London, 1927… 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 aga
Hear me out for a minute here: what if Lady Evelyn Carlisle is actually a serial killer? Think about it: everywhere she goes, there’s a murder: Greece, Oxford, Scotland… And she always helps bring the killer to justice… It’s the perfect plan! This was also my theory for Murder She Wrote 😉
Jokes aside, THE GOLDEN HOUR is the fourth installment in the Lady Evelyn historical mystery series set in the 1920s. This time, our amateur detective travels to Scotland to visit her family for her cousin’s imminent wedding. Well, she and her aunt Agnes actually travel several weeks before the wedding because Evelyn’s cousin, Gemma, asks them to come help her and calm the matriarch, who seems quite agitated and nervous. Soon after they arrive to Malmo Manor, there’s a murder that reminds the villagers of an old mystery that was never solved…
Lady Evelyn Carlisle starts investigating the murder with the help of some unlikely allies. I really like that she’s no expert detective, she’s just a smart woman who’s curious and brave and willing to help others. What I enjoyed the most about this book was Evelyn’s relationship with her aunt, which is complex and interesting, and something which is not usually explored. I also love Daniel, although he was more of a secondary character in this book.
Lady Evelyn mysteries are historical mysteries with a focus on the everyday moments and personal relationships between the characters. Because of the dialogue-heavy nature of these novels, the rich atmosphere and the era they’re set, they remind me of Poirot’s books, although the main character is quite different, I can assure you.
This is a slow-paced cozy historical mystery with a lovely Scottish atmosphere and not one but two interesting mysteries to solve. I admit I guessed the identity of Tilly’s killer, but both crime motives were a total shock for me and, to be honest, quite controversial, which I always enjoy.
About Malia Zaidi
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.