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Silence in the Library

(Lily Adler Mystery #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Regency widow Lily Adler didn't expect to find a corpse when visiting a family friend. Now it's up to her to discover the killer in the charming second installment in the Lily Adler mysteries.

Regency widow Lily Adler has finally settled into her new London life when her semi-estranged father arrives unexpectedly, intending to stay with her while he recovers from an illness
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 13th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books
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Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pirates, 5000-2021
This is shaping up to be a really excellent series.

Silence in the Library is the second in this series of Regency mysteries with Lily Adler as the main character and amateur sleuth. Lily is a genuinely strong female character, especially as a woman of her time. She has been widowed young and lives independently. She enjoys a friendly relationship with Captain Jack Hartley who was a close friend of her husband (we wait with great interest to see this relationship develop further!). Most important
This Regency period cosy mystery featuring young widow Lily Adler was a delightful read. Lily is a charming young woman, who has set up her own household in London after the death of her husband two years before, rather than move back home with her cold and disapproving father. To please her father she agrees to call on Sir Charles Wyatt, an old family friend of theirs to congratulate him on his recent second marriage and meets Lady Wyatt, his new wife, and reacquaints herself with his son. Howe ...more
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

There's just something magical about this series. I just lifts my spirit and makes me escape the world for a while. I've been in a bit of a rut lately, but this book pulled me out of it. A definite recommendation!

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Mystery: I was left kept guessing up until the very last moment! I had absolutely no clue who the culprit was and I loved it! Usually I shy away from mysteries, because they're hardly ever all that mysterious. That was not the
Literary Redhead
Second in a series, this Regency mystery featuring widow Lily Adler is a charming page-turner and such a fun read. No need to finish book one first although you’ll want to after following Lily in action as she works to unravel the murder of a family friend with the help of attractive Jack Hartley. Then another murder occurs, raising the stakes even higher. Will they succeed before someone else is knocked off? Will their friendship become something more along the way? A delight for fans of histor ...more
Dana-Adriana B.
Mar 05, 2021 rated it liked it
his book is a cozy mystery and it was a pleasant read. Lily Adler is helping the police investigating the murder of a close friend of her father. It is not an easy task.
Thank you Netgalley for this book.
Jul 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Silence in the Library is the second instalment in the Lily Adler Mystery series set in Regency London. It's 1815 and London resident and young widower Lady Lily Adler is taken aback to discover her estranged father and notorious bully George Pierce has arrived in her neighbourhood and has invited himself to stay with his less than impressed daughter while he visits the doctor. Due to his health, Pierce doesn't have time to visit his long time friend Sir Charles Wyatt who has recently remarried ...more
Barbara Rogers
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Series: Lily Adler Mystery #2
Publication Date: 7/13/21
Period: Regency London
Number of Pages:352

After reading his author’s debut novel, The Body in the Garden, I was anxious to read this second book. I loved the mystery in that book but didn’t care for the main characters, so I was anxious to see how they might come across in this book. I’m glad I decided to give them another try because I really liked both of them this time around.

The mystery in this book is excellent with lots of red herrings,
Helen Howerton
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Crooked Lane Books for this Advanced Reader Copy and the opportunity to review Silence in the Library. All opinions are my own.

Family troubles and then tension in the room upon meeting the new wife of an old friend mark the beginning of Silence in the Library, the second book in a series featuring Lily Adler, a young widow trying to make a life for herself in Regency-era London. Lily’s immediately butting heads with her domineering father and soon the
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Second in the Lily Adler mystery series, Lily and her faithful, handsome friend Captain Jack Hartley are embroiled in another murder.

Another easy, pleasant read in this cosy series. I feel the characters didn't have any real developmental progress from the first book and felt no great connections with them.

Gail C.
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it

Lily’s father has moved in, and can find nothing that Lily is doing right. He thinks her servants are not as polished as they should be, her food and drink not up to par, and it’s wrong that she has put aside her mourning clothes after only two years. After all, he’s still wearing mourning and his wife’s been dead more than twenty-five years.

He also takes issue with Lily’s friendship with Jack, a naval captain who is half English and half Indian, being rude to him at every turn. Lily gets angry,
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars. A charming and entertaining historical mystery that will delight readers with period details and twists and turns. There is just enough historical material to give it flavor without inundating the reading with information that slows the pace of the story. The characters are well-developed and not carbon copies of what can be found in other historical mysteries. It is a delightful surprise to discover that the main character, Lily Adler, is not the only smart character in the book. T ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Engaging continuation to a Regency cozy mystery series.

This time Lily Adler finds herself investigating the murder of a close friend of her father. At first it appears to be nothing but an unfortunate accident. However, when a weapon is discovered and there is no evidence of forced entry, it begins to look like someone in the household must be the culprit. Though the family just wants the matter settled quickly and quietly, Lily can’t leave it alone, especially once an obviously innocent person
Silence in the Library is the second instalment in Katharine Schellman's Lily Adler Mystery series set in London. The year is 1815 and Lady Lily Adler's estranged father, George Pierce is visiting the doctor. He is staying with Lily and she's not very happy about it. His friend, Sir Charles Wyatt who currently lives in Wimpole Street in the city, has recently remarried so Lily goes to visit him and his new wife in place of George who is suffering from ill-health to pass on his good wishes. Charl ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The second entry in the Lily Adler series is just as engaging, charming, and intriguing as the first! This mystery strikes close to home for Lily, allowing us to explore more of her family background and personal history. It also introduces neurodivergent characters, which is a welcome touch in a period piece. The twists and turns carry the story along at a clip pace, while still making time to give us wonderful character moments. (I'm particularly enjoying the ongoing slow burn romance building ...more
Jul 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd in the series but you don’t have to read the 1st as I definitely enjoyed this book. The story was so clear to understand as well as the characters backgrounds! Lily was so brave, going against many women of her time, she was so fun to go on adventures with. I will be looking for the next book in this series for sure!
Jun 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Silence In The Library by Katherine Schellman is an engaging historical mystery (and in exciting news, there is more Lily Adler to come!) This is the second book in the series and I have truly enjoyed both books. The writing works for me and I like the characters.

I received a complimentary ARC of this title.
Judith von Kirchbach
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lily Adler has just started to feel settled into her new London home when her semi-estranged father arrives, intending to stay with her while he recovers from an illness. To placate and avoid him, she takes his place in a social visit with Lady Wyatt, a woman she doesn't know. But then Lady Wyatt's much older husband and Lily’s father’s good friend is found dead in his library. Bow Street constable Simon Page suspects that he was murdered. To uncover the truth, Lily must convince the father who ...more
Jul 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Silence in the Library is the second book in Katharine Schellman's historical Lily Adler Mystery series. I am infinitely pleased to discover that I have the first book in this series in my huge TBR pile, as I enjoyed this outing immensely and want to go back and see what I missed. This installment stands alone perfectly well. I have a feeling this is going to be a favorite historical mystery series of mine.

Widow Lily Adler has settled into her London home and is getting used to being an independ
Jun 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
The first Lily Adler book was also one of my first historical mystery book that wasn’t Sherlock Holmes based and made me fall in love with the genre. So of course I requested the second book when it became available on Netgalley. And I loved it just as much again.

In this series we follow Lily Adler, a young widow in the upper class of Regency London. Together with the best friend of her late-husband, the mixed race Captain Jack, she finds herself involved in yet another murder case… this time th
Jul 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lily is not the average Regency type lady. Now widowed, just coming out of mourning she has been unexpectedly, unpleasantly surprised by the visit of her father without any notice. Her father and Lily do not get on at all. Lily feels that she will never compare or come up to the expectations of a son and her father frowns on every
aspect of Lily's life - from her clothes to her company, to the way the house is run and just about everything. Lily loves her home, and the peace and contentment that
Lelia Taylor
Jul 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Regency England has long been a favorite setting for many readers, myself included, of historical fiction, mystery, romance, even the occasional fantasy or science fiction. Why the period is so appealing I’m not sure unless, for some peculiar reason, it’s because it evokes a lofty ideal of gentility but that doesn’t really work because we also see the darker side of the times, the poverty, the class oppression. Whatever the attraction, I just know that I truly enjoy it and I was very happy to be ...more
Kathy Martin
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lily Adler is settling into her life in London when her father pays an unexpected visit. She and her father don't get along. He doesn't respect her and much favors his godson Frank Wyatt. He sends Lily to pay a call on his friend Sir Charles since he doesn't approve of Sir Charles' recent wedding to a younger woman.

Lily calls and finds the new Lady Wyatt an unexceptionable lady. However, she also finds herself present when some money is discovered to be missing. At first a servant is blamed but
Abigail  F
The second installment in Schellman's Lily Adler series is again a delightful romp through Regency London, and perhaps even exceeds the first in terms of charm and character-building!

We find Lily settling into her London life, beginning to think of moving past her official mourning for her husband, and quickly embroiled in another murder case. Our favorites -- Jack, Lady Carroway, and Bow Street constable Mr. Page -- make returns, and Schellman introduces a whole cast of new characters. This in
Dawn Michelle
Oh this was a good one - these books are really well-written and that makes it a more enjoyable reading experience. Even though I knew who the killer was early on and then knew the why midway through, it was still a very enjoyable story - watching Lily grow as she deals with being a widow is awesome to watch and I love her interaction with both Jack and Mr. Page [the constable]. Watching her deal with her father [and isn't HE a ray of sunshine {SMH} ]is very sad, but how she stands up for hersel ...more
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the second installment in this cozy mystery series and I would say I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first one. The characters are done really well and it's interesting to watch the main character navigate her way through a time period when women were meant to be meek and quiet. She knows exactly who to push boundaries with and when to play the part of the socially acceptable lady. I think the mystery in this one was good, although I did figure it out pretty early on, I can't tell i ...more
Jul 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
plot holes

so as not to give it away, there were plot holes. several. once the connection was made, the solution was simple (being vague to not give it away!) but the plot holes really bothered me. i do enjoy the main characters though. i’ll read the next one when it comes out.
Lorna Vivi
Mar 06, 2021 rated it liked it
The novel is the second in the series however it is easily read as a standalone murder mystery. I found the novel enjoyable to read, it has a gentle charm to it and I think a lot of that has to do with the characterisation. The characters have real depth and it was interesting to see how their relationships with each other evolved through the novel particularly Lily and her manipulative father. I think this is a real strength in the authors writing because while I found her father properly disli ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book. This review is entirely honest.

I haven't read the first book in the Lily Adler series, but I didn't feel that I needed to in order to understand this one. (Albeit, I already bought myself a copy of it since I enjoyed this one so thoroughly.)

This story is an incredibly fun mystery. I appreciated that in this story, the consulting detective and the police officer felt like they were on equal footing and genuinely working toge
Elodie’s Reading Corner
Jul 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
🔍Silence in the Library 🔎
✒️ Katharine Schellman
Release Date 07/13/2021
Publisher Crooked Lane Books


Regency widow Lily Adler didn't expect to find a corpse when visiting a family friend. Now it's up to her to discover the killer in the charming second installment in the Lily Adler mysteries.

Regency widow Lily Adler has finally settled into her new London life when her semi-estrange
Jul 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
The first book in this series, The Body in the Garden, was one that I absolutely adored so I had been excitedly waiting for the sequel. As with most sophomore books, it can either be just as good as the first book, or fall completely short of the high expectations. I’m happy to report that this one is definitely the former. The sequel is just as interesting and charming as the first book and this series is shaping up to be one that will be on my “can’t miss” list.

The main character, Lily, is del
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