I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
In just about any other cozy series, this one would be a 4 star read, but Bowen has set her own standard rather high, and this one comparatively speaking, doesn't quite match up.
My biggest beef with it was the oh so worn out trope of weddingtus interruptus, followed by the even worse "we can never be together again; I'm only thinking of you" cliche. I get that she's trying to string this romance out as long as possible but I expected better from this author.
Even still, the read was a lot of fun; you can't help love these characters and in this adventure Bowen even gets me to warm to Queenie, the living embodiment of TSTL. We get an up close and personal introduction to Darcy's family and a visit to the ancestral castle in Ireland.
The mystery was, so-so. I think it was sort of obvious who the players were but not how the story was going to come together. The author notes at the end what is historical fact and what she's taken liberties with and turned into (slight) fiction.
All in all a pleasant way to while away the afternoon.