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- Print Length: 319 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466294671
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- Publisher: JA / AG Publishing (January 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004O4C1AK
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In the tradition of Anne Perry, Ms. Gardner's debut delivers an emotional and compelling historical mystery. -- Suan Wilson --The Best Reviews
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Now, on to my review. If you don't like stories written in first person, the steer clear. Not only is it written in first person, but it's written from the POV of a man, our Captain Lacey. Somehow, I thought there'd be some romance in here, but there wasn't. It's about the struggles of an ex-military man, who is poor, suffers lameness, depression and bouts of anger. Yet he holds onto his shaky honor. Getting to the "who done it" gets really convoluted. Lots of characters are introduced and sometimes the thread of his thoughts don't make the least bit of sense. Nevertheless, this is the first of the series and the Captain is likely to grow. If he doesn't then I won't continue with the series. This author has a decent style and for a free read, it was far better than expected.
But I was deeply impressed by the excellent writing and so persevered. Goodness, I'm glad I did!
Captain Gabriel Lacey is an unusual character and the story becomes quickly gripping. It has complexities that overlay each other and it seems impossible that all can be resolved by the end of the book. In the end, there are no nice, tidy solutions. There are perhaps some surprises, but only if not enough care has been taken by the reader to pay attention to subtle occurrences. The resolutions then make sense. Not easy resolutions, but human ones.
For a book I nearly discarded, the first in a series, I am now a convert and simply must now go order the remainder of them. There can be no higher praise for a book than to crave more of the same.
So, the story begins with Captain Lacey witnessing an old man being shot by soldiers for rioting. The old man is demanding justice for a great wrong, and Captain Lacey is compelled to help the old man, both with his wound and with the mystery of his lost daughter. Captain Lacey is soon drawn into a world of intrigue much deeper and darker than he'd expected. Along the way, the reader is introduced to richly-developed secondary characters, several of whom I hope to see in subsequent books.
The action scenes are fast-paced and suspenseful, and the sex scenes are tasteful, with tactful fade-aways. Honestly, this felt more like Captain Lacey's choice--he's not the kind of man to parade his sexual exploits for the whole world to see, though he is the kind of man to have sexual exploits. I had just watched three seasons of Ripper Street, and I kept hearing Inspector Reid's voice, when I read Gabriel's lines, which just made it sexier (to me, anyway).
I can't wait to read more in this series
I found this to be a well written mystery. The answer wasn't obvious and the interactions between the characters was interesting. Captain Lacey, himself, is a tragic figure and in parts of the book I couldn't help but wonder if he wasn't his own worst enemy. Despite that, he is very sympathetic and definitely worth rooting for. I would certainly read more of his adventures, especially if there is some hint that he manages to find some happiness along the way.
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I have read the first two novels and I'm hooked. AG's writing is accomplished and reminiscent of the time, the plotting is sound and the cast of characters just draw you in to the shadier side of life in early 19th century London. As I read I was reminded of a short English TV series called City of Vice - set at this time and centred around the Fielding brothers who more or less heralded the Bow Street Runners. AG's writing conjures the same world - warts and all! Other reviewers give detailed synopses of the books so all I will say is that her principal character Captain Gabriel Lacey is a hero of the first order - a soldier who has sold out because he is wounded but he continues to be driven by his senses of honour, duty and of what is right! He also has a complicated past. This novel sets up his world and the people who will become part of it. Lovely stuff.
We're on familiar ground with the Regency period. We've all seen the Jane Austen adaptations, so it's easy to visualise the clothes and the street life. The story's various threads are resolved by the end, but the author is skilled enough so it flows quite naturally and she resists the urge to link everything neatly together.
Better than the cover would suggest.
Undoubtedly if you purchase more in the series, more will be revealed about the dashing Captain, his past, his situation etc and the reasons why he is, as he is.
For myself, I lost interest in the character.
An ok read for long winter nights.
The plot is complicated, and I wouldn't want to give anything away. Let me just say that it is a five star read, and I can't believe that there are ten more in the series!
I think this was a good read with a lot of mystery and also a bit of romance, but that bit was slightly confusing. Although there were a couple things that I thought weren't clear even after finishing the book, but then there is a book 2 so things might be explained in there.