A Mystery at Carlton House

A Mystery at Carlton House

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A Mystery at Carlton House by Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley

1819
Captain Lacey is drawn into affairs of the highest in the land when his friend Grenville is asked by the Prince Regent to look into odd happenings in his lavish abode of Carlton House. Objects of value have gone missing, paintings and sculpture have been moved, and some of the staff have reported strange sounds and movements in the shadows. The Regent and his cronies suspect ghosts or other malign spirits.

The Bow Street Runners have a more human suspect for these doings, and Captain Lacey is asked by a Runner to help him prepare a case against the man they've already arrested.

But the suspect is under the protection of James Denis, a leader of crime, which brings Lacey head-to-head with him once more. Opposing Denis can be dangerous, and so can dividing the loyalties of the men who work for him.

Meanwhile Lacey has his family to worry about--his daughter, his wife, and new members who have joined. In addition, he's not convinced that either Denis or the Runners have the right idea in this matter. He must produce the correct answer before Denis loses his patience or one malevolent Runner in particular makes Lacey answer for the crimes.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157464875
Publisher: Ashley Gardner / Jennifer Ashley
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Series: Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries , #12
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 325
Sales rank: 22,785
File size: 563 KB

About the Author

Ashley Gardner is a pseudonym of NY Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley, who has written more than 90 novels and novellas in mystery, romance, and fantasy.

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A Mystery at Carlton House 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another great book in the series. No disappointment here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! Lots of intrigue! Love, love, love Captain Lacey!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the captain lacey books. This is the best one yet. Can't wait to see what captain lacey does next
Anonymous 10 months ago
I like the books where all are involved much better. Waiting axiousley for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-As I near the end of the books in this series written to date, it’s a little sad to think that I will not be visiting the very interesting characters and stories that I’ve enjoyed so much. This is book #12 of the series, and we open to find the continuation of the event that Captain Gabriel Lacey was so much looking forward to - the birth of his child. -Complications ensue, and, wisely, as a precaution, Lacey was able to arrange for the surgeon associate of James Denis to be near his wife’s estate in case he would be needed. It was a cold wintry night, and Lacey’s wife was being attended to by a midwife. The midwife forced Lacey to stay outside of Donata’s room, but in the middle of the night she came rushing out, and told Lacey he must get the doctor. Luckily, though the midwife felt that both the baby and Donata would be lost, this highly skilled surgeon was able to save both. -From here, the story seems to diverge into several different paths which appear to have nothing to do with each other. Marianne Simmons, who is the love interest of Lacey’s friend, Grenville, has sent for Lacey on a seemingly important matter. They make arrangements to meet the next day at a specified time. Shortly after, he gets a summons from the Crown Prince through Grenville, that he is to appear before the Prince but, both meetings have been set for the same time. He puts off the Prince and goes to meet Marianne at the appointed place but she never appears. Instead, a note is thrust into Lacey’s hand. It’s from Marianne, and he instantly recognized her handwriting. She wrote that she has run off to be the mistress of the Duke of Dunmarron and has left Grenville. His initial reaction is shock, but there’s several things about the note and how she vanished which makes him uneasy. -His visit to the Crown Prince who resides at Carlton House also presents a puzzle. The Prince is known to purchase works of art from all over the world, regardless of cost. It appears that pieces from the estate have gone missing while still other pieces are found in locations other than the ones they belonged to. To complicate things further, one of the Bow Street runners, Spendlove, who has been trying to capture James Denis, has threatened to arrest Lacey unless he helps him to prove that a suspect that Spendlove has captured is really the guilty party. -With Spendlove breathing down his neck to solve this crime, and with Denis warning Lacey not to interfere, it would seem he’s caught in the middle. Lacey visits Brewster, who was under the employ of Denis and who had been assigned to watch over Lacey, but he discovers that Brewster has been let go and is now unemployed. Lacey realizes that Brester’s help would be important and he hires Brewster as an assistant. Brewster’s past occupation, before being employed by Denis, was a thief and he guides Lacey through the his former world of fences and methods of how thefts could take place. Events regarding the thefts continue to puzzle the investigators, as a the person in charge of the artworks in Carlton House is killed. -Questions keep piling up, until the very end, when all of the pieces of the puzzle come together for Lacey, but only to result in both his life and that of his wife Donata, at risk of ending. -Very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of these books and loved every one! Good mystery, great hero and exciting plots.