What does it take to perk Lucy up? Well, a murder will do it nicely. Lucy has just met the new school teacher and did not like her at all. Normally, she would have been heavily involved in the selection of the new teacher, but she was ill and since Robert was concerned with Lucy’s health, both of them basically left it to Lucy’s father. After doing some checking, they have discovered that the teacher was dismissed without reference from her last position. When Robert goes to confront the teacher and to dismiss her, he finds her dead with a quill lodged in her eye.Robert does his best to keep Lucy out of the investigation, but she’ll have none of that. As she gets more involved in the investigation we see more and more of her old spark come back. That delights Robert, but he still worries about her overdoing. Even with the spark of health coming back, something is still bothering Lucy – a lot. You’ll have to read the book to see what it is and if the relationship survives it.Who murdered Miss Broomfield? Who is sending the incendiary notes to people in the community? Are they also being blackmailed? Do we have one perpetrator? Two? More? I’ll not tell – and you won’t guess. You’ll just have to wait until you get to the end of the story!We get a couple of lovely new romances in this story as well – so they get their HEA’s. They are lovely romances and one of them will probably surprise you because we’ve known those two characters through all of the books.Check out my reviews of the other books in the series:Death Comes To The VillageDeath Comes To LondonDeath Comes To Kurland HallDeath Comes To The FairPlease check out my reviews at:Blog: https://flippinpages.blog/Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flippinpages...Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlippinPagesRev"I requested and received this e-book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."
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  • Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
    January 1, 1970
    This is truly the perfect series for those who love quiet, intelligent, period mysteries with a strong female protagonist. Lloyd's series, the Kurland St. Mary mysteries, are set in Jane Austen's era and feature perfectly rendered stories of a strong-minded, rather plain, rector's daughter, Lucy, and her life in this small English village. Naturally, there is a titled man in the picture, and the series brings together these stubborn, misfit intellectuals who clash and meld while solving local mu This is truly the perfect series for those who love quiet, intelligent, period mysteries with a strong female protagonist. Lloyd's series, the Kurland St. Mary mysteries, are set in Jane Austen's era and feature perfectly rendered stories of a strong-minded, rather plain, rector's daughter, Lucy, and her life in this small English village. Naturally, there is a titled man in the picture, and the series brings together these stubborn, misfit intellectuals who clash and meld while solving local murders. It's fascinating reading to see how Lloyd develops these stories, always keeping the tone and action accurate to the period. Very well written and intriguing series. Perfect for those who love their mysteries English, historical, and intellectual. Jane Austen fans will adore Lucy! Pick up the first one and then relish the next two. Lloyd keeps the plot steady, building on each one. This third one continues the superb work. Enjoyable!
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  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of this little gem of a historical cozy, so I was anxious to read the latest installment, set three years after the marriage of Lady Lucy (the Rector's daughter) and Sir Robert Kurland (local gentry and injured war hero). Part of the charm of the series has been the evolving relationship of the pair, each of whom in the past has had no trouble expressing an opinion.This entry finds them mourning significant loss that had led to uncertainty and misunderstandings in their marriage. I am a big fan of this little gem of a historical cozy, so I was anxious to read the latest installment, set three years after the marriage of Lady Lucy (the Rector's daughter) and Sir Robert Kurland (local gentry and injured war hero). Part of the charm of the series has been the evolving relationship of the pair, each of whom in the past has had no trouble expressing an opinion.This entry finds them mourning significant loss that had led to uncertainty and misunderstandings in their marriage. Despite health issues and against her husband's wishes, Lucy begins investigating the death of the new schoolmistress, who had no fans among the village children or their parents. It also appears that Miss Broomfield possessed a fabulous jewel collection. So why was she working as a teacher? Who disliked her enough to kill her? And was she responsible for writing poison pen letters to the residents of Kurland St. Mary, including Lucy?While I enjoyed my Christmastime visit with this now familiar cast of characters and found the mystery to be multilayered and well done, I was disappointed regarding the depiction of the relationship between Lucy and Sir Robert. Their misunderstandings, which threaten the very essence of their marriage, could have been cleared up in a couple of pages of dialogue at the beginning of the book; instead the process drags on until book's end. Given the frankness of both characters in previous books, this plot point did not ring true and felt forced. Hence, four stars instead of five.Nevertheless, I will be looking forward to seeing more of one of my favorite cozy couples in future books, hoping they will return a bit more true to form.Full Disclosure--Net Gallery and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book. This is my honest review.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Death Comes to the School by Catherine Lloyd is the fifth book in A Kurland St. Mary Mystery series. Christmas is quickly approaching in 1820. Lady Lucy Harrison and her husband, Major Sir Robert Kurland are having issues in their relationship since her last miscarriage. Robert hopes to improve Lucy’s spirits by bringing Aunt Rose Armitage to town who dives in to help Lucy plan the Christmas ball. Then Lucy receives an anonymous threatening note and she is not the only lady to receive one. Who i Death Comes to the School by Catherine Lloyd is the fifth book in A Kurland St. Mary Mystery series. Christmas is quickly approaching in 1820. Lady Lucy Harrison and her husband, Major Sir Robert Kurland are having issues in their relationship since her last miscarriage. Robert hopes to improve Lucy’s spirits by bringing Aunt Rose Armitage to town who dives in to help Lucy plan the Christmas ball. Then Lucy receives an anonymous threatening note and she is not the only lady to receive one. Who is sending them out and why? Robert goes to the schoolhouse to speak with the schoolteacher, Miss Broomfield about her teaching methods and discovers her dead in her chair with a quill through one eye (someone making a point). Did Miss Broomfield write the threatening notes? Over her husband’s objections, Lucy starts asking questions and nosing around. Will the killer be apprehended before the Christmas festivities commence?Death Comes to the School can be a standalone. However, you will miss out on the early years of Lucy and Robert’s relationship. I found the story to be nicely written and have a good flow. I did, though, tire of the miscommunication and bickering between the couple. I missed the easy rapport we normally experience between the couple (who are usually open with each other and very frank). It was present throughout the whole book and took away from an otherwise enjoyable story. It was odd and did not fit with the characters. I found the mystery to have several layers, and it was appealing. The killer’s identity can be discerned long before the reveal (which was disappointing to me) despite the author’s attempt at misdirection. I always enjoy visiting A Kurland St. Mary Mystery characters. They are well thought out and developed. It was nice to see how Christmas was celebrated in Kurland St. Mary and that time-period. The author certainly captured the era in this series with the events, how they communicated, method of travel, clothing, and language. My rating for Death Comes to the School is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful subtle calm mystery that blends the domestic with murder more successfully than most cozys. Set in a small UK village in the 1820s, it gives a sense of both time and place. Robert and Lucy are coping with so much in their new marriage, not the least of which is the sadness of miscarriage, when Lucy is accused of being a witch. Wow. Some of us might have closed our doors and gone to bed but Lucy steps up when the local school teacher is murdered. Not only does she volunteer to This is a wonderful subtle calm mystery that blends the domestic with murder more successfully than most cozys. Set in a small UK village in the 1820s, it gives a sense of both time and place. Robert and Lucy are coping with so much in their new marriage, not the least of which is the sadness of miscarriage, when Lucy is accused of being a witch. Wow. Some of us might have closed our doors and gone to bed but Lucy steps up when the local school teacher is murdered. Not only does she volunteer to teach the children, she also investigates the murder. The mystery isn't too complicated but it's fascinating to read a mystery set in this time period. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is one for fans of the historical mystery who would like to meet a new character. I had not read the previous books but I was fine with this one and am going to look for Lloyd in the future.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2017/11...The fifth Kurland St Mary books finds our protagonists dealing with marital discord (after a pair of miscarriages) as well as the murder of the awful local schoolteacher, who may have been killed after writing a series of poison pen letters. Of course, the former could be handled with one honest conversation, but the latter is a fairly interesting mystery. I still enjoy this series a lot. B+.__A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2017/11...The fifth Kurland St Mary books finds our protagonists dealing with marital discord (after a pair of miscarriages) as well as the murder of the awful local schoolteacher, who may have been killed after writing a series of poison pen letters. Of course, the former could be handled with one honest conversation, but the latter is a fairly interesting mystery. I still enjoy this series a lot. B+.__A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released on Tuesday.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    It is now December 1820, three years since Major Kurland married Lucy Harrington and all is not well. But they become distracted for a while by the discovery of a body at the estate school.One of the main reasons that I enjoy this series is the relationship between these two people, and that is evident again in this book. I also found this is be an enjoyable well-written, and very easy to read, mystery.A NetGalley Book
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    I continue to love this series. Each mystery is so compelling and manages to feel believable in this Regency village without the feeling I get with so many cozies that the plots are getting more and more absurd.But the best part is the relationship between Lucy and the Major. It is a beautiful thing to watch their marriage evolve through some real issues both emotionally and for the time period. Impressively done in this volume! I wish the cover had something Christmasy on it though, since the e I continue to love this series. Each mystery is so compelling and manages to feel believable in this Regency village without the feeling I get with so many cozies that the plots are getting more and more absurd.But the best part is the relationship between Lucy and the Major. It is a beautiful thing to watch their marriage evolve through some real issues both emotionally and for the time period. Impressively done in this volume! I wish the cover had something Christmasy on it though, since the end of the book takes place at Christmas time!
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  • Archana Aggarwal
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Net Galley. I loved the latest instalment of the Kurland series. It is the perfect read anytime. The book is as fresh and interesting as the first in the series. I like the way the characters are changing, evolving and growing. Highly recommended.
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the latest installment of the Kurland St. Mary Mystery series. This is exactly the type of mystery I have loved all my life. Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery? I never knew what to call the genre, just know I love it. Can't wait to see what kind of mischief Lucy and Sir Robert get into in the next installment. Thanks to NetGalley, Kensington and Ms. Lloyd for the ARC in exchange for my rather limited but honest review.
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  • Angela Jett
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow.
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    See my review at Reading World.
  • Leith Devine
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fifth book in the Kurland St. Mary mysteries. It took some time for me to get into this one, but I stuck with it and was rewarded with an enjoyable cozy. The characters were lovely and the plot had enough twists and turns to be interesting. I definitely recommend this book, especially to lovers of historical mysteries.Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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