Image of A Covent Garden Mystery (Mystery of Regency England)


Image of A Covent Garden Mystery (Mystery of Regency England)

Gardner concludes her captivating Regency series (at least for the time being) as the enigmatic Captain Gabriel Lacey continues to help the downtrodden and solve the mysterious disappearance of Covent Garden street girls. Realistically
set in the sometimes unseemly environs
of 19th-century London, the suspense
is at an all-time high in this swiftly
paced installment.

Former cavalry officer Lacey lives modestly in London and often helps the cops solve crimes. He offers his services when several young prostitutes go missing and one of them is found murdered. Meanwhile, Lacey's estranged wife, Carlotta, arrives in London with her French "husband" and Lacey's 17-year-old daughter, Gabriella. Lacey is eager to finalize their divorce so that he may marry another.

When Gabriella goes missing, Lacey uses his many connections to find her even as he tries to mend fences between his wealthy friend, Lucius Grenville, and Lucius' mistress, Marianne. (Berkley PRIME CRIME, Jul., 282 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick