“It was a bit of a challenge figuring out where to start. With the past murder cases she had worked, Thea had taken the lead and Wilhelmina had followed her to make sure she didn’t get herself killed…”Jessica Baker, Murder at the Midnight Ball
Title: Murder at the Midnight Ball
Series: A Prescott House Mystery (Book 1)
Author: Jessica Baker
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Historical Fiction
Pages: 137 (Kindle)
Publish Date: June 27th, 2023
My Rating: ★★★★★
Read: 5/17/2023 – 5/25/2023
Happy publication day!
(Review contains slight spoilers from the previous series.)
It’s always a good day when Jessica Baker releases a new book! I’m super excited about this new series set in Lady Thea’s universe.
After following the mysteries and murders that befell Lady Thea, Murder at the Midnight Ball introduces us to new perspectives with familiar faces: Wilhelmina and James. The POV jumps back and forth as they try to solve the murder of Simon Swinton and clear James’ cousin Emma from the list of suspects. While Lady Thea does make a few appearances, she’s busy with a case of her own.
I loved getting to know James and Wilhelmina more personally. They are such assets in the Lady Thea books and they stand strong in the limelight. Each half of the story flowed together nicely. I also enjoyed the hints of Thea’s relationship with Inspector Thayne.
At this point, reading about these characters is like visiting old friends. This series promises to stand strongly and proudly next to the former and I’m excited to watch them, particularly Wilhelmina, continue to grow in future installments. Wonderful as always!
A huge thanks to the author for sending me a free digital ARC of the book! I will also be purchasing a paperback copy.
Likes & Dislikes:
What I liked:
- Darling characters.
- The dual POV.
- As someone who has read every book in the Lady Thea universe so far, I loved the extra coziness that came with the familiar characters.
What I didn’t like:
- I have to wait for book two now!
I really love this extension of the universe. I can’t say enough how much I love Wilhelmina’s character. Her contrast with James made the book even more enjoyable.