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Death at Brighton Pavilion (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Book 14) Kindle Edition
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- Book 14 of 15 in Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries
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- File size : 2620 KB
- Publication date : December 17, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Publisher : JA / AG Publishing (December 17, 2019)
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
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- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07YNY6GZ7
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- Best Sellers Rank: #40,032 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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THE STORY: Captain Lacey awakens with a sword in his hand, a dead body, and no memory of what happened. As Lacey tries to figure out what has happened, he has to contend with his past with the dead man and the possibility that he might have committed the murder.
OPINION: This was one of my favorite of the series. The close connection between the mystery and Lacey's past made this one compelling. I also love the twist of Lacey not being sure whether or not he committed the murder especially with a definite motive that he possesses.
Captain Lacey must seek the assistance of all of his friends to help him find out what happened. Once again, I loved seeing all the supporting characters who have their own developing stories in the series.
This book nicely works on the relationship between Lacey and his wife. There are complications which stretch the characters and give them more depth.
The connection between the mystery and the personal always makes the story more compelling for me. This one kept me guessing throughout and Lacey's dealing with his own past and his own impetuous personality that gets him into trouble made this compelling.
WORTH MENTIONING: There are loose ends here that are left open nicely leaving possibilities for future books.
CONNECTED BOOKS: DEATH AT BRIGHTON PAVILION is the fourteenth book in the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries series. Each book, including this one, is a self-contained mystery. It is not necessary to read the other books to jump into this one. There are continuing character storylines that go through the entire series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.
NOTE: I received an eARC from the author which was used in the preparation of this review. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
These aren't light hearted Regencies but they are worth the effort.
Lacey was supposed to enjoy a vacation with his family in Brighton. But he had to spend that time fighting for his life, to clear himself from having been framed as a murderer. He had to find the killer(s) and to solve the case! What I loved most about this book was the support and trust given to Lacey from his wife, his best friend, his bodyguard, his patron (the lord of the London underworld), and more. Who wouldn't cheer and celebrate when the good guy won? And when the bad guys got what they deserved? The bad didn't pay in real life, so I lost myself in fiction instead.
-Lacey and his family, along with Grenville and Marianne who have now married, have gone to the coast at Brighton, which is an area near the sea where people can enjoy the sand and water. The Prince Regent is building a beautiful home there, and though it’s not complete, he has made a dinner there, inviting about 20 guests, with Lacey and Grenville among them. At the dinner, Lacey meets with Colonel Isherwood, with whom he has a sordid past, but the two put on a show of civility in front of the guests, and for the most part, manage to tolerate each other, although the conversation between the two did get heated at a certain point.
-The story, though, opens later in the night, about 3 AM. Lacey’s mind is in a fog, and he finds himself in one of the rooms of the new home of the Prince Regent. His mind starts to awaken and he sees Isherwood before him, slumped on the ground, dead, with a sword wound in his body, and, in Lacey’s hand is the sword, still with blood on the end.
-Lacey’s mind is in a fog, but he knows that all appearances point to him killing Isherwood. There is no other weapon. He has no idea how he even got there. As he’s staring, a young man who is a servant and is still clearing up from the party, happens to pass the room and sees Lacey. The young man starts to run and Lacey drops the sword and catches up to him, telling him that he didn’t kill Isherwood, but only came upon him already dead. The young man accepts Lacey’s words with trepidation and shows Lacey out, but now Lacey must determine exactly what happened, while his mind is blank as to the events of the last few hours.
-There is an assortment of characters which are brought back in this latest story of the Captain. Grenville, the dandy who has befriended Lacey; Brewster, who Denis has set as a watchman over Lacey; Quimby, a runner who is as thorough and persistent as Lacey himself; and Denis, who has reasons for making sure that Lacey will be available to do his bidding. Even Colonel Brandon makes an important appearance.
-Little by little, with the help of those around him, Lacey starts to piece together the events of that night. Though his memory remains a blank, he begins to discover his own whereabouts. We also are told of the source of the animosity between Isherwood and the Captain, from their time in battle together in Spain years before, which turns out to be a key to this whole affair. Between the old events in Spain and the recent events following the night of the dinner, the story begins to take shape, and Lacey is at risk of losing his life, despite the watchful eyes of both Brewster and Denis. It’s Denis who raises the possibility of someone framing Lacey, as revenge for one of the many acts which Lacey had done during his lifetime, and pushes Lacey to review all those who are in the area and who could have wished him harm.
-As always, the plot, the story line and the writing are excellent and this story, which foretells of a coming story involving an assignment for Lacey from Denis, remains at the fast paced and absorbing levels that we’ve grown to enjoy from this series.