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The Hanover Square Affair (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Book 1) by [Gardner, Ashley, Ashley, Jennifer]
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London, 1816
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 girl leads to the discovery of murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld. At the same time, he struggles with his own transition 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.

About the Author

Award-winning Ashley Gardner is a pseudonym for New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Ashley. Under both names--and a third, Allyson James--Ashley has written more than 35 published novels and a dozen novellas in mystery and romance. Her books have won several RTBook Reviews Reviewers Choice awards (including Best Historical Mystery for The Sudbury School Murders), and the Romance Writers of America’s RITA (given for the best romance novels and novellas of the year). Ashley’s books have been translated into a dozen different languages. More about the Captain Lacey series can be found at the website: http://www.gardnermysteries.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1003 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JA / AG Publishing (Jan. 7 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004O4C1AK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #351 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I am rthoroughly enjoying the Ashley Gardner books. What I like most about them is the clear and concise character and plot development. One can read with ease because it is so well edited... a lost art in these times it seems. No spelling error to stump the reader and halt the flow, which these stores do have.. flow, easy reading, compelling and enjoyable. I love the series.
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Captain Lacey is no longer in the military and is now living in London. One day he comes upon a mob throwing things at a home in Hanover Square. Since Hanover Square is one of the wealthier neighborhoods of London, a riot is one of the last things he would expect to find there. A young officer shoots Mr. Thornton, the leader of the mob. Captain Lacey comes to his rescue and helps Mr. and Mrs. Thornton get home.
Mr. Thornton's maid, Alice, tells Captain Lacey that Mr. Horne lives in the house in Hanover Square. She also tells him that Mr. Thornton believes Mr. Horne kidnapped his daughter, Jane, and her maid, Aimee, from their carriage. They are still missing.
Captain Lacey finds that Mr. Horne is associated with Mr. Denis -- not someone to get tangled up with. Mr. Grenville, Captain Lacey's friend, assists him in looking for Jane, but discourages him from interacting directly with Mr. Denis.
Then Mr. Horne is found dead in his study. Aimee is found bound and drugged in a wardrobe just feet away from where Mr. Horne was killed, but Jane is nowhere to be found.
As Captain Lacey and Mr. Grenville continue investigating to find Jane, they are told of another girl's disappearance. They end up putting themselves in great danger to locate Jane.
The only thing I had trouble with was the setting -- London in 1816. I rarely read books set back that far in time, but I actually enjoyed this book. Captain Lacey is a very likeable fellow. His past has caused him much pain and he is trying to survive in a very tough world.
I found the other characters, although some of them were less reputable, to be very well constructed. From her descriptions, I got a real sense of London in the 1800's.
I recommend this book.
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This is a delightful period mystery and loaded with charm. If your looking for a well-conceived little mystery that delivers a lively and amusing tale I highly recommend "The Hanover Square Affair".
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Regency England in 1816 is not the best place for a lame soldier on half pay with no prospects and no hope of finding any. Captain Gabriel Lacey and his commanding officer were asked to leave the army to avoid a court martial and scandal but the animosity between the two men exist to this very day. Still his ex-commander's wife Louisa tries to mend the breach that she was inadvertently responsible for causing.
Lacey rejects her overture but on his way to visit her without her husband there, he runs into a mob intending to assault the home of Josiah Horne. This curious captain goes to visit Josiah who thinks he wants the direction of a powerful man in the underworld. When he returns to the home to get the name, he find the man dead and castrated and a young girl drugged in a hidden compartment in the closet. He learns that another girl was there as well and he intends to find her or die trying.
The protagonist of THE HANOVER SQUARE AFFAIR is one of the most honorable men to grace the pages of a mystery book. He will risk his own life to right a wrong and that is the reason the audience will come to care for him and hope one day in his future he will find happiness. Ashley Gardner's debut novel compares favorably with writers who have made the best seller list.
Harriet Klausner
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I liked the history in this story and was intrigued with Captain Lacey. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word and I want to see him happy. I will definitely read other books in this series.
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Liked it....kept me reading all the way to the end. Had to skip over one sex scene (I don't like graphic novels). will probably buy more from this series.
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I like this protagonist and appreciate reading about life for soldiers who have returned from war; how society treats them hasn't changed much over the generations. The situations felt believable, the characters were real and the writer has kudos from me. I look forward to more; however, need them to be free.
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If you like historical fiction, this is one you'll enjoy. Well drawn main character, good story line. Definitely a holiday read.
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