Today I’m on the blog tour for Book Number 4 of the Lady Evelyn Mystery series, The Golden Hour by Malia Zaidi.
Lady Evelyn Carlisle has barely arrived in London when familial duty calls her away again. Her cousin Gemma is desperate for help with her ailing mother before her imminent wedding, which Evelyn knew nothing about! Aunt Agnes in tow, she journeys to Scotland, expecting to find Malmo Manor in turmoil. To her surprise, her Scottish family has been keeping far more secrets than the troubled state of their matriarch. Adding to the tension in the house a neighbour has opened his home, Elderbrooke Park, as a retreat for artistic veterans of the Great War. This development does not sit well with everyone in the community. Is the suspicion towards the residents a catalyst for murder? A tragedy at Elderbrooke Park’s May Day celebration awakens Evelyn’s sleuthing instinct, which is strengthened when the story of another unsolved death emerges, connected to her own family. What she uncovers on her quest to expose the truth will change several lives forever, including her own.
With the shadow of history looming over her, Evelyn must trust in her instinct and ability to comb through the past to understand the present, before the murderer can stop her and tragedy strikes again.
Lady Evelyn Carlisle is called to Scotland by her cousin, who is desperate for some help with her Aunt who has suffered from mental health issues throughout her life. Evelyn agrees to go but is dismayed (and I think a little grumpy!) that her other Aunt Agnes, decides to go with her. Although she decides this might be a good time to try and rebuild some bridges between them.
On arrival, she discovers her family acting strangely, but having always been close to her Aunt, manages to find out what is up with her. Aunt Iris opens up to her, and takes her to visit her neighbour who has opened his house up to struggling war veterans as a place to recover and recuperate through art. To celebrate, the neighbour arranges a May Day party and invites all the locals. Everything is going well (despite a few overheard moans about the type of people that might be at Elderbrooke Park…..but then Evelyn stumbles across a murder scene……She later finds out that there was a similar murder previously that remains unresolved. Will Evelyn be able to solve the mystery without endangering herself? You’ll have to read to find out!
This book was brilliant! I’m a massive fan of Midsommer Murders and it kind of gave me that feel! This is number 4 in the Lady Evelyn Mystery series, and I can not wait to read the previous 3! AND I’d absolutely love a number 5! The characters are fab. Evelyn herself is a feisty independent woman who, despite the timings (1920’s) is ahead of her time and not willing to conform (remaining unmarried). She’s also loving and bright too. Her family are crazy, and I love the about them. Aunt Agnes is a little standoffish to begin with but I definitely warmed to her throughout the story….she just genuinely cares!
Honestly, this is a brilliant cosy mystery and I’m looking forward to meeting Evelyn again!
About the author
Malia Zaidi is the author of the Lady Evelyn Mysteries. She studied at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Oxford. Having grown up in Germany, she currently lives in Washington DC, though through her love of reading, she resides vicariously (if temporarily) in countries around the world.
Malia recently took part in Meet the Author and you can find her interview here.
You can also find the first three books in the series here:
These are all on my TBR so once I’ve read them and reviewed, I’ll link the posts here too but keep an eye out!
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Thanks so much to Emma for inviting me onto the tour, and thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of the book in return for an honest review. All views are my own and are unbiased.
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Thanks so much for reading, and happy Sunday all!