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Review #1

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Although this 8-book Captain Lacey Regency mystery series by versatile author Jennifer Ashley began a decade ago with the publication of  The Hanover Square Affair (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries)  in 2003, the real time of the series is less than 2 years, with the first taking place in 1816 London and this latest one taking place in early 1818.

And although this can be read as a standalone, I think it’s better to read about Lacey from the beginning. The main characters and their relationships are continually evolving and you only get the sense of this through starting at the beginning. The first 3 novels are now available in a 99-cent bundle  Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Volume One  and the second 3 in  Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Volume Two . The seventh installment, which takes place just before this new novel, is  A Death in Norfolk (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries)  and is only available for now separately. I devour these mysteries. Reading one is better than chowing down on a Snickers bar and is way less fattening.

Captain Lacey is a 40-something ex-military man of good birth but impoverished. He was tortured during the Wars and left with an injured leg that requires the use of a walking stick to help get around. Every book has our poor but noble captain solving a mystery and meeting many good and bad characters along the way. Recurring characters of the series are socially prominent upper class friend Lucius Grenville; Bow Street runner Pomeroy, who served with Lacey in the Peninsular Wars; Marianne Simmons, B-list struggling actress who at one point lived in the apartment upstairs from Lacey’s; upper-class outspoken beautiful Lady Breckenridge; Colonel Brandon, Lacey’s former commander, and Brandon’s wife Louisa; the mysterious James Denis, powerful underworld character, and many more.

As you read the books, these people become almost like old friends. I think I’m even developing a very strange crush on the not-so-nice underworld Denis and I find myself worrying about that lovely man Grenville and his relationship with Marianne, wishing she would be more forthcoming to him about her past (and more forthcoming to us readers because we don’t know anything either).

This latest entry has Marianne enlisting Lacey’s help to find her actress friend (a famous A-list stage star), who seems to have disappeared. Lacey is reluctant at first because his wedding is in just a few days but he somehow manages to begin the investigation, get to the wedding on time, and continue with the investigations during his honeymoon. As usual, once he starts looking into things, it’s like opening up a can of worms.

I’m never disappointed in the flow of these mysteries and this one is no different. The story flew by and the whodunit was hard for me to guess. Not that I’m that great at solving mysteries but Ashley put enough red herrings in to give me an excuse not to feel bad about my lack of crime-solving abilities. And Ashley does her best to have dialogue, behavior and actions fit into the time period so there’s no teeth-grinding over anachronisms.

This is not my favorite mystery of the series thus far but I enjoyed it more for the main characters and how their lives are changing. If you haven’t read any Captain Lacey books but are a historical mystery fan, these are pretty good. Not quite as good as C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St. Cyr series or Kate Ross’s Kestral books, but they are a satisfying, very entertaining read. (And I’m happy to see that MURDER IN GROSVENOR SQUARE, which takes place in March 1818, is upcoming. Ashley has included a short excerpt with this novel.)

Review #2

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shley Gardner has done it again! She has written a perfectly delicious mystery that will have you traveling back in time to Georgian England.

Capt. Gabrilelle Lacey, a one time soldier of his Queen’s army before an injury to his leg caused his resignation and permanent limp and pain to his knee, he is a true gentleman, who is honest, stubborn, refined, well-spoken, an adamant seeker of the truth and makes a tall man with a walking stick (with a hidden saber sword) truly handsome. Capt. Lacy is entering a new chapter of his life. Set to remarry the woman who who meant to be his match in every way, Lady Donata Breckenridge has captured his heart and is finally his wife. Although he feels most will see his marriage to the wealthy widow as a misalliance, Lady Breckenridge could care less for this time she has married for love.

Although Capt. Lacey may give the impression that he will be settling down into a quiet life of being a gentleman and companion to his lady, he is quickly thrown back into what he does best ~ getting to the truth. In ‘A Disappearance in Dury Lane, Capt. Lacey is investigating the disappearance of a famous actress of the stage and theater on Drury Lane. Most of Capt. Lacey’s friends and tolerated associates are back: England’s trendsetter, the dapper Lucius Grenville, his love, and one-time Capt. Lacey above floor, candle thieving neighbor, Marianne Simmons, the dark and most feared,, James Denis, Bow Street Runner, Pomperoy and the brothers Matthias and Bartholomew, manservants to Grenville and Capt. Lacey. We allso meet new members of Capt Lacy’s world including a Bow Street Runner bent on a mission, Timothy Spicelove and Denis’ henchman and now Capt. Lacey’s shadow, Brewster.

This quick paced story that will take you into the streets on London, including Grimpen Lane, Bow Street and Druy Lane, into the countryside and to the backstage of London’s theater settings. AG’s descriptions of the world of old England will have you feel the fog of the city, the damp cold of Glimpen Lane, the sunshine of a ride in the park, the smell on the clean earth of the hills and lands of the countryside, and the darkness of the alley on Drury Lane.

As always, with the help of his friends, and fine deducing, Capt. Lacey gets to the reason for the disappearance and finds out who has been causing ill and dark deeds behind the scenes of the theater. Capt. Lacey also discovers that he is loved and accepted by those around him who although are aware of his faults, appreciated his virtues and truly care for the man behind the courteous manners and bow.

Each time I read a Capt. Lacey mystery, I fall in love with the well rounded characters, eloquent and descriptive writing that AG brings to life within each line of the story. In a time where many books are churned out without a care to grammatical errors, sentence structure and editing that sacrifices the story flow, AG does not fall prey to current literary fashion. I highly recommend this book for anyone that enjoys historical romance and mysteries. It is recommended that you read the series in order. However, not entirely necessary to follow the story. Although, why would someone deny themselves the joy of reading such a well written and edited series?

Review #3

Audiobook A Disappearance in Drury Lane by Ashley Gardner

This is book eight in the Captain Lacey series and is as enjoyable as all the others. I love AG’s scene setting and character building – she’s definitely done some sound research on 19th century England (London in particular) its people, customs and behaviours and manages to depict the raw and dangerous aspects of life. In this novel the restless and reckless Captain investigates a missing actress at the request of the ever-demanding Marianne. The story takes him into the theatre in Drury Lane and out of London to the elegance of Bath. Alongside the mystery we get the continued development of Lacey’s complex relationships with his supporting cast, he is now married to Donata and has the responsibility of his newly discovered daughter who is in England for a season, he also has the ever present Mr Denis to contend with and there is a new character in the mix – the deeply unpleasant runner Spendlove whose investigative methods leave a lot to be desired. Lovely stuff.

Review #4

Audio A Disappearance in Drury Lane narrated by James Gillies

These stories engage you from the first page. Gabriel is a well rounded out character as are is friends and enemies. His stage is well set and represents the period very well. Nothing jars you out of the context. The plots are a beautiful mix of simple believable motives and the complex difficulties in uncovering them. The sleuthing is realistic and paced just right.

I started from the beginning of this series intending to pace myself, savor each book and make them last. Unfortunately they are addictive and I read them all one after the other. I couldn’t put them down for long. I hope there is another soon and then another …. and another ….

Review #5

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I loved being back in the world of Gabriel Lacey and his friends. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot, and as always with this series I am rarely anywhere near working out who the culprit it.

Ashley Gardener writes lovely prose and it is a pleasure to read her books. But, please, Ms Gardener, do not use the word ‘gotten’ – it absolutely jars in your carefully crafted Regency atmosphere.

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