Publication: 25th August 2020 – BookBaby
After years spent away, Lady Evelyn is at long last back in her home city of London and she has returned with a rather controversial plan. The Carlisle Detective Agency is born, and it does not take long for the bodies… ahem, cases, to start piling up. With her friend and assistant Hugh, Evelyn embarks on the quest to solve the crimes. Yet the London she encounters is not the London of her coddled youth, and she is forced to learn that there is more to discover than the identity of a murderer. It isn’t only her city which reveals it is not what she always believed it to be, but the people she encounters as well. Secrets are revealed that have her thinking twice about everything she thought she knew about the society in which she grew up.
Evelyn’s love for her hard-won independence confronts her with yet another mystery, whether she is ready or willing to give up any of it for marriage. And then there is the arrival of rather a familiar face in London, one Daniel is none to pleased to see. Evelyn must find not one but two murderers, as well as make a decision that could determine her future. From the mansions of Mayfair to the dark alleys of Whitechapel, can Evelyn catch the killers before another life is taken.
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Delighted to kick off the blog tour for The Quality of Mercy and welcome you on my stop for this wonderful new novel by Malia Zaidi.
The Quality of Mercy is the fifth novel in the Lady Evelyn Carlisle Mystery series. Set in London in 1920s, this series follows young Evelyn as she finds herself involved in murder cases, usually by discovering the dead body and then by conducting her own investigation. It is her propensity to find dead bodies that leads her to open her own investigative agency in this fifth book.
In The Quality of Mercy, Evelyn has just opened her investigative agency together with her friend Hugh. Of course, her first case is a murder case, a murder that she has discovered herself. The victim is the father of a childhood friend and the list of suspects is very long. As she investigates, another murder catches her attention and she finds herself investigating two cases. On the personal side, she is soon going to be married to Daniel, but she is trying to avoid the double wedding that her aunt Agnes has proposed.
I really like the character of Lady Evelyn. She is ahead of her time, looking for independence and freedom to do whatever she wants. She has bought her own flat, but she spends most of her nights at her fiancé’s mansion, even though they are not married yet, she has a degree and she works, even though that is not something that a lady of her class would do. She is smart, funny, and brave and I am already looking forward to her next adventure.
The characters are engaging and mostly likable, the story is well-written and historically accurate, and the plot is twisty, entertaining, and engrossing. If you love cozy mysteries, this is a series to follow. In The Quality of Mercy the author uses two different murders to address the differences between the upper class and the servant class while the effects of World War I still loom. This is an highly enjoyable and thrilling story to not miss.
A huge thank you to Emma for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the novel.
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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.