Friday, August 10, 2018

The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner [Review]

 The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner
The Hanover Square Affair (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries #1) by Ashley Gardner
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: September 14, 2017

Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries
1. The Hanover Square Affair - Paperback | Kindle
2. A Regimental Murder
3. The Glass House
4. The Sudbury School Murders
4.5. The Necklace Affair
4.6. The Gentleman's Walking Stick
4.7. The Disappearance the Miss Sarah Oswald
5. The Body in Berkeley Square
6. A Covent Garden Mystery
7. A Death in Norfolk
8. A Disappearance in Drury lane
9. Murder in Grosvenor Square
10. The Thames River Murders
11. The Alexandria Affair
12. A Mystery at Carlton House

Ashley Gardner
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
London, 1816.

Cavalry captain Gabriel Lacey returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic wars, burned out, fighting melancholia, his career ended. His interest is perked when he learns of a missing girl, possibly kidnapped by a prominent member of Parliament. Lacey's search for the girl leads to the discovery of murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld. He faces his own disorientation transitioning from a soldier's life to the civilian world at the same time, redefining his role with his former commanding officer and making new friends--from the top of society to the street girls of Covent Garden.
Thoughts on The Hanover Square Affair: I...really liked this book. Like, REALLY liked it. Captain Lacey has a slew of issues, starting with his unmanageable temper. He also suffers from depression (understandably given both the fact he was engaged in a horrific war for a number of years followed by the circumstances of his retirement from service) and he has a noble streak a mile wide. Once he finds out about an injustice, he has a hard time looking away.

Getting involved in the disappearance of a young woman and her maid is something he has to do once he learns of it. With the help of Grenville, a wealthy noble, Lacey slowly uncovers clues to find out what happened to the two women. Honestly, I'm not sure what to think of Grenville. I want to *think* he's there to help, but I'm not sure if I entirely trust him yet. Or maybe I think he'll grow tired of helping and just wander off in the middle of a situation. On the other hand, he was instrumental at keeping Lacey safe, so...maybe I do trust him.

I don't know. I'll have to wait another book or two to make a more informed decision.

Anyway. I liked the mystery. It was grim and dark and Lacey's involvement in figuring out what happened worked.

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