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The Peculiar Case of Lord Finsbury's Diamonds: A Casebook of Barnaby Adair Short Novel (The Casebook of Barnaby Adair) [Paperback]

Stephanie Laurens
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20 Jan 2014 The Casebook of Barnaby Adair

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens brings you a tale of murder, mystery, passion, and intrigue – and diamonds!

Penelope Adair, wife and partner of amateur sleuth Barnaby Adair, is so hugely pregnant she cannot even waddle. When Barnaby is summoned to assist Inspector Stokes of Scotland Yard in investigating the violent murder of a gentleman at a house party, Penelope, frustrated that she cannot participate, insists that she and Griselda, Stokes’s wife, be kept informed of their husbands’ discoveries.

Yet what Barnaby and Stokes uncover only leads to more questions. The murdered gentleman had been thrown out of the house party days before, so why had he returned? And how and why did he come to have the fabulous Finsbury diamond necklace in his pocket, much to Lord Finsbury’s consternation? Most peculiar of all, why had the murderer left the necklace, worth a stupendous fortune, on the body?

The conundrums compound as our intrepid investigators attempt to make sense of this baffling case. Meanwhile, the threat of scandal grows ever more tangible for all those attending the house party – and the stakes are highest for Lord Finsbury’s daughter and the gentleman who has spent the last decade resurrecting his family fortune so he can aspire to her hand. Working parallel to Barnaby and Stokes, the would-be lovers hunt for a path through the maze of contradictory facts to expose the murderer, disperse the pall of scandal, and claim the love and the shared life they crave.

A pre-Victorian mystery with strong elements of romance. A short novel of 39,000 words.

An entry in The Casebook of Barnaby Adair series, the events in this short novel occur between the events described in the full-length Casebook novels, WHERE THE HEART LEADS and the upcoming THE MASTERFUL MR. MONTAGUE.

Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens “Stephanie Laurens’ heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong.” Cathy Kelly “Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters.” Historical Romance Reviews.

“Stephanie Laurens plays into readers’ fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again.” Romantic Times Magazine

Praise for Where the Heart Leads: Volume 1 in the Casebook of Barnaby Adair "A satisfying blend of mystery and romance." Publishers Weekly

"In an Amanda Quick-style suspense/romance, Laurens never loses touch with her characters' deep emotions or the haunting mystery." Romantic Times

"An interesting and absorbing plot...an exciting and appealing romantic mystery." FreshFiction.com


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Product details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Savdek Management Pty Limited (20 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992278937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992278939
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The first romance stories Stephanie Laurens read were set against the backdrop of Regency England, and these continue to exert a special attraction for her. As an escape from the dry world of professional science, Stephanie started writing Regency romances. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels about the masterful Cynster cousins captivated readers, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years and is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.

Learn more about Stephanie's books from her website at www.stephanielaurens.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but quite expensive 13 Jan 2014
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I enjoyed it, especially Penelope being pregnant and her way to deal with it. The mystery was a bit flat, being a novella it was doomed to be

Not sure if I like these novellas, I think I prefer the usual book size but nice as a small appetiser for a larger novel.

But, 2.50 is quite a lot for it, especially as it only comes as an e-book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting who done it 14 Mar 2014
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I enjoyed reading it and I am awaiting publication of the forth coming Barnaby cases. Ms Laurens is one of my favourite writers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Georgettte Heyer this is not! 7 Mar 2014
By Lotty
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It was a pleasant read. The plot did not stretch you. Comparing it to a Georgette Heyer novel was misleading. The detail was not there and at times the book seemed more like a television costume drama. No pretence was made to use the language of the period. An easy read, but felt like it had been written to a formula.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book 10 Feb 2014
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Another great book from Stephanie Laurens... Kept you gripped to find out who had done it right until the end
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back with the Cynsters 6 Feb 2014
By dette
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Stephanie Laurens has created a believable family and thier connections that is always a pleasure to pick up one of her books and see how they are fairingm The stories are always as intriguing as they are passionate. The backdrop of the Regency is as ever beautifully portrayed but without shying away from the darker side of the era
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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good wish it had been longer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait 8 July 2014
By Mrs DD
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I have been waiting for another Barnaby Adair story and this novella does not disappoint. It was good how Penelope was included even on the eve of their first born. Can't wait until the next Barnaby Adair case in a full novel
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ms Laurens has found her metier. 18 Jun 2014
By MDG
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This is the first of a series of detective cum mystery romances.
Judging by her persistent tendency to a rather "gushing narrative, this tale is a considerable improvement.
There is much anachronistic dialogue but otherwise this is a page turner
Ms Laurens must have experienced either, very exciting sexual experiences, or wishes she had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything was fine.
Published 9 days ago by Bob Bull
5.0 out of 5 stars but I still enjoyed it.
A pity it was so short, but I still enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Bellanger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read as usual for stories by this author.
Published 1 month ago by S. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Another great story from Stephanie Lauren's
Published 1 month ago by poppy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun reading the follow up to marriage and establishing a working relationship between them all
Published 1 month ago by Janet Place
3.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds didn't glitter
Not as good as other Stephanie Laurens books and it seemed to be over very quickly with no time spent fleshing out the characters.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Andrea Driver
5.0 out of 5 stars a story that you don't want to put down
brilliant read another one of Stephanies stories that you don't want to put down can't wait for the next one
Published 4 months ago by laraine olding
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sleuths are back.
Barnaby Adair and Inspector Stokes are back with another case, while their wives Penelope and Griselda stay at home unable to travel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by tina walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as always
It was a really good read, I really enjoyed the story the plot was good and it was humourous and romantic
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Published 4 months ago by Mrs. S. Lacey
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasure
I always look forward to new Laurens books, they never disappoint, and the Barnaby Adair books are just a bit different to the usual.
Published 5 months ago by celia brown
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