Review: Death of an Aristocrat by Anya Wylde

Posted March 15, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 10 Comments

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Review: Death of an Aristocrat by Anya Wylde
Death of an Aristocrat

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Series: Lucy Ann Trotter #2
Genres: Historical Romance, Mystery Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on February 28, 2020
Pages: 208
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The Delight

After the events in A Murder at Rudhall Manor, Lucy gets a new governess post courtesy of Lord Adair and Adair goes on to wow the world with his cunning detecting talent and stunning good looks.However, murder finds Lucy once again and mayhem ensues pulling Lord Adair back into her orbit and the pair on another case.The hilarious hijinks, colorful quirky characters, and entertaining plot was a delightful amusement.


Lucy Trotter, the quirky, redoubtable governess is back in her second adventure into detection with the enigmatic, capable Lord Adair.Death of an Aristocrat sees Lucy in her second post as a governess where she unfailingly lands as chief suspect, but only because the family she serves would rather see it all blamed on the newest servant and wrapped up tidily before a scandal can ensue.But, Lucy, naturally, is none too keen to swing for a murder she didn’t commit and brings Lord Adair to face off the upper class aristocratic family and find the truth even as Lucy plans to amaze him by beating him to the solution so he’ll take her desire to be his apprentice in detection seriously.

Jane is also a governess in the household, but her charges are the widowed, younger son’s children.Like Lucy, she has had several fingers pointed her way and fears the hangman’s noose even while hiding her own secrets including a love for her employer.Lucy’s antics and odd personality are enough to draw her into being an amateur sleuth alongside her fellow governess.

Death of an Aristocrat is a historical cozy mystery comedy and can get quite zany even while touching on relationships, social issues, and historical backdrop.I love how the author manages to write it all into a cohesive, entertaining story that makes me laugh and sigh with pleasure.

Lucy is the central figure, but is joined in sharing narration with newcomer Jane.Lucy is a resilient person after growing up in an orphanage and feeling the sting of constantly being at someone else’s beck and call while looking after spoilt children.She is highly imaginative and intrepid while facing her troubles with a grin and a bit of larceny in her.

Lord Adair is a slightly mysterious figure who is wealthy, aristocratic, incredibly handsome and absurdly talented.In a word, he’s perfect.But, he is also intimidating which is why Lucy is a breath of fresh air to him because she is respectful of his talent and goes weak at the knees when he smiles, but she isn’t overawed and sees him as a person.He does her the same honor by seeing past her lowly origins and seeing her gifts and potential, too.I see a partiality between the two, but not exactly a romantic relationship.

There were no end of suspects for the murder and it was fun tagging along with Lucy and Jane as they worked to check stories, alibis and hunt for clues.I didn’t figure it out until near the end, but that was probably because I was more interested in being amused by Lucy and cheering on Jane to get her happily ever after.

It was a fast and light read that got me to giggle and snort a few times.I was glad to be back with Lucy and Lord Adair and I hope there are many more mysteries for them to tackle together.Those who enjoy a strong dose of comedy mixed with history and cozy mystery should give this a go.

Challenges Met

New Release #19
Historical Fiction #21


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Anne - Books of My Heart

This is a genre I haven’t sought out in the past but I think I’ll be reading more in the future. Thanks for sharing this one, Sophia!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

I’m actually pretty new to historical cozy mysteries, but I’m liking them as much as I have always liked historical mysteries. My pleasure, Anne!

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I do love a story that makes me laugh. Glad to hear you enjoyed this cozy, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yep! Make me laugh and I’ll probably love the story. 🙂

1 year ago

Sounds fun. I like the comedy element.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  vvb

Same here! It was a hilarious one.

1 year ago

I love the cover and this just sounds perfect for me. I need to bookmark this series for a later date. Thanks for the review.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Jen

Such light and zany stories. Hope you like them when you get the chance, Jen. 🙂

Carole Rae
1 year ago


Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

This sure was. 🙂