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A COVENT GARDEN MYSTERY
by Ashley Gardner

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical

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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

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

Published: July 2006

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