Cavalry captain Gabriel Lacey returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic wars, burned out, fighting melancholia, his career ended. His interest is piqued when he learns of a missing girl, possibly kidnapped by a prominent member of Parliament. Lacey's search for the young woman to murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld. At the same time, he struggles with his disorientation transitioning from a soldier's life to the civilian world, redefining his role with his former commanding officer, and making new friends--from the top of society to the street girls of Covent Garden.
Book 1 of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries. This is a full-length novel.
Modern theme in a historical context. In some senses Capt. Lacey has a timeless chivalry about him as he solves a brutal abduction of a young woman. A sordid affair that Gardner weaves through the Victorian London streets! A great start to a good series!45
I really liked the after work that seemed like a new series, A SOUPSCON OF POISON. I will watch for mor of those characters.55
A semi-dark mystery with fully developed characters that are totally believable. Accurate historical settings and activities. I am hint of love is always appreciated.55
Love the Captain Lacey character so far and can’t wait to read the next in the series.45
Excellent story with a lot of truth in it. History tells us of caste system between those who have wealth and those that don’t. It’s still happening in many third world countries. Thank you for writing this grisly murder mystery. G45
Loved reading these mysteries. Kept me guessing to the very end!55
I very much liked reading about the intemperate Captain sleuthing. It kept me guessing as to what would happen right up to the end.55
Beautifully written mystery! Historical mysteries are fantastic! Another time and place in history can be fascinating and what can be more fun than trying to solve a mystery! Captain Lacey is an interesting hero. Heroic and imperfect. Love him!55
This was a very enjoyable read. While at times a little difficult to follow since I had not read previous stories of Captain Lacey, usually the plot quickly returned to understanding.55
Wow, I definitely enjoyed this book! I got the book from BookBub, which means I paid practically nothing for it. Halfway through, I decided there might be earlier books in the series and went to iBooks to find them. There aren't - but this is the first in a series. I bought the entire series. The characters are well described and believable and the mystery plot is really interesting. The plot twists will have you turning pages as fast as you can. I highly recommend these books to anyone who likes historical mystery or historical fiction.55