I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.
This was my first introduction to Lily Adler. This tale is set back in 1816 when women had a certain expectation attached to their behavior. In Lily Adler’s case, she had been in mourning for the appropriate amount of time and has finally relinquished her mourning attire. She finds herself trapped at Mrs. Grantham’s estate in the midst of a snowstorm. Those guests who lived close by were allowed to travel home, the others remained ‘stuck’ for a few days. Needless to say, there is a crime, there is suspicion placed on each guest, and lo and behold - there is yet another crime!
I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Lily. While she puts forth a pretense of being proper, or at least trying to be, she is also what you might call an amateur sleuth.
I normally do not like historical reads, but I really enjoyed this one. I liked the pacing and the intermingling of the language that was appropriate to the time, the properness of using Mr. and Mrs., madam, ma’am, sir, and the like. I liked the underlying currents of what would be seen as inappropriate for the time period, but the events happened anyway, purportedly in secret but everyone knew; they were just too polite to say anything. The mix of characters found throughout these pages kept me pleasantly entertained. It will be interesting to see what Lily gets up to next.
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