I’ve had the pleasure of reading all but one of the books in the Lady Montford Mystery series and they have all been wonderful reads. I love watching how Arlen’s writing has evolved over the series so far and this book was such a pleasure to read!
This book really stood out to me as the best in the series thus far though. Maybe it’s my love of WWI that really made this one stand out or maybe it was seeing the progression of Lady Montford and seeing her family, but either way this was a lovely read and I loved it on many levels!
In 1916, the world is at war and the energetic Lady Montfort has persuaded her husband to offer the dower house to the War Office as an auxiliary hospital for officers recovering from shell-shock with their redoubtable housekeeper Mrs. Jackson contributing to the war effort as the hospital’s quartermaster.
Despite the hospital’s success, the farming community of Haversham, led by the Monfort’s neighbor Sir Winchell Meacham, does not approve of a country-house hospital for men they consider to be cowards. When Sir Evelyn Bray, one of the patients, is found lying face down in the garden with his head bashed in, both Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson have every reason to fear that the War Office will close their hospital. Once again the two women unite their diverse talents to discover who would have reason to murder a war hero suffering from amnesia (summary from Goodreads).
In the previous books we don’t really see a whole lot of Lady Montford’s family and in this book we get to see a lot more of her family and husband. I loved seeing how understanding he is about her love of investigating. It was nice to read about such a supportive husband and I think readers will enjoy getting to know this side of Lady Montford’s life.
For me what made this book outstanding was the history. Yes the mystery and the characters were on point, but the history really shined. I love love love books about WWI. It’s such an interesting period for me and this had just the right mix and nailed so many high notes. A lot of books set in WWI focus on the post war but this book is set kind of in the middle. The romanticism is gone but yet they haven’t gotten to the end of the war and seen just how much damage had been done, they are right at that middle part where they are just realizing that so many of the soldiers are suffering greater wounds than just a bullet wound. Well done with the historical setting and research, that alone give this book high marks from me!
This series had a little bit of a Downton Abbey feel to it. So if you are a fan of the show and longing for more, this would be a great book to pick up to satisfy that urge! I loved how the mystery worked within the history so well. I thought it was accurate and spot on as well as intriguing. I loved watching things unravel and come to light. I was completely wrapped up not only in the history but the mystery itself which to me is the hallmark of a great historical mystery. While this series didn’t stand on a high note for me, the last two books have been well written and interesting that I am now thrilled to be waiting for the next one to come out! I love books that win me over and this book did just that!
Kindle Edition, 320 pagesPublished March 13th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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Recommendation: 5 out of 5
Genre: historical fiction, WWI, detective novel, mystery