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The Crimson Cavalier: 1 (Crimson Cavalier Series) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Andrea Clarke
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Regency London: a hotbed of robbers, ruffians and imposters… A girl might as well put her faith in a highwayman! Georgiana Grey is a sore trial to her upright brother Edward: independent, outspoken and determined to follow her own path regardless of the cost to her social position and reputation. But the early 18th century is a dangerous time. Sir Robert Foster, a prominent but unpopular citizen, is murdered close to her home, apparently by the Crimson Cavalier, a colourful and infamous highwayman. Georgiana has her own reasons to be certain the Cavalier is not to blame, and to Edward’s chagrin, sets out to track down the real culprit.Help comes from unlikely sources: Emily, her energetic, sometimes disapproving but always loyal maid; Tom the cunning urchin, whose greatest ambition is to become a highwayman himself; and the deceptively observant Max Lakesby, guardian of one of the Cavalier’s recent victims. Georgiana discovers plenty of people with good reason to wish Sir Robert dead, but her quest for the truth is obstructed on all sides. As the net closes on the Crimson Cavalier, her own life could be at stake.

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In late 18th century England, a prominent but unpopular man is murdered, apparently by the Crimson Cavalier, a colorful and infamous highwayman. Georgiana Grey is certain the Cavalier is not to blame, and to her brother Edward's chargin, sets out to track down the real culprit.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I will be competely upfront: I would never normally buy this type of novel. It's a crime story set in Regency England (crime is fine, it's the period I'm not usually too good with). My wife gave it to me and, I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Once I got into it I couldn't put it down, in fact.

At the start of the book a notorious highwayman is seen at the scene of a murder and most people seem happy to presume he is the killer. But not sleuth Georgiana, a young society lady, who, in her idiosyncratic way, sets off to solve the case.

The book is well written, the plot moves quickly and there are enough unexpected twists to keep you interested. The ending is well crafted and makes it all worthwhile. My only gripe was, on the odd occasion, I found the old fashioned language annoying but, like I said, I don't normally read this type of book.

Overall, I think the author has done a good job. Four stars!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crimson Cavalier Is Da' Man !!! 25 Aug. 2007
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Format:Paperback
An interesting tale of 18th century social and criminal activity. Trust no-one, assume nothing and remember that not all is as it appears on the surface. A gripping suspense novel that sets the scene for more Crimson Cavalier adventures. Three thumbs up!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is an engaging and beautifully written first novel from Mary Andrea Clarke. Set in Pre-Regency London, The Crimson Cavalier combines gallantry, humour, and skulduggery in an eminently readable debut. Let's hope that the Crimson Cavalier will ride again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Refreshing Historical Mystery 10 Nov. 2011
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Pre-Georgian London and Miss Georgiana Grey is forced to entertain one of her less-favoured acquaintances, Sir Robert Foster, and his companions Lady Winter and her rich daughter Louisa, after their coach is held up one night by the notorious highwayman, the Crimson Cavalier. When Sir Robert's dead body is found the next night in much the same place as the hold-up, the Cavalier is blamed. But Georgiana knows better than anyone that the highwayman is not to blame and finds herself compelled to set about trying to discover the true murderer.
In the course of her investigations, she runs into the path of Maxwell Lakesby, Lady Louisa's astute and commanding co-guardian, and before long, he is offering Miss Grey his help in finding the killer of a man he had his own shadowy reasons to want out of the way. Georgiana finds that everyone around her, including her supposedly upright brother Edward, is harbouring secrets, and it is up to her to find her way to the truth before her own life becomes forfeit.

'The Crimson Cavalier' is a fun, easy-reading historical mystery adventure, with plenty of suspects, events and a suitably plucky heroine and attractive hero to satisfy. I did notice a similarity between the characters and setup of Georgiana, Edward and her annoying chaperone cousin Selina and that of a Georgette Heyer novel, but not enough to spoil the overall story and mystery, which kept me guessing to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STRANGER IN THE NIGHT 5 Oct. 2007
Format:Paperback
I was delighted to read the Crimson Cavalier. The ambience, the mistery and the characteristics that evolve around the characters fulfills the reader's imagination. The conclusion was most surprising!!!
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