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A grand intro to a new series
on 22 June 2013
In this first book of the series, Captain Lacey's involvement arises from a happenstance meeting with a bereft father whose daughter has vanished, presumably kidnapped for nefarious purposes. Lacey pursues the investigation to see justice done for the family, who, because of their societal insignificance, would be unlikely to get any help or recognition otherwise.
The story line is quite complex, with a number of strands and a few red herrings thrown in. This makes for an interesting tale, though with some fairly unpleasant, if historically appropriate, themes. Nevertheless, the story develops logically, with events unfolding in an unforced and natural way. The characters' motivations are gradually revealed, a layer at a time, just in the way the investigator perceives them. Thus, the reader is able to keep pace with Lacey's developing understanding of events and the players in them. Where Lacey is surprised by something, we readers are too, without having the feeling that we have been set up or deceived just to add a twist to the story. All this made for a satisfying book that made me look forward to the next tale in the series.
I read this in the Kindle Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Volume 1, a collection which encompasses the first 3 books, plus 2 short stories.