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A Body in Berkeley Square (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries #5)

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London, 1817

A Bow Street Runner summons Captain Gabriel Lacey to a Berkeley Square ballroom where a young dandy was stabbed to death during a society ball. The prime suspect: Lacey's former commander, Colonel Brandon.

Instead of denying the charges, Colonel Brandon allows himself to be arrested, and claims, to Lacey's shock, that the lady he'd stayed protectively near at th
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published June 25th 2011 by Jennifer Ashley (first published December 6th 2005)
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I loved how intricately twisted this plot was - Colonel Brandon drives me bonkers and I was often frustrated by his stiff-necked insistance to frame himself for murder! This is one of those occassions where you slap yourself in the forehead in the last quarter or so in the book and say, "OH! THAT'S why he's being an idiot!" because all the pieces of the puzzle are starting to click in your brain. Ms Gardner has a gift for spinning her plots in such a way that you really can't be sure what in the ...more
D.A. Bale
Another good Lacey mystery, though I've really gotten tired of this old and obnoxious situation with Colonel Brandon and Louisa. The lies and deceit, much more the ridiculous blaming the Brandon's lay at Lacey's feet for crimes never committed. I was pretty much done with Louisa after she told Lacey off for something that wasn't even his fault. The Colonel is just a horrific character and he shows that quite well here with his deception all at the expense of his wife (who I still have a difficul ...more
This time Col. Brandon is accused of murder; he had motive, means, and opportunity. Of course Lacey agrees to investigate his quondam friend, now bitter enemy, for the affection Lacey has for Mrs. Brandon. In this volume we see what imprisonment in Regency England was like and how important it was to have money and influence (not that that has changed over the centuries). The Brandons' marriage continues to be troubled, and though Lacey ultimately clears his colonel, this new "debt" merely acerb ...more
Lori McD
In this Captain Lacey book, we learn more about Colonel Brandon and the time period where he wanted to annul his marriage to his wife, Louisa, who hasn't able to bear Brandon children. We get there by way of the murder of Mr. Turner at a Season ball, for which Brandon is arrested. At this particular ball, Brandon made a real cake of himself with a Mrs. Imogen Harper, the widow of an officer who served in the Pennisular Wars with Brandon and Lacey. And, a woman who had an affair with Brandon shor ...more
This was another enjoyable entry in the Captain Gabriel Lacey series. There are so many characters thrown at you in the beginning though, I feel a bit sorry for anyone trying to read it without having read the preceding books. For me it was a delight catching up with all the ongoing characters: Lady Aline, Grenville, Pomeroy, Marianne Simmons, and Donata Breckenridge. The more I read and learn of her, the more I like Lady Breckenridge. I hope we find out a little more details of her former marri ...more
A BODY IN BERKELEY SQUARE (Traditional Police Proc-Captain Brandon Lacey-England-1817) – VG
Gardner, Ashley – 5th in series
Berkeley Prime Crime, 2005, US Paperback – ISBN: 0425207285

First Sentence: At two o’clock in the morning on the fifth of April, 1817, I stood in an elegant bedchamber in Berkeley Square and looked down at the dead body of Mr. Henry Turner.

*** Captain Gabriel Lacey is in the awkward position of proving Colonel Aloysius Brandon innocent of murder. Brandon is Lacey’s former comm
This is actually the fifth book in the series (with a novella making an additional story) of mysteries featuring Captain Lacey - and a thoroughly enjoyable series it has been too! The books are well written with myserties that you can follow but are full of twists and turns and red herrings. There is also a great cast of recurring characters in support. The mysteries are set in Regency England, mainly in London. If you enjoyed any of CS Harris' Sebastian St Cyr books I think you will also enjoy ...more
Michele bookloverforever
murder at a ball ends up with the jailing of his former commander who admits to an adulterous affair humiliating his wife, the captain's dear friend...just friend. the captain investigates and finds the real culprit.....freeing his former commander.
I really like the characters Ashley Gardner has created in the Captain Lacy series. The mystery is interesting and keeps the book well paced but honestly I would happily read about these characters mystery or no mystery. They are likeable and complex and their relationships are what I enjoy most about this series.

This is book number five in the series.
Here are all six titles in order;
The Hanover Square Affair
A Regimental Murder
The Glass House
The Sudbury School Murders
A Body in Berkeley Square
Fifth in the series. Lacey must investigate a fatal stabbing in a sideroom that occurred during a fancy aristocratic ball, and his old mentor Brandon is the main suspect. He doesn't deny having an affair with a mysterious woman who was the shrieking soul who found the victim. How will Louisa (brandon's wife) bear the shame? What about the smoldering love just beneath the surface that Lacey and she have struggled with for years? A mysterious letter, a French agent, and a blackmailer or two add so ...more
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Erica Anderson
What I like about Ashley Gardner books is that they're predictably good mysteries with characters that I enjoy, plus a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. Captain Lacey is his usual bluff and troublesome self. We get to see a good deal more of Lady Breckenridge in this book as her relationship with Lacey progresses. Not nearly so much of Grenville, though, which is disappointing, as I have a bit of a tendre for him. (I'd also like to see more of his interactions with Marianne, as sparks f ...more
Since I have read the first five in short order and am currently on the six book, I'll just write a bit about how I feel about them all.

I love historical fiction and these are thoroughly enjoyable reads. It is a great era too with social etiquette still highly regarded though not always behind closed doors. Captain Lacey, Mr. Grenville, and the supporting cast are well-written and well-rounded. I love Lady Breckenridge and Lady Aline! I recommend these highly to my friends who love a good myste
I'm really enjoying each of these mysteries, and I like Capt. Lacy a lot. He's a man of integrity and honor, with a sharp temper and a curious streak. My only complaint is his (admittedly) complicated relationship with Aloysius and Louisa Brandon. I finally have a clear picture of their history and falling out, but I still can't figure out why he hasn't written off Col. Brandon completely, even for Louisa's sake. It's messy, but intriguing I guess. I'm excited to see things progressing with Lady ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of historical mysteries
Another excellent installment in the Captain Lacey series.

I have been reading mysteries for well over 20 years now. For me, the hook in a series has to be the detective. I have to really love that character in order to keep reading the books.

Captain Lacey is that kind of very interesting, admirable character. He ranks right up there with my other favorites: Thomas Lynley, Thomas Pitt, John Madden, Inspector Wexford, William Monk.

Diana Quincy
This is really a composite rating for the entire series. I love Captain Lacey and will read every new adventure that Ashley Gardner writes for him.
Fantastic as usual!
I got hooked on this series quite by chance. Jennifer Ashley aka Ashley Gardner is rerelesing the series as e-books. I believe this is the last of the original series. She will be writing brand new stories for the series now. I read a lot of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammet when I was younger and I love the character of the lone investigator going where his honour dictacts regardless of self-interest.
The plot might seem predictable at first, but it keeps one's attention so much that it is impossible to put the book down. Highly recommended, especially for readers who love 19th century crime stories.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Again, I love this series. Another great thing about the books is the price is right. The first book is only $0-.99 and the others are $1.99. All are ebooks.
nice whodunit. continues characters from the previous books and expand upon them. detective is both a studier of the facts and of human nature.
Carol Puri
Jun 28, 2011 Carol Puri is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am loving this whole series so far, and this one is living up to my high expectations.
Mary Lauer
I love the gradual development in the relationships: Lacey and Donata, and Lacey and Brandon.
Mary G.
A very good story. It really moved the characters.
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Ashley Gardner is the pseudonym for NY Times bestselling and award-winning author Jennifer Ashley and nationally bestselling and award-winning author Allyson James. Her award-winning Captain Lacey Regency mysteries have garnered top reviews and an enthusiastic following. These books are now available as digital editions. More about the series can be found at
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