Tuesday 30 June 2020

Murder at Blackwater Bend (Stella and Lyndy Mystery #2) By Clara McKenna (2020)

Wild-hearted Kentuckian Stella Kendrick cautiously navigates the strict demands of British high society as the future Lady of Morrington Hall. But when petty scandals lead to bloody murder, her outspoken nature could be all that keeps her alive . . .

Following a whirlwind engagement to Viscount "Lyndy" Lyndhurst, Stella is finding her footing within an elite social circle in picturesque rural England. Except tea time with refined friends can be more dangerous than etiquette faux pas--especially in the company of Lady Philippa, the woman Lyndy was once set to marry, and her husband, the ostentatious Lord Fairbrother . . .

Outrage erupts and accusations fly after Lord Fairbrother's pony wins best in breed for the seventh consecutive year. The man has his share of secrets and adversaries, but Stella and Lyndy are in for a brutal shock when they discover his body floating in the river during a quiet morning fishing trip . . .

Suddenly unwelcome around hardly-grieving Lady Philippa and Lyndy's endlessly critical mother, Stella faces the bitter reality that she may always be an outsider--and one of her trusted new acquaintances may be a calculating killer. Now, Stella and her fiancé must fight against the current to catch the culprit, before they're the next couple torn apart by tragedy.

This is an excellent series. Stella and Lundy have barely got over their last encounter with a murder investigation but find themselves embroiled in another one.
Stella is a lovely character. She is elegant, rich, and nice! American women are so often portrayed as supremely confident and ready to take the world by storm but Stella is a much quieter character. She is clever and brave but she also has moments where she is overwhelmed by what she's is witnessing and experiencing and that makes her much more relatable and likeable. Lyndy is sweet and nice and I love the way the two of them become closer as they navigate their way to married life together.
This mystery had me guessing. There were so many characters with questionable behaviour it could easily have been any of them. The suspense and fast pace kept me gripped and the romance will keep me invested in the rest of the series. I can't wait.

Murder at Blackwater Bend is out today!

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