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A Death in Norfolk

A Death in Norfolk [Kindle Edition]

Ashley Gardner , Jennifer Ashley
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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September 1817

Captain Gabriel Lacey travels with Lady Breckenridge to his boyhood home in northern Norfolk only to discover mysterious happenings in and around the Lacey estate. A young woman, cousin of an old friend, has gone missing, strange objects appear in Lacey's ruined house, and the dark windmills on the marshes keep pulling Lacey to them.

The underworld criminal, James Denis, uses Lacey's visit to Norfolk as an opportunity to have Lacey deliver a message to a local squire. A simple task--but one that lands Lacey squarely in international theft and murder. Lacey learns more about Denis's past, and finds himself joining forces with Denis to flush out a brutal killer and save the one person about whom Denis admits to caring.

Book Seven of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries. This is a full-length novel.

About the Author

Award-winning Ashley Gardner is a pseudonym for New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley. Under both names—and a third, Allyson James—Ashley has written more than 35 published novels and novellas in mystery and romance. Her books have won several RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice awards (including Best Historical Mystery for The Sudbury School Murders), and Romance Writers of America’s RITA (given for the best romance novels and novellas of the year). Ashley’s books have been translated into a dozen different languages and have earned starred reviews in Booklist. More about the Captain Lacey series can be found at the website: Or email Ashley Gardner at:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 654 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JA / AG Publishing (19 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XI6GXY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Award-winning author Ashley Gardner is the pseudonym for New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley. Under both names, and a third--Allyson James (the Stormwalker series)--Ashley has had more than 45 novels and a dozen novellas published in mystery, urban fantasy, and romance. She has won the RITA award (given by Romance Writers of America for the best romances of the year) and several RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice awards, including Best Historical Mystery for The Sudbury School Murders. Jennifer's hobbies include reading, traveling, gardening, and building dollhouse miniatures. She currently lives in the desert southwest. For more information, see her website:

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Captain Lacey Mystery 23 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I continue to enjoy these books which I began reading only four days ago and have now completed Book #7. Further reveals are made about James Denis, sort of the all around mafia bad guy, who wants to keep Gabriel Lacey dangling on his string. But, of course, our dear Captain Lacey doesn't dangle on anyone's string, at least not for very long.

Our mystery in this book revolves around Mr. Denis' all around second in command, Mr. Chapman, going missing in Norfolk, Lacey's place of birth. Lacey had decided to go to his home place while participating in a house party in the region along with his lady love, Donata Breckenridge. During this visit, Lacey and Donata take a tour of Lacey's home which has fallen into ruin and begin to make plans to restore the house where they will spend their summers after they are wed.

But, Mr. Denis has an errand for Lacey to take care of while he's in the area which means the Denis crew descend upon the area with a vengeance as they look for very valuable original pieces of artwork. Concurrently with the mystery of the missing Mr. Chapman, Lacey runs into a secondary mystery when he finds a young woman's dress in his ruined estate. Lacey must find out who the dress belonged to because that's what he does and as he investigates this matter, more issues arise.

When Donata finds a notebook under the carpet in the drawing room belonging to Lacey's deceased mother, Lacey finds some secrets about his mother's life that reveals much about her of which he was unaware. As is usual, we have the great pleasure of Grenville's company, we see a little bit of Marianne and we are given further insight into James Denis'youth.

These books continually build upon the past books to flesh out the characters we have learned to love. Great job, Ms. Gardner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant as always - could not put it down 24 May 2014
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These stories engage you from the first page. Gabriel is a well rounded out character as are is friends and enemies. His stage is well set and represents the period very well. Nothing jars you out of the context. The plots are a beautiful mix of simple believable motives and the complex difficulties in uncovering them. The sleuthing is realistic and paced just right.

I started from the beginning of this series intending to pace myself, savor each book and make them last. Unfortunately they are addictive and I read them all one after the other. I couldn't put them down for long. I hope there is another soon and then another .... and another ......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 19 Dec 2013
By mibs
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I like reading about the regency period although i'm glad I never lived then. I like the mystery and the intrigue.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys regency mysteries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 31 Oct 2013
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I did enjoy all the Captain Lacey series of books and I am sorry I have now finished the set of books I have been able to get on my Kindle. Look forward to the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a little weaker than previous books 22 Jun 2013
By Dr B
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I didn't enjoy this quite as much as earlier books in the series. I still think it is good, but felt it did not have the quite depth of the others. It seemed to me that the mystery element was a less strong. It is not that the plot is flawed; it just has less complexity and fewer twists and turns.

Also the setting takes us away from the familiarity of central London, the Ton and Covent Garden. I found the set of people at Lady Southwick's House party somewhat less than convincing and would have liked to see some more well developed characters among the locals and suspects. Nevertheless, Lacey is supported by a number of his normal cohorts, in particular, Lucius Grenville, Lady Breckenridge and James Denis, about whom we learn more.

Having said this, I still think highly of the Captain Lacey series. I am looking forward to book 8 and was disappointed not to be able to find a definite publication date.
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By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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First Sentence: In September, amidst a driving rain that swept across the northern Norfolk coast, my hired coach rolled up the drive to my ancestral home and deposited me at the house's front door.

Captain Gabriel Lacey travels with Dowager Viscountess Breckenridge, his future wife, to a house party in Norfolk. His family estate is also there, although not filled with warm memories. He also agreed to deliver a message from the criminal James Denis, to whom Gabriel is beholden, to a fellow estate owner, Brigadier Easton. The message causes Easton to flee the country, with Lacey's help. What Lacey didn't expect was becoming involved in a hunt for precious paintings, seeking the murderer of one man and trying to locate another.

The first sentence is a true example of how wonderfully Gardner creates a sense of place, time and atmosphere. The first chapter is a compelling indication of the mystery to come.

This is a series I discovered fairly early on. After each I wait anxiously for the next book. This was a particularly long wait--five years between books--but it was worth it.

Ashley has created an ensemble of wonderful characters. Lacey, whose childhood was anything but happy and whose military experience was anything but peaceful and left him injured; his friend Grenville, a wealthy, Beau Brummell-type; Matthias, Grenvile's valet; Bartholomew, who worked under Matthias but now serves as butler for Lacey, and the lovely Donata, Lacey's love. And then there's Denis, to whom Lacey is beholden and an interesting character, indeed.
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