The Body in the Garden
Release date: April 7th, 2020
…Clever, complex, incredibly well-written and researched…
Set in Regency London, widow Lily Adler is returning to her old high society life as a reasonably wealthy and independent recent widow. Without her husband or children, Lily is trying to carve a new meaningful life for herself in a society that once embraced her. Lily is not alone thanks to a strong friendship with her husband Freddy’s dear friend, Navy Captain, Jack Hartley.
While attending a friend’s high society ball she realizes that her social circle is fraught with scandal and secrets. Lily overwhelmed with grief and the drama of the event takes a step outside for fresh air and hears an argument that ends in murder. Shocked and overwhelmed by the events she is drawn to action when the case is swept under the rug and it appears that the victim won’t receive the justice he deserves. Captain Hartley attempts to honour his friend’s memory by watching out for Lily which proves to be a constant and difficult challenge. Faced with the period’s misogyny Ms Alder boldly tackles the case with the help of Captain Harvey, and the young victim’s former fiancée Miss Ofelia Oswald. I have to say I’m also impressed by the way the author handles the misogyny, race and class issues of the time with sensitivity and respect.
Clever, complex, incredibly well-written and researched, this book keeps the reader enthralled and I have to say I absolutely loved it! Ms Schellman creates interesting, dynamic and real characters who have their flaws yet are likeable despite them. The mystery plot itself though slow to build definitely does not disappoint. With both friends and foes as suspects as well as corruption and treason at the highest levels, this book keeps you guessing to the very satisfying end. I’m looking forward to reading future books in this series!