Death Comes to the Fair is the second installment in the Kurland St. Mary mystery series. And I loved it.
Sir Robert Kurland is impatiently waiting for a wedding date to be fixed. His soon to be wife Lucy Harrington isn’t willing to oblige. Between trying to ward off her rich London relatives who want a big wedding, and trying to put out fires at home, Lucy is just frustrated. She does want to tie the knot soon, but how and in what manner?
The village fair kicks off a wave of discontent in the village, thanks to Major Kurland’s ‘fair’ judging. Old resentments are fired up, and everyone begins to look and act malevolent. The verger is found dead in the church, and his brother sticks on until the funeral, partaking of the hospitality of the rector and the Major.
Lucy does not sit tight. She finds the death suspicious and starts making inquiries. old family feuds come to light, witchcraft is involved. The Major and Lucy try to make sense of it all.
I love retro mysteries. This one, set in the Regency era, is like a breath of fresh air. There are plenty of clues and red herrings, Gothic style excitement that will give you goose bumps, and many chances to exercise your gray cells as you follow in Lucy’s footsteps. The Major and Lucy are polite inspite of being betrothed, calling each other ‘Major’ and ‘Miss Harrington’.
Although Death Comes to Kurland Hall was slightly more exciting, Death Comes to the Fair will manage to keep you riveted and turning the pages. I finished the book in almost one sitting and it is definitely a must read for cozy mystery lovers.