The Butterfly Conspiracy: A Merriweather and Royston Mystery

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Merula Merriweather stands apart from the other Victorian ladies. Where they’re attending social events and searching for husbands, she’s studying plants and butterflies. She’s doing research and letting her Uncle Rupert take credit just so she can show off her findings to the Royal Zoological Society. Finally getting her chance for a reveal of her newest exotic butterfly, everything starts off perfectly. Even the skeptical Lord Raven Royston can’t ruin it. The night takes a deadly turn when Lady Sophia dies from suffocation moments after the butterfly lands on her arm. When Lady Sophia’s nephew accuses Sophia’s uncle of murder and blames the cause on the butterfly, Merula’s whisked away by Royston to his eccentric friend’s house. They dig into Sophia’s life, including her collection of exotic animals, to find the real culprit and save her family name.

Vivian Conroy captures the Victorian era with realistic details and a charming undertone delivered through Merula’s delightful personality. Merula breaks the stereotype of a Victorian lady with her spunky spirit, brazen attitude, and her love of plants and butterflies. She has a soft compassionate side where she reaches out to others in these little ways. This gentleness makes her as lovely and full of grace as the butterflies she loves so much. The zoological studies add beauty and wonder to the story as these exotic animals are being discovered and seen through Merula’s eyes as innocent and breathtaking creatures. These animals, such as chameleons and penguins, are rarities and looked upon as treasures, but they also bring out fear in people who simply don’t understand them. Everyone turns against Merula’s butterflies because they’re something unusual, which is compared to how Merula hides her love of zoology for fear of it not being understood. Merula and Royston have a clever banter, making any time they share a scene feel like an adventure about to begin. Those who love historical cozy mysteries will adore The Butterfly Conspiracy and won’t be able to put it down!

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Author Vivian Conroy
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 297 pages
Publisher Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date 2018-Aug-07
ISBN 9781683317654
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Issue October 2018
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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