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A Covent Garden Mystery (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Book 6)

A Covent Garden Mystery (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Ashley Gardner , Jennifer Ashley
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A Covent Garden Mystery
By Ashley Gardner

Captain Lacey stops to assist a young woman in the market at Covent Garden, and realizes to his astonishment that she is his daughter, Gabriella. Lacey then discovers that his estranged wife and her paramour, a French officer, have journeyed to London at the invitation of James Denis to dissolve her marriage to Captain Lacey.

Meanwhile, a Bow Street Runner and a man from the Thames River Police have asked Lacey to help them look into the disappearances of "game girls" from Covent Garden. The magistrates aren't interested in their fate, but perhaps Lacey can learn a thing or two. Lacey agrees and recruits old friends to help.

But when the goings-on in Covent Garden put his daughter in grave danger, Lacey's crusade turns personal. He will do anything, and call in any favor from anyone, in order to protect his own Gabriella.

Book Six in the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries. This is a full-length novel. (Extra: Chapter One of Book Seven, A Death in Norfolk.)

About the Author

Award-winning author Ashley Gardner also writes as New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley. Under both names—and a third, Allyson James—Gardner has written more than 50 published novels and novellas in mystery, romance, and urban fantasy. Her books have been nominated for and won several RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice awards (including Best Historical Mystery for The Sudbury School Murders), and Romance Writers of America’s RITA. Ashley’s books have been translated into a dozen different languages and have earned starred reviews in Booklist. The Hanover Square Affair spent weeks as the #1 bestselling historical mystery on Amazon Kindle; the entire series spending months in the top 10. More about the Captain Lacey series can be found at Or email Ashley Gardner at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490926844
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  • Publisher: JA / AG Publishing; 2 edition (1 Aug 2011)
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  • Language: English
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read all six in this series if you can! 29 May 2011
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Book number six in the Captain Lacey series set in the Regency time period in England was quite a satisfying historical mystery. I have enjoyed all of the previous books in this series, even though some rated higher than others with me. I sincerely like Captain Gabriel Lacey and have watched him change from a lonely, embittered man to someone who has finally found a chance for happiness over the course of the books. This one was originally published in 2006, but I see that each of the novels will be re-released in 2011 as a lead-up to the brand new seventh novel in September 2011. I am so very glad to see that author Ashley Gardner has not abandoned Lacey and his friends, but will give loyal readers at least one more story.

All the stories in this series build rather heavily upon what happened in the previous book(s), so it is a little difficult to write any type of plot summary which will not give away information important in other novels. I'll simply say that this novel concerns itself with Captain Lacey's efforts to find young women who have disappeared off the London streets in the Covent Garden area. Two of these women are "game girls", better known as prostitutes. Lacey lives in close proximity to Covent Garden so he has at least a passing knowledge of these girls and a great sympathy for their plight. His investigation begins when he is asked to find one of the missing girls. As with all the previous novels this author has made Regency London come alive for me. Her talent for description is superb and the cast of characters she assembled here was first rate. I will say though that this particular novel centered very heavily on Lacey's personal life so the mystery aspect is not as involved as most of the other novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure 29 April 2012
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Two 'game girls' go missing from Covent Garden, and when one is found murdered, Captain Gabriel Lacey is called in to help find the killer.

In the sixth of the Lacey mysteries set in post-Napoleonic London, Gabriel is helping to solve another murder but is increasingly distracted by the arrival of his wife - who he hasn't seen for nearly twenty years - and his long-lost daughter Gabriella. This series has been working up to this confrontation for a while now, and it's handled with Gardner's usual ease and emotional intelligence.

Alongside this, Grenville finally learns Marianne's secret; and Gabriel's own relationship with Donata Breckenridge develops apace. The troubled dynamics of his friendships with the Brandons is also under scrutiny and we can look forward to some growth and change there.

This series is a real guilty pleasure of mine: it's not great literature by any means but it's well-written, well-plotted and has a host of multi-dimensional characters. Best of all, the stories aren't static - while there are certain threads that links all the books in the series, the relationships between the characters move, change and grow. Because of that, this is a series which really does need to be read in chronological order.

If you enjoy historical mysteries, this is an excellent series, and one which deserves to be better known.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 24 July 2014
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Just a bit of lighthearted fun really. I enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When is the next one coming out?!? 14 July 2006
By Elizabeth A. Root - Published on
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I believe that this may be the first book that has left me sitting on the edge of my seat agog with suspense by tying up subplots. Indeed, the awful thought crossed my mind - what if Gardener tied these up as an end to the series? No, I reassure myself, the tying up isn't entirely tidy, there is still a major subplot left open, and new subplots to come.

This is another superbly told and involving mystery. I have been extremely impressed with Ashley Gardner's writing. Her characters are complex and I am always happy to be with them again. One can sympathize with them in their cross-purposes, even as they pain one another. Lacey continues where the last book left off, seeking to dissolve his marriage with the long-estranged wife who deserted him, hoping to find his daughter, and courting his new love. In this volume, it appears that someone is preying on the "game girls", not something terribly important to officialdom, but worrying to those, like Lacey, who have a strong sense of justice. When his daughter disappears, most of the characters are forced into re-evaluating their relationships in the course of a frantic search.

The drawing together of several loosely inter-related subplots appears to be the precursor of allowing major changes in Lacey's life. I presume that Lacey will continue as a crusader for justice, but his personal circumstances are changing radically, and I think it is very brave of Gardner. It is extremely rare for the situation of a character in a series to alter as much as it seems Lacey's will, but the preceding volumes give me great faith that the series will continue to be excellent. This is what has me on tenterhooks - where does the story go now? How will Lacey deal with this new situations? At this point, I am so caught up with the characters, I wouldn't even care if there was a mystery in the next book, so long as I can continue to follow their lives.

An excellent addition to a superior series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet 2 Nov 2006
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Ashley Gardner has produced a five book series featuring Capt. Gabriel Lacey that is extraordinary in its scope and quality. Some of the books are out of print and not easy to find, but worth the trouble to read in sequence. They are: A Regimental Murder - The Glass House - Sudbury School Murders - A Body in Berkley Square and finally A Covent Garden Mystery.

The skill of the writer is in the characterizations! She gathers a small community of diverse "friends" and provides in-depth knowledge of each. Moreso, she keeps the same group throughout the five books, allowing you to get a better glimpse of who and what they are. The protagonist, Lacey, is complex, wounded, and given to quick temper, while never, ever losing his sense of right and honor. As you read through the experiences of murder and mayhem in each book, the characters become not only more familiar, but more endearing. Even those who are not quite so lovable.

The genre is fascinating (late 1800's London, England) and gives the reader a detailed insight into the day-to-day survival of the masses and simultaneously, the culture of the extreme rich. Gardner's ability to put the reader there, riding the hackneys, walking the filth-strewn streets, enjoying a performance from the luxury box or simply partaking of a scrumpious meal is paramount. Her writing ability abounds. Her characters are memorable, leaving the reader wanting more. But most of all, her book(s) give a lasting impression, one in which you find yourself remembering during quiet moments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loving this mystery series! 15 Aug 2011
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The books is this series seems to be getting better. I like how several story lines come together and are resolved in this book. We finally get to meet Capt. Lacey's daughter. I really like the characters but I have equally found that the crime/mysteries that Capt. Lacey helps to solve are just as interesting. Lady Breckenridge is a unique character and I'm excited for the next book that will take us into the future with her and Capt. Lacey. I hope the next book comes out soon - don't miss this series if you like mysteries and you like those set in England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this series! 6 May 2007
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First Sentence: "The young woman buying peaches in Covent Garden has honey brown hair, clear white skin, deep brown eyes, and a faint French accent."

Captain Gabriel Lacey is finally reunited with the daughter his wife took from him 13 years ago. But just as he finds her, she disappears, as have two "game girls." Lacey pulls out all the stops and, with the help and support of his lover, Lady Breckenridge, friends and colleagues, is determined to find the missing girls.

Gardner has created a thoroughly engaging set of characters, set them in a time of elegance and poverty and provide a suspenseful mystery to tie it all together. The characters may all be a bit too nice, but the book is such a pleasure to read, I didn't care. Lacey is the most developed and complex of the characters. He is a former soldier, quick to anger but with a strong moral core. You feel his elation at finding his daughter, his fear she might have been killed and his pain when he realizes another man has been a father in her life. The story is primarily character driven with many of the characters having come to a resolution of the past and being ready to move on to the future. The sense of place is so well done you become part of the environment. For those who love well done Historical/Regency-period mysteries, I recommend you start at the beginning and thoroughly enjoy this very well done series.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a pleasure to read 10 Aug 2011
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Just love the writing and the continuation of the characters lives through out the series. A real pleasure to read and I look forward to each new book. Captain Lacey is an engaging hero of the downtrodden and he makes me yearn for his life to become more bearable. Thank goodness for his many friends as they help him solve mysteries. Very entertaining!
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