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January 24, 2020

Death Comes to the Nursery by Catherine Lloyd ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

 

I love this series and I stalked NetGalley until I saw the ARC listed. I was not disappointed. Robert and Lucy are just wonderful as characters and they really seem to be coming together as a couple.

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January 2020; Kensington; 9781496723222)
ebook, print (304 pages); cozy mystery
I usually read my ARCs in order of their publication date. But Death Comes to the Nursery was burning a hole in my Kindle. I just couldn't wait until mid-January to read it. So a bit of a Christmas present to myself, I read it over my holiday break. My anticipation was not in vain. I loved the book.

I fell in love with Lucy and Robert last summer when I picked up Death Comes to the Fair. I was disappointed that my library only had 3 other books in the series as I was hoping to go back and read them in order. Instead, I'm reading them out of order but that's okay. They can be read relatively easily as stand-alone novels.

Lucy and Robert have had a bit of a rocky relationship. Not because they don't obviously love each other (because they do), but because they are both strong-willed individuals. In Death Comes to the Nursery it felt like there were finally understanding each other. Each knows that can't change the other's mind but they can try to alleviate the worry they cause one another. In cozy mysteries, characters can often become stuck as a certain character type. I like that the characters grow and change in this series. In the earlier books (particularly book 1 - Death Come to the Villiage) I couldn't stand Lucy's father, but even he has grown and changed as a character - thanks to Robert's Aunt Rose.

Robert and Lucy are pretty progressive for the time period but in a believable way. They still adhere to many of the social norms of the period. But you know there are had to be individuals who led the way in ushering in change. As leaders of the county, it makes sense they would be these agents of change.

The mystery is a really good one. I love when there are a lot of possible suspects and motives. Even characters we have grown to love are possible suspects. Like Robert and Lucy, you can't believe one of their own could be the killer but it is impossible to deny the possible motive they had.

If you are one who has been waiting the long year between book 6, Death Comes to Bath, and book 7, I can assure you that it is well worth it. I'm glad that I haven't been able to get my hands on the whole series yet so that I can continue enjoying this couple while waiting until book 8 comes out.

Buy Death Comes to the Nursery at Amazon

Be sure to check out my review of Death Comes to the School.


Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour

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