The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner [REVIEW]

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[Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries - Book 1] London, 1816 Cavalry captain Gabriel Lacey returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic wars, bu...
[Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries - Book 1]

London, 1816

Cavalry captain Gabriel Lacey returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic wars, burned out, fighting melancholia, his career ended. 

His interest is piqued when he learns of a missing girl, possibly kidnapped by a prominent member of Parliament. 

Lacey's search for the young woman leads to murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld. At the same time, he struggles with his transition from a soldier's life to the civilian world, redefining his role with his former commanding officer, and making new friends--from the top of society to the street girls of Covent Garden.

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Historical | Mystery | Regency Review
Published: January 7, 2014
Published by: AG Publishing
Length: 319 Pages

      

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★★
The Hanover Square Affair - A TBR Addictions Review
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I don't usually read Historicals or Regencies (my go-to is Urban Fantasy or Suspense/Thrillers), but I love, love, love this mystery series, and I've read every single book! I've read other reviews of this series that say the Regency atmosphere and social history is spot on. I found the historical parts of the book interesting, as well as the mystery plot.

To be honest, Book One's pacing starts out a little slow, but I think that gives the author a chance to flesh out the characters in more depth, so it's worth sticking it out. There's a better understanding of where Captain Lacy is coming from (and where he's going) at the beginning of the story, and I found myself invested in the characters after the first couple of chapters.

Cavalry Captain Gabriel Lacey is an extremely honorable gentleman who has just returned from the Napoleonic Wars with a leg injury he's slowly recovering from. Shortly after arriving in London, Captain Lacey finds himself reluctantly investigating the disappearance of three young women. He's cranky because his leg hurts, and his finances only support a poorer, damper living arrangement than he's accustomed to, so that's a contributor to his melancholy mood. He has some wonderful neighbors, however, that add a lot to the story. As we progress through the book, every chapter brings us closer to the surprise conclusion that, even though the clues are skillfully sprinkled throughout, you still don't realize "whodunit" until the very end. And I can tell you, each and every book is just as exciting, well-written and surprising!

All-in-all, I can highly recommend The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner as an extremely good read, and I'm giving this book a 5-Star TBR rating!



Award-winning author Ashley Gardner also writes as New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley and national bestselling author, Allyson James. She has written more than 100 novels and novellas in mystery, romance, historical fiction, and urban fantasy.

When not researching or writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, playing guitar, building miniature room settings, hiking, and drinking gourmet teas.

For information on her growing dollhouse miniatures collection, see jennsminis.wordpress.com. For more information on her other novels see: JenniferAshley.com.



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