Death Comes to Bath
by Lloyd, Catherine

Taking the waters in Bath to treat an old war injury, Sir Robert befriends an elderly and pugnacious businessman whose subsequent demise is complicated by numerous suspects and a missing will. By the author of Death Comes to the Fair.

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 four children. Her website is located at

The healing qualities of Bath's famous waters are no match for murder. Sir Robert Kurland was wounded at the battle of Waterloo. When his friend Patrick Fletcher, a former army surgeon, is forced to reopen an infected wound, he suggests that a visit to Bath to soak in the waters will greatly aid his recovery. So Robert's wife, Lucy, arranges to hire a house, and they proceed there accompanied by Lucy's beautiful sister, Anna, and Dr. Fletcher and his heavily pregnant wife, Penelope. Their new next-door neighbor, Sir William Benson, a plainspoken Yorkshireman who made his brass in trade, reminds Robert of his own grandfather, a mine owner. To his surprise, Robert finds that the baths are actually helping him. And he enjoys Sir William's company. As the two families become better acquainted, Lucy gets to know Sir William's second wife, a much younger woman of great beauty and a dramatic disposition with two sons from a former marriage who don't get on with Sir William's three o lder sons. Arriving at the baths one day, Robert finds Sir William dead, possibly drowned after a heart attack. Then Dr. Fletcher discovers that a wound was the cause of death. The family is in turmoil when Sir William's latest will cannot be found, and Robert and Lucy, no strangers to murder (Death Comes to the School, 2017, etc.), decide to lend a hand. The likeliest suspects are members of Sir William's family. His stepsons despised him; his own sons have problems that had greatly annoyed their father; and his wife finds little reason to regret his passing. The next to die is Sir William's valet, perhaps killed by one of the stepsons searching for the will. Robert and Lucy both have their sources and talents for finding clues, but the family's litany of lies makes it hard to unearth the truth. An amusing combination of Regency mores, romantic aspirations, and a clever mystery makes this one of Lloyd's best. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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