Murder in Drury Lane is a very engaging murder mystery with a cast of characters who are adventurous and daring. Abigail is confident and self-assured and I admired her ability to go from one dangerous situation to another confronting suspects and possible killers. I enjoyed her friendship with her next-door neighbour and I am intrigued to see how things will develop there seeing as she is already married.
It is always interesting to see the political backdrop other than the Napoleonic Wars written into the plot. The abolition of slavery within the British Empire made a new and thought-provoking change.
There are quite a lot of characters and suspects to grapple with but there is a list at the beginning of some of the chapters where the names are crossed off as Abigail makes progress in her investigations.
I haven't read the first book yet but there seems to be quite a lot of backstory that I missed and I found it difficult in the early chapters to connect with well-established characters. They all had long-winded awkward names which added to the confusion. However, the mystery soon took over and I found myself immersed in the theatre world of Drury Lane, the murders that took place there and the subsequent investigation by Abigail and her neighbour, Stapleton Henderson.