Death At The Manor – ARC Book Review

Title:- Death At The Manor

Author:- Katharine Schellman

Date published:- will be published on 9th August 2022

Published:- Crooked Lane

No. of pages:- 352 pages

Genre:- Mystery/Historical Fiction


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4/5

Regency widow Lily Adler is looking forward to spending the autumn away from the social whirl of London society. When she arrives in Hampshire with her friends, Lord and Lady Carroway, she doesn’t expect much more than a quiet country visit and the chance to spend time with her charming new acquaintance, Matthew Spencer.

But something odd is afoot in the small country village. A ghost has taken up residence in the Belleford manor, a lady in grey who wanders the halls at night, weeping and wailing. Half the servants have left in terror, but the family is delighted with the notoriety that their ghost provides. Piqued by this spectral guest, Lily and her party immediately make plans to visit Belleford.

They arrive at the manor the next morning ready to be entertained—but tragedy has struck. The matriarch of the family has just been found smothered to death in her bed.

There was no one else in her room, and the door was locked from the inside. The dead woman’s family is convinced that the ghost is responsible. The servants are keeping secrets. The local magistrate is flummoxed. Lily is determined to learn the truth before another victim turns up—but could she be next in line for the Great Beyond?

This is the third book of the Lily Adler series. I haven’t read the previous two books but then I actually enjoyed reading a mystery setting of a historical fiction.

Lily Adler arrives in Hampshire with her friends, Lord and Lady Carroway followed by her male friend, Matthew Spencer. When rumors circulated around the small village that a ghost woman is haunting in Belleford Manor, Lily and her friends arrived in the manor. The matriarch of the manor, Mrs. Wright is found dead and was smothered in her sleep. But the room door is locked from inside. The maids and the people convince that the ghost had killed Mrs. Wright but Lily thinks there might be a murderer lurking inside the house.

This was actually a very interesting plot. This is a locked room mystery where all the people are suspects and one of them could be the murderer so that actually itself was very interesting. I do like how Lily solved this murder case with the help of her friends. The author actually did a good job of drawing the reader into the story so to make the reader feel like they are part of the story. Some of the characters were bit confusing to me but maybe because I haven’t read the two previous books. Nonetheless, I cannot wait for what Lily Adler’s next adventure is going to be!

Worth four stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Crooked Lane for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Katharine Schellman is the author of the Lily Adler Mysteries and the forthcoming Nightingale Mysteries. Her debut novel, The Body in the Garden, was one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2020 and led to her being named one of BookPage’s 16 Women to Watch in 2020. Her second novel, Silence in the Library, was praised as “worthy of Rex Stout or Agatha Christie” (Library Journal).

Katharine lives and writes in the mountains of Virginia in the company of her husband, children, and the many houseplants she keeps accidentally murdering. Find her on Instagram as @katharinewrites

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