Regency widow Lily Adler didn’t expect to find a corpse when visiting a family friend. Now it’s up to her to discover the killer in the charming second installment in the Lily Adler mysteries.
Regency widow Lily Adler has finally settled into her new London life when her semi-estranged father arrives unexpectedly, intending to stay with her while he recovers from an illness. Hounded by his disapproval, Lily is drawn into spending time with Lady Wyatt, the new wife of an old family friend. Lily barely knows Lady Wyatt. But she and her husband, Sir Charles, seem as happy as any newly married couple until the morning Lily arrives to find the house in an uproar and Sir Charles dead.
All signs indicate that he tripped and struck his head late at night. But when Bow Street constable Simon Page is called to the scene, he suspects foul play. And it isn’t long before Lily stumbles on evidence that Sir Charles was, indeed, murdered.
Mr. Page was there when Lily caught her first murderer, and he trusts her insight into the world of London’s upper class. With the help of Captain Jack Hartley, they piece together the reasons that Sir Charles’s family might have wanted him dead. But anyone who might have profited from the old man’s death seems to have an alibi… until Lily receives a mysterious summons to speak with one of the Wyatts’ maids, only to find the young woman dead when she arrives.
Mr. Page believes the surviving family members are hiding the key to the death of both Sir Charles and the maid. To uncover the truth, Lily must convince the father who doesn’t trust or respect her to help catch his friend’s killer before anyone else in the Wyatt household dies.
Praise for Silence in the Library:
“Schellman’s gracefully written whodunit is equally a tale of 19th-century female empowerment and societal conventions…More than a clever murder puzzle, this is an immersion in a bygone era.”
“The fast-paced, engrossing story has a climactic confrontation worthy of Rex Stout or Agatha Christie.”
—Library Journal, starred review
I loved Silence in the Library ! From the moment I picked it up until I read the last word I was mesmerized.
Yes, this is a great mystery but the character depth and the pure wit puts this book leagues ahead! While I’ve read both books in this series I don’t believe it’s necessary. Each is absolutely stand alone and neither has cliffhangers or unexplained vague conversations.
I love that Katharine Schellman has written another fabulous enthralling book without needing to resort to foul language or sex in order to fill the pages or keep the reader interested in the story!
After reading Silence in the Library I KNOW I won’t miss another Katharine Schellman read and I can’t wait for the next installment of the Lily Adler Mysteries!
Author: Katharine Schellman
Publisher & Date: July 13th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books
Genre: Historical Mystery
ISBN: 1643857045 (ISBN13: 9781643857046)
Setting: London, England 1815
Series: Lily Adler Mystery #2
Katharine Schellman is a former actor, one-time political consultant, and currently the author of the Lily Adler Mysteries. A graduate of the College of William & Mary, Katharine currently lives and writes in the mountains of Virginia in the company of her family and the many houseplants she keeps accidentally murdering.
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