The Body in the Garden is a delightful historical mystery featuring a protagonist I loved from the first page.
Lily Adler is sharp, observant, witty, and compassionate. She is also a grieving widow in Regency era London who ends up solving a murder with the help of her friends; the charming rascal Captain Jack, and the bold and cunning Miss Oswald.
This was a time in which women had very little freedom. Lily, as a widow, is able to get away with more than most, but due to her social status decides to rely on Captain Jack perhaps more than she would like. Fortunately, he is up to the task and somehow manages to lead when it is needed but otherwise steps aside to let Lily shine.
This was just the cozy, historical mystery I’d been looking for. It’s written in a similar style as Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody series. It’s full of humor and witty banter; the characters are interesting and likable; and the historical details are well-researched and add to the flavor of the whole without taking over.
The mystery definitely took a backseat to the conversations between Lily, Captain Jack, and Miss Oswald. That said, it was well executed and had me baffled up to the reveal. It’s not that I didn’t like the mystery itself, it’s just that I adored the three main characters so much that I would happily read any story featuring them.
I’m thrilled that this is to be a series. Katharine Schellman is my new favorite historical mystery author. I can’t wait for book two.
Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane books for giving me a free galley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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