Perfect for fans of Tasha Alexander and Rhys Bowen, Katharine Schellman’s debut novel is sure to delight.
London 1815. Though newly-widowed Lily Adler is returning to a society that frowns on independent women, she is determined to create a meaningful life for herself even without a husband. She’s no stranger to the glittering world of London’s upper crust. At a ball thrown by her oldest friend, Lady Walter, she expects the scandal, gossip, and secrets. What she doesn’t expect is the dead body in Lady Walter’s garden.
Lily overheard the man just minutes before he was shot: young, desperate, and attempting blackmail. But she’s willing to leave the matter to the local constables–until Lord Walter bribes the investigating magistrate to drop the case. Stunned and confused, Lily realizes she’s the only one with the key to catching the killer.
Aided by a roguish navy captain and a mysterious heiress from the West Indies, Lily sets out to discover whether her friend’s husband is mixed up in blackmail and murder. The unlikely team tries to conceal their investigation behind the whirl of London’s social season, but the dead man knew secrets about people with power. Secrets that they would kill to keep hidden. Now, Lily will have to uncover the truth, before she becomes the murderer’s next target.
The Body in the Garden is an enthralling mystery sure to give you many relaxing hours at the beach or by the fire!
What I liked: I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Schellman’s The Body in the Garden! This is a fabulous book to read while relaxing at the beach or in a chair by the fire.
I adored Lily Adler and can’t wait to make her acquaintance again in Silence in the Library. Lily’s style and wit are reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s and while it may be a slow build I often found myself chuckling about her hours after putting the book down. Her personality and friendships are to be envied and modeled; As is her sense of justice.
What I didn’t like: The text was styled a bit small for me. I would have preferred it to be a bit larger.
In summary, The Body in the Garden is definitely a book I’d recommend to someone looking for a great read!
Author: Katharine Schellman
Publisher & Date: April 7th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
Genre: Historical Mystery
ISBN: 1643853562 (ISBN13: 9781643853567)
Setting: London, England 1815
Series: Lily Adler Mystery #1
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.
Websites & Links:
BookBub – @KatharineSchellman
Instagram – @katharinewrites
Twitter – @katharinewrites
Facebook – @katharineschellman
Thank you to Katharine Schellman and Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for generously offering this book to me for review.
If you’d like to join in on an upcoming tour just stop by their sites and sign up today!
Do you like my reviews? If you do, please, stop by and rate them at one of the bookstores or review sites.
** Many of the books I review are Advance Review Copies. These books are loaned to me for my review. I am in no way compensated for my time nor am I asked to give anything but my honest review. If you have further questions, please, review my FTC Disclaimer on my homepage.© Hott Books | Google+