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The Hanover Square Affair (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ashley Gardner , Jennifer Ashley
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Book Description

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. He deals with his own disorientation transitioning from a soldier's life to the civilian world at the same time, redefining his role with his former commanding officer making new friends--from the top of society to the street girls of Covent Garden.
Book 1 of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries.

Editorial Reviews


(Top Pick!) With her vivid depiction of the era, Gardner brings her novel to life, from the streets inhabited by the destitute to the mansions of the wealthy. 
--RT BookReviews

In the tradition of Anne Perry, Ms. Gardner's debut delivers an emotional and compelling historical mystery. -- Suan Wilson --The Best Reviews

With a brisk narrative, credible characterizations, a challenging mystery and an authentic period atmosphere, Ashley Gardner has created a winner. --Book Loons

From the Author

I'm excited to present the Captain Lacey Regency mystery series in its entirety. Please see my website ( for updates to the publication schedule, and don't miss the sneak preview of A Regimental Murder at the end of The Hanover Square Affair.

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  • Print Length: 319 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004O4C1AK
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad I found this author. April 13, 2006
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If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would gladly do so. I thoroughly enjoyed my entire time of reading this book. Thankfully I started it when I could devote all my attention to it because that is what I ended up doing. Luckily I didn't have to feel guilty about ignoring those things I really should have been doing.

The historical time frame was superbly rendered. The character descriptions were so real that I feel I came to know the people and like or dislike them just as the author wished me to. The main character, Captain Gabriel Lacy, had just enough angst to make me sympathetic but not so much as to make me tired of hearing about his past. There was some mystery about an occurance in his past which was kept covered just long enough, with little bits and pieces revealed along the way to keep me curious. The conclusion was completely logical and satisfactory.

All in all, to my way of thinking, a superb way to spend my valuable time.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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Ashley Gardner has created an interesting and likable hero in her protagonist Captain Gabriel Lacy. A complex and honorable man with a complicated personal history. I liked his direct and often blunt approach to things. The author reveals her hero to us slowly and at the end of this particular mystery I found myself wanting to know more about Captain Lacy and his personal life.

The mystery was interesting, the period details well done, the characters realistic, the writing very good. I was pleased with this book and I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series. I'm disappointed that I didn't plan ahead and have the second book in the series in my hand so I could start reading it right away.

This book reminds me of Kate Ross' wonderful Julian Kestrel Mystery series. I would recommend them all if you like historical mysteries
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215 of 254 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I won't be buying any more Ashley Gardner . . . August 19, 2013
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This book is decently written. Intriguing mystery. However, there are places where is becomes unnecessarily crude. There are also places where it becomes too sexually explicit for my taste, places where it was not necessary for the plot. I'll take Austen, Georgette Heyer, or most of Stephanie Barron over this author any day. If crudity doesn't bother you, if sexual explicitness doesn't bother you, you will probably enjoy this book more than I did. I've decided that I am not willing to overlook either when looking for light reading.

I wish a previous reviewer had included these issues in her review. It would have saved me some time and money. I will be deleting this book from my library.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grat dbut by a mystery author with loads of talent December 2, 2003
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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.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hello, Captain! July 6, 2011
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I picked this up on a whim because of its (currently) low price on Kindle, and I'm glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Captain Lacey and some of the other characters in this series. There were a few small editing errors, as seems to be typical of some of the bargain ebooks, but nothing so distracting as to ruin my enjoyment of the story.

The mystery itself is interesting, and I didn't figure it out ahead of time; however, I admit I wasn't trying very hard because I just wanted to enjoy the story. There's also the sort of sub-mystery about the characters themselves: What happened between Lacey and Colonel Brandon? The pacing is great; I always felt like I was on the edge of my seat. And I wanted to know more about the people in the story. Fortunately, the author does a great job of letting us get to know Captain Lacey, Grenville, Marianne and the Brandons.

At the end, I wanted to read more. Luckily, there are several other books in the series, and all are being made available as ebooks. I admit I tore through them over a long weekend and am now impatiently waiting for the next tale.

The Kindle editions of these books, in order, are:
1) The Hanover Square Affair (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries)
2) A Regimental Murder (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries)
3) The Glass House (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like the historical romance novels so if you like that kind of story then you like this one.
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very strong character traits. Sticks up for women at a time when that was not done. Refreshing.
Published 8 days ago by Kris C. Reinecke
5.0 out of 5 stars I have just finished reading Book nine and the subject matter was...
This review will cover all of the nine Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries. I have just finished reading Book nine and the subject matter was quite surprising and beautifully... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Leigh Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good. Can't wait to read the next.
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by bad stars. This one is worth reading.
Completely enjoyed this read. I don't exactly understand the 1 and 2 stars because the book was intriguing and kept me reading. Read more
Published 17 days ago by PetMom
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read.
Really good good I have ordered 2 more Ashley Gardner [Captain Lacey] books. I have a hard ranker and give very few 5 you know this one is good.... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Hiram
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The beginning was slow.
Published 22 days ago by Betty Skavasik
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This was the first Captain Lacey Regency Mystery I have read and I really enjoyed it. There were so many twists and turns in the plot that I had a hard time putting it down. Read more
Published 24 days ago by K. Colvin
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
I have to admit, I don't often read mysteries but I am glad I read this one. It was excellent, with a few twists and turns. Highly recommend.
Published 24 days ago by candy
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected but it was great. Captain Lacey is a man of honor...
Not what I expected but it was great. Captain Lacey is a man of honor & principles without being overbearing. More of a good story rather than a erotic gymnastic event. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Carrell
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More About the Author

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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