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. At the same time, he struggles with his own disorientation transitioning from a soldier's life to the civilian world, redefining his role with his former commanding officer, and making new friends--from the top of society to the street girls of Covent Garden.
Book 1 of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries. This is a full-length novel.
©2003, 2011 Jennifer Ashley (P)2014 Jennifer Ashley
This is the first in an ongoing series of Regency mysteries with very engaging characters and enough period detail to put you in the era. I've read all the books in the series in print, so I was eager to hear how the reader brought it all to life. James Gillies does a good job of rendering both Captain Lacy and the overall tenor of the story.
Captain Lacy is a compelling personality and each book in the series provides a particular mystery that he endeavors to solve while it also reveals a bit more about the man and his past. There is a complexity to the community in which he lives and investigates, the seeds of which can be found in this first book. There are various side characters from all walks of life with whom Lacy develops a relationship and they develop gradually over the course of the books, so that we meet and learn more about a full compliment of characters over time.
I highly recommend this series and hope Audible acquires the rest of the books as they become available.
A surprisingly interesting Regency novel, giving a more real picture of life in the times of the Prince Regent. No frothy filmy muslins here. Kept my interest right through. I was expecting a poor imitation of a Georgette Heyer Regency book ( I am a fan of Heyer) but was pleasantly surprised by the gutsy narrative and narrator. Good performance too.
Accurate Lindon setting, well developed characters, flawed hero. His mystery is smart and captivating. I'm so glad to have found the Hanover Square Affair. The audible version is excellently presented.
love audio books - Anglophile
I listen to audio books every chance I get. The narrator was great and the plot and characters kept me listening well into the night.
I loved finding an historical mystery series that has interesting characters, an intriguing story, and moderate romance. I devoured the first three audio books and hope audible releases the other six soon; plus there's a tenth book due out in 2015 . In the meantime, I've downloaded the nine that are available on Kindle.
He did a great job bringing the characters and the story to life for me. I hope he continues to narrate the rest of the audio books in this series.
Any book that keeps me listening well into the night to find out what's going to happen next is a real gem for me.
Because I liked this series so much, I've checked audible for similar books and am now happily listening to the Sebastian St. Cyr series by Ashley Gardner.
I really liked this book. The story was very engaging, well rounded, and the narrator was excellent. I certainly plan to keep this in my library, and am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Ken Follett's EDGE OF ETERNITY. Already downloaded.
Hard to say because I thought all the characters weak. As far as performance goes, it was all done well.
I really wanted to like this book. I enjoy Jennifer Ashley's Mackenzie series and I assumed this would be of equal quality. But none of the characters were especially appealing and the story was very dark.
I enjoyed the mystery but was left wanting more from the book. For me, it didn't merit being called "Regency." Except for a mention of the war with France and the Princess Charlotte's wedding and people riding around in carriages, there were few other details to bring the Regency to mind. Captain Lacey was also an odd character. His self recriminations often seemed more feminine than masculine in tone. For an army man, I thought it odd he never cursed. What little sex there is is implied rather than seen, which is a nice change of pace. I was amazed to see a reviewer on Amazon say she was going to delete the book because of its overt sexuality. I'm not sure we were reading the same book. The narrator is fine but I gave him only three stars because of Lacey's over the top, screechy dialogue.
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