Meet Captain Gabriel Lacey, a half-pay cavalry officer who returns to Regency London with little money and no purpose, but with a sense of honor and fairness. He’s pulled into a search for a missing young woman, and thus begins investigating crime, using his status as a gentleman but a poor one to cross the boundaries between the top of society and the working class of the back streets.
In The Hanover Square Affair, a missing girl and a horrific corpse plunge Captain Lacey into the dark underworld of Regency London.
In A Regimental Murder Captain Lacey is on hand to save the life of a beautiful widow; he then investigates the death of her husband, a colonel who had been accused of murdering a cavalry officer during the Peninsular War.
In The Glass House, Lacey investigates the death of a barrister’s young wife, and links her to a notorious brothel where the haut ton play.
Two short stories finish off the collection: In “The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswald,” Lacey is asked to locate a man’s missing daughter, though he senses that the family would be just as happy for her to remain missing. In “The Gentleman’s Walking Stick,” Lacey untangles a web of deceit involving a respectable society man, his only clue being a missing walking stick.
Join Captain Lacey and his friends as he investigates intrigue, murder, and villainy from the plush ballrooms of Mayfair to the darker streets of Regency London.
Ashley Gardner is a pseudonym of New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley.
He discovers that she is one Lydia Westin, wife of Colonel Roehampton Westin, who has recently been accused of murdering an English officer in Portugal during the Peninsular War. Before he could come to trial, however, Colonel Westin was found dead at the foot of the staircase in his own house.
Lydia Westin, to Lacey’s surprise, declares he was murdered and that she knows the culprits’ identities. Intrigued, Lacey begins to investigate, and soon finds himself mired in scandals past and present, with a journalist dogging his footsteps, eager to print Lacey’s latest adventure.
Book 7: A Death in Norfolk
Captain Lacey travels back to his boyhood home in Norfolk to allay the past and becomes caught up in mysteries surrounding the Lacey estate.
Book 8: A Disappearance in Drury Lane
Marianne Simmons asks Lacey to look into the disappearance of an actress from the company at Drury Lane. Lacey does so to find the problem far more complex and dangerous than he anticipated. Meanwhile, he has a very important appointment to keep with Lady Breckenridge.
Book 9: Murder in Grosvenor Square
Lacey is shocked by the murder of a friend and vows to bring the killer to justice.
Three full-length novels in one volume.
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"Dufresne wraps humor, mystery, romance and a whole lot of fun into one package."
Follow Samantha Darling, her dog Clancy, and her beloved George through the first six books in Jerilyn Dufresne’s bestselling cozy mystery series! Between her big family of five siblings, her charming hometown of Quincy, and a sudden run of murders, Sam has her work cut out for her. No one asked her to investigate, but that has never stopped her...
#1 - Who Killed My Boss?
Moments after hiring Samantha Darling as a therapist, Dr. Burns is murdered. Stunned by his sudden death and desperate to keep the job she just got, Sam vows to find the killer.
#2 - Any Meat In That Soup?
When a man falls down at Samantha Darling’s feet, she thinks it’s pretty funny. But she stops joking when he turns up dead.
#3 - Can You Picture This?
If Sam had known when she knocked over the guy's bicycle that it would put her knee-deep in murder again, she might have thought twice.
#4 - Will You Marry Me?
There's a Chicken Convention in town as Sam takes her curiosity on the road and tries to solve another murder--and this time the feathers are flying!
#5 - Where Is Henderson?
Just as Sam is getting ready to marry her sweetheart George, a dead body falls off the train…and suddenly, the psychic sleuth and her canine companion are off to investigate another murder.
#6 - Who's the Rogue?
Sam and her honey George are settling happily into married life with only a few bumps in the road… until Sam gets cast in her community theater’s production of “The Murderous Rogue,” and something goes bump on the stage. Oh no… another murder!
Here's the entire series!
Who Killed My Boss? (Sam Darling #1)
Any Meat in That Soup? (Sam Darling #2)
Can You Picture This? (Sam Darling #3)
Will You Marry Me? (Sam Darling #4)
Where Is Henderson? (Sam Darling #5)
Who’s the Rogue? (Sam Darling #6)
Who Dies Next? (Sam Darling #7)
Is This the End? (Sam Darling #8)
Triple Trouble (Box Set of Sam Darling mysteries #1-3)
Triple Trouble Too (Box Set of Sam Darling mysteries #4-6)
Sam Darling Cozy Set of Six (Box Set of #1-6)
Where's My Passport? #9
Problems intensify when a groom of the school's stables turns up dead in a lock of the nearby canal. A Romany is arrested for the murder, and Lacey is the only person who believes him innocent.
As Lacey works to discover what happened, he gets drawn into the secrets of Marianne Simmons, the actress who'd lived upstairs from Lacey in London. Marianne swears Lacey to silence, which puts a new strain on his friendship with Grenville. Meanwhile the intrigue surrounding the murder becomes as murky as the waters of the canal itself and puts Lacey and Grenville into grave danger.
The Sudbury School Murders is the winner of the RTBookReviews Reviewers Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery.