Death Comes to the School

Death Comes to the School

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...

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Title:Death Comes to the School
Author:Catherine Lloyd
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Death Comes to the School Reviews

  • Ceki

    I hope the author will continue writing the sequels, this is such an enjoyable cozy mystery series.

    RTC

  • Barbara Rogers

    Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery #5

    Publication Date: 11/28/17

    Another 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 #5

    Publication Date: 11/28/17

    Another 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.

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  • Bebe (Sarah) Brechner

    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!

  • Gail

    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.

  • Kristina

    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).

  • Susan in NC

    I really enjoyed this latest book in what has been an uneven series for me. Catherine Lloyd’s Kurland St. Mary Regency mystery series has always had a Pride and Prejudice vibe between former Major Sir Robert Kurland and former rector’s daughter Lucy Harrington.

    As this mystery opens, the couple have (finally) been married three years, and Lucy has suffered two miscarriages within six months. Otherwise, all is well as the very active and involved lord and lady of the manor have opened a school for

    I really enjoyed this latest book in what has been an uneven series for me. Catherine Lloyd’s Kurland St. Mary Regency mystery series has always had a Pride and Prejudice vibe between former Major Sir Robert Kurland and former rector’s daughter Lucy Harrington.

    As this mystery opens, the couple have (finally) been married three years, and Lucy has suffered two miscarriages within six months. Otherwise, all is well as the very active and involved lord and lady of the manor have opened a school for the children of the village. The first teacher worked out well but left to marry a local farmer; the new teacher was hired by Lucy’s father while Lucy was bedridden after her miscarriage. She appears to maintain control of her students, but Lucy walks into the school just before Christmas and sees Miss Broomfield about to cane a small boy. Intolerable!

    Apparently the new teacher has a vicious streak,and when Sir Robert goes to the school to fire her he finds her dead at her desk, a quill pen stuck in her eye...Lucy immediately wonders if the teacher was behind the hateful poison pen letters being received throughout the village. Lucy gets a particularly hurtful one claiming she’ll end up barren and alone, and her worries about her marriage provide another layer of concern to her preparations for Christmas and her and Robert’s investigation into the murder of the teacher.

    It was a very well-done and interesting story; obviously investigative techniques of the Regency era are slower than today, with letters and deductive reasoning taking the place of technology as the couple struggle to discover a motive from the victim’s sparse possessions and seeming lack of family connections. This series has done a good job, also, of illustrating the limited roles available for ladies of good birth (as opposed to poor women) and the ultimate importance of marriage, as a lady’s happiness and well-being so often depended on the temperament and standing of her husband.

    I DNF the last book in the series, (Death Comes to the Fair) but will probably try again in the new year; each book could be read as a stand-alone, but I like to read all of a series in order so I don’t miss character development. I am so glad this author appears to have this series firmly back on track, and I look forward to future installments.

  • Ellen

    This is the fifth in this mystery series which takes place in England in the early 19th century, three years after Lucy and Robert marry. Lucy wants desperately to give Sir Robert an heir to the Kurland estate, but after several miscarriages, and misunderstandings, their relationship is strained. When the local teacher is murdered, they combine forces to solve the mystery. With the usual banter between them, I enjoyed this fifth book in the series.

  • Lesa

    Fans of old-fashioned mysteries, or stories that remind you of Georgette Heyer or Jane Austen, may appreciate this fifth book in the Kurland St. Mary Mystery series. .Death Comes to the School by Catherine Lloyd is a quiet story involving class differences and role differences for boys and girls.

    Three years after the events of Death Comes to the Fair, Major Sir Robert Kurland and Lucy Harrington are married, but their marriage has some problems. While he is patient and understanding, Lucy suffer

    Fans of old-fashioned mysteries, or stories that remind you of Georgette Heyer or Jane Austen, may appreciate this fifth book in the Kurland St. Mary Mystery series. .Death Comes to the School by Catherine Lloyd is a quiet story involving class differences and role differences for boys and girls.

    Three years after the events of Death Comes to the Fair, Major Sir Robert Kurland and Lucy Harrington are married, but their marriage has some problems. While he is patient and understanding, Lucy suffers from poor health and anger after a series of miscarriages. However, Lucy is interested in the state of the school she and Robert established for the local children in their small village of Kurland St. Mary. When she hears that some of the children have not been treated well by the teacher, she confronts her. But, someone else is unhappy with Miss Broomfield. It's not a pretty sight when Robert visits the school to talk to her, only to have an upset student report she found the teacher murdered.

    There are so many reasons to suspect the teacher of stirring up trouble in the village. Lucy, along with some of the other women, have received venomous notes. Some of the parents have not been happy with Miss Broomfield's treatment of their children. And, when Lucy finds valuable jewels hidden in the teacher's rooms, she suspects theft. While Lucy asks questions of the women in the community, Major Sir Robert takes his role as local magistrate seriously, questioning local residents. It's unfortunate that it takes a murder investigation to bring Lucy and Robert back together.

    Lloyd's portrayal of the characters in Death Comes to the School is excellent. Kurland's servants, as well as the villagers, are well-drawn and not forgotten in this Regency mystery. In fact, in many cases, they come across so much better than the higher class characters. The mystery is intriguing. However, the relationship between Lucy and Robert will bring readers back to the series, even more than the mystery itself. It's a solid, well-written portrayal in a quiet mystery.

  • Kiki Belle

    1 1/2 stars.

    1) This book was light on mystery and heavy on marital discord. I didn't want to read about the marital discord at all. It wasn't interesting. Also the time jump from them getting married to them being married three years wasn't the best choice in my opinion. I already have doubts about how much they like each other. Cutting to three years and two miscarriages later doesn't improve on their marriage at all.

    2) I straight up don't know how I'm supposed consider Kurland an investigator.

    1 1/2 stars.

    1) This book was light on mystery and heavy on marital discord. I didn't want to read about the marital discord at all. It wasn't interesting. Also the time jump from them getting married to them being married three years wasn't the best choice in my opinion. I already have doubts about how much they like each other. Cutting to three years and two miscarriages later doesn't improve on their marriage at all.

    2) I straight up don't know how I'm supposed consider Kurland an investigator. It always seems to be like he doesn't totally care and he finds out less useful information

    3) My main gripe--which I believe was my gripe about the last book too--is that Kurland, despite having solved 4 murders with her, tends to dismiss Lucy rather easily. He says he admires her intelligence, but I've never seen any evidence of it. He is high-handed and often dismissive of her less reasonable theories even though she is just speculating and is often at least partially right. This is not a partnership of equals, and before anyone tells me it's set in the 1800s, let me remind you it's goddamn fiction where a baronet and his wife solves mysteries. They've worked together enough times before so I really don't understand why the author continues to have Robert dismiss her. It's frustrating to read in every book. I won't be picking up the next one.

    4) Actually now that I've thought about it some more, I absolutely hated the mystery in this one. The culprit is guessable, while their motivations are kind of ridiculous. It's a mystery that seems to happen only to tie into the marital discord. It's a murder that has zero suspects.

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