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The Necklace Affair: and Other Stories (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries) Paperback – October 22, 2011
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Award-winning Ashley Gardner is a pseudonym for New York Times 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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This story takes place about a month after Lacey has successfully concluded The Sudbury School Murders (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries), book four in the series. Lacy is attending a party to celebrate the complete recovery from a wound sustained by his patron and close friend Lucius Grenville when the size and enthusiasms of the crowd drive him to seek solitude in Grenville's private room. There Lacey encounters a weeping lady who tells him her sad tale of how her maid has been arrested for the theft of her diamond necklace and it appears that she will be convicted and hanged. Captain Lacey is, after all, really quite a softie at heart and he agrees to help Lady Clifford.
This is an excellent novella which manages, in the short time available to it, to place almost all the continuing characters from the full length novels into this puzzle. The writing was very good and very representative of why I have enjoyed all six of the novels in the series even though they have varied somewhat in strength. I did think that the solution to the theft was a little weak and I would have liked something more substantial for what happened with the necklace.
The last book in this series was published first in 2006, so it has been a long dry spell with nothing new about Lacey and his friends and adversaries. I understand that a new title in the Captain Lacey series will be released soon. I'm definitely looking forward to that.
Some of the characters are well defined and the reader can "see" them in their environment, but a couple of them lack something to make them a GOOD character. The plot is good although there are times when one can almost guess what happened. All in all, yes, I recommend it to pass the time, but there are other novels that I'd place before this one.
I am now reading A Regimental Murder and I am having the same feeling, but so far, I haven't given it up...
A society matron implores Captain Lacey to locate her missing necklace in order to provide the innocence of her maid. With the help of his friends, Lady Breckenridge, Lucius Grenville and two of his staff, the path leads them to scandals and secrets from the past, as well as in competition with the dangerous criminal, James Denis.
Followers of this wonderful series will appreciate this ten-chapter novella, set between “The Sudbury School Murders” and “A Body in Berkeley Square. However, this story is also an excellent introduction for new readers.
Gardner absolutely knows how to capture the reader’s attention from the very beginning. She does an excellent job of capturing the flavor of speech from the period, without it being overdone, and the wry humor is delightful. The descriptions of meals are nearly painful to read due to their lusciousness and ability to leave one nearly desperate to partake.
Gardner is particularly adept at providing background details of each character, almost without seeming to. We even learn the particulars of Lacey’s past injuries. The characters are fascinating, particularly with the contrast of light—Granville—and dark—Denis. One can’t help but enjoy the relationship between Lacy and Lady Breckenridge. Marianne is a treat and adds a wonderful twist to the plot
“The Necklace Affair” is so well done with a very good plot twist and justice being served in a most satisfactory manner.
THE NECKLACE AFFAIR (Hist Myst – Captain Lacey – London - 1817/Regency) - Ex
Gardner, Ashley – Early in the series yet only recently published
Amazon Digital Services, Inc. – January 2014
THE STORY: This novella involves the mystery of a missing necklace and the twisted personal relationships involving the people surrounding it. Captain Lacey once again gets involved in a mystery because he cannot resist a woman in distress. The mystery takes him to interact with all the women in his life including Lady Breckenridge who Lacey asks to act as his proxy in parts of the investigation.
OPINION: As the overarching personal stories of Lacey and his friends begin to take shape, the books become more interesting. There are dual mysteries involved: the obvious mystery that Lacey is investigating and the mystery of the motivations of those around Lacey. Because the books are told in the first person, the motivations of others are not clear and Lacey and the reader are involved in the puzzle of figuring them out. This novella has an adequate mystery but the best part is the continuing exploration of Lacey's life.
WORTH MENTIONING: For fans of romance, there clearly is something going on between Lacey and Lady Breckenridge but the books remain mysteries and not romances.
FINAL DECISION: The mystery of this one was mildly interesting, but I really enjoyed the continuing personal story of Lacey.
CONNECTED BOOKS: THE NECKLACE AFFAIR is the 4.5 book in the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries.
STAR RATING: I give this novella 4 stars.