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.
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.
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