Once Upon A Murder is a gripping chase with interesting developments, characters, and a wonderfully-paced murder plot replete with a myriad of possible suspects to keep you guessing.

4.5-STAR REVIEW: ONCE UPON A MURDER by Samantha Larsen

The Description

A Lady Librarian Mystery: Book 2
Publication Date: February 20, 2024

Miss Tiffany Woodall must sleuth the slaying of a footman to clear her beloved’s name in the second Lady Librarian mystery, in the vein of Deanna Raybourn and perfect for fans of Bridgerton.

1784 England. Officially hired as the librarian for the Duchess of Beaufort, Miss Tiffany Woodall is through with masquerades and murders for good. That is, until she stumbles upon the frozen dead body of former footman Mr. Bernard Coram. The speed with which her peaceful new life is upended is one for the record books: the justice of the peace immediately declares her the primary suspect in the murder.

As Tiffany hunts for the truth to clear her name, she learns that Bernard got into a fight over a woman at the local pub the night of his death–but he was also overheard blackmailing Samir. The justice of the peace arrests Samir, and Tiffany realizes that her life may have more in common with a tragic play than a light-hearted romance.

With her love locked up in jail and her own reputation on the line, Tiffany must attempt to solve the murder before the book closes on her or Samir’s life.

The Review

Tiffany Woodall has the dream of marrying her handsome constable, Samir Lathrop someday. They’ve been through a lot together, but somehow, they just can’t seem to escape scrutiny and suspicion when a murder is committed in their village. Of course, it doesn’t help that the corpse is found just outside Briar Cottage, Tiffany’s home. Samantha Larsen’s Once Upon A Murder continues Tiffany and Samir’s story as they once again find themselves embroiled in a murder investigation.

When Tiffany discovers the body of former Astwell Palace footman Bernard Coram on the road outside of her cottage, an all-encompassing investigation ensues to discover just who might have wanted Mr. Coram dead—well, at least who might have wanted him dead the most.

Mr. Coram was not a popular figure in town, and the suspect list grew long, eventually landing the constable, Samir, in jail. Suspicion of foul play lands squarely on Samir, with absolutely no evidence to substantiate the magistrate’s prejudiced assumptions.

After being eliminated as a suspect in the murder, Tiffany takes it upon herself to prove Samir’s innocence. She finds herself deeply embroiled in the investigation, discovering long-hidden village secrets that must be uncovered in order to expose the murderer himself, or could it be herself? With so many suspects and complications, Tiffany’s work is cut out for her. The one thing she knows for sure is the love she feels for Samir. She will risk everything to prove his innocence. As the trial quickly approaches, Tiffany becomes desperate and decides to risk it all for the man she loves.

Left until the very end, the plot ofcOnce Upon A Murder unfolds in its entirety with a breathless sprint to its conclusion. The story is an insightful and interesting peek into village life and the class system whose prevalent influence touches on human prejudices that, in this instance, could ultimately result in the death of an innocent man.

Once Upon A Murder is a gripping chase with interesting developments, characters, and a wonderfully-paced murder plot replete with a myriad of possible suspects to keep you guessing.

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About The AuthorSamantha Larsen met her husband in a turkey sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, having tea parties, and chasing her four kids. She has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Reading (UK). She also writes historical romances under Samantha Hastings.


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Lindy Bell
Lindy Bell
Lindy Bell is an avid reader and has been her entire life. She enjoys a wide variety of books but has a tendency to drift toward those in the historical fiction and religious fiction genres. Lindy’s love of reading also led to her love of writing. She currently has two books published, Jane Austen Celebrates ~ Holidays and Occasions Regency Style, and her debut novel, Brotherhood by Fire, inspired by unseen dangers firefighters face daily, was recently released. A third book is currently in the works. Lindy’s writing has also brought about opportunities to speak to various groups, as well as to teach Adult Professional Education courses on Jane Austen and the Regency Era at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. Lindy is a graduate of Abilene Christian University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration.



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Once Upon A Murder is a gripping chase with interesting developments, characters, and a wonderfully-paced murder plot replete with a myriad of possible suspects to keep you guessing.4.5-STAR REVIEW: ONCE UPON A MURDER by Samantha Larsen