When Miss Lydia Garrett's guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related - and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge. The clues point to the former Earl's first naval command. In 1758 the Earl spirited away and hid the magnificent Peacock Throne at the behest of the Indian royal family. To draw out the murderer, Anthony and Lydia agree that they must locate the throne. However, they are not the only ones interested in the Peacock Throne. Marcus Wiltshire, agent of His Majesty's intelligence services, has received hints that Bonaparte intends to return the throne to India and leverage its mystical significance to foment rebellion and cut England off from her most important trading partner. When the amateur sleuths join forces with the professional agent, the quest for the throne leads them around the globe on an adventure steeped in danger, treachery, and romance.
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About the Author
Lisa Karon Richardson is the author of several novels including Diamond in the Rough, Vanishing Act, and Curtain Call. Her novella, Impressed by Love, was a Carol Award finalist. Lisa and her husband are currently planting a home missions church in the USA, having previously been missionaries to the Seychelles and Gabon.
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Wow, what a fantastic read! Part mystery, action, adventure, and a little romance, with never a dull moment, it clips along long the ship Legacy in full sail. Set in 1802, the story begins in England with two murders found to be connected by an event 45 years before, bringing together 2 characters from seemingly opposite ends of the social strata. They are joined by a third who has a mutual interest in solving the puzzle, and together they set off on the adventure of a lifetime, sailing off to a distant location, hoping to bring home justice. The story seemed to have just the right balance of interesting characters, danger, mystery, historical details, and action adventure. Felt a bit like a slice of Sherlock Holmes, Horatio Hornblower, and the Scarlet Pimpernel. It kept me guessing well up to when the real villain was revealed. Plenty of swashbuckling swordplay, and dashing gentlemen to keep it exciting, as well as a bit of romance. Miss Garrett is a sweet, plucky heroine with much to be admired. A well played ending with a hint of the trio continuing into the next book left me hopeful. Great start to an exciting series! Look forward to reading more. Highly recommend! (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
Lisa Karon Richardson in her new book, “The Peacock Throne” published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Miss Lydia Garrett. From the back cover: A mysterious throne holds the key to two murders; an epic adventure steeped in treachery and romance When Miss Lydia Garrett’s guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related―and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge. The clues point to the former earl’s first naval command. In 1758 the earl spirited away and hid the magnificent Peacock Throne at the behest of the Indian royal family. To draw out the murderer, Anthony and Lydia agree that they must locate the throne. They are not the only ones interested in the Peacock Throne, however. Marcus Wiltshire, a British intelligence, has received hints that Bonaparte intends to return the throne to India and leverage its mystical significance to foment rebellion and cut England off from her most important trading partner. When the amateur sleuths join forces with the professional agent, the quest for the throne leads them around the globe on an adventure steeped in danger, treachery, and romance. The Peacock Throne was a famous jeweled throne that was the seat of the Mughal emperors that conquered Northern India. It was commissioned in the early 17th century by emperor Shah Jahan and was located in the Red Fort of Delhi. The original throne was subsequently captured and taken as a war trophy in 1737 by the Persian king Nadir Shah, and has been lost ever since. You would not think that such a trophy would cause such a commotion. Someone killed the Earl of Danbury and that is how the book begins. Somebody also murdered Miss Lydia Garrett’s guardian. Now Ms. Richardson gives us an adventure as the way to solve these murders and those that come later is to solve the mystery of the Throne. Plenty of suspects, plenty of motive, now Lydia and Anthony have to narrow down the field to just the one who did it. Not an easy task. This is a hard-boiled investigation filled with all kinds of twists and turns that will really keep you engrossed. Take the phone off the hook, go to the bathroom and make yourself a bowl of popcorn as reading this book is going to command all your attention. Lydia has a keen observant eye that catches all the little things that even I missed, and I was watching for them. Lisa Karon Richardson is an extremely talented writer who really knows how to tell a story that will grab you and keep you flipping pages until you reach the end. “The Peacock Throne” is a very exciting book. I am so looking forward to the next book from this very talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
THE PEACOCK THRONE had its ebbs and flows. A fascinating story, but at times, it had a tendency to drag. Lydia Garrett and Lord Anthony Danbury are an unlikely pair. She works at a coffee house, he is an aristocrat. But they do have one thing in common. To catch a murderer. Lydia’s guardian and Lord Danbury’s father have both been murdered, and it would seem their deaths are somehow linked. Lydia finds the link between the two men in a diary, and Lord Danbury learns that Lydia’s guardian had been on the same ship as his father. They both learn of an amazing tale regarding the spiriting away of something called The Peacock Throne. Now, Lydia, Lord Danbury, and Marcus Harting—a government official that thinks Danbury isn’t as innocent as he would like everyone to believe—set out to find not only the murderer, but the throne that was hidden years ago. Unfortunately, they are not the only ones seeking the throne. The French are quick on their heels to find the location of the throne and take it for themselves. Lydia, Danbury, and Harting embark on an amazing adventure that takes them over the high seas, through tribe inhabited jungles, and to foreign lands. There hope is to draw out the murderer before he can capture the throne or cause any more bloodshed. I enjoyed THE PEACOCK THRONE with its twist and turns, but the pacing of the book was a bit slow for my liking. The main characters were well fleshed out, and the secondary characters added to the depth of the story. Lydia is strong-willed, but still every bit a woman. The attraction that both Lord Danbury and Marcus Harting begin to feel towards Lydia makes for an intriguing triangle. But knowing two of the three are deceiving the other will keep the reader interested in not only the outcome of the throne but who will win Lydia’s heart. The last third of the book moves at a quicker pace, but the middle was a bit slow. Still, it was an adventurous read. Book provided for review purposes.
I received a copy of THE PEACOCK THRONE by Lisa Karon Richardson from Lion Fiction via Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. This was another wonderful novel of historical fiction. I have been on a huge historical fiction binge lately, so this book fit right in. Miss Lydia Garrett wants to find the villain who murdered her guardian. Lots of action follows Lydia. It starts with action on the first page and doesn’t let you go. There’s a few murders, which keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat. I loved how the reader gets to travel the world with Lydia. I’m a huge fan of travel. Each new setting was vividly described. The romance was sweet. Miss Lydia Garrett is an excellent role model for women. She is a strong woman who knows what she wants, despite the historical setting when women had a lower role in society. On a side note, I recently got into the Heartsong Presents series. After looking at THE PEACOCK THRONE on GoodReads, I saw that Lisa Karon Richardson has written for that series. How cool! I haven’t read those yet, but I will be on the look out.
Murders that happened on different sides of London end up connecting two people whom are unknown to one another at the time, end up forming a team to find the murderer. This is how Lydia Garrett and The Earl of Danbury end up meeting; the third to join the team is Marcus Harting, an agent of His Majesty’s intelligence services. Marcus does not trust Anthony, The Earl of Danbury, and enlists Lydia to bring him information. Now while I didn’t like that he was making her spy on someone whom was kind to her, I did love how he treated her. I could just imagine the gown that he had made for her, for the party that they went to in India. Yes we do a bit of traveling in this book, and there are more murders, and we find ourselves on a ship under cannon fire. Now this story takes place in the early 1800’s and Napoleon is leading the French, and we meet this head on. We also get a glimpse of a throne of incredible worth and beauty, and it is described so wonderfully, you feel like you can tough it. There is so much action in this book, and Ms. Lydia is one awesome young woman, never a dull moment in this ladies life, whether she is climbing through windows, or cutting the lines of grappling hooks, or writing notes with clues hidden in them. Don’t miss this intriguing read; you won’t want to put it down. I received this book through Kregel Publishing Book Bloggers, and was not required to give a positive review