Hello! Today I’m very pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for The Quality of Mercy (A Lady Evelyn Mystery #5) by Malia Zaidi which is available now (links below).
About the book
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?
The Quality of Mercy is a charming recreation of 1920s London – and a classic whodunit – led by a thoroughly modern (for the time) heroine, Lady Evelyn Carlisle.
Although it is a lengthy book, successfully blending in-depth period detail, light-hearted narration and more sombre comment on the social issues and pressures of the time, Malia Zaidi whisks us through short chapters, setting the scenes beautifully and introducing both new and familiar faces.
I enjoyed following Evelyn’s new investigative agency venture, her investigation of two starkly different murders and her attempts to keep a handle on her own personal matters, all done with her usual wit and intelligence.
With more than one victim and therefore suspects, motives and red herrings a-plenty, The Quality of Mercy is a delightfully progressive homage to the golden age of detective fiction. It can be read as a standalone, or you could treat yourself to the entire Lady Evelyn series.
Thank you to Malia Zaidi for my copy of the book and to Emma Welton of #damppebblesblogtours for my spot on the Blog Tour.
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. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the great bloggers on the tour for The Quality of Mercy: