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A Body in Berkeley Square (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Ashley Gardner , Jennifer Ashley
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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London, 1817

A Bow Street Runner summons Captain Gabriel Lacey to a Berkeley Square ballroom where a young dandy was stabbed to death during a society ball. The prime suspect: Lacey's former commander, Colonel Brandon.

Instead of denying the charges, Colonel Brandon allows himself to be arrested, and claims, to Lacey's shock, that the lady he'd stayed protectively near at the ball is his mistress. Lacey realizes that he is the only person not convinced of Brandon's guilt--all present, including Brandon's wife, believe that Brandon committed the murder.

Colonel Brandon's reticence to tell the truth proves to be Lacey's greatest obstacle in his race against time to prove Brandon's innocence. As Lacey's relationship with Lady Breckenridge moves forward, his hunt for evidence to clear Brandon uncovers dark secrets that go back to the Peninsular Wars and involve the origins of Lacey's and Brandon's private battle.

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About the Author

Award-winning author Ashley Gardner also writes as New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley. Under both names—and a third, Allyson James—Gardner has written more than 50 published novels and novellas in mystery, romance, and urban fantasy. Her books have been nominated for and won several RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice awards (including Best Historical Mystery for The Sudbury School Murders), and Romance Writers of America’s RITA. Ashley’s books have been translated into a dozen different languages and have earned starred reviews in Booklist. The Hanover Square Affair spent weeks as the #1 bestselling historical mystery on Amazon Kindle; the entire series spending months in the top 10. More about the Captain Lacey series can be found at Or email Ashley Gardner at

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  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
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  • Publisher: JA / AG Publishing; 2 edition (June 25, 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00589CJ98
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the other sides of all those Regency novels I read: Captain Lacey is one of the half-pay officers that match-making mamas try to keep their daughters away from. He is also a man of great integrity, deep feeling, and an unfortunate tendency to lose his temper.

Ashley Gardner is succeeding at something very difficult here. Her character is flawed, in some ways more admirable than likeable. It's a very fine line that Gardner is walking successfully. Lacey often does things that are dumb, but they are so well handled as to be part of a full human being, not cheap plot devices. I was afraid that the character James Denis was going to ruin this book by turning it into a melodrama, but a this point, I think the author is up to the task on maintaining it as a side plot, without lurching into bathos.

Lacey has left the military after a dispute with his beloved and despised former mentor and commanding officer that resulted in a permanent injury to his leg. He has a respectable (but not noble) lineage, but no private income, so he has settled into cheap quarters. He has made friends with some of the ton, as well as lower class people such as an actress and his old sergeant, now a Bow Street Runner. This enables him to view society at many levels, as well as enlist the forces of the law, such as they were in those days, in his investigations.

The supporting cast contains many well-developed characters with idiosyncracies and lives outside of being his sidekicks. Their relationships with Lacey and one another are sometimes complex. I also like that Lacey's life develops: he makes new friends, takes jobs, romances women and worries about his long-eloped wife and daughter.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beter and better December 10, 2005
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The books in this series have gotten better and better. This latest is particularly fine. There is tremendous growth in the characters. I don't want to give anything away, but we learn signifcant facts about the flighty Marianne, and there's a development in her relationship with Grenville. Lacey resolves some of his feelings for Louisa, and starts valuing the friends we've seen him make in the previous books of the series. The plot is fine. I'm an avid reader, couple of hundred mysteries every year and if I don't see the perpetrator before the end, it's a winner.

I confess I was worried. Because so many things were resolved, it read like a "wind-up" and I was afraid there'd be no more Lacey mysteries. I was pleased to find in an internet search that another of these books in coming out in 2006. Yeah!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous Captain Lacy Regency police procedural December 6, 2005
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In 1817, former military Sergeant turned Bow St. runner Milton Pomeroy shows Captain Gabriel Lacey the corpse of Henry Turner stabbed to death with the knife in his chest. Milton explains that the body was removed from the crime scene in order to not interfere with the crème de crème ball hosted by Lord Gillis. Upon seeing the murder weapon Lacey knows it belongs to Colonel Aloysius Brandon, who won it from him in a Peninsular card game.

Lacey detests his former friend and superior officer Brandon, who previously told Pomeroy he has no idea how his knife ended up in Turner's chest. The sleuth is tempted to let the Colonel take the fall as he knows he could make a case since Brandon had the opportunity and the means, and a motive shortly surfaces too. Will Lacey "settle" on Brandon, who everyone from the Earl hosting the ball to Pomeroy assumes committed the homicide? By doing so Lacey would avenge several affronts Brandon did to him or will he seek justice by continuing his investigations? His traitorous gut tells him the Colonel is being framed with too much easily available proof for someone as diabolical as Brandon has become.

The latest Captain Lacy Regency police procedural, A BODY IN BERKELEY SQUARE, is a fabulous who-done-it starring an ethical hero who faces a moral dilemma as he finally has the opportunity, the means and the motive to get away with vengeance. The who-done-it is so cleverly devised that crime scene investigators would cherish working such a case. However, the key to this strong entry in one of the best historical mystery series in recent years remains how hard Lacey is trying to uncover the identity of the killer.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good installment of the Cpt. Lacey Mysteries July 5, 2011
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The 5th installment of the Cpt. Lacey mysteries finds Lacey's former commander, Col. Brandon arrested for murdering a dandy at a society ball. While everyone else believes Brandon guilty, Lacey sets out to prove he is not, despite Brandon's lack of cooperation. The writing is as strong as ever and the characters beautifully complex and believably flawed. Having read the 4 previous books and the novella between books 4 and 5, I think this is quite possibly the weakest installment. That's not to say it's bad, but I generally don't like mysteries where everything could be explained away if one person told the truth. I'm also not a fan of Brandon and found him to be more irritating than usual in this book, so perhaps that colors my liking of the book. The previous books were all more complex in their plots and needed multiple pieces to answer the questions. The murder *was* more complex, but Brandon's involvement could easily have been dealt with had Brandon not been so pig headed (which is part of the reason I dislike his character). Having said that, I did enjoy the book as I like Lacey, the supporting characters Gardner has created and I find the overall story arc that flows through all the books intriguing (and makes me anxious for the next installment, which Gardner deliciously teases at the end of this book).
If you like Regency mysteries, you can't go wrong with the Lacey series, especially for the amazing price the author/publisher offers. They do need to be read in order though.

The Hanover Square Affair-1
A Regimental Murder-2
The Glass House-3
The Sudbury School Murders-4
The Necklace Affair-4.5 (novella)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really hate to be reading the last of the series
I really hate to be reading the last of the series. I love Captain Lacey and all the other characters. I will miss them when I am finished. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Sharon England
5.0 out of 5 stars A Regency Mystery All About Relationships
"My friends, I reflected, were busily driving me mad."

THE STORY: There is a murder at a ball and Captain Lacey's former superior Colonel Brandon is the prime suspect. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Melo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series! Ashley Gardner is one of the top writers of regency mysteries!
Published 4 months ago by Billie Brinkley
4.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed all of the Captain Lacey Regency mysteries
I have enjoyed all of the Captain Lacey Regency mysteries. I am currently on book 8 and have ordered #9.
Published 4 months ago by Janet Rutherford
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Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss out... Must read
I absolutely love reading about captain Lacey's adventures . Gardners story telling skills in this series are intriguing .. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stacy M. Sardina
4.0 out of 5 stars Let Colonel Brandon Swing!
Another good Lacey mystery, though I've really gotten tired of this old and obnoxious situation with Colonel Brandon and Louisa. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D A Bale
5.0 out of 5 stars Read them all!!!
I loved it and the ones that came before and after. I have spent the last 2 weeks reading Captain Lacy books. I hate to get to the end of them. Highly recommend them.
Published 9 months ago by Pamela Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 9 months ago by susan bozarth
3.0 out of 5 stars about kindle
I was playing a game on my kindle and ordered more moves they did not download on the game I was playing do I still have them
Published 9 months ago by Clara Inman
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Ashley Gardner is a pseudonym for NY Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley, who also writes as award-winning author Allyson James. Jennifer / Ashley writes mysteries, romances, urban fantasy and mainstream fiction. Visit the Ashley Gardner site: for for more information on the Captain Lacey mystery series or for more information on her other works.

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