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When the Devil Drives
Caro Peacock
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When the Devil Drives (Liberty Lane #4)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  106 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
A Liberty Lane mystery - Autumn, 1839. As the London nights darken, rumours spread about the devil s chariot, which preys on young women walking alone at night. Novice private investigator Liberty Lane has no time for such horror stories, so when a poetic young man begs her to find his missing fianc\u00e9e, she accepts, suspecting there is a more prosaic explanation. Meanw ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Severn House Digital (first published November 1st 2011)
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Another suspenseful read set in Victorian England with Liberty Lane as the main character who is on the case every time there is something top secret to investigate and nothing is ever as it first appears to be. When the Devil Drives is a haunting story of girls who disappear and then turn up dead in very public places making it seem as if they have killed themselves when in fact it may not be the case. Political and royal intrigue are intertwined in this suspenseful and thrilling story. I real ...more
Val Sanford
Liberty Lane is not one of the gossiping, tea-drinking, clothes horses women of the 19th Century. She is patriotic, vigilant pursuer of truth who makes her living as a private inquiry agent in London. This book, the 4th in her series, opens in 1838. Victoria is on the thrown and she has become besotted with Prince Albert, of Saxe Goberth Gotha. Foreign government will stop at nothing to stop the engagement brewing between 'Vicki' and Albert, who is on a state visit from the continent. Liberty La ...more
Jennifer Kloss
Jul 22, 2012 Jennifer Kloss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read - recommended by a gym friend.
Miranda Barnett
This book, which is, simply put, a novel set in 19th-century London with a female protagonist who is a private investigator, was quite an interesting read ... that is, until I reached the end. The plot had me hooked and the idea of a female PI in 19th-century London was intriguing. However, the disappearances and murders that were being investigated quickly lost their appeal when I reached the last several chapters of the book. The quick pace petered out and the interesting mystery that was at t ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Maryanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First class: Beautifully plotted with nice twists, incisive writing, independent and clever protagonist. Love the dialogue between Liberty Lane and her second, street-urchin Tabby; love the Victorian gothic elements which curl through her stories like Victorian London lamplight and mist.
I really like Caro Peacock's Liberty Lane mysteries. They are set in the 1830's when Queen Victoria was very young—in this one, just at the beginning of falling in love with her Albert. Liberty tends to find herself being drawn into political intrigues as she pursues her living as an investigator. She is asked to find a missing young woman. It is near Halloween, and a mysterious black chariot is causing fear in London. Liberty's friend, hostler Amos Legge has his own mysteries to solve, but as t ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
cr 2011 I am again attracted t0 1830's Britain. main Libery Lane investigater and main Abbey is a twist on the usual mystery of Anne Perry. Liberty is caught up in a plot about the Victoria/Albert marriage..a devil jack the ripper type issue. This was one to pick up again because my mind really wanted to solve the who done it. there are 3 prior mysteries.A forein affair, adagerous affair and a family affair

author Gillian Linscott writing as Caro Peacock
Interesting mystery set in London. I need to go back and reread the previous books again...too long in between them

"As the London nights darken, rumors spread about the devil's chariot, which preys on young women walking alone at night. Novice private investigator Liberty Lane has no time for such horror stories, so when a poetic young man begs her to find his missing fiance, she accepts, suspecting there is a more prosaic explanation."
Kate Forsyth
Aug 30, 2012 Kate Forsyth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th in an enjoyable series of historical murder mysteries featuring the feisty detective, Liberty Lane. Set in 1839, this episode features a series of missing girls, a potential royal scandal, a mysterious black coach, as well as the usual cast of charming minor characters. I didn’t think this one was quite as good as the first few, but it was still a very readable read.
Jul 14, 2012 Drianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
I really liked this, the fourth book in the Liberty Lane series! Liberty is quite good at thinking and a professional (such a nice change in a genre where all too many of the heroine-detectives are rather dumb and blunder around a lot). I continue to like the weaving of the story into history as well. Yay!
Best one yet. Nicely complex story. While I like Liberty, the ancillary characters are really what make these books for me--Amos and Tabby, especially.
Brenda Hawley
This was a fun genre mystery with a plucky heroine and a twisting plot. Probably the best one of this series so way you could predict the ending.
Feb 25, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I couldn't put it down. Well-written and an absorbing mystery.
Apr 07, 2013 Tessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series gets better with every book, most enjoyable.
Jan 22, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it reminds me of Anne Perry
May 30, 2012 Perky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riveting and historically enriching.
Mar 27, 2012 Jerelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aka Gillian Linscott.

Caro Peacock grew up in a farmhouse that, for most of her childhood, contained half a dozen brothers, sisters and cousins, twice as many cats and dogs, no central heating and one bathroom that stopped working every time the spring that supplied it water silted up. This possible bred the habit of curling up in a quiet place with a book, and later, a passion for travel that led
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Other Books in the Series

Liberty Lane (7 books)
  • A Foreign Affair (Liberty Lane, #1)
  • A Dangerous Affair (Liberty Lane, #2)
  • A Corpse in Shining Armour (Liberty Lane, #3)
  • Keeping Bad Company (Liberty Lane, #5)
  • The Path of The Wicked (Liberty Lane, #6)
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