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Regency widow Lily Adler is looking forward to spending the autumn away from the social whirl of London society. When she arrives in Hampshire with her friends, Lord and Lady Carroway, she doesn’t expect much more than a quiet country visit and the chance to spend time with her charming new acquaintance, Matthew Spencer. But something odd is afoot in the small country vill Regency widow Lily Adler is looking forward to spending the autumn away from the social whirl of London society. When she arrives in Hampshire with her friends, Lord and Lady Carroway, she doesn’t expect much more than a quiet country visit and the chance to spend time with her charming new acquaintance, Matthew Spencer. But something odd is afoot in the small country village. A ghost has taken up residence in the Belleford manor, a lady in grey who wanders the halls at night, weeping and wailing. Half the servants have left in terror, but the family is delighted with the notoriety that their ghost provides. Piqued by this spectral guest, Lily and her party immediately make plans to visit Belleford. They arrive at the manor the next morning ready to be entertained—but tragedy has struck. The matriarch of the family has just been found smothered to death in her bed. There was no one else in her room, and the door was locked from the inside. The dead woman’s family is convinced that the ghost is responsible. The servants are keeping secrets. The local magistrate is flummoxed. Lily is determined to learn the truth before another victim turns up—but could she be next in line for the Great Beyond?


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Regency widow Lily Adler is looking forward to spending the autumn away from the social whirl of London society. When she arrives in Hampshire with her friends, Lord and Lady Carroway, she doesn’t expect much more than a quiet country visit and the chance to spend time with her charming new acquaintance, Matthew Spencer. But something odd is afoot in the small country vill Regency widow Lily Adler is looking forward to spending the autumn away from the social whirl of London society. When she arrives in Hampshire with her friends, Lord and Lady Carroway, she doesn’t expect much more than a quiet country visit and the chance to spend time with her charming new acquaintance, Matthew Spencer. But something odd is afoot in the small country village. A ghost has taken up residence in the Belleford manor, a lady in grey who wanders the halls at night, weeping and wailing. Half the servants have left in terror, but the family is delighted with the notoriety that their ghost provides. Piqued by this spectral guest, Lily and her party immediately make plans to visit Belleford. They arrive at the manor the next morning ready to be entertained—but tragedy has struck. The matriarch of the family has just been found smothered to death in her bed. There was no one else in her room, and the door was locked from the inside. The dead woman’s family is convinced that the ghost is responsible. The servants are keeping secrets. The local magistrate is flummoxed. Lily is determined to learn the truth before another victim turns up—but could she be next in line for the Great Beyond?

30 review for Death at the Manor

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    The third book in this excellent series is as good as the previous two except for the almost total omission of Captain Jack Hartley. I suppose he had to go back to sea but it may have been a mistake on his part as Lily quickly finds herself with another admirer to help in her sleuthing. In Death at the Manor Lily is visiting her Aunt at her home in Hampshire. She hears about an apparently haunted house nearby called Belleford Manor and with her friends makes a visit there. Before they arrive howe The third book in this excellent series is as good as the previous two except for the almost total omission of Captain Jack Hartley. I suppose he had to go back to sea but it may have been a mistake on his part as Lily quickly finds herself with another admirer to help in her sleuthing. In Death at the Manor Lily is visiting her Aunt at her home in Hampshire. She hears about an apparently haunted house nearby called Belleford Manor and with her friends makes a visit there. Before they arrive however the mistress of the house has been murdered in her bedroom with the door locked from the inside. Lily sets herself to discover what happened with the help of neighbour and new admirer, Matthew Spencer, and her friends Ophelia and Ned Carroway. It is a clever mystery with its locked room theme and several possible suspects. There is a twist at the end too which is always a good way to conclude any mystery. Looking forward to book four now because I am wondering how the author is going to deal with the dreaded love triangle. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    In this third regency mystery featuring young widow Lily Adler, she has left the swirl of London society behind her for some time away in the country, especially after her involvement in solving a murder. She is initially visiting her much loved aunt in a small Hampshire village with her friends Lord Edward and Lady Ophelia Carroway. They are hoping for a quiet, relaxing time but it is not to be. Hearing of a ghost in local manor Belleford, they visit with their neighbour, widower Matthew Spence In this third regency mystery featuring young widow Lily Adler, she has left the swirl of London society behind her for some time away in the country, especially after her involvement in solving a murder. She is initially visiting her much loved aunt in a small Hampshire village with her friends Lord Edward and Lady Ophelia Carroway. They are hoping for a quiet, relaxing time but it is not to be. Hearing of a ghost in local manor Belleford, they visit with their neighbour, widower Matthew Spencer only to discover the matriarch of the house is dead in her bed in a room locked from the inside, believed by all the house to have been killed by the ghost they call the Grey Lady. While it’s not too hard to guess how the murder was done in this locked room mystery, the who and the why are much harder to discover and take some serious investigation and snooping around by Lily and her friend Ophelia. I was disappointed not to see Lily’s delightful friend Captain Jack Hartley involved in this mystery, as he has been sent back out to sea, but hope we will see him again soon, although he now has a competitor for Lily’s affections in Matthew Spencer, who seems very charming and smitten with Lily. Ophelia does make for a good fellow sleuth as she is as forthright, intelligent and courageous as Lily herself. (I was also pleased to see the author’s note as to why Ophelia reminds me so much of Miss Lambe in Jane Austen's Sanditon). I enjoyed this delightful historical mystery complete with a ghost and a fractured family in a decaying manor and can't wait to see where Lily finds her next murder. With thanks to Crooked Lane books via Netgalley for a copy to read

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christi M

    "Apparently, it wanders the halls of Belleford at night. Half their servants have quit in fear..." - Matthew Spencer. Ghosts and murder. The latest book in the Lily Adler series turns slightly gothic when visiting her aunt in Hampshire. While there she learns that Belleford manor is haunted. Members of the family and staff having seen the vision of a "Grey Lady". Rather than the family attempting to distance themselves from these rumors, they instead are promoting it and enjoying the notoriet "Apparently, it wanders the halls of Belleford at night. Half their servants have quit in fear..." - Matthew Spencer. Ghosts and murder. The latest book in the Lily Adler series turns slightly gothic when visiting her aunt in Hampshire. While there she learns that Belleford manor is haunted. Members of the family and staff having seen the vision of a "Grey Lady". Rather than the family attempting to distance themselves from these rumors, they instead are promoting it and enjoying the notoriety. Mr. Thomas Wright, the son of the house, talks of giving tours. Thinking a tour might be a bit of fun, Lily and her friend Ofelia decide to visit Belleford and figure out the mystery. But while there the unexpected and unexplained death of Mrs. Wright, Thomas's mother, occurs. Everyone, but Lily, believes it is the Grey Lady who has killed her. What I liked about the book is how it felt like a traditional mystery to solve. The murder or death appears to be within a locked room with an old, rundown manor with limited servants. So while Lily and her gang attempt to get to know all the circumstances of who and why someone might want to kill Mrs. Wright, there is also the struggle of how it occurred at all. I also appreciated how the story used multiple individuals to dig into the circumstances and find clues. Even though it is a Lily Adler mystery, it really is a group effort and helps give the story a more well-rounded feel. No one person can do it all, and although Lily is capable, the narrative uses everyone's strengths to help find answers. Death at the Manor clearly glides into a gothic direction with a potential haunting of Belleford. But while the story goes in that direction, it never feels truly gothic. Gothic stories generally have a ghostly or haunting type of presence, but they also build an atmosphere within the storytelling that leads credibility to the presence. Even though Belleford has a reported ghost, the atmosphere of the book continues to feel more traditional/cozy-mystery instead of gothic mystery. Still, a potential ghost is always a win for me and I appreciated the addition because of how it added to the overall mystery. Rating: 3.75 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    NICE, BUT NOT MY FAVOURITE LILY ADLER MYSTERY For me, this book does not feel on par with the rest of the series. While it was not a bad book at all, it just didn't feel like it belonged in a series with the two previous books. And that was a let down, because I really enjoyed them. 👍 What I Liked 👍 Mystery: What really made this book worthwhile was the mystery at the center of the story. It had a sort of classical feel to it. A locked room mystery were all of the suspects are known right from the NICE, BUT NOT MY FAVOURITE LILY ADLER MYSTERY For me, this book does not feel on par with the rest of the series. While it was not a bad book at all, it just didn't feel like it belonged in a series with the two previous books. And that was a let down, because I really enjoyed them. 👍 What I Liked 👍 Mystery: What really made this book worthwhile was the mystery at the center of the story. It had a sort of classical feel to it. A locked room mystery were all of the suspects are known right from the start. That just felt so retro to me and I absolutely loved it. While I was quick to guess the method of killing, the murderer did surprise me. 👎 What I Disliked 👎 Jack: Lily's previous companion in solving murders had been her husband's friend, Jack. I always liked Jack. I felt like he delivered a lot of humour and he always managed to keep Lily grounded. Sadly, Jack isn't in this book at all. He is out at sea. And in my humble opinion, the book suffered from his absence. While the Schellman offers us Ophelia as a substitute, she doesn't fill the void left behind by Jack. Lily needs Jack. They are a duo. Detour: Most of all this book felt like a detour of sorts. Not like a natural continuation of the series. But more like a spin-off of sorts. Or as if it should have been novella. ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me for more book loving content! Blog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog Post: 10 Criminally Underrated YA Books with an LGBTQ Twist

  5. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    … wringing of hands, and wailing, of course! Lily Adler once again has her hands full. This time investigating the ghost of Belleford Manor. And surprise, surprise, the matriarch of the Manor is found dead in her bed. The widowed lady sleuth is taken with their neighbor Mathew Spencer and this holiday in Hampshire is a chance to get to know him better. Which she does. But what about the Captain? … some would ask, indeed I ask the same! However now our regency lady detective has something to get he … wringing of hands, and wailing, of course! Lily Adler once again has her hands full. This time investigating the ghost of Belleford Manor. And surprise, surprise, the matriarch of the Manor is found dead in her bed. The widowed lady sleuth is taken with their neighbor Mathew Spencer and this holiday in Hampshire is a chance to get to know him better. Which she does. But what about the Captain? … some would ask, indeed I ask the same! However now our regency lady detective has something to get her teeth into, a haunting and a murder. Who knows what else will happen? Except the investigation, the clues, the raison d’être has little of the excitement and adventure I was looking for. All a bit ho hum really. Maybe the next in the series will be more defining. I hope so! A Crooked Lane Books ARC via NetGalley. Many thanks to the author and publisher. (Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    The Sassy Bookworm

    ⭐⭐⭐ -- ADORE the cover on this one! I unfortunately was a little disappointed in this one. The main issue I had with the previous one was that it was slow and drawn out, and again, in this one, we have the same issue. The saving grace of the previous book was that it had a cast of diverse, likable, and intriguing characters. In this one, I struggled to like Lily at all, and Jack and Simon were non-existent. Ophelia was really the only character that stood out for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Will I pick up the next ⭐⭐⭐ -- ADORE the cover on this one! I unfortunately was a little disappointed in this one. The main issue I had with the previous one was that it was slow and drawn out, and again, in this one, we have the same issue. The saving grace of the previous book was that it had a cast of diverse, likable, and intriguing characters. In this one, I struggled to like Lily at all, and Jack and Simon were non-existent. Ophelia was really the only character that stood out for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Will I pick up the next book in the series? Honestly, I am not sure... **ARC Via NetGalley**

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nishkha

    I thank Netgally and Crooked Lane Books and of course the author Katharine Schellman for giving me this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. Publication date: 9 August Lily Adler and her friend Ophelia Carroway go and stay with Lily's aunt for a few days only to be present at the occurrence of a murder of Mrs. Wright. Previously successful with solving murder mysteries, Lily cannot stop her mind from trying to find out the murderer. Here's the catch, everyone thinks the ghost that haunts I thank Netgally and Crooked Lane Books and of course the author Katharine Schellman for giving me this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. Publication date: 9 August Lily Adler and her friend Ophelia Carroway go and stay with Lily's aunt for a few days only to be present at the occurrence of a murder of Mrs. Wright. Previously successful with solving murder mysteries, Lily cannot stop her mind from trying to find out the murderer. Here's the catch, everyone thinks the ghost that haunts that house is the one the frightened the poor woman to death. This book is for those who are just getting into the world of murder mysteries and this is the perfect place to start as it slow and light. Unfortunately, being used to heavy murder mysteries with thrilling twists and turns, this book was not for *me* The book was okay, pretty good but also slow and a little boring in places. It started off really slow with unnecessary descriptions and it only picked up once the murder happened. After that again it was a little slow with little bursts of information which excited you but no fun until about 50%. It's at this point you kind of figure who could be the murderer based on eliminating people and arriving at the conclusion. I really liked that both Lily and Ophelia shared equal parts in investigating and I really liked their characters and their significant others. The second half of the book really picks up and completely invites you into a thrilling mystery, but at this point even when they bring back suspects with evidence, you still have an inkling of who is the murderer. The end completely shocked me and the how and why I was astonished and had absolutely no idea. Woah. Indeed. One thing, there were A LOT of romance plots here and a lot of talk about love and potential love etc which at the beginning felt unnecessary but definitely added a cute element to the book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Fedythereader

    Thank you to the author and the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, for letting me read an ARC of this amazing mystery book through NetGalley!!! “The lady in grey killed our mother” “No one wishes to admit they might be living with a murderer” This was great !!!! This book was a Miss Murple in the 19th century and I loved it !!! Not only the mystery, the gothic themes, the investigations and the small romantic vibes … it has a great POC representation with an amazing character married to an amazing man, b Thank you to the author and the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, for letting me read an ARC of this amazing mystery book through NetGalley!!! “The lady in grey killed our mother” “No one wishes to admit they might be living with a murderer” This was great !!!! This book was a Miss Murple in the 19th century and I loved it !!! Not only the mystery, the gothic themes, the investigations and the small romantic vibes … it has a great POC representation with an amazing character married to an amazing man, both being an amazing couple !!! Lily is great, sweet, witty and intelligent and her background plus the possibility of an interesting future with a certain male character ?? I’m in love!! And don’t let me even start on her aunt and her aunt’s best friend … which may be more than they seems !!! This story, this plot, these characters were just unique and beautiful and so easy to love and cherish !!! You don’t even have to read the first two books to understand what happens in this one … but you absolutely should !!! I really hope I’ll have the chance to experience something else. To follow Lily’s journey through murder and mystery as it develops in the future !!! “I am intrigued to see not only what you uncover but how you uncover it” “We assumed - and we kept assuming. Once again”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kays Secret Library

    Note: Thank you to Netgalley & publishers for allowing me access to this arc in exchange for an honest review!  My Review I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. The writing is excellent, and the story is easy-going and interesting. I believe that this book can be read as a standalone, or after reading Schellmen's first two books in the series (The Body in the Garden & Silence in the Library), and that is a huge plus for any book. The Good Thing Note: Thank you to Netgalley & publishers for allowing me access to this arc in exchange for an honest review!  My Review I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. The writing is excellent, and the story is easy-going and interesting. I believe that this book can be read as a standalone, or after reading Schellmen's first two books in the series (The Body in the Garden & Silence in the Library), and that is a huge plus for any book. The Good Things 1. I love the main character, Lily Alder! She is written well and jumps off the page, as the main character should. 2. Much like Lily, the rest of the characters in the book are engaging. 3. The dialogue between characters is realistic and intriguing. 4. This story is the textbook definition of a Mystery, and I love it! The Bad Things 1. There were two or three places where the story seemed to sput out a bit. However, they were short, so I moved past them quickly!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heather Moll

    The is the third Lily Adler mystery and I’ve been eagerly awaiting it. I think it’s easy enough to jump in if you haven’t read the others, but you get a better feel for Lily if you’ve read the first two. Lily Adler is a young regency widow who has had some luck solving murders other people want to sweep under the rug. When she arrives in Hampshire with her friends the Carroways to stay with her aunt and her “friend”, she expects a quiet visit to further her with acquaintance with nearby Matthew The is the third Lily Adler mystery and I’ve been eagerly awaiting it. I think it’s easy enough to jump in if you haven’t read the others, but you get a better feel for Lily if you’ve read the first two. Lily Adler is a young regency widow who has had some luck solving murders other people want to sweep under the rug. When she arrives in Hampshire with her friends the Carroways to stay with her aunt and her “friend”, she expects a quiet visit to further her with acquaintance with nearby Matthew Spencer.
 
But a ghost has taken up residence nearby. Half the servants have left in terror, but the family seems delighted with the notoriety. Intrigued, Lily and her party arrive ready to be entertained—only to find that the matriarch has been killed in her bed and her door locked from the inside.
 
Mrs Wright’s family is convinced that the ghost is responsible. Lily is determined to learn the truth before another victim turns up. This story has a more gothic bent than the previous ones. In the previous mysteries, Lily was assisted by her late husband’s best friend Captain Jack Hartley, a half-Indian naval officer who she’s grown closer to. It’s clear Jack loves Lily, but she’s oblivious/fighting it and in this book she’s taken by widower Matthew Spencer who she met in book 2. I prefer Jack over Matthew, so this was rough for me since Jack has returned to sea. His insight and support was a notable absence for me. I like Sir Edward and Lady Carroway—a Miss Lambe-esque heiress from the previous books—but Ofelia doesn’t have Jack’s humor. Lily didn’t have as active a role as she typically does compared to her supporting cast. Bow Street constable Simon Page is also absent. If you haven’t read the previous books, you’d think Matthew was great and the investigation satisfactory. But for me, Jack and Simon’s absence cast too long a shadow and I’m not thrilled with the attempted gothic tone. The middle of the investigation dragged for me, and I haven’t felt that way about the previous books. Here’s hoping book four gets back on track and the gang gets back together. I received an arc from NetGalley

  11. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. More like 3.5/5 stars I did like this. I like this series a lot. I love Lily and the cast of characters, and seeing Ofelia take on an even more prominent role in this one was fantastic. I loved meeting Lily's aunts. I even like Matthew Spencer a lot, and Lily's attraction to him makes sense to me even if I ultimately want to see her end up with Jack. But this book had a slightly different feel than the first two, and while I still liked it, it didn't quite reach the highs those did for me. Some o More like 3.5/5 stars I did like this. I like this series a lot. I love Lily and the cast of characters, and seeing Ofelia take on an even more prominent role in this one was fantastic. I loved meeting Lily's aunts. I even like Matthew Spencer a lot, and Lily's attraction to him makes sense to me even if I ultimately want to see her end up with Jack. But this book had a slightly different feel than the first two, and while I still liked it, it didn't quite reach the highs those did for me. Some of it was the more gothic/ghost story elements of this, which aren't always my jam, and some of it was honestly just... Jack wasn't on the page much at all. Not having him around changed some of the dynamics. Some change can be fine, but I did miss him and I'll be extremely disappointed if he's not back in book four. The other thing here was the resolution of the mystery. I just am not really interested in reading a story where the overlooked maid becomes a villain because no one sees her. I honestly probably would round my rating up instead of down if not for this. I saw it coming, but that didn't mean I was any less annoyed about it. Anyway, I still like this series a lot, but I am hoping the next book is a little more aligned with the things I loved about the first two.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Death at the Manor is the third instalment in Katharine Schellman's Lily Adler Mystery series set in London. Lady Lily Adler is visiting her aunt Miss Eliza Pierce and her aunt's friend, Miss Susan Clarke at Longwood Cottage in Hampshire. Matthew Spencer, a new acquaintance, lives nearby so there is an outing to visit him and Lily finds out about a house nearby called Belleford Manor, owned by the Wright family that is believed to be haunted. With her friend, Ofelia Carroway, Eliza, and Mr Spenc Death at the Manor is the third instalment in Katharine Schellman's Lily Adler Mystery series set in London. Lady Lily Adler is visiting her aunt Miss Eliza Pierce and her aunt's friend, Miss Susan Clarke at Longwood Cottage in Hampshire. Matthew Spencer, a new acquaintance, lives nearby so there is an outing to visit him and Lily finds out about a house nearby called Belleford Manor, owned by the Wright family that is believed to be haunted. With her friend, Ofelia Carroway, Eliza, and Mr Spencer, she makes a visit as Thomas Wright allows tours. When the group arrive at the manor they find Mrs Wright dead in her bedroom. I loved this cosy-style historical mystery and found that the author's writing style still works well for me. The investigation into Mrs Wright's death was interesting to follow, as were Lily's sleuthing exploits and stumblings. The characters were all quirky and delightfully brought to life. I haven't read book one yet but aim to very soon. A compelling and charming read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Crooked Lane via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mystica

    Lily is pragmatic and she is looking forward to a quiet companionship with her aunts in Hampshire. She is accompanied by her friends and is looking forward to meeting Mathew Spencer whom she has a fondness for. Arriving in this small village, her interest and the interests of her companions is aroused by the stories surrounding a ghost in a manor bordering the village. The story takes off from there. Visiting this manor house, Lily is not met just by stories of a ghost who has been seen by many in Lily is pragmatic and she is looking forward to a quiet companionship with her aunts in Hampshire. She is accompanied by her friends and is looking forward to meeting Mathew Spencer whom she has a fondness for. Arriving in this small village, her interest and the interests of her companions is aroused by the stories surrounding a ghost in a manor bordering the village. The story takes off from there. Visiting this manor house, Lily is not met just by stories of a ghost who has been seen by many in the house, but also by the death of the mistress of the house - supposedly at the hands of the ghost. Unfortunately the local magistrate is not willing to deal with a proper investigation but is willing to pass it off as a death by an unknown party. Not attributing it to a ghost or to a human being either. Lily sets in motion an enquiry with Bow Street and uncovers a story of intrigue. The obvious suspects are taken into custody but with no real proof - only suspicion and the actual villain of the piece gets away almost scot free. Very lovely setting - the English countryside and the English countryside way of life adds piquancy to the story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kiaran Johnson-Lew

    While I loved the first two books in this series, this third book seemed to have a different feel and I didn’t connect with it emotionally. Death at the Manor continues Lily Adler’s life as a young widow in Regency Britain who seems to stumble into murder investigations. This time, she’s out of London, traveling with her friends Lord & Lady Calloway, to visit her aunt in the country. While there, Lily is reunited with Matthew Spencer, who we met is book #2. Matthew is a wounded war hero, widower While I loved the first two books in this series, this third book seemed to have a different feel and I didn’t connect with it emotionally. Death at the Manor continues Lily Adler’s life as a young widow in Regency Britain who seems to stumble into murder investigations. This time, she’s out of London, traveling with her friends Lord & Lady Calloway, to visit her aunt in the country. While there, Lily is reunited with Matthew Spencer, who we met is book #2. Matthew is a wounded war hero, widower and father of 2 younger children,. He seems more interested in Mrs. Adler than when he was in London and is courting her. The murderer in this book may or may not have been “the grey lady” a ghost plaguing Belford Manor and the family and servants who live there. Lily doesn’t believe in ghosts but finding the real killer is a big challenge. The book was well written and a fun read but it seemed like a departure from Lily’s story — a bubble outside of the her trajectory. I hope the next series installment gets back on track. Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Lily Adler's third case is a death that may have been caused by a ghost. In "Death at the Manor," Lily, along with her friends Lord and Lady Carroway, are on a visit to Lily's aunt in Hampshire. There have been recent sightings of a "Grey Lady" at the local manor, so Lily and Ophelia wish to investigate. Matthew Spencer, who may or may not be a potential beau, is a neighbor of the Wrights, and assists with their investigation. While good, this book may be suffering from sophomore slump, even thou Lily Adler's third case is a death that may have been caused by a ghost. In "Death at the Manor," Lily, along with her friends Lord and Lady Carroway, are on a visit to Lily's aunt in Hampshire. There have been recent sightings of a "Grey Lady" at the local manor, so Lily and Ophelia wish to investigate. Matthew Spencer, who may or may not be a potential beau, is a neighbor of the Wrights, and assists with their investigation. While good, this book may be suffering from sophomore slump, even though it's the third in the series. I think this is largely due to the absence of Jack and Simon. Matthew may be a potential suitor, but he isn't the foil for Lily the way the other two are. It was nice that Lily and Ophelia got to spend more time together, and we got to spend time with the Carroways as a couple and see more of their relationship. I also think the book couldn't decide what it wanted to be, a Regency romance, a cozy mystery, or a gothic. It led to some slow pacing and an overall disjointedness. That said, it's still a really good mystery on its own merits, and if I hadn't had the previous two to which to compare, I'd probably have rated this one more highly. 3.75/5 stars I received an advance copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    marita lazarus

    thank you Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book. This was my first time reading this author and the series. You can read this as a stand alone. I find no trouble reading a book out of order in a series without having read the previous ones and not feel lost and this one was no different. So what worked for me, was that it was an enjoyable story. The mystery was good and nicely developed, and it was a fairly quick read. What did not work for me - the dialogue. The whole Mrs thank you Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book. This was my first time reading this author and the series. You can read this as a stand alone. I find no trouble reading a book out of order in a series without having read the previous ones and not feel lost and this one was no different. So what worked for me, was that it was an enjoyable story. The mystery was good and nicely developed, and it was a fairly quick read. What did not work for me - the dialogue. The whole Mrs. Adler and Lily and who was at times speaking (I found myself blinking and rereading a sentence a few times). This detracted from the story. I did like how Lady Ofelia helped, but It does leave you wondering who the true sleuth is as the book is progressing (and honestly in 1800s England - I don't see how a stranger (Lady Ofelia from the West Indies) can come in and investigate in a strangers home. There is also a love triangle, but it appears our heroine is oblivious to one of her suitors.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I really love this series - the characters have really grown on me and I have loved the stories so much. When I saw there was going to be a new one, I was very excited and even more so when I got it from NetGalley. I have to admit, this is one that I have been really excited to read [which sometimes comes back to bite me; thankfully, that was not the case here!!]. Here is where I need to be honest - I really enjoyed this book and the story/mystery swept me along. I love how the author uses the l I really love this series - the characters have really grown on me and I have loved the stories so much. When I saw there was going to be a new one, I was very excited and even more so when I got it from NetGalley. I have to admit, this is one that I have been really excited to read [which sometimes comes back to bite me; thankfully, that was not the case here!!]. Here is where I need to be honest - I really enjoyed this book and the story/mystery swept me along. I love how the author uses the language of that time and at no point did I think the conversations were "modern" [I am very sensitive to this right now because of that hideous new "Persuasion" movie]. I loved the parts that DID remind me of Jane Austen's novels; it was like coming home and putting on a comfy sweater and being with friends you haven't seen in a long time. I really enjoyed the addition of Lily's aunts and of Ofelia and Ned [the jury is still very much out on Matthew Spencer - I LOVE Captain Jack and missed him tremendously in this book and the addition of Mr. Spencer didn't make me miss him less, if anything, I missed the Captain more] and the Wrights are...well, they are typical gentry of that time frame [with Miss Wright being the silliest of silly girls. Good grief. ] I say all that to say this - I knew who the "ghost" was very early on and by halfway though I knew who the killer was and some of the why [though some of it was a surprise to me and that was AWESOME]. I was lulled several times into thinking I was incorrect [the red herrings in this book are outstanding] and at no point was I bored and wanting to skip ahead, so I will take that as a win. It is difficult when you read as many mysteries as I do to not look at the story differently than some and I often guess who the killer is and what the mystery is about in the books I read - to have all that and still really, really. like a book says so much about how great a writer the author is [and she is]. I was sad when the book ended, but then happy when I saw online that the author is working on book 4!!! SQUEEEE!! I truly look forward to the next one. I am pretty sure, no matter how much Lily says that she will not find murder and mayhem in Surrey, that that very thing will happen and sweep her up once again. Can I hope that Captain Jack will be around to help this time?? ;-) Thank you to NetGalley, Katharine Schellman, and Crooked Lane Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Milou

    I loved the first two books in this series, so when I saw the third one on Netgalley I knew I had to request it. And I was lucky enough to receive it 😀 In this series we follow Lily Adler, semi-recently widowed lady in Regency London as she keeps stumbling into murder mysteries. In this book she travels to the country to visit her aunt. When going on a ghost-hunt the lady of the house is found dead in her bed, and seeing as the room was locked from the inside, only the ghost could have done it. R I loved the first two books in this series, so when I saw the third one on Netgalley I knew I had to request it. And I was lucky enough to receive it 😀 In this series we follow Lily Adler, semi-recently widowed lady in Regency London as she keeps stumbling into murder mysteries. In this book she travels to the country to visit her aunt. When going on a ghost-hunt the lady of the house is found dead in her bed, and seeing as the room was locked from the inside, only the ghost could have done it. Right? The mystery in here is quite good. Locked room mysteries usually bring a bit more puzzlement which I do love, and this one was no exception. I did figure out who did it before the characters did, but that was more due to the writing than to my cleverness… not that the writing was bad. The characters start making certain assumptions, ones that us readers don’t necessarily make. It becomes obvious what the author wants us to think… therefore it must be different. This didn’t make the conclusion any less enjoyable for me though. If representation is important to you than you’ll be happy to know that this book has disabled, queer and characters of colour. I know make it sound like boxes that were ticked, but it never feels like that. All these characters are major side characters and are important to the story… and also happen to be coloured/wounded in war/… It all feels very natural and not forced at all (though still appropriately addressed regarding the time period). My only irk with this book is that it feels quite different in tone. The author also acknowledges this at the end of the book. So for a part it was intentional. I cannot help feeling though that it was also in part because Captain Jack isn’t really in this book. He brings out the best in Lily, and without him the book is lacking the wit and humour I so much loved in the first two books. I hope we get to see him back soon… For anyone who is worried that with Jack the romance in these books also leaves, I’ve got some good news. Mr Spencer happens to live very close to Lily’s aunt… so there is romantic potential galore. I do still prefer Jack though… This book only comes out in August (I received this very early and was going to wait, but just couldn’t), so I’m sorry if I now got you all excited for this… the wait is quite long still. Which means I still have to wait even longer for book 4!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Many thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this opportunity to review Death at the Manor. All opinions and comments are my own. Is there a ghost at Belleford Manor? Well, logic says not, but the Wright family that lives there says there is, and also insists it’s the “gray lady” that killed their mother. Thus Death at the Manor, the latest in the series by Katharine Schellman begins, when a quiet visit to Lily Adler’s country cottage accompanied by her friends Sir Edward and Lady Ofelia C Many thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this opportunity to review Death at the Manor. All opinions and comments are my own. Is there a ghost at Belleford Manor? Well, logic says not, but the Wright family that lives there says there is, and also insists it’s the “gray lady” that killed their mother. Thus Death at the Manor, the latest in the series by Katharine Schellman begins, when a quiet visit to Lily Adler’s country cottage accompanied by her friends Sir Edward and Lady Ofelia Carroway soon finds the gentlewoman engrossed in solving the mystery. The ghost story gains credence immediately, because this is a “locked room mystery.” Well, Mrs. Adler considers that an impediment, of course, but since she doesn’t believe that a ghostly hand did the deed, she gets busy, even to the point of enlisting a Bow Street runner friend and calling in another friend, another magistrate, since the local ones are content to bring in the “person or persons unknown” verdict and let it go at that. Not that they do much; Lily and her friends have it all well in hand. The books has chapters from Lily’s and Ofelia’s point of view, handy for ferreting though a bunch of clues. And suspects. The Wrights, brother and sister, are front and center, as they should be. But Mr. Wright has an alibi; handy, that. But could he have had help? And those servants -- what do they know? Our author has her readers questioning everything, which makes for a good mystery, so that when the “big reveal” is revealed, it’s quite the surprise. On a personal level, we have the continuation of the “courting of Lily Adler” by suitor Matthew Spencer. Lucky that he lives in the neighborhood. Captain Jack isn’t going to be too happy about this, but since he’s going to sea, there’s not much he’s going to be able to do about it. Ofelia doesn’t like it much, either; she’s a Captain Jack fan. Our story ends with Lily leaving for home, happy to encourage Matthew Spencer as a suitor. We’ll have to see how that goes, in a future book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle (belle.bookcorner)

    "Sometimes, I think, we most doubt ourselves when we cannot see which path is the best one to take next. But I believe it always presents itself if we are willing to be patient and keep an eye out." This is the first time I'm reading Lily Adler Mystery series and suffice to say I can follow the plot just fine. But, I would suggest to read the first two books to know more about the characters and the other cases that connect them. The plot is actually interesting and mysterious, with a tricky "Sometimes, I think, we most doubt ourselves when we cannot see which path is the best one to take next. But I believe it always presents itself if we are willing to be patient and keep an eye out." This is the first time I'm reading Lily Adler Mystery series and suffice to say I can follow the plot just fine. But, I would suggest to read the first two books to know more about the characters and the other cases that connect them. The plot is actually interesting and mysterious, with a tricky case to solve. Multiple POVs is a nice touch for the readers to see the investigation progress throughout the story. However, the pacing of the story is a bit dragging and slow in the middle of the story. Regardless, I'm still surprised with the culprit of this murder case near the ending. It was quite unexpected. There seems to be a love triangle here between Lily, Matthew and Jack. Some people seems to like Lily more with Jack. But since I haven't read the first two books I don't have any problem with seeing Lily and Matthew relationship progress. They're sweet with one another. Overall, it's a pretty good read. The mystery is interesting to investigate and I find myself actually curious to know what Lily Adler will solve next. Check this one out if you love mystery historical fiction with paranormal elements and a pinch of romance. Thank you to Netgalley, Katharine Schellman and Crooked Lane Books for granting this e-ARC to me. I'm leaving this honest review voluntarily!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    REVIEW: I would say this was a cozy mystery well done, lovely characters, easy reading but really entertaining. I love how the characters play together, Lily has a brave and quirky gang! I like small mysterys, with not many locations and just a few suspects. You could felt some things, but it had twists and good writing so it kept you hooked up. I haven't read the previous books but I saw this one and spiked my interest. Even though it would be much better to read all of them in order, to get to k REVIEW: I would say this was a cozy mystery well done, lovely characters, easy reading but really entertaining. I love how the characters play together, Lily has a brave and quirky gang! I like small mysterys, with not many locations and just a few suspects. You could felt some things, but it had twists and good writing so it kept you hooked up. I haven't read the previous books but I saw this one and spiked my interest. Even though it would be much better to read all of them in order, to get to know the characters better, you can read each book alone because they have different mysterys. The only thing now, I will need to read the next ones because I want to know more. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. --------------- RESEÑA: Tengo que decir que este fue un misterio bien hecho, los personajes me encantaron, es fácil de leer, pero entretenido. Y me gusta como los personajes casan tan bien, son como una pequeña banda, valientes y peculiares. Me gustan los misterios así en espacios pequeños, donde transcurre casi todo en un mismo sitio y con pocos personajes. Había algunas cosas que podías ir adivinando, pero eso no quitaba que hubiera pequeños giros y que la pluma de la escritora igualmente te mantuviera enganchada. No he leído los libros anteriores, pero este llamó mi curiosidad. Lo mejor es leerlos todos en orden, pero al final son misterios diferentes por lo que se pueden leer como libros independientes. Eso sí, ahora quiero seguir leyendo los que vengan! Gracias a Netgalley y a la editorial por dejarme leerlo a cambio de una honesta reseña.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    The Lily Adler series takes a turn to the Gothic for this episode. Lily Adler is stopping off to see her aunt on her way to a visit with friends in the country. She is travelling with the Carroways who are also on their way to their country home. Her aunt offers up a local ghost as a way of entertaining her guests. Unfortunately, the ghost is only the start of things. On a visit to see the ghost at Belleford manor, they find instead that the lady of the house has been killed inside her locked be The Lily Adler series takes a turn to the Gothic for this episode. Lily Adler is stopping off to see her aunt on her way to a visit with friends in the country. She is travelling with the Carroways who are also on their way to their country home. Her aunt offers up a local ghost as a way of entertaining her guests. Unfortunately, the ghost is only the start of things. On a visit to see the ghost at Belleford manor, they find instead that the lady of the house has been killed inside her locked bedchamber. Unwilling to attribute the death to the grey lady supposedly haunting the place and unwilling to leave her aunt in the same location as a murderer, Lily decides to look into the case. She is assisted by her new friend Mr. Spencer whose home is in the area. She is also assisted by her friend Ofelia, Lady Carroway. After having her confidence in her abilities as an investigator shaken by the revelation of her aunt's living situation which had slipped her notice, Lily interviews suspects from Mr. Wright who will finally inherit from his mother to the few remaining servants at the house. This was an engaging and entertaining historical mystery. I enjoyed the Gothic elements. I also enjoyed Lily's growth as she moves away from her grief as a widow.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Opal Edgar

    A ghost in a manor? Count me in! I expected an atmospheric gothic - just the way I love, but that wasn't quite it. I knew I was getting into a 3rd book in a series, but it looked episodic, so I thought I could just hop on in. Sadly, I read the whole clues wrong. This is much more of a cozy mystery, fast-paced cute historical mystery with sweet characters. I'm ok with cozy, but I guess I wasn't in the mood for that, so I was a little disappointed. Second problem, the books starts off assuming tha A ghost in a manor? Count me in! I expected an atmospheric gothic - just the way I love, but that wasn't quite it. I knew I was getting into a 3rd book in a series, but it looked episodic, so I thought I could just hop on in. Sadly, I read the whole clues wrong. This is much more of a cozy mystery, fast-paced cute historical mystery with sweet characters. I'm ok with cozy, but I guess I wasn't in the mood for that, so I was a little disappointed. Second problem, the books starts off assuming that you already like every character and care about them - so I found it hard to even get a sense of what kind of people they were at first. And there was nothing to make you care about them much in the begining. I feel like you miss out if you haven't read the first two books because you didn't get to see the relationships build. So if you like the series, I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself, but don't start with that one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not my favorite, I must admit. The author intentional made this story more gothic and that is not my cup of tea, though I’m sure some readers will love it. Lily has an affair with Matthew Spencer, too, and I found this deeply disappointing. Though I can understand that they are both widowed and both attractive, I expected more of them morally. I love a good flirtation in a book, but not a dalliance. It muddies the water and makes me like them both less as characters. It also makes Lily’s relatio Not my favorite, I must admit. The author intentional made this story more gothic and that is not my cup of tea, though I’m sure some readers will love it. Lily has an affair with Matthew Spencer, too, and I found this deeply disappointing. Though I can understand that they are both widowed and both attractive, I expected more of them morally. I love a good flirtation in a book, but not a dalliance. It muddies the water and makes me like them both less as characters. It also makes Lily’s relationships with her other potential suitors more complicated, but not in an interesting or a pleasant way. The writing is certainly good, though, and it was interesting to have a two-fold mystery in a way with both the ghost and the murder. I did enjoy the country setting and Lily’s two aunts. I missed having Mr. Page in the story, as well as Jack and his young protege from the first two stories.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    This is the 3rd book in the series and my first and maybe my last. *Shrugs I had a hard time engaging with the characters and the book. It took me quite a bit of time to read the book. I kept getting bored and would put it down and do something else. I finally forced myself to finish it. It's probably best to read the books in order so you know who is who and their backstory. This book wasn't for me. This is the 3rd book in the series and my first and maybe my last. *Shrugs I had a hard time engaging with the characters and the book. It took me quite a bit of time to read the book. I kept getting bored and would put it down and do something else. I finally forced myself to finish it. It's probably best to read the books in order so you know who is who and their backstory. This book wasn't for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book is a major disappointment after really enjoying the first two books in this series. Will not be finishing this one and I don’t know if I will continue in this series or not.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Lily Adler returns in her third mystery This time she is looking forward to spending a quiet few days in the country with her aunt and a couple friends. When she hears of a ‘ghost’ haunting a local manor house, she is game to try and solve the mystery. However, when someone is found dead at the ‘haunted’ manor, Lily finds herself investigating a murder. A unique aspect of this story was the somewhat gothic tone to the actual mystery. It made for a more suspenseful feel, which I enjoyed. However, Lily Adler returns in her third mystery This time she is looking forward to spending a quiet few days in the country with her aunt and a couple friends. When she hears of a ‘ghost’ haunting a local manor house, she is game to try and solve the mystery. However, when someone is found dead at the ‘haunted’ manor, Lily finds herself investigating a murder. A unique aspect of this story was the somewhat gothic tone to the actual mystery. It made for a more suspenseful feel, which I enjoyed. However, other aspects feel similar to many other historical ‘cozy’ mysteries. Such as a young widow protagonist who defies conventions to seek justice. There also is the obligatory love triangle. On a side note, a choice the main character has made in her relationship with one of the men (while not explicitly described) is more risqué than I personally am comfortable with. As a result, I’m on the fence whether I will continue the series. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC.

  28. 5 out of 5

    SOM

    I liked the main characters very much. My problem was that I read the third book in the series first, so I missed the background story of the main characters. It did not stop me from enjoying the mystery though. This story touched on some social issues that are not discussed much in that time period, but were present none the less. I was glad to see this author bring them up in a non-judgmental way. I liked the mystery and the writing very much. I was given an advanced copy through LibraryThing I liked the main characters very much. My problem was that I read the third book in the series first, so I missed the background story of the main characters. It did not stop me from enjoying the mystery though. This story touched on some social issues that are not discussed much in that time period, but were present none the less. I was glad to see this author bring them up in a non-judgmental way. I liked the mystery and the writing very much. I was given an advanced copy through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. In no way did that influence my review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    mykanos *~*spinebreaker*~*

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS MONSTROUS DISGUSTING horrible thing just RUINED my life A BOOK 3 LOVE SQUARE ARE YOU KIDDING ME I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS MONSTROUS DISGUSTING horrible thing just RUINED my life A BOOK 3 LOVE SQUARE ARE YOU KIDDING ME

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Barbara’s rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars Series: Lily Adler Mystery #3 Publication Date: 8/9/22 Period: Regency Number of Pages: 352 This latest addition to the Lily Adler Mystery series is a bit of a departure from the first two books. There is supposed to be a bit of a gothic bent to the book, but that fell a little short for me. Gothics have an atmosphere to them that is built layer-by-layer – they make your spine tingle, and this certainly didn’t even come close to that. Lily is also missing her normal s Barbara’s rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars Series: Lily Adler Mystery #3 Publication Date: 8/9/22 Period: Regency Number of Pages: 352 This latest addition to the Lily Adler Mystery series is a bit of a departure from the first two books. There is supposed to be a bit of a gothic bent to the book, but that fell a little short for me. Gothics have an atmosphere to them that is built layer-by-layer – they make your spine tingle, and this certainly didn’t even come close to that. Lily is also missing her normal supporting characters and I felt their loss. One of the nice things about a series of books is the way the cast of characters works together book after book. They grow as a group and as individuals and we sorely missed that in this book. Two of the main supporting characters – Captain Jack, and Bow Street Runner Mr. Simon Page – are missing from the story except for some honorable mentions. It was good that Ofelia and Ned were there as I enjoyed their company and Ofelia and Lily work well together. Mr. Matthew Spencer, who we met in book 2, reappears as a ‘love’ interest for Lily. Lily, along with her friends Sir Edward (Ned) and Lady Carroway (Ofelia), travel to visit Lily’s aunt Eliza and her companion Susan Clarke. Ned and Ofelia will spend a few days with Lily and her aunt and will then continue to their estate. Lily will stay with her aunt until her best friend’s husband, Lord Walter, arrives to convey Lily to his estate where his wife is anxiously awaiting Lily’s visit. As soon as they arrive at Aunt Eliza’s home, they hear of a neighbor whose home has been having visitations by a ghost. They, of course, simply must visit. That visit lands them smack-dab in the middle of a family crisis – the matriarch of the family has been murdered and they all believe the ghost did it. Who else could it have been since the room was locked – from the inside? We meet all of the suspects early on, but the investigation into the motives and means wends forward at a steady pace. Lily and Ofelia work well together and their minds work in a very similar fashion, so I liked them working together. Still, I missed the supporting characters from the previous books and I think the story would have been much better had they been included. There are hints dropped throughout the book, but nothing is obvious. I had worked out the ‘how’ and was pretty sure of the ‘who’ before it was revealed, but none of it was just obvious. All-in-all, it was a very good mystery and I enjoyed it. It was a bit slow-paced in places, but nothing too much. So, kudos for a good mystery. What I do not care for – and will not read – is anything with love triangles. Lily took a very big step in this book, but it wasn’t for the right reasons – certainly not for that period. Then, things were just left hanging and nothing was resolved. We still have Captain Jack and Matthew Spencer as love interests. I had hoped that would be quickly resolved, but apparently not. So, that leaves me to question whether I will read the next book or not – and the answer is, I just don’t know. Captain Jack is, by far, the more interesting character and is a better match for Lily while Matthew is more of a bland, take a back seat, kind of fellow I can only imagine she’d get tired of sooner or later. I guess I’ll know if I continue to read the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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