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Death Comes to the School

(Kurland St. Mary Mystery #5)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  553 ratings  ·  82 reviews
In the English village of Kurland St. Mary, few things are worse than having one’s reputation besmirched. A struggling marriage is one. Murder is another . . .

Three years have passed since Major Sir Robert Kurland and Lucy Harrington, the rector's daughter, became husband and wife. Having established a measure of contentment among the gentry of Kurland St. Mary, the couple
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Published November 28th 2017 by Kensington
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Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I hope the author will continue writing the sequels, this is such an enjoyable cozy mystery series.
Barbara Rogers
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery #5
Publication Date: 11/28/17

Another outstanding new book in the Kurland St. Mary Mystery series. As always, the mystery is outstanding, full of twists and suspects and keeps you guessing right up until the end. It is a well-written, well-paced and very well executed book – both romance and mystery.

Robert and Lucy have been married for three years and they are going through a bit of a rough patch. It is not that they don’t love each other, it is that Lucy is
1820-Lucy and Robert have been married three years already. Lucy has had two miscarriages in the last six months and is wondering what that bodes for her marriage,especially when she receives some poison pen letters indicating she is to blame. Her sister Anna is still unwed and stuck caring for their father and little brothers. Lucy and Robert have endowed a village school to educate the children and adults on their estate. When Lucy finally gets around to meeting the teacher, Miss Broomfield, ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the fifth book in the Kurland St. Mary Mystery series, but only the second that I have read. I would recommend that if you want to read this series, you read them in order. I missed a lot of the history and back stories of the characters and the village which would have helped me to enjoy the story more. Having said that, the mystery is very good, full of twists and suspects and kept me guessing right up until the end. It is well paced and well written with both some romance and a couple ...more
Cindy Ladensack
I love the premise of this series, but the execution of this one didn’t quite live up to it for me. Mystery-wise, I felt the plot line of the letters wasn’t really fully explored, and the denouement came quite out of the blue (sometimes that’s a good thing, but I felt in this case it was a bit unexplained/ not foreshadowed quite enough). I also felt like the fertility issues between Lucy and Robert, while a refreshing change from the “perfect marriage” scenarios featured so often in these types ...more
Selah Pike
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
The mystery was good, but I was so frustrated with Robert and Lucy. I always get annoyed when characters just won’t talk to each other!!
Susan in NC
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this latest book in what has been an uneven series for me. Catherine Lloyd’s Kurland St. Mary Regency mystery series has always had a Pride and Prejudice vibe between former Major Sir Robert Kurland and former rector’s daughter Lucy Harrington.

As this mystery opens, the couple have (finally) been married three years, and Lucy has suffered two miscarriages within six months. Otherwise, all is well as the very active and involved lord and lady of the manor have opened a school for
Fans of old-fashioned mysteries, or stories that remind you of Georgette Heyer or Jane Austen, may appreciate this fifth book in the Kurland St. Mary Mystery series. .Death Comes to the School by Catherine Lloyd is a quiet story involving class differences and role differences for boys and girls.

Three years after the events of Death Comes to the Fair, Major Sir Robert Kurland and Lucy Harrington are married, but their marriage has some problems. While he is patient and understanding, Lucy
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book takes place three years after the last one of the series, Death Comes to the Fair--so there was some catching up to do. So much of the book focused on some angst between Robert and Lucy. Still, though they had some misunderstandings, they were able to communicate fairly well and to solve the murder. And the other characters suffered through varied degrees of misunderstandings that seem I inevitable in the time and place. Since I enjoy the relationships as much as the mystery, I was ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the fifth in this mystery series which takes place in England in the early 19th century, three years after Lucy and Robert marry. Lucy wants desperately to give Sir Robert an heir to the Kurland estate, but after several miscarriages, and misunderstandings, their relationship is strained. When the local teacher is murdered, they combine forces to solve the mystery. With the usual banter between them, I enjoyed this fifth book in the series.
Kathleen Schilling
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I almost missed this one. Luckily when I started Death Comes to Bath, I figured out pretty quickly that I had missed an installment. I thought the mystery was okay. Didn't love it, but it was a necessary book for the evolution of the characters."
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
This is truly the perfect series for those who love quiet, intelligent, period mysteries with a strong female protagonist. Lloyd's series, the Kurland St. Mary mysteries, are set in Jane Austen's era and feature perfectly rendered stories of a strong-minded, rather plain, rector's daughter, Lucy, and her life in this small English village. Naturally, there is a titled man in the picture, and the series brings together these stubborn, misfit intellectuals who clash and meld while solving local ...more
Eileen Lynx
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evil school teachers. A very good story for Halloween.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of this little gem of a historical cozy, so I was anxious to read the latest installment, set three years after the marriage of Lady Lucy (the Rector's daughter) and Sir Robert Kurland (local gentry and injured war hero). Part of the charm of the series has been the evolving relationship of the pair, each of whom in the past has had no trouble expressing an opinion.

This entry finds them mourning significant loss that had led to uncertainty and misunderstandings in their marriage.
Kiki Z
Jan 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
1 1/2 stars.

1) This book was light on mystery and heavy on marital discord. I didn't want to read about the marital discord at all. It wasn't interesting. Also the time jump from them getting married to them being married three years wasn't the best choice in my opinion. I already have doubts about how much they like each other. Cutting to three years and two miscarriages later doesn't improve on their marriage at all.

2) I straight up don't know how I'm supposed consider Kurland an investigator.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it

The fifth Kurland St Mary books finds our protagonists dealing with marital discord (after a pair of miscarriages) as well as the murder of the awful local schoolteacher, who may have been killed after writing a series of poison pen letters. Of course, the former could be handled with one honest conversation, but the latter is a fairly interesting mystery. I still enjoy this series a lot. B+.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be
Helen Howerton
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
The latest entry in the Kurland St. Mary series. In this, the unloved village schoolteacher comes to a bad end, and Lady Lucy and a (reluctant) Sir Robert are on the case. There's hints of blackmail, poison pen letters, and under all is the ongoing tension in the Kurland marriage. I could have done with a lot less marriage angst, and all the internal dialog that accompanies it, but it's a minor quibble. Will all come right in the end? Read and see.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book in the series where I felt let down by the characters and the author. It felt like now that they are married the author just didn't know how to keep the tension and interest in the book series. The marital discord was not a solution because at no point was I actually worried about their relationship falling a part over this (and we, the reader, already knew Lucy's conclusions were wrong because we'd had it very clearly spelled out in an earlier scene with Robert).

Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Death Comes to the School by Catherine Lloyd is the fifth book in A Kurland St. Mary Mystery series. Christmas is quickly approaching in 1820. Lady Lucy Harrison and her husband, Major Sir Robert Kurland are having issues in their relationship since her last miscarriage. Robert hopes to improve Lucy’s spirits by bringing Aunt Rose Armitage to town who dives in to help Lucy plan the Christmas ball. Then Lucy receives an anonymous threatening note and she is not the only lady to receive one. Who ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Not badly plotted mystery-wise, but I'm already tired of the supposedly independent, intelligent, bold, observant, insightful Lucy, now making silly and extremely unfair negative assumptions about the man she can purportedly look at and know how he feels and what he thinks, and never even ask him any questions about her fears and worries. Every time he tries to talk about it, she shuts him down. On top of that, she's now all over the place in her wildly unconsidered theories about who-dunnit.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I normally am not a fan of when a series takes a significant leap in time, but I thought the three year gap was handled well. This wasn't her absolute best but it was still very enjoyable. The author does a great job when there's an atmosphere to work with. In Death Comes to the Fair it was the spookiness that comes with fall and Halloween. In Death Comes to the School it was the bustle of a village in the weeks leading up to Christmas, while working in the sense of wrongness and secrets. The ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this latest entry in the Kurland mysteries. It brought a new depth to Robert and Lucy's relationship, which had to do with their difficulty in having a child. [Mild spoiler alert - I like that they didn't magically get pregnant by the end of the book. That would have been too pat and too nicely wrapped up.] It was a beautiful, realistic story of how two people were hurting inside and hurting each other, then learned to deal with their hurt and forgive each other. Also, it ...more
The Kurland St. Mary mysteries are historical fiction set in England after the Napoleonic wars. Major Kurland survived the war with a shattered leg and a fear of horses. His old friend Lucy, the rector's daughter and now his wife, has patiently brought him out of his reclusive lifestyle and returned him to his role as the most important person in Kurland St. Mary. Lucy is feisty and opinionated, and Robert is a curmudgeon but kind and fair.

Now married three years, Lucy has suffered two
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The latest entry in this historic British mystery series is as entertaining as ever. In the Regency manner, two prickly made-for-each-other main characters finally married and have embarked on their life together.

But it's never easy. Lord Robert and Lucy are both suffering -- he from recurrent leftover pain from an old war injury, and she from two recent miscarriages. Both carry emotional scars as well.

When their village schoolteacher ends up dead, skewered by a hatpin, and poison pen letters
Kathleen Gray
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful subtle calm mystery that blends the domestic with murder more successfully than most cozys. Set in a small UK village in the 1820s, it gives a sense of both time and place. Robert and Lucy are coping with so much in their new marriage, not the least of which is the sadness of miscarriage, when Lucy is accused of being a witch. Wow. Some of us might have closed our doors and gone to bed but Lucy steps up when the local school teacher is murdered. Not only does she volunteer to ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My 5th read in this very fine Regency era series and 5 Stars again. I am hoping very much to review the 6th one if it comes to NetGalley.

An unpleasant teacher, at the Village school sponsored by Lady Lucy and Sir Robert Kurland, was murdered in a very worrisome way. They are married 3 years, their hopes of having a child interrupted twice by miscarriages and that has led to some relationship problems.

A series of letters accusing various people of impurity and worse have been received by many.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the fifth book in this series featuring Sir Robert Kurland and his wife Lucy. The books are mysteries with elements of a Regency romance. In this book the school teacher in the village of Kurland St. Mary is found killed as Christmas approaches, and people are receiving anonymous threatening letters. Lucy is recovering from a loss and health problems, and her relationship with Robert is strained, but having a mystery to solve is irresistible. As usual various members of the village and ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC to read. Once again, I am late in my review (thanks, life) but here it is nonetheless.

This is apparently the fifth in the Kurland St Mary Mystery series. It was fun, bright, intelligent and very well done. I love period reads and this captured the feel of the late-1800's beautifully. I didn't have any trouble following the story or the characters - apart from wanting to know some more details and background on the cast - and was
Lucy Harrington has been Lady Kurland for three years, but after two miscarriages, she fears that her husband has lost interest in her. But her attention is distracted when her husband finds the dead body of the local school teacher (hired when Lucy was too ill to participate in the decision). Miss Broomfield was far from popular, and seems to have no family or friends. It's wintry December, and the Kurlands are planning a party for the villagers, and a ball for the gentry to celebrate ...more
This is the 5th book in Catherine Lloyd's Kurland St. Mary Mystery series and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first book.

Robert and Lucy have settled into married life, and when we meet them they are not on the most affectionate of terms. As two strong willed and stubborn characters, they are well match and entertaining to read about. Their private life also plays into the storyline as they try to figure out who would want to kill off the local school teacher.

Fast paced, with fun characters,
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Catherine Lloyd was born just outside London, England, into a large family of dreamers, artists, and history lovers. She completed her education with a master’s degree in history at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and uses the skills she gained there to research and write her historical mysteries. Catherine currently lives in Hawaii with her husband and youngest daughter..


Other books in the series

Kurland St. Mary Mystery (7 books)
  • Death Comes to the Village (Kurland St. Mary Mystery, #1)
  • Death Comes to London (Kurland St. Mary Mystery, #2)
  • Death Comes To Kurland Hall (Kurland St. Mary Mystery, #3)
  • Death Comes to the Fair (Kurland St. Mary Mystery, #4)
  • Death Comes to Bath (Kurland St. Mary Mystery #6)
  • Death Comes to the Nursery (Kurland St. Mary Mystery #7)