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September 18, 2023

Murder at Midnight by Katharine Schellman ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

A big winter storm blows in during a neighborhood ball and not all the guests can make it home. The hostess quickly has rooms made up so everyone can retire for the night - but some of the guests continue the party under the cover of darkness. By morning, it becomes clear that they won't be heading home. Not only are they snowed in, but there is a dead body in the courtyard.

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book cover of Regency cozy mystery Murder at Midnight by Katharine Schellman
September 2023; Dreamscape Media; 9781666643824
audio (10h 49m), ebook, print; Regency cozy mystery

I don't often read books set before the 20th century, but I've read a couple of cozy mysteries set in the 1700s and 1800s that I've enjoyed. As Murder at Midnight looked to be a Christmas novel I thought I would give this Regency cozy mystery a try.

I think protagonist Lily Adler would give Elizabeth Bennett a run for her money. She is quick-witted and opinionated about the social ills of the time period.

Murder at Midnight is the fourth book in the series, and Lily Adler has proven herself to be a skilled investigator. As such it doesn't take much convincing to get her brother-in-law, the local magistrate, to enlist her help. In many ways, Lily reminded me of Miss Scarlett from the television show Miss Scarlett and The Duke. As I was listening to the audiobook, the character even sounded a bit like Miss Scarlett at times. 

As I mentioned, the story is set at Christmas, but it isn't really a Christmas cozy. Outside of the ball, there doesn't seem to be any other festivities. If it hadn't been mentioned, I would have just thought it was a winter party. And the novel didn't read like a Christmas story.

The novel was well-written and the mystery was intriguing - everyone has secrets that could ruin their reputation so it is difficult to determine the truth.

If you are a fan of Miss Scarlett and The Duke or enjoy Regency-era murder mysteries, then this book is definitely your cup of tea.

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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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