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A Covent Garden Mystery (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Reviews shouldn't be spoilers, so I won't say anything more on the plot. The novel is, as usual, well written and easily readable, and the period feel is good. However, I was aware on quite a few occasions of the Americanism 'gotten', particularly in direct speech. This grates! Also, at the end, there are three references to something called 'New Year's'. New Year's what? We say either New Year's Eve/Day or New Year on its own. This also irritated me! However, these blemishes do not stop me from giving five stars to this story, and definitely recommending it. To get the best of this series, though, I would recommend reading them in chronological order.
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.
love/passion/sex in these books but plenty of true emotion and affection. Of course it will all work out in the end
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