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 neighbor 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.
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The Golden Hour is a gentle cosy mystery with a fantastic female detective who I really enjoyed reading about. She’s very intelligent, independence and quite fiesty as she’s not afraid to speak her own mind. I thought she was quite a modern woman for the time as she isn’t interested in getting married and not worried about causing a scandal by living with her boyfriend when they’re not married.
There are some great smaller characters in this book too which I couldn’t help but like especially her aunty who I grew to like as the story developed. Initially she seemed quite old fashioned and didn’t seem to like Evelyn, however she actually turned out to be quite like Evelyn in that she was also quite modern and clever. She was also incredibly entertaining and had me laugh out loud at times.
The beauty Scottish setting is vividly described and has made me want to visit Scotland again very soon as I’d forgotten how much I adored the rugged landscape. The small town village is a great setting for a murder mystery with lots of great suspects to choose from. The claustrophobic feel to the village helps add to the tension in the book too as I was never sure what was hiding around the corner.
The pace of this book is quite gentle but there is lots to keep the reader fully engrossed as there are some great characters and sub plots to keep things interesting. Although it’s the fourth book in the series it could easily be read as a standalone, as I have done, as anything that you need to know is explained.
Huge thanks to Emma from Damp pebble tours for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
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.