The Golden Hour (A Lady Evelyn Mystery #4) by Malia Zaidi @MaliaZaidi #BlogTour @damppebbles #TheGoldenHour #LadyEvelynMysteries #damppebblesblogtours #Review


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 again. 


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The Golden Hour is book four in the A Lady Evelyn Mystery series now I just jumped straight in without reading the other three books and I was completely fine. I’m sure if you want a much more detailed character background then reading the other books would help. However I found that Malia Zaidi managed to include enough detail to make me feel comfortable with the characters.

In this story we follow Evelyn as she is called to Scotland after her cousin explains how worried she is about her mother. When Evelyn and her Aunt Agnes arrive they find themselves embroiled in quite a mystery! I have to admit that to start with I did find it a little tricky to get into the story. However once Evelyn and Agnes arrive in Scotland I think the pace of the story increased and so did my interest. Especially as a few secrets from the past are revealed along with a death that Evelyn is determined to investigate using her sleuthing skills. I really enjoyed getting to know Evelyn she is a likeable, independent and confident character that made me warm to her quite quickly. There are a few characters to follow but they have distinct personalities that made them easy to get to know along with making me suspicious too! The setting and era is easily brought to life with wonderful descriptions that are very detailed so you can really place yourself there. Evelyn and her Aunt Agnes had an interesting relationship as there are hints to begin with of a strained and troubled past. I found that side of the story to be just as interesting as seeing the investigation and mystery play out.

This is written in the cosy mystery style but it also manages to have a slightly different feel to it. With a deeper look at the characters, setting and even the investigation. There are a few surprises along the way which really helped to keep me invested in the story.

The Golden Hour has family drama, mystery, murder and is rich in detail. This all combines to give the reader a very entertaining story!


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.

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