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In the fourth instalment for Captain Lacey, he takes a job as secretary to the headmaster of a boy's school outside London and is, once again, embroiled in murder.

I really like this series for its good writing, and involved, unpredictable plots. Most of all, however, it's the characters who really make this series: Gabriel Lacey himself, the Brandons, Grenville, Marianne Simmons (who gets an enlarged role here) and Donata Breckenridge are all fascinating and beautifully-drawn. They all have personalities of their own and don't simply slip into the usual period clichés.

The Regency atmosphere is conveyed well, though the lack of a London setting in this book wasn't quite as interesting.
This is a series which is best read in order: (1)The Hanover Square Affair, (2)A Regimental Murder, (3) The Glass House, with another couple of follow after this one.

If you like historical mysteries, this is excellent.
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on 13 February 2009
As the title suggests, the location of this mystery is a public school.
Just after the Napoleonic wars, the central character (an ex-cavalry officer)is finding it hard to adjust to civilian life. He is a rather melancholy, brooding type with a troubled past. Both the plot and the characterdevelopment in the novel are good. There is an interesting cast of supporting characters. On the whole, while it is not exactly a comfort read, it`s warmly recommended for those readers who like a nice mystery
with plenty of twists and turns in the plot.

Hugo van Dantzig
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on 7 February 2016
I purchased this as part of the second three volume Kindle set and have just completed reading this, the first volume of that set. It is up to the usual Ashley Gardner standard, a good story which kept me guessing until the end. I think I prefer the Captain Lacey stories set in London but it was interesting having it set in a boy's school. The writer managed to get the atmosphere of a boarding school of that period very well. She really is a talented writer and her period detail in so good. I wish I could afford to buy these in book form but the Kindle prices are very reasonable.
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on 7 January 2013
Sudbury Murders is another enjoyable and absorbing read in the Captain Lacey series. The main characters are well developed and make for interesting relationships and dialogue. No crude romps here - affection is shown subtly and more realistically than many books in the same genre. The plot, though quite simple, moves at a good pace and allows the reader to feel challenged and baffled, yet not overwhelmed with overworked intricacies. A great book to curl up with on a winter night!
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on 15 July 2013
Very entertaining, well written, and am looking forward to more from this author. Characters are well developed but find Marianne a little tiresome
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on 30 October 2013
I am enjoying this series which though written by an American essentially employs English english. I look forward to the next
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on 20 January 2016
Another exciting mystery! I really enjoyed this, a great story, spoilt only by a couple of jarring Americanisms.
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on 11 July 2015
I love all these books couldnt put them down once I satarted to read them, bang goes the housework.
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on 28 August 2014
What wonderful reading. Just cannot put it down until the last page.
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on 31 December 2014
reat series great plots good characters believable period details
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