Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour for The Quality of Mercy by Malia Zaidi. With thanks to Emma at damppebbles blog tours for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for 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?
It was so lovely to catch up with Evelyn again after reading the previous book in the series. Even though this is book five I do think it works well as a standalone. Malia Zaidi included past events which helped to avoid any confusion especially if you haven’t read any of the previous books. In The Quality of Mercy the story focuses on Evelyn starting up her detective agency. Evelyn has just got her first case and she finds herself helping an old friend. Then one case turns into two!
I love Evelyn’s character she is strong and determined along with having a very independent personality. You know for a fact that Evelyn will get to the bottom of things. As she carefully unpicks the tangled web of secrets and lies that have been created until the truth is revealed. The supporting cast is also strong with each character bringing something to the story whether it be a family connection, friendship or suspicion. Malia Zaidi has a wonderful way of setting the scene with descriptive writing that made me feel as if I was right there with the characters.
This book contains two mysteries and they worked very well individually. However together they were especially great at showing the differences between the classes. How the rich are treated very differently to the poor. There is also the repercussions of war and how it continued to devastate long after it ended. The pacing is steady and I would say that this book has more of a slow burn quality. However this way of writing provides more depth and I was easily immersed in the story. It was very easy to feel as if I was right in the middle of things. The Quality of Mercy is a fabulous 1920s cosy mystery! As ever I look forward to seeing what Evelyn will find herself caught up in next!
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.
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