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Regency widow Lily Adler didn't expect to find a corpse when visiting a family friend. Now it's up to her to discover the killer in the charming second installment in the Lily Adler mysteries. Regency widow Lily Adler has finally settled into her new London life when her semi-estranged father arrives unexpectedly, intending to stay with her while he recovers from an illness Regency widow Lily Adler didn't expect to find a corpse when visiting a family friend. Now it's up to her to discover the killer in the charming second installment in the Lily Adler mysteries. Regency widow Lily Adler has finally settled into her new London life when her semi-estranged father arrives unexpectedly, intending to stay with her while he recovers from an illness. Hounded by his disapproval, Lily is drawn into spending time with Lady Wyatt, the new wife of an old family friend. Lily barely knows Lady Wyatt. But she and her husband, Sir Charles, seem as happy as any newly married couple until the morning Lily arrives to find the house in an uproar and Sir Charles dead. All signs indicate that he tripped and struck his head late at night. But when Bow Street constable Simon Page is called to the scene, he suspects foul play. And it isn't long before Lily stumbles on evidence that Sir Charles was, indeed, murdered. Mr. Page was there when Lily caught her first murderer, and he trusts her insight into the world of London's upper class. With the help of Captain Jack Hartley, they piece together the reasons that Sir Charles's family might have wanted him dead. But anyone who might have profited from the old man's death seems to have an alibi... until Lily receives a mysterious summons to speak with one of the Wyatts' maids, only to find the young woman dead when she arrives. Mr. Page believes the surviving family members are hiding the key to the death of both Sir Charles and the maid. To uncover the truth, Lily must convince the father who doesn't trust or respect her to help catch his friend's killer before anyone else in the Wyatt household dies.


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Regency widow Lily Adler didn't expect to find a corpse when visiting a family friend. Now it's up to her to discover the killer in the charming second installment in the Lily Adler mysteries. Regency widow Lily Adler has finally settled into her new London life when her semi-estranged father arrives unexpectedly, intending to stay with her while he recovers from an illness Regency widow Lily Adler didn't expect to find a corpse when visiting a family friend. Now it's up to her to discover the killer in the charming second installment in the Lily Adler mysteries. Regency widow Lily Adler has finally settled into her new London life when her semi-estranged father arrives unexpectedly, intending to stay with her while he recovers from an illness. Hounded by his disapproval, Lily is drawn into spending time with Lady Wyatt, the new wife of an old family friend. Lily barely knows Lady Wyatt. But she and her husband, Sir Charles, seem as happy as any newly married couple until the morning Lily arrives to find the house in an uproar and Sir Charles dead. All signs indicate that he tripped and struck his head late at night. But when Bow Street constable Simon Page is called to the scene, he suspects foul play. And it isn't long before Lily stumbles on evidence that Sir Charles was, indeed, murdered. Mr. Page was there when Lily caught her first murderer, and he trusts her insight into the world of London's upper class. With the help of Captain Jack Hartley, they piece together the reasons that Sir Charles's family might have wanted him dead. But anyone who might have profited from the old man's death seems to have an alibi... until Lily receives a mysterious summons to speak with one of the Wyatts' maids, only to find the young woman dead when she arrives. Mr. Page believes the surviving family members are hiding the key to the death of both Sir Charles and the maid. To uncover the truth, Lily must convince the father who doesn't trust or respect her to help catch his friend's killer before anyone else in the Wyatt household dies.

30 review for Silence in the Library

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This is shaping up to be a really excellent series. Silence in the Library is the second in this series of Regency mysteries with Lily Adler as the main character and amateur sleuth. Lily is a genuinely strong female character, especially as a woman of her time. She has been widowed young and lives independently. She enjoys a friendly relationship with Captain Jack Hartley who was a close friend of her husband (we wait with great interest to see this relationship develop further!). Most important This is shaping up to be a really excellent series. Silence in the Library is the second in this series of Regency mysteries with Lily Adler as the main character and amateur sleuth. Lily is a genuinely strong female character, especially as a woman of her time. She has been widowed young and lives independently. She enjoys a friendly relationship with Captain Jack Hartley who was a close friend of her husband (we wait with great interest to see this relationship develop further!). Most importantly she stands up for herself as an individual with rights and also wants to see justice done for others. Lily's father is a hard man who criticises every aspect of her life so when he comes to stay with her for a while she has some very difficult moments. At the same time she is drawn into investigating a murder which involves people close to her own family. She and Captain Jack and a Bow Street Runner called Simon make up the investigation team and they are good! By the middle of the book I was happy that I knew who committed the crime and also why, but I had to wait to the end to find out how. I was pleased that Lily took care of herself, and the only time she went into danger she knew what she was doing and went prepared. She is a very intelligent woman in practice as well as by description. All of this is wrapped in a beautiful cover and is very nicely written. A totally enjoyable way to pass a few very pleasant hours. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This Regency period cosy mystery featuring young widow Lily Adler was a delightful read. Lily is a charming young woman, who has set up her own household in London after the death of her husband two years before, rather than move back home with her cold and disapproving father. To please her father she agrees to call on Sir Charles Wyatt, an old family friend of theirs to congratulate him on his recent second marriage and meets Lady Wyatt, his new wife, and reacquaints herself with his son. Howe This Regency period cosy mystery featuring young widow Lily Adler was a delightful read. Lily is a charming young woman, who has set up her own household in London after the death of her husband two years before, rather than move back home with her cold and disapproving father. To please her father she agrees to call on Sir Charles Wyatt, an old family friend of theirs to congratulate him on his recent second marriage and meets Lady Wyatt, his new wife, and reacquaints herself with his son. However, promising to return the next morning to ride with Lady Wyatt, she finds herself in a middle of a murder scene with detective Simon Paige from Bow St called in to investigate. Lily knows Simon from before as this is not the first murder she has been close to and hoped him solve with her insight. This is the second in the Lily Adler series, which I didn't realise when I started to read it. While it would have been good to start with the first book to become acquainted with all the characters and their circumstances, I found it easy to pick up the necessary facts and background and enjoy this episode. Lily is a clever and personable young woman whose intuition and understanding of human nature as well as her ability to infiltrate the homes of the upper classes and discover things off limit to the Bow St police. Her husband's boyhood friend, Captain Jack Hartley who has become close to her since her husband died, is also happy to help Lily and the police in their investigations. A very enjoyable, intelligently written, domestic mystery with some lovely characters I look forward to following in future episodes of the series. With thanks to Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for a copy to read

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    LILY ADLER IS MY FAVOURITE REGENCY DETECTIVE There's just something magical about this series. I just lifts my spirit and makes me escape the world for a while. I've been in a bit of a rut lately, but this book pulled me out of it. A definite recommendation! 👍 What I Liked 👍 Mystery: I was left kept guessing up until the very last moment! I had absolutely no clue who the culprit was and I loved it! Usually I shy away from mysteries, because they're hardly ever all that mysterious. That was not the LILY ADLER IS MY FAVOURITE REGENCY DETECTIVE There's just something magical about this series. I just lifts my spirit and makes me escape the world for a while. I've been in a bit of a rut lately, but this book pulled me out of it. A definite recommendation! 👍 What I Liked 👍 Mystery: I was left kept guessing up until the very last moment! I had absolutely no clue who the culprit was and I loved it! Usually I shy away from mysteries, because they're hardly ever all that mysterious. That was not the case with this book. Lily: Lily is just amazing. I love her spirit, her tenacity and her spunk. She doesn't accept a no if there's something she really wants. She knows her own worth and demands others recognize it as well. She makes me smile a lot. Jack: Jack is a total gentleman with a mischievous side. I love the way he jokes with Lily and how protective he is of her without crowding her or taking her choices away from her. He supports her and I love that about him. I just wish this book had even more Jack! 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: 15 Bookworm Problems

  4. 4 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY (A Lily Adler Mystery Book #2) by Katharine Schellman is the second amateur sleuth historical mystery featuring the intelligent and independent Regency era young widow, Lily Adler. This is a strong addition to this new series. It is an intricately plotted mystery with Regency era characters that are believable to their time in history. The mystery can be read as a standalone, but it continues with character i Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY (A Lily Adler Mystery Book #2) by Katharine Schellman is the second amateur sleuth historical mystery featuring the intelligent and independent Regency era young widow, Lily Adler. This is a strong addition to this new series. It is an intricately plotted mystery with Regency era characters that are believable to their time in history. The mystery can be read as a standalone, but it continues with character interactions that began in the first book of the series. Lily Adler returns home from an outing to find her father, George Pierce has moved into her London home for his stay in town for a visit to a physician. Lily and her father have always been critical of Lily and his stay is not welcome, but she cannot send him away. Her father tells Lily his old friend and neighbor has remarried and so Lily volunteers to pay a congratulatory call on the new couple to get out of her home and away from their arguments. Lily and her friend Captain Jack Hatley pay a visit to Sir Charles Wyatt and his new wife. The visit becomes uncomfortable when they witness the eldest son’s rudeness to his father’s new wife and the cousin is caught stealing money from Sir Charles office drawer. The next morning Sir Charles is found dead and Simon Page, the Bow Street constable determines the man was murdered. Once again, Lily refuses to stay out of Mr. Page’s case when she knows she can be of assistance. Soon there is another murder. Can Lily, Jack and Simon sort through all the stories told by the family members and servants to discover a killer? This is such an enjoyable and engaging mystery read. I love Lily, Jack and Simon and the way their personal interactions are evolving in this series as you learn more about each. All the characters are realistically portrayed for the Regency era and the descriptions of social interactions, clothing and settings add depth and richness to the story. The mystery plot moves at a good pace and has many red herrings and twists that kept me changing my mind about the guilty party right up until the climax. I am looking forward to more mysteries with Lily and I am also looking forward to how the author handles her private life now that she is out of mourning. I highly recommend this historical mystery, the series and the author!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linden

    Lily Adler, a young widow in Regency London, is unhappy when her obnoxious father turns up unannounced for a visit and demands that she pay a call on his old friend. She complies, and the old gentleman's new wife suggests they go riding the next day. There is to be no riding that day, as there has been a murder at the house, and Lily finds herself working with Constable Page to determine the culprit. Lily is bright and independent in an era which frowned upon that kind of woman, reminiscent of L Lily Adler, a young widow in Regency London, is unhappy when her obnoxious father turns up unannounced for a visit and demands that she pay a call on his old friend. She complies, and the old gentleman's new wife suggests they go riding the next day. There is to be no riding that day, as there has been a murder at the house, and Lily finds herself working with Constable Page to determine the culprit. Lily is bright and independent in an era which frowned upon that kind of woman, reminiscent of Lady Darby in the Regency mysteries by Anna Lee Huber. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    An enjoyable Regency whodunit with interesting characters. Lili Adler is just barely daring to put aside her mourning garb while her irascible father invites himself into her home for a visit. He treats her horribly for no good reason that I could figure out. Since I did not read book #1 in the series maybe I missed something. There are two murders to solve, one of which involves her father’s best friend, and along with her very close relationship with half-Indian Captain Jack Hartley (her decea An enjoyable Regency whodunit with interesting characters. Lili Adler is just barely daring to put aside her mourning garb while her irascible father invites himself into her home for a visit. He treats her horribly for no good reason that I could figure out. Since I did not read book #1 in the series maybe I missed something. There are two murders to solve, one of which involves her father’s best friend, and along with her very close relationship with half-Indian Captain Jack Hartley (her deceased husband’s best friend) they go about assisting Constable Simon Page in solving the murders. The author switches willy-nilly from Christian names to sir names which at times I found confusing. As much as I enjoyed this book I don’t think I’m interested enough to seek out book #3.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    Second in a series, this Regency mystery featuring widow Lily Adler is a charming page-turner and such a fun read. No need to finish book one first although you’ll want to after following Lily in action as she works to unravel the murder of a family friend with the help of attractive Jack Hartley. Then another murder occurs, raising the stakes even higher. Will they succeed before someone else is knocked off? Will their friendship become something more along the way? A delight for fans of histor Second in a series, this Regency mystery featuring widow Lily Adler is a charming page-turner and such a fun read. No need to finish book one first although you’ll want to after following Lily in action as she works to unravel the murder of a family friend with the help of attractive Jack Hartley. Then another murder occurs, raising the stakes even higher. Will they succeed before someone else is knocked off? Will their friendship become something more along the way? A delight for fans of historical mysteries and slow-burn romances. 4 of 5 Stars Pub Date 13 Jul 2021 #SilenceintheLibrary #NetGalley Thanks to the author, Crooked Lane Books, and NetGalley for the ARC, in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    Silence in the Library is the second instalment in the Lily Adler Mystery series set in Regency London. It's 1815 and London resident and young widower Lady Lily Adler is taken aback to discover her estranged father and notorious bully George Pierce has arrived in her neighbourhood and has invited himself to stay with his less than impressed daughter while he visits the doctor. Due to his health, Pierce doesn't have time to visit his long time friend Sir Charles Wyatt who has recently remarried Silence in the Library is the second instalment in the Lily Adler Mystery series set in Regency London. It's 1815 and London resident and young widower Lady Lily Adler is taken aback to discover her estranged father and notorious bully George Pierce has arrived in her neighbourhood and has invited himself to stay with his less than impressed daughter while he visits the doctor. Due to his health, Pierce doesn't have time to visit his long time friend Sir Charles Wyatt who has recently remarried and could be moving from the bustling city to the wilds of the countryside any day now, so Lily uses this as her means of escape. She heads off on her way to his home to personally convey her father’s well wishes to the happy couple. When she arrives she finds that Charles Wyatt is out attending to business but Lady Wyatt and their son Frank, who is the same age as Lily, are present to receive George’s respects. The following day, Sir Charles’ remains are discovered in his library. This prompts perceptive, sharp as a tack Lily to immediately believe he met death at the hands of someone he knew. A murder investigation bursts into life under detectives at Bow Street station, and Lily seemingly cannot just sit back and let the police do their work, so she persuades her father to help her to collar the perpetrator and bring justice to the Wyatt family in their time of need. This is a compelling and thoroughly charming historical murder mystery in the style of British cosy crime novel set just after the turn of the nineteenth century. The plot is intricately woven, well-paced and absorbing with social commentary on racism, classism, prejudice, family dynamics, neurodiversity and women’s fight for independence. An immersive, engrossing mystery centred around vivid, quirky characters who come to life and a tale wholly reflective of the societal conventions of the era; it all culminates in an unexpected and satisfyingly explosive conclusion. Highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dana-Adriana B.

    his book is a cozy mystery and it was a pleasant read. Lily Adler is helping the police investigating the murder of a close friend of her father. It is not an easy task. Thank you Netgalley for this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Lily Adler Mystery #2 Publication Date: 7/13/21 Period: Regency London Number of Pages:352 After reading his author’s debut novel, The Body in the Garden, I was anxious to read this second book. I loved the mystery in that book but didn’t care for the main characters, so I was anxious to see how they might come across in this book. I’m glad I decided to give them another try because I really liked both of them this time around. The mystery in this book is excellent with lots of red herrings, Series: Lily Adler Mystery #2 Publication Date: 7/13/21 Period: Regency London Number of Pages:352 After reading his author’s debut novel, The Body in the Garden, I was anxious to read this second book. I loved the mystery in that book but didn’t care for the main characters, so I was anxious to see how they might come across in this book. I’m glad I decided to give them another try because I really liked both of them this time around. The mystery in this book is excellent with lots of red herrings, a plethora of suspects, plenty of outside characters to cause strife, and plenty of friends willing to go out of their way to help. Lily’s friend, Ofelia, whom we met in the last book, is back from her honeymoon and extends a helping hand as well. Mrs. Lily Adler has settled nicely into her new home in London. She’s reconnected with old friends and made some new ones – so all is right with her world. Well, it was until she arrives home to discover the entryway filled with baggage belonging to her estranged father. Lily has never been able to please her father – he thinks she is mannish, unladylike, forward, and whatever other negative adjectives there are. He just walks in and takes over her home, finding fault with everything and freely expressing his negative views of her. She should turn him out, but – well – he is her father and she can’t quite do it. Her father’s purpose in visiting London, which he hates, is because of his health. (NOTE: He saw his doctor, but there was never any mention of the results of the visit. We don’t know anything because he never mentioned it and Lily never asked. It just seems to me that a parent’s health – especially when that parent traveled days to visit a town he hates – would at least rate a question or comment.) One of the social courtesies of that period is to pay a social call on newlywed friends and Lily’s father’s good friend, Sir Charles, falls into that category. To placate her father, Lily undertakes the visit for him even though she doesn’t know the new Lady Wyatt. Lily and Captain Jack Hartley have a nice visit with Lady Wyatt and agree to a ride in the park the following morning. When Lily and Jack arrive, the house is in turmoil because Sir Charles has died. Well, not just died – according to Bow Street’s principal officer, Mr. Page, it was murder. The family is sure that it was an accident, but Lily has uncovered the murder weapon before they leave. Though he hates the idea, Mr. Page asks Lily and Jack to aid him in the investigation. Of course, Lily would have been in the middle of it whether Mr. Page had asked or not – and Jack is going to be right there with Lily. As they uncover more evidence, it seems it is quickly discounted. Then, when another death occurs, they have to wonder who else might be in danger. Jack, Lily, Mr. Page, and several friends follow leads that get them nowhere, but the evidence is mounting. How can they prove who the murderer is even after they figure it out? Chicanery perhaps? The mystery was outstanding! It was everything you’d want in a mystery -- well-written, excellently paced, exciting, and perplexing. I can highly recommend the book. For me personally, I’m on hold about whether I’ll continue with the series. It is a personal thing – I have to have a good romance to go along with a good mystery. I had assumed Jack and Lily would have a relationship – and I still think that will be the case. However, a new male was introduced into this book and has an interest in Lily – and she seems to have a bit of an interest in him. I won’t read love triangles – and I really like Jack – so, I’ll see where the next book goes before I decide whether I’ll continue with the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm Extraordinaire

    ⭐⭐⭐.5 I can't really decide between 3 or 4 stars for this one. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I enjoyed it. The mystery was well plotted. The characters were likable and interesting. I really loved that there were mixed characters and one with autism? It had a wonderful setting and held up perfectly as a standalone. All that said, I found it a bit too long. I just prefer my cozy type mysteries to on the shorter time, and I felt like this one dragged on at times. That is just a personal preference though, so don't hold it ⭐⭐⭐.5 I can't really decide between 3 or 4 stars for this one. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I enjoyed it. The mystery was well plotted. The characters were likable and interesting. I really loved that there were mixed characters and one with autism? It had a wonderful setting and held up perfectly as a standalone. All that said, I found it a bit too long. I just prefer my cozy type mysteries to on the shorter time, and I felt like this one dragged on at times. That is just a personal preference though, so don't hold it against the book! 😉 **ARC Via NetGalley**

  12. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Crooked Lane Books for this Advanced Reader Copy and the opportunity to review Silence in the Library. All opinions are my own. Family troubles and then tension in the room upon meeting the new wife of an old friend mark the beginning of Silence in the Library, the second book in a series featuring Lily Adler, a young widow trying to make a life for herself in Regency-era London. Lily’s immediately butting heads with her domineering father and soon the Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Crooked Lane Books for this Advanced Reader Copy and the opportunity to review Silence in the Library. All opinions are my own. Family troubles and then tension in the room upon meeting the new wife of an old friend mark the beginning of Silence in the Library, the second book in a series featuring Lily Adler, a young widow trying to make a life for herself in Regency-era London. Lily’s immediately butting heads with her domineering father and soon the old friend turns up dead, and she finds herself in the middle of the investigation, with help from Simon Page of Bow Street and Captain Jack Hartley (both prominent from the first book in the series). Our author, Katherine Schellman wastes no time in crafting her tale, pointing out the stiffness of society – how murder just isn’t “done” among this group of people. Be that as it may, it’s up to Constable Page – with help from Lily, of course – to find the why and wherefore, something that’s done quite handily, in Silence in the Library. The book is very true to time and place and in language, definitely. Class distinctions are clearly defined, from the second wife to the below stairs staff that hide secrets. And Lily’s father is simply awful. What women had to put up with back then! Love, money, inheritances – what has gotten Sir Charles killed? There are lots of clues for the reader to discover. Silence in the Library will keep readers guessing until the finish, with an intelligent heroine that’s not too over the top, characters and characterizations that are original, settings that are authentic, and a plot that will keep you guessing up to those last pages. Speaking of characters -- An Author’s Note at the end discusses her research for some of the themes used in the book – don’t read it until you’ve read all of Silence in the Library.

  13. 4 out of 5

    KarenK2

    I received this from Netgalley.com. Second in the Lily Adler mystery series, Lily and her faithful, handsome friend Captain Jack Hartley are embroiled in another murder. Another easy, pleasant read in this cosy series. I feel the characters didn't have any real developmental progress from the first book and felt no great connections with them. 2.75☆ I received this from Netgalley.com. Second in the Lily Adler mystery series, Lily and her faithful, handsome friend Captain Jack Hartley are embroiled in another murder. Another easy, pleasant read in this cosy series. I feel the characters didn't have any real developmental progress from the first book and felt no great connections with them. 2.75☆

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gail C.

    Lily’s father has moved in, and can find nothing that Lily is doing right. He thinks her servants are not as polished as they should be, her food and drink not up to par, and it’s wrong that she has put aside her mourning clothes after only two years. After all, he’s still wearing mourning and his wife’s been dead more than twenty-five years. He also takes issue with Lily’s friendship with Jack, a naval captain who is half English and half Indian, being rude to him at every turn. Lily gets angry, Lily’s father has moved in, and can find nothing that Lily is doing right. He thinks her servants are not as polished as they should be, her food and drink not up to par, and it’s wrong that she has put aside her mourning clothes after only two years. After all, he’s still wearing mourning and his wife’s been dead more than twenty-five years. He also takes issue with Lily’s friendship with Jack, a naval captain who is half English and half Indian, being rude to him at every turn. Lily gets angry, although Jack seems to take it all with a sense of humor. Things get more tense when the new wife of a friend of Mr Alder’s dies and Lily is the one to have to break the news. When Simon Page, a member of the Bow Street Runners is called to the scene things really get involved.. Lily, Jack, and Simon all come together at the Wyatt home and while talking, Lily finds the murder weapon hidden in the fireplace. This discovery begins an investigation of the death, with Lily taking an active part. It is imperative that Lily do this without her father’s knowledge since not only would it add stress to Lily’s relationship with her father, she can’t be sure he won’t share any information obtained with Frank. It seems the question to answer in order to determine the murderer is who had enough strength to move the dead body across the room. Frank, the son, has an alibi, as does Percy, the nephew, who has been dependent on Lord Wyatt for his allowance. Suspicion falls briefly on Lady Wyatt, his recent bride, but she is deemed too small to overpower the much larger Lord Wyatt and not strong enough to move a dead body across the room. Simon knows the family will refuse him the opportunity to fully investigate the death so he reluctantly asks Lily to obtain some information for him. She is happy to do some investigating, even though she is investigating her friends. Although Simon hopes Lily will fade away once she’s told him what she discovered, Lily is determined to stay involved. She soon learns about Arthur, Lord Wyatt’s second son, who has undiagnosed psychiatric problems, and lives at home cared for by a maid. When the maid is killed, the three become more concerned about catching the killer before anyone else is murdered. A chance comment gives Lily the idea to reexamine the case from a different point of view. Further investigation reveals the truth to Lily, but now she needs to get a confession and can only do so with her father’s help. Will he put aside his own prejudices and help Lily? The book is well plotted with a steady pace. There is just enough information for the reader to have a flavor of the Regency period without feeling they are reading a history book. Pacing is good and, even if the reader figures out “who dun it”, they will need to read carefully to find the clues sprinkled throughout that reveal the how and why of the murder. My thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book for review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. .

  15. 5 out of 5

    Judy Lesley

    This is the second book in the Lily Adler Mystery series. I had not read the first book and found the author inserted enough background information for me to easily put all the characters in their places in this plot. The characters don't feel very well developed because they were still just set dressing by the time I finished the novel; I didn't feel any connection, either liking or disliking, with them. Ambivalence is probably not what the author was trying to accomplish. There is a formality This is the second book in the Lily Adler Mystery series. I had not read the first book and found the author inserted enough background information for me to easily put all the characters in their places in this plot. The characters don't feel very well developed because they were still just set dressing by the time I finished the novel; I didn't feel any connection, either liking or disliking, with them. Ambivalence is probably not what the author was trying to accomplish. There is a formality which Mrs. Lily Adler maintains which is probably perfectly correct for the time period but it does tend to make me feel I *still* haven't gotten to know the characters. Also, it is not difficult at all to solve the puzzle and that's unfortunate. At the end of the book there is some interesting historical information included by the author which I found enjoyable. Also included are the names of people the author wishes to thank, among those editors and beta readers. I find that sometimes an author will get hung up on using a particular phrase or word while writing their story and that is the case here. I wish some of the well-wishers had mentioned to the author that she was using the same phrase too often. It turned out to be laugh-out-loud funny when I pictured all the characters sitting in a room looking at each other out of the corner of their eye. That phrase jumped off the page for me because it was used too often and it just pulled me right out of the atmosphere that was being created. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an e-galley of this novel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    3 1/2 stars. A charming and entertaining historical mystery that will delight readers with period details and twists and turns. There is just enough historical material to give it flavor without inundating the reading with information that slows the pace of the story. The characters are well-developed and not carbon copies of what can be found in other historical mysteries. It is a delightful surprise to discover that the main character, Lily Adler, is not the only smart character in the book. T 3 1/2 stars. A charming and entertaining historical mystery that will delight readers with period details and twists and turns. There is just enough historical material to give it flavor without inundating the reading with information that slows the pace of the story. The characters are well-developed and not carbon copies of what can be found in other historical mysteries. It is a delightful surprise to discover that the main character, Lily Adler, is not the only smart character in the book. This is not the setup of Sherlock Holmes; her friends—and some enemies—are intelligent and pick up on things she does not. The second in the series, it is not necessary to read the first one but it gives some references and flavor to her friends who are not in this as much as the first one. Unfortunately, Jack didn’t show up as much as I would have liked. Overall, a delightful read and I will gladly follow the continuing adventures of Lily Adler and company. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for an honest review

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Silence in the Library is the second instalment in Katharine Schellman's Lily Adler Mystery series set in London. The year is 1815 and Lady Lily Adler's estranged father, George Pierce is visiting the doctor. He is staying with Lily and she's not very happy about it. His friend, Sir Charles Wyatt who currently lives in Wimpole Street in the city, has recently remarried so Lily goes to visit him and his new wife in place of George who is suffering from ill-health to pass on his good wishes. Charl Silence in the Library is the second instalment in Katharine Schellman's Lily Adler Mystery series set in London. The year is 1815 and Lady Lily Adler's estranged father, George Pierce is visiting the doctor. He is staying with Lily and she's not very happy about it. His friend, Sir Charles Wyatt who currently lives in Wimpole Street in the city, has recently remarried so Lily goes to visit him and his new wife in place of George who is suffering from ill-health to pass on his good wishes. Charles is out when she arrives at their house, so she chats to Lady Winnie Wyatt and Frank, Charles's son. Lily invites Lady Wyatt to go riding the next morning, but when she arrives she finds the door slightly open but nobody answers her knock. She enters the house and encounters Frank who, in a state, announces that Sir Charles is dead. I loved this cosy-style historical mystery and found that the author's writing style worked well for me. The Bow Street investigation into Sir Charles's death was interesting to follow, as were Lily's sleuthing exploits. 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 Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    This is the 2nd in the series but you don’t have to read the 1st as I definitely enjoyed this book. The story was so clear to understand as well as the characters backgrounds! Lily was so brave, going against many women of her time, she was so fun to go on adventures with. I will be looking for the next book in this series for sure!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Oh this was a good one - these books are really well-written and that makes it a more enjoyable reading experience. Even though I knew who the killer was early on and then knew the why midway through, it was still a very enjoyable story - watching Lily grow as she deals with being a widow is awesome to watch and I love her interaction with both Jack and Mr. Page [the constable]. Watching her deal with her father [and isn't HE a ray of sunshine {SMH} ]is very sad, but how she stands up for hersel Oh this was a good one - these books are really well-written and that makes it a more enjoyable reading experience. Even though I knew who the killer was early on and then knew the why midway through, it was still a very enjoyable story - watching Lily grow as she deals with being a widow is awesome to watch and I love her interaction with both Jack and Mr. Page [the constable]. Watching her deal with her father [and isn't HE a ray of sunshine {SMH} ]is very sad, but how she stands up for herself and her relationships [he doesn't approve of Jack] is all rather glorious. Because of the nature of the book, not much of a review can be given - everything I would write would just end up giving things away and that would do a new reader a huge disservice. This is a lovely book that deserves to be read with no preconceived notions and ideas in their head. THAT is the best review one can give IMO. Very well done - I highly recommend this series. Thank you to NetGalley, Katharine Schellman, and Crooked Lane Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Silence In The Library by Katherine Schellman is an engaging historical mystery (and in exciting news, there is more Lily Adler to come!) This is the second book in the series and I have truly enjoyed both books. The writing works for me and I like the characters. I received a complimentary ARC of this title.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Judith von Kirchbach

    Lily Adler has just started to feel settled into her new London home when her semi-estranged father arrives, intending to stay with her while he recovers from an illness. To placate and avoid him, she takes his place in a social visit with Lady Wyatt, a woman she doesn't know. But then Lady Wyatt's much older husband and Lily’s father’s good friend is found dead in his library. Bow Street constable Simon Page suspects that he was murdered. To uncover the truth, Lily must convince the father who Lily Adler has just started to feel settled into her new London home when her semi-estranged father arrives, intending to stay with her while he recovers from an illness. To placate and avoid him, she takes his place in a social visit with Lady Wyatt, a woman she doesn't know. But then Lady Wyatt's much older husband and Lily’s father’s good friend is found dead in his library. Bow Street constable Simon Page suspects that he was murdered. To uncover the truth, Lily must convince the father who doesn't trust or respect her to help catch his friend's killer before anyone else in the Wyatt household dies. This was another very well researched Regency cozy mystery by Katharine Schellman. I am so impressed with how well the era is portrayed and how Lily Adler can still shine, without being anachronistic, in a time that did not have much regard for a female sleuth. I love getting into the details and learning more about the start of London’s metropolitan police, the Bow Street Runners, absolutely fascinating. If you like historical cozy mysteries, the Bridgertons by Julia Quinn or Evie Dunmore’s romance novels definitely pick this one up and give it a try ! This was a wonderful relaxing read !

  22. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Engaging continuation to a Regency cozy mystery series. This time Lily Adler finds herself investigating the murder of a close friend of her father. At first it appears to be nothing but an unfortunate accident. However, when a weapon is discovered and there is no evidence of forced entry, it begins to look like someone in the household must be the culprit. Though the family just wants the matter settled quickly and quietly, Lily can’t leave it alone, especially once an obviously innocent person Engaging continuation to a Regency cozy mystery series. This time Lily Adler finds herself investigating the murder of a close friend of her father. At first it appears to be nothing but an unfortunate accident. However, when a weapon is discovered and there is no evidence of forced entry, it begins to look like someone in the household must be the culprit. Though the family just wants the matter settled quickly and quietly, Lily can’t leave it alone, especially once an obviously innocent person may be set up to take the blame. Along with her friend Jack, and a member of the Bow Street constabulary, she works to piece together what truly happened and why. This was an easy to read mystery, with just enough details about Regency life to help the reader understand the norms of the day. While the first third felt a bit slow at times, the pace seemed just right for the last half. Interesting characters and a satisfying ending made for an enjoyable read. Even though I have read the first book in this series, this one could easily be read on its own. That being said, if character development is an important part of a story for you, I would definitely recommend starting with the first. Content-wise: Mild language, reference to affairs, no bedroom content within the events of the story, non-graphic description of murder. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a digital ARC.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cass

    The second entry in the Lily Adler series is just as engaging, charming, and intriguing as the first! This mystery strikes close to home for Lily, allowing us to explore more of her family background and personal history. It also introduces neurodivergent characters, which is a welcome touch in a period piece. The twists and turns carry the story along at a clip pace, while still making time to give us wonderful character moments. (I'm particularly enjoying the ongoing slow burn romance building The second entry in the Lily Adler series is just as engaging, charming, and intriguing as the first! This mystery strikes close to home for Lily, allowing us to explore more of her family background and personal history. It also introduces neurodivergent characters, which is a welcome touch in a period piece. The twists and turns carry the story along at a clip pace, while still making time to give us wonderful character moments. (I'm particularly enjoying the ongoing slow burn romance building between Lily and Jack. It feels very real, not rushed, and it's nice to see the friendship and companionship growing across the course of each book.) I thoroughly recommend this Regency mystery!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Silence in the Library is the second book in Katharine Schellman's historical Lily Adler Mystery series. I am infinitely pleased to discover that I have the first book in this series in my huge TBR pile, as I enjoyed this outing immensely and want to go back and see what I missed. This installment stands alone perfectly well. I have a feeling this is going to be a favorite historical mystery series of mine. Widow Lily Adler has settled into her London home and is getting used to being an independ Silence in the Library is the second book in Katharine Schellman's historical Lily Adler Mystery series. I am infinitely pleased to discover that I have the first book in this series in my huge TBR pile, as I enjoyed this outing immensely and want to go back and see what I missed. This installment stands alone perfectly well. I have a feeling this is going to be a favorite historical mystery series of mine. Widow Lily Adler has settled into her London home and is getting used to being an independent woman. That is, until her semi-estranged (and totally disagreeable!) father Mr. Pierce shows up uninvited, informing her that he will be staying with her for a time. His dear friend Sir Charles Wyatt has recently gotten married, and Mr. Pierce disapproves; however, someone in his family must give their regards to the new couple, and apparently that someone is Lily. The day after visiting the Wyatts Lily and her friend Captain Jack Hartley return to the home to go riding with Lady Wyatt, only to find that Sir Charles has died after falling and hitting his head. Bow Street constable Simon Page is called to the home, but he suspects something isn't right...and soon Lily finds evidence that Sir Charles has actually been murdered! Mr. Page was with Lily when she previously caught a murderer and he trusts her judgement, so Lily and Jack begin to investigate the murder alongside Mr. Page. Every possible suspect appears to have an alibi, but then Lily is summoned to the Wyatt home by one of the maids to whom they previously spoke...only to find the woman is dead. Just who in the Wyatt family is behind these murders? Lily must convince her judgemental father to help draw out the killer. This was a very entertaining and charming Regency mystery. Lily was a great heroine! She was still becoming accustomed to losing her husband and settling into her London home and certainly didn't need her frankly horrible father to show up unannounced for a visit. Lily was a clever woman and apparently helped Simon Page of Bow Street solve a previous murder. He didn't want her involved with his investigations, but he couldn't deny the fact that she was quite useful, not only because she was smart but also that she could help him navigate the world of the upper class. Lily was good friends with Jack, who was her deceased husband Freddy's best friend since childhood. They helped each other through their grief after Freddy's passing. Jack was a great character; I especially loved his wicked sense of humor and his closeness to Lily. The suspects in the Wyatt family were all well drawn, especially son Frank (who Lily's father loved like his own son, never mind that he had a perfectly lovely daughter) and cousin Percy, who was in deep financial trouble. There were enough red herrings to keep me guessing. I'm excitedly looking forward to Lily's next investigation; but maybe even more, I want to see the direction that the relationship between Jack and Lily may take! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own. (Actually 300+ reviews!)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lelia Taylor

    Regency England has long been a favorite setting for many readers, myself included, of historical fiction, mystery, romance, even the occasional fantasy or science fiction. Why the period is so appealing I’m not sure unless, for some peculiar reason, it’s because it evokes a lofty ideal of gentility but that doesn’t really work because we also see the darker side of the times, the poverty, the class oppression. Whatever the attraction, I just know that I truly enjoy it and I was very happy to be Regency England has long been a favorite setting for many readers, myself included, of historical fiction, mystery, romance, even the occasional fantasy or science fiction. Why the period is so appealing I’m not sure unless, for some peculiar reason, it’s because it evokes a lofty ideal of gentility but that doesn’t really work because we also see the darker side of the times, the poverty, the class oppression. Whatever the attraction, I just know that I truly enjoy it and I was very happy to be introduced to this series. The widowed Lily Adler is a young woman of substantial means which is the only reason she can maintain her single female lifestyle in a society that allows very few freedoms for women. Along with her wealth, she also happens to be intelligent and observant, qualities that are appreciated by some of the men in her life such as Captain Jack Hartley, friend of her deceased husband, and Bow Street Runner Simon Page. The same cannot be said of her unpleasant, dismissive father who has, without invitation, installed himself in her home. He insists Lily call upon his old friend, Sir Charles Wyatt, who is later found murdered and the search begins to determine who killed him. Lily assisted Simon on a previous case and he welcomes the help from her and Captain Jack but, alas, their collaborative investigation is still under way when another death occurs. Appealing and vividly drawn characters (even Lily’s obnoxious father) and a decent plot create just the right circumstances for an engaging mystery. I recommend it to all lovers of historical mysteries.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I adored the first book in this series and I was really excited to be able to read and review the 2nd book as well. This book takes place in the Regency Era in London. The characters, particularly Lily and Jack are developing nicely. In this book we get to meet Lily's father and he seems to be very gruff. I'm a big fan of historical mysteries and this book is a winner. I adored the first book in this series and I was really excited to be able to read and review the 2nd book as well. This book takes place in the Regency Era in London. The characters, particularly Lily and Jack are developing nicely. In this book we get to meet Lily's father and he seems to be very gruff. I'm a big fan of historical mysteries and this book is a winner.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Abigail F

    The second installment in Schellman's Lily Adler series is again a delightful romp through Regency London, and perhaps even exceeds the first in terms of charm and character-building! We find Lily settling into her London life, beginning to think of moving past her official mourning for her husband, and quickly embroiled in another murder case. Our favorites -- Jack, Lady Carroway, and Bow Street constable Mr. Page -- make returns, and Schellman introduces a whole cast of new characters. This in The second installment in Schellman's Lily Adler series is again a delightful romp through Regency London, and perhaps even exceeds the first in terms of charm and character-building! We find Lily settling into her London life, beginning to think of moving past her official mourning for her husband, and quickly embroiled in another murder case. Our favorites -- Jack, Lady Carroway, and Bow Street constable Mr. Page -- make returns, and Schellman introduces a whole cast of new characters. This includes old family friends, Lily's father (!), and a new potential love interest for Lily (uh-oh, look out, Jack!). As with the first book, Schellman does an excellent job grappling with complex issues of race and class in Regency London, and in this book she introduces a neurodivergent character, with the same level of research as her previous work. A thoroughly enjoyable read, and I'm excited to see Lily's adventures continue in the next book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heatherinblack

    plot holes so as not to give it away, there were plot holes. several. once the connection was made, the solution was simple (being vague to not give it away!) but the plot holes really bothered me. i do enjoy the main characters though. i’ll read the next one when it comes out.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mystica

    Lily is not the average Regency type lady. Now widowed, just coming out of mourning she has been unexpectedly, unpleasantly surprised by the visit of her father without any notice. Her father and Lily do not get on at all. Lily feels that she will never compare or come up to the expectations of a son and her father frowns on every aspect of Lily's life - from her clothes to her company, to the way the house is run and just about everything. Lily loves her home, and the peace and contentment that Lily is not the average Regency type lady. Now widowed, just coming out of mourning she has been unexpectedly, unpleasantly surprised by the visit of her father without any notice. Her father and Lily do not get on at all. Lily feels that she will never compare or come up to the expectations of a son and her father frowns on every aspect of Lily's life - from her clothes to her company, to the way the house is run and just about everything. Lily loves her home, and the peace and contentment that is there and all this is disrupted by her father. On a visit to see a newly married woman (at the behest of her father) who disapproves that someone married again after the death of his spouse Lily is once again thrown headlong into another murder investigation. Finding Sir Charles dead was bad enough but having to declare it was murder, and to be the person who found the murder weapon was hard. Especially in Regency society who preferred to sweep everything under the carpet, find some innocent bystander or workman to bear the brunt of the crime and whoever actually did it to literally escape with murder. Sadly for the Wyatt family who have many secrets to hide, Lily and her side kick Captain Jack, along with Mr. Page the Bow Street runner who was in charge of the case are not willing to compromise on their principles. Mr. Page is an unusual Detective. He is not open to bribery or to look the other way where the aristocracy is concerned and the investigation plods on. Plenty of diversions, another hapless victim found murdered, another son discovered, then another illegitimate daughter discovered and the net closes in. This was vintage detective genre - one I like very much. Set in Regency England with a bit of history thrown in, just a smidgeon of romance to keep us going till the next book appears this was a good entertaining read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Milou

    The first Lily Adler book was also one of my first historical mystery book that wasn’t Sherlock Holmes based and made me fall in love with the genre. So of course I requested the second book when it became available on Netgalley. And I loved it just as much again. In this series we follow Lily Adler, a young widow in the upper class of Regency London. Together with the best friend of her late-husband, the mixed race Captain Jack, she finds herself involved in yet another murder case… this time th The first Lily Adler book was also one of my first historical mystery book that wasn’t Sherlock Holmes based and made me fall in love with the genre. So of course I requested the second book when it became available on Netgalley. And I loved it just as much again. In this series we follow Lily Adler, a young widow in the upper class of Regency London. Together with the best friend of her late-husband, the mixed race Captain Jack, she finds herself involved in yet another murder case… this time that of a family friend. The fact that Lily is a young widow gives her an unique position in society. She doesn’t have to worry as much about decency, can have male friends (such as the very charming Jack) and can go about unchaparoned. But she also has some very charming and handsome young men excited when she goes out of mourning… Lily is clever and cunning, as well as forcefull and kind. She doesn’t shy away from walking around a dangerous part of town at night, but also isn’t naïve enough to leave her pistol at home when doing so. She will lie when she has to, but doesn’t enjoy doing so. And she does Not let her father tell her what to do in her own home, no matter how unwomanly she may be. Bascially, she is great. I also love the friendship she has with Jack. Although I wouldn’t be surprised it will turn into more later on in the series, I hugely appreciate it when two characters can have a really strong, non-romantic relationship as well. And Jack and Lily are great together. The mystery itself is put together brilliantly. We constantly feel like we are almost touching the solution yet are just missing that one piece of vital information to make all fit together. The way Lily manages to bring it all to a conclusion is done just superbly. Another aspect in this book that I greatly appreciate is that the police detective is very capable himself as well. It isn’t like in some other series where our brilliant hero(in) has to solve the case otherwise the police in their stupidity will just arrest the wrong person. No, Lily and Jack are very much working together with the police, and use their positions in society to get into places our detective would have struggled with. I was so happy to spend some more time with Lily and already cannot wait to pick up the next book in the series, whenever that comes out. If you like a good (historical) mystery, this is a series you should not miss out on!

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