Captain Lacey stops to assist a young woman in the market at Covent Garden, and realizes to his astonishment that she is his daughter, Gabriella. Lacey then discovers that his estranged wife and her paramour, a French officer, have journeyed to London at the invitation of James Denis to dissolve her marriage to Captain Lacey.
Meanwhile, a Bow Street Runner and a man from the Thames River Police have asked Lacey to help them look into the disappearances of "game girls" from Covent Garden. The magistrates aren't interested in their fate, but perhaps Lacey can learn a thing or two. Lacey agrees and recruits old friends to help.
But when the goings-on in Covent Garden put his daughter in grave danger, Lacey's crusade turns personal. He will do anything, and call in any favor from anyone, in order to protect his own Gabriella.
©2006, 2011 Jennifer Ashley (P)2016 Jennifer Ashley
I read this years ago and was so happy that they have been produced in audio. I simple love this series and have loved listening to them. Enjoying them anew.
The cast of characters are all so dear to me, and Lacey is such an great protagonist. He's flawed and stubborn and honorable, but you like him for it. It's a great world to lose yourself in. From high society to low, you are always on that journey with the characters.
A great mystery series, and I can't help but think it would make a great TV show.
James Gillies does a wonderful job as narrator.
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