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Death Comes to the Nursery

(Kurland St. Mary Mystery #7)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Delighted by the quiet uproar of raising their newborn, Lady Lucy and Major Sir Robert Kurland could not be more pleased at the prospect of welcoming another into their home. But their preparations are soon overshadowed by a baffling case of murder . . .

Once known to all in her village as the rector’s daughter, Lucy is now a mother herself—to a wonderful
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Kensington
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Barbara Rogers
Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery #7
Publication Date: 1/28/2018
Number of Pages: 304

It has been a little over a year since the last book in this series, Death Comes To Bath, and I was beginning to suffer from anxiety pangs waiting for this one. This is an absolutely delightful series and this book was a terrific addition. It has been wonderful watching Robert and Lucy’s relationship grow and mature. Robert has mellowed – at least a tad – from the taciturn curmudgeon we first met and Lucy has
3.5 stars

Lucy and Robert are finally parents. Their two-year-old son Ned is a delight, in spite of his fearless fascination with horses. (Poor Robert!) They are delighted to be expecting again around Christmastime and eager to fill the nursery with more staff before the happy event occurs. Ned's nursemaid Agnes recommends her cousin Polly for the job. Unfortunately Polly's looks make her a regular Helen of Troy and all the men of the staff fight over her. They also fight with the ostler at the
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The crime was a bit weird and far-stretched IMO in this book. I guess I prefer when the mystery is within the community rather than introducing a bunch of strangers from London. However, the plot twists were done right and I couldn't guess who the culprit or the culrpits are.
I hope the author will continue with the series because the main couple is just so cute! <3
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
The plot is pretty good but I cannot say the same about the story. The characters are just okay. I wish Lucy-Robert were better at sleuthing - I did not like the fact that they were bent on proving the 'accused' guilty rather than looking for more suspects.

Also, their findings and talk gets repetitive at times and this could have been avoided. The story starts on a good note, falls flat in the middle and ends well. I didn't find the characters captivating nor did I like their sleuthing style.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Delighted by the quiet uproar of raising their newborn, Lady Lucy and Major Sir Robert Kurland could not be more pleased at the prospect of welcoming another into their home. But their preparations are soon overshadowed by a baffling case of murder.
Once known to all in her village as the rector’s daughter, Lucy is now a mother herself—to a wonderful eighteen-month-old son, Ned. Upon discovering that she is expecting a second child, Lucy and Robert are delighted. In anticipation of the new
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Susan in NC
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This entry was ok, I’ve read every book in the series and enjoyed some more than others. I think my pleasure was marred somewhat by listening to the audiobook; the narrator wasn’t terrible, she did most characters quite well, but she made Sir Robert just sound like such a rigid bore!

I mean, granted, he’s a former cavalry officer, and a great deal of the pleasure I’ve found in the series has been the uptight Darcy/strong-willed Lizzie vibe from Robert and Lucy, now married and expecting their
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars

This is the seventh book in the Kurland St. Mary mystery series by Catherine Lloyd.

Just when I think I have heard of every cozy mystery series in existence, another great one pops up and lands at my feet.

This is a historical cozy set in what I believe is Victorian England. You probably need to go into this knowing that particular fact since not everyone is a historical cozy lover.

I can’t believe they have gotten to book seven before I’ve ever even heard of this series. What a little
Kiki Z
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-5-stars
I've repeatedly said I'm going to give up on this series, and then the next book comes out...

To be fair, this is a much better entry than several of the previous ones. That being said, I suspected the killer from their first appearance. There are few viable suspects, so it's not that hard. I'm also really getting sick books about men killing off beautiful women they can't have. The mystery was the main focus, which was good, but it wasn't that complicated of a mystery either, given the culprit
Cherry London
This husband and wife team seems to be way over their heads when it comes to investigating a crime on their own watch. They bumbled their way through every search for clues until their naiveness almost did them a fatal blow. The murderer was a step ahead of them all the time and they hadn’t a clue. The story was well written, with characters that did justice to the storyline. This husband and wife sleuthing team were just not captivating enough me.

The Kurland St. Mary mysteries are some of my favorite cozies. They are reliably good, if a bit predictable. These books are like a comfortable chair and I look forward to the new releases all year long. I love the characters, and their evolution throughout the series, but this installment feels a bit stale. The pace is too slow in the middle, even with an interesting premise, and the characters are playing their too established roles. However, the conclusion is action-packed and more than makes
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it

The seventh Kurland St Mary mystery has a murder closer to home, when the new nursery maid—a very pretty girl who all the local men are fighting over—is found dead. The mystery elements were good enough, though a bit all over the place, but Lloyd is hitting the same character beats as in the last couple so it’s not super interesting. I mean, it’s fine, but the characters need some new friends and neighbors or something. B.

A review copy was provided by
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Kurland St. Mary Mysteries are gems in the historical cozy landscape, and I have happily read each entry. Some time has elapsed since the last book and, in the seventh, Lucy and Sir Robert are the parents of 18-month-old Ned and are expecting their second child, necessitating hiring more help in the nursery. "Help" comes in the form of a beautiful young woman called Polly claiming to be the cousin of Agnes, the current nursery maid.

"Polly" has many secrets, and one of them winds up getting
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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3.75 stars

This is a nicely done historical mystery series, set in a small English village and featuring the once irascible but now a bit mellowed Sir Robert Kurland and his excellent wife Lucy, daughter of the local vicar. The pair are quite domesticated now as parents to a small boy, particularly with Lucy expecting again. But they have an unusually (and perhaps not quite realistic) equal relationship and there's a fair amount of jousting for position which is quite fun to witness.

They decide
This is one of my favorite historical series set in the Victorian period. After six books, this one may just be my favorite in the series. Lucy and her husband, Sir Robert are the happy parents of a toddler and soon little Ned with have a sibling. Another child will require more staff so Lucy starts to look for an additional nursery maid. When Agnes mentions that her cousin Polly would be a good choice the decision is made and Polly joins the family. She brings chaos with her and soon every male ...more
I have really enjoyed this cozy historical mystery series. Sir Robert Kurland returns from war crippled and suffering from PTSTD. The rector's daughter Lucy helps him climb out from his depression, then they become friends, then they fall in love, then they struggle to have children and now, in book 7, they have a son and are expecting a second child.

As is true for most cozy mysteries, the fun is in the characters populating the village of Kurland St. Mary. Although I could do with a little less
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good Victorian series. Lucy, the rector's daughter is now married to Sir Robert Kurland, and is pregnant with her second child. Their son, Ned, has a nurse named Agnes, and they are looking for another nurse for the new baby. Agnes recommends that they hire her cousin, Polly, which they do.

The new nurse is very attractive, and they find some of the male servants and young men in the ;ub are fighting over her. She is soon found dead in a drainage ditch, and Lucy and Robert have
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Catherine Lloyd's Kurland St. Mary series is a winner, this 7th book so far might be the best as the mystery was so eventful. ( I did figure out that Bert was Flora's brother) Very fast paced with added suspects, more than one intended victim bringing in most of Lucy's extended family.

OH! When the last book ended Lucy's was expecting the couple's first child; as this book opens that child, Ned, the apple of everyone's eye is
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Delighted by their active toddler, Lady Lucy and Major Sir Robert Kurland prepare to welcome a new child into their home. To expand her nursery staff, Lucy hires Polly, her nurse Agnes's cousin. While Polly is highly competent, her flirtations provoke fisticuffs in the servants’ hall and tumult in the village tavern. Then one day, Polly fails to return to the Kurland Estate. A farmer finds her lifeless body in a drainage ditch, and Lucy and Robert learn that their new nursery maid was not who ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death Comes to the Nursery by Catherine Lloyd. 4 stars

This is the 7th book in the Kurland St. Mary series. I read the previous book, Death Comes to Bath and found it an enjoyable read. When this one came up for review I requested an ARC. I was not disappointed. Lucy and her husband Robert are living a quiet life in the part of England. They send for a cousin of Agnes, their current nursery maid to help take care of their Ned their 2 year old son. Polly Carter, Agnes’s cousin is extremely pretty
Kathleen Gray
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Polly seemed like the perfect nursemaid to help her cousin Agnes in the nursery at Sir Robert and Lucy's home. Lucy is thrilled that she's pregnant with her second child (she had a hard road to having Ned, her son) and she's happy that Polly has settled in so well with Ned. Polly's beauty, however, has made her the subject of lots of male attention and then- so sadly- she's found dead, in a ditch no less. Sir Robert and Lucy decide to pull out their old investigative skills and set out for ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series and this book is just as wonderful as the previous entries. In this one, Agnes's cousin Polly joins the household as another nursemaid but soon turns out to be quite flirtatious. When she's found murdered, that sets of the mystery of who killed her with many unexpected twists and turns, including the fact that Polly isn't who she said she was, literally. New characters are introduced, and while I may have suspected a little bit of the whodunit, the reveal still had some ...more
Pat Dupuy
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am never disappointed by this series! Death Comes to the Nursery shows Sir Robert to be highly involved in his household's conflicts as they may affect the welfare of his beloved young son Ned. A beautiful nursery maid is the center of the storm as the male employees of the household all seem to be rivals for her affections. Lucy is hesitant to hire her but the nursery maid is good at her job and young Ned adores her. The Kurlands discover she is not who she claimed to be when she disappears ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Death Comes to the Nursery is the 7th installment in the Kurland St. Mary mystery series. I've read this series from the beginning and enjoy it. The British stands out to me, not in language but in the old fashioned "typical" British mystery, the kind I read early in my reading days. I thought this one was a bit slow moving and I got a bit jumbled up towards the end but it all worked out o.k.. If you're looking for a good story I can definitely recommend this series to you. As always with a ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death Comes to the Nursery is a part of the Kurland St. Mary Mystery Series. Lady Lucy and Sir Robert hire an attractive young girl to become a nursery attendant for their 18-month-old son. The problem with employing such a beautiful woman is that men begin to flock to her to the point of fighting for her attention. Because this is a mystery, nothing is as it seems, and Lady Lucy and Sir Robert follow the clues and end up investigating the seedier side of the theater scene in London. This is a ...more
Meg K (Fiction_Gryphon)
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful addition to the Kurland St. Mary mysteries! One of the things I love most about this series is that, as the reader, you feel as though you’ve figured it all out with the sleuthing husband and wife duo of Robert and Lucy, and yet by the end, your expectations and deductions get thrown for a loop! That was certainly the case in this book; the twists at the end took me quite by surprise! Catherine Lloyd captures the essence of the Regency Era in her writing, and you can’t help but ...more
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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1825, Kurland Hall. As Lucy, Lady Kurland is expecting her second child and she is delighted when Agnes, her current nursery nurse recommends her cousin Polly Carter to help in the nursery. But Polly's ways bring trouble to the Hall and Village of Kurland St. Mary, ending in her body being discovered in a ditch on the Estate. Sir Robert and Lucy investigate.
Another entertaining and well-written histroical mystery which is not fully resolved until the end. The cast of characters in this series
Anna Fox
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book 7 in the series. It is the first book I've read by this author and thought the book was great. I never felt lost in regards to what was happening with the characters even with jumping in the series with this book. I will be going back and looking for the others, luckily my library has a some of them.
The characters were interesting and their relationships were believable.

Thank you to the publisher, author and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review. So glad I found
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Kirkland St. Mary finally has an heir! And a spare is due at Christmas, so Lucy needs more help in the nursery. Fortunately her current nurse has a cousin in London who is just the ticket! When Polly arrives all of the men are gobsmacked by her beauty. But Polly herself seems to know how to handle all the attention. Until she is found murdered. And it's discovered that she isn't who she claimed to be. Lucy needs to figure out who killed her before the wrong man is hung for her death. This is ...more
Karin Carlson
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like the Kurland St. Marys mysteries and the main characters, Lucy and Robert. This addition to the series delivered a well-plotted and character driven delight. While some of their actions were a bit hard to swallow in regards to their young child, this couple is a joy to follow and each book just gets better. I am looking forward to many more stories in this series. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy for review.
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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..


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Kurland St. Mary Mystery (7 books)
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