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.
Captain Gabriel Lacey, a half-pay cavalry officer who returns to Regency London after being injured in the Peninsular War, has found some purpose investigating crime. Along with his friend, Lucius Grenville, a dandy who’s one of the wealthiest men in England, Lacey delves into the dark world behind the glittering Regency ballrooms. He’s solved murders and robberies, has assisted Bow Street and the Thames River Police, and has been pulled into the schemes of a powerful crime lord. In this collection, Captain Lacey takes a post in a boys’ school as well as hunts criminals from Mayfair mansions to the back streets of Covent Garden.
In The Sudbury School Murders, a corpse in a Berkshire canal leads Captain Lacey on a twisted trail of blackmail and corruption in a school for boys of England’s wealthiest families.
In The Necklace Affair, Captain Lacey comes upon a distressed lady at one of Grenville’s soirees, whose innocent maid has been arrested for theft. Lacey hunts for the true thief of the diamond necklace and becomes entangled in a mesh of dark secrets.
In A Body in Berkeley Square, Lacey is called in to solve a murder at a grand society ball. The accused? His mentor and former friend, Colonel Brandon. Colonel Brandon is certainly acting guilty, and only Lacey is willing to prove him innocent.
A Covent Garden Mystery plunges Lacey into a case that hits close to home—girls are going missing in Covent Garden, and one happens to be his daughter.
Join Captain Lacey and his friends as he further investigates intrigue, murder, and villainy in Regency England.
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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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)
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)
Coming August, 2018
Is This the End? (Sam Darling #8)
A Soupçon of Poison (Kat Holloway Victorian Mysteries)
Kat Holloway, a young cook, highly sought after by the wealthy of Victorian London, becomes embroiled in murder and must clear her name. Only the mysterious Daniel McAdam, who is much more than he seems, can come to her aid.
Blood Debts (Leonidas the Gladiator Mysteries)
Leonidas, freedman, once the most popular gladiator in Rome and champion of the games, now must fight for his life outside the arena. A man who owed him money was murdered, and Leonidas is a prime suspect. With the assistance of Cassia, daughter of a Greek scribe who has been bestowed upon him as his slave, Leonidas fights for justice in the back lanes of Imperial Rome.
The Necklace Affair (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries)
Captain Lacey agrees to help a society matron discover what has become of her cherished diamond necklace and to clear her maid, who has been arrested for its theft. Lacey quickly becomes enmeshed in scandal and past secrets, and finds himself competing with the underworld criminal, James Denis, for the necklace's retrieval.
Read a deleted scene from Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage.