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A Corpse in Shining Armour (Liberty Lane #3)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  187 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Duelling, derring-do, and dastardly deeds are all in a day's work for Liberty Lane: the plucky heroine for fans of Georgette Heyer and Sarah Waters's Victorian novels. London. Summer 1839. And the temperature is rising as Liberty Lane takes on her strangest case yet. Deranged aristocrat Lord Brinkburn is nearing death and his elder son, Stephen, is expecting to inherit the ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published 2010 by Harper (first published April 6th 2009)
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Jan 08, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2012
Loved this book. Really. I would have given it 5 stars, but the ending was too over the top for me to justify anything more than 4 stars. I've been racking my brain for something to compare these book to, and then I noticed another reader's review mentioned that these were very Agatha Christieish.
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Yes! That describes the style perfectly! Liberty could definitely double as a young Miss Marple.
I don't feel the need to describe the plot, because like Christie's stories, it's not the
Apr 19, 2010 Nan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Deanna Raybourn
Caro Peacock's Liberty Lane was my first entry into the evolving genre of neo-Victorian female detective fiction. After reading the first two Liberty Lane novels (A Foreign Affair and A Dangerous Affair), I chose to read Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Gray series and the first book in Tasha Alexendar's Lady Emily series. Each of these three take a very different tack in telling the story of a female detective.

In my mind, Alexander's Lady Emily is undoubtedly the weakest of the three characters and
Nicola Mansfield
Aug 28, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

I like to think of the Liberty Lane series as one of my guilty pleasures. I know I'm in for a quick dip immersion into the Victorian era with a light mystery and an easy read. I also know Liberty is not going to get into a romance with anyone, though someone will probably be trying to play matchmaker for her but Liberty has more important things to do as a "private intelligencer", a name coined for her line of work by her friend and politician Benjamin Disr
Aug 07, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
I love Miss Liberty Lane. This adventure begins with Miss Lane being asked to look into whether a woman is mad or not. There is a question of the next heir in the family and the mother is saying the eldest is not the legitimate heir because she was visited by a dark knight and not her husband. Of course, this turns into a long investigation along with Miss Lane becoming entangled in her own drama. It was a good story and I can't wait to see if she has more adventures. I love her character. She n ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire
Jan 07, 2011 Kirsty Darbyshire rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I decided to read the third in the series shortly after the second before I forgot about it again. Disappointed to find no sign of a fourth book in the series yet.

Early Victorian London; jousting is the latest craze among young aristocrats & a paternity question arises between the two sons of a dying Lord. Liberty Lane steps in to investigate. Fun. I guessed one of the twists but it's well plotted and that didn't matter. Occassional anachronous-ish foresight by the characters - as when they
Aug 09, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
This is early Victorian in its setting; the queen is young and the country is fascinated with her. Liberty Lane is young and working hard to be independent, which is something the times make difficult. This particular story involves succession in an aristocratic family. Like many detectives Liberty's clothes take a beating. I wonder how her budget holds up, when her shoes split seams and she goes riding in dresses particularly unsuited to horseback, even side saddle. The story never fails to ent ...more
Feb 04, 2017 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Book 3 in this series is my favorite one yet. I feel like the characters all came into rhythm in this book. Things were in sync, and as a reader, I felt the change, felt myself being drawn in and invested in the lives of those within the pages. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Jan 30, 2016 Maryanne rated it it was amazing
Great, gripping mystery, unexpected plot turns, fantastic new characters and the very appealing Liberty Lane, all added to a pure Victorian gothic melodrama. Loved everything, even the crazy ending - I kept thinking - 'how will she resolve this?' And I totally did not expect the action in the final chapters! Great fun, addictive, and a pleasure to read Caro Peacock's writing.
Jul 10, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. The romantic in me wasn't very satisfied (it's not a love story) but it was a strong female lead character and a good mystery with plenty of twists.
Jul 14, 2010 Rosemary rated it really liked it
I just read the American edition of this mystery from one of my favorite authors. I like the British title better than A Family Affair (the American title), especially since the plot revolves around the Victorians' love for all things medieval.
Jul 11, 2012 Drianne rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, mystery
I really enjoyed this book! The mystery was surprising and I still really like the characters.
Aug 09, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it
Really enjoying this series.
C Valeri
Jul 29, 2014 C Valeri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great book, a fast paced page turner with an original plot and likeable protagonist in Liberty Lane....Would definitely recommend if you like mystery and the Victorian period!
Feb 18, 2013 Tessa rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novel it was exciting, quite a page turner and well written.
Sep 10, 2010 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, mystery
Well ... the copy I have is called A Family Affair but it is the same book ... another fine Liberty Lane mystery.
May 30, 2017 Janine rated it it was ok
This was a fast paced historical thriller with a gutsy heroine. Pretty unbelievable modern heroine but hey, she gets out there and demands a good share of equality while she does it. Light reading, unreal events, OK but unlikely to stick in my head.
First off, Liberty Lane has to be one of the stupidest names ever. If my parents had seen fit to give me that name, I'd have changed it at first opportunity.

Having said that, the protagonist was quite interesting. She's headstrong, determined, and inventive. Though this is a Victorian-society type book and I was expecting more in the way of court politics than detective work, I liked the countryside that formed the main setting for A Family Affair.

On the other hand, there was the clear Chekhov's
This was a light, easy book that I flew through. It was interesting. I had to come to terms with how out of character Miss Lane was but by the end I was fine. It wasn't very suspenseful. I am use to a more Agatha Christie approach, while includes deaths that are more frightening, but this book wasn't bad. I doubt I will read it again, but only because I don't reread mystery novels. I thought some of the characters were rather flat but overall I enjoyed it.
Jenn Estepp
am quite sold on liberty lane and her version of early victorian life. really fun to spend time with and a big, thick book that i read slowly in order to savor. i'd never deem it the height of literary accomplishment, but there's something very comforting about it, which is probably appropriate for a historical cozy.
Nov 21, 2011 Nepeta rated it liked it
Originally published as A Corpse in Shining Armour, now evidently re-titled A Family Affair, presumably to give the series continuity. The third Liberty Lane book, good storyline, interesting characters but what really fascinates me is the detailed look at everyday life for all classes in the Victorian era.
I read this before today, but did not record it in Goodreads. Consequently, I asked my library for it and they interlibrary loaned it, and now I am mad at myself for causing the library to spend money they did not need to. Another reason to use Goodreads and record my reading!
Gotta suspend; I was able to renew this one and need to read another library book before it is due on Saturday.

Resumed 4-26-12

3.5. Quite good. I've asked the library to order the 5th book in the series, due out in June.
Feb 12, 2016 Urszula rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was quite an interesting story, about two brothers and a female detective. A family secret and a family birth right was the centre of this mystery. Overall the characters were well developed and interesting. The story line was easy to follow and not too complex.

Sep 16, 2011 Mindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read about a women investigator in Victorian England.
Jaime Howey
Jul 31, 2014 Jaime Howey rated it liked it
This is also "A Family Affair". Very enjoyable read although we seem to have gotten away from the historical, social rules of the time period. I will continue to read the series.
The second book in this series that I have read. I enjoyed them both and have the next two on hold at our library.
Amy D
Sep 10, 2010 Amy D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess these are my form of mind trash. They're not the best written mysteries but I love escaping into the Victorian age...
Katharine Harding
Aug 23, 2015 Katharine Harding rated it liked it
I think that this series has settled into its stride, and I really enjoyed this book.
Jul 10, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
(AKA in the US as *A Family Affair.* And if you don't get the '70s-ish Sly and the Family Stone song by the same name stuck in your head from that, you're a better person than I.)
Mar 17, 2012 Jerelyn rated it it was amazing
My favorite so far. Review to follow
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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)
  • When the Devil Drives (Liberty Lane, #4)
  • Keeping Bad Company (Liberty Lane, #5)
  • The Path of The Wicked (Liberty Lane, #6)
  • Friends in High Places: A Victorian London Mystery (Liberty Lane, #7)

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