Saturday, April 16, 2011

Review: The Hanover Square Affair

The Hanover Square Affair (Captain Lacey, #1)The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of a series of Regency-set historical mysteries featuring a Peninsular War veteran, Captain Gabriel Lacey. When Lacey is asked to investigate the disappearance of a young lady and her maid, he uses his friendship with a popular man about town to unearth the secrets of a man who can provide anyone with anything--but is he the villain? More interesting than the mystery--itself twisty and well-plotted--is Lacey's character (this is a first-person narration) and his social circle, including a complex relationship with his former commanding officer and that officer's wife, Louisa Brandon. This was an excellent read and a refreshing departure from the more usual romance set in this era (note: author Gardner also writes romance as Jennifer Ashley). The series is being re-issued in ebook; I can't wait to read the rest.

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