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Author: Ashley Gardner
ISBN13: 978-0425196120
Title: A Regimental Murder (Mystery of Regency England)
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Publisher: Berkley (May 4, 2004)

A Regimental Murder (Mystery of Regency England) by Ashley Gardner

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A Regimental Murder is the second book in Ashley Gardner's Captain Lacey history-mystery series. I enjoyed this second outing with the recurring characters as much, if not more than the first. Easily, the best parts of these books for me are the sights and sounds of Regency Era England, the historical references to the Napoleonic wars, and the social/cultural contradictions of this fascinating time in Great Britain.

Book 2 of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author. This book is a work of fiction. The names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the writer's imagination or have been used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, actual events, locales or organizations is entirely coincidental. Chapter One. London, 1816

Book 2 of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries. London, 1816. A new bridge was rising to cross the Thames just south and east of Covent Garden, a silent hulk of stone and scaffolding slowly stretching its arches across the river. I walked down to this unfinished bridge one sweltering July night through darkness that belonged to pickpockets and game girls, from Grimpen Lane to Russel Street through Covent Garden, its stalls shut up and silent, along Southampton Street and the Strand to the pathways that led to the bridge. I walked to escape my dreams.

Captain Lacey returns in a fishy mystery of Regency England. Her late husband was accused of a crime he didn't commit-and then murdered. Trying to clear his name, Lacey gets drawn into the intrigues of an underworld villain.

A Regimental Murder (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries By Ashley Gardner. Tags: mystery murder mystery england historical cozy mystery london regency peninsular war captain lacey. About Ashley Gardner. Ashley Gardner is a pseudonym for NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Ashley, who also writes under a third name, Allyson James. She has written and published more than thirty novels and a dozen novellas in various genres, most prominently mystery and romance.

Labels: Ashley Gardner, captain lacey Regency mysteries, disappearance in drury lane. Friday, September 06, 2013. Captain Lacey Boxed Set 1 limited time sale! Because I can, I have put the e-version of the first boxed set of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries on sale for 99 cents for a limited time. The rest of the books not already in print will soon follow!

Award-winning author Ashley Gardner also writes as New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley. Under both names-and a third, Allyson James-Gardner has written more than 50 published novels and novellas in mystery, romance, and urban fantasy. CONNECTED BOOKS: A COVENT GARDEN MYSTERY is the sixth book in the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries series. This book can be read independent of other books in the series for the mystery. Readers should be aware, however, that there are continuing personal stories that are also occurring. Her late husband was accused of committing a crime during the atrocities after a Peninsular War battle, and Lydia Westin wants Lacey to clear his name.

Captain Lacey, while helping a woman of quality prove the innocence of her husband who has been accused of murdering a cavalry officer, becomes drawn into the deadly game of a criminal mastermind. Original.
Reviews: 7
I am absolutely loving this series. The writing is top-notch, the characters are well-developed, and the mysteries keep me guessing. I believe I mentioned this in my review of the first book in the series, but Ashley Gardner has a real gift for transporting the reader to the eras and locations, where the stories are set, with just a few sentences. I especially enjoy the MC, Captain Gabriel Lacey. He's such a multi-faceted character. A good man, but not always a nice man, and that temper of his...! I would very much like to see this series made into a TV series on BBC, starring Matthew Macfayden as Captain Lacey (although I can see him in this role, because his character on Ripper Street is somewhat similar to Captain Lacey).

If you are a fan of historical mysteries or like to read about Regency era England, you should give this series a chance.
More of Gabriel Lacey 's history comes to light in the second book in this series. The details do not make Captain Lacey any less tragic but they do explain more about his complicated relationship with Louisa and Aloysius Brandon. In fact, many secrets come to light when a widow asks Captain Lacey to clear her late husband's name of a murder that occurred during the peninsular war.
I really like how the main characters develop in this series. I also appreciate how the author does not sugarcoat or ignore the filth and brutality of life in the early nineteenth century. Those details bring the story to life and make it more authentic. I'm looking forward to reading more of Captain Lacey's adventures.
Captain Lacey is a delightful character -- gallant, masculine, and passionate about pursuing justice, especially when his friends are involved. In this story, Lacey is drawn into a romance with the beautiful, recently widowed Lydia Westin. Lydia hires Lacey to clear her husband's (Colonel Westin) name after a significant scandal has tarnished his memory. It is not clear who murdered John Spencer in Badajoz, Spain, during the infamous rape-and-pillage scene that blackened the name of the British Army during the Napoleonic wars, but Westin was blamed, and Lydia is passionate about restoring his honor.

Lacey falls for her completely. Of course, he gets the job done, but throughout the book and especially at the end, the reader is not too sure about Mrs. Lydia Westin. In the course of his pursuit of the criminals and his pursuit of Lydia as a potential mate, Lacey discovers that his long-lost wife may still be alive. This tidbit of information is dangled for a few pages but is then stuffed away, no doubt for use in a future Captain Lacey mystery. I like the fact that the main character is male, but the descriptions have the detail and emotional sensitivity (sorry if that sounds sexist) that indicate a female author. I also like the fact that the plots in these novels are not excessively convoluted. This one pushed the envelope--lots of suspects and strange motives--but it was still possible to follow the sequence of events and feel satisfied with the ending.
I like one, second in the series. I like that Captain Lacey is honorable, yet flawed with a temper. When it comes to protecting the honor of women, or even avenging it's loss, he's fury itself. Which may one day be his undoing. But I can't help but like him, and enjoy even his wilder moments.

Coming upon a widow in distress, Lacey is pulled into a mystery of a death that happened in the military long ago. The widow is convinced her husband is actually innocent of the crime he was to be punished for, before his untimely death, and asks Lacey to restore his good name.

And no one wants Lacey to start digging into an ugly past.

This really pulled me in and kept me reading. I wanted the mystery solved, but also to see how Lacey would handle the various problems and snares that came across his way. Sometimes, he didn't handle them very well, and he's lucky he has some close friends that care about him. And I feel as if, in real life, I'd have been one of them if I'd known him.

I wouldn't always agree with his actions, and he'd probably piss me off more than once, but I'd be there for him all the same. That's the kind of character that keeps bringing me back.