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A Body in Berkeley Square (Captain Lacey 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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Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Review written April 16, 2016

4.2 Stars - Clever wonderful for excellent mystery listening

Book #5

My sixth audiobook in this series (8 hrs narrated by James Gillies) and I'm equally pleased that the five previous times.


London 1817

Captain Gabriel Lacey's former friend, Colonel Brandon is the prime suspect of a murder. It seems very strange, surprising and truly completely unbelievable. - Of course our Captain need to be involved in the investigation.
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a solid installment in the Captain Lacey Mystery series. When I saw the synopsis for this book- Colonel Brandon stands accused of murder - I knew everything was about to hit the fan. If you've read the series you will know why. This book didn't shy away from the promise of that story line - a main thread involving Captain Lacey's love life is resolved in this installment. No spoilers - all I will say is that I am one happy camper. It read like a season finale of a tv show. I'm going to ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
London 1816: Ein Mord am Berkeley Square schockiert Londons beste Gesellschaft. In einem Ballsaal wird die Leiche von Henry Turner entdeckt; er wurde brutal erstochen. Das Messer, mit dem er getötet wurde, gehört Colonel Brandon. Schnell scheint klar zu sein, dass nur er als Mörder in Frage kommt. Captain Gabriel Lacey glaubt jedoch nicht an seine Schuld und beginnt, Fragen zu stellen...

Mein Leseeindruck:

Ich lese sehr gerne Krimis und mag diese Suche nach dem Täter sehr gerne. Ich rätsel gerne m
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At a ball in Berkeley Square a body is found, stabbed with the knife of Captain Lacey's former commander and friend Colonel Brandon.
Lacey is determined to find the true murderer even without the help of Brandon. Why? What is Brandon hiding?
A good story, ready for the next one.
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
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent mystery

Captain Lacey finds himself in the uncomfortable position of defending his former commanding officer and friend of murder charges. To do so, he has to face his true feelings for Louisa. In fact, this book seems to deal quite a bit with true feelings. Grenville has to face his feelings for Marianne or risk losing her. Louisa has to decide her feelings for Aloysius and whether she can forgive him. Meanwhile, Captain Lacey faces on of his most difficult cases to date. He's certain
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Idiotic Brandon! Colonel Brandon gets in hot water protecting a former lover and is arrested for murder. Arrogant man. Captain Lacy, in spite of all that Brandon has done to him, goes about trying to save Brandon from the noose. Well we know Lacy was going to act honorable if only for Louisa's sake but seriously wanted to strangle Brandon.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG my favorite book of the series yet. All the characters have made real development and stopped being two dementional cut-outs of Regency England time period people. And have fully flurish, and shown interpersonal interaction and deep emtional connection. Plus people are finally actually communicating and resolving issues. It was amazing and is a high point in the series so far for me.
Kimberly Kline
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captain Lacey has done it again! He finds himself drawn into solving another murder, and this time he is trying to clear his former commander of the crime. Definitely another strong entry in the Captain Lacey series and I have already started the next installment!
Petra Sankari
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many plots, many mysteries, lots of loose ends tied up, un-put-down-able!
Ruby Bibi
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-Harry Turner, a young man in his twenties who was attending a party being given by Lord and Lady Gillis, is found dead in a small room to the side of the main area in the party. A woman, Mrs. Harper, upon entering the room, discovered the dead man leaning over a desk with a knife in his side.
-Prior to that moment, and earlier in the evening, Colonel Brandon had angry words with Turner. What was most damning to the Colonel was that it was his knife that lay in the chest of Turner and which kille
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sheila Melo
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Regency Mystery All About Relationships

"My friends, I reflected, were busily driving me mad."

THE STORY: There is a murder at a ball and Captain Lacey's former superior Colonel Brandon is the prime suspect. Lacey has a complicated relationship with Brandon, who believes that Lacey and Brandon's wife had an affair. Lacey is determined to discover the true murderer, but worries that Brandon is the man he is seeking.

OPINION: This is one of my favorites of the series. Because Brandon is a suspect,
Barbara Rogers
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book #5 in the Captain Lacey Regency Mystery series -- I am loving this series more and more with each book. I almost didn't read beyond the first book because I just didn't like Captain Lacey with his melancholia at every turn, etc. -- I'm so glad I continued with the 2nd and subsequent books because the characters grow and become more fleshed out and real with each book.

In this book, Colonel Brandon is accused of and arrested for murder and Captain Lacey seems to be the only one who thinks he'
D.A. Bale
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books are just too short!! I find them very well written and everything happens fast and is solved quickly, but they are just too short!!
This book is about friends. There is a murder, of course, and every friend of Captain Lacey's is involved and for one moment or more is considered a suspect.
Every friend has secrets and every secret makes them a suspect in the murder.
Captain Lacey's love for Louisa comes to the front, and his depression does not even appear. He has a new person to help h
A Body in Berkley Square #5. Colonel Brandon is accused of murder at a society ball. Lacey, despite the evidence against Brandon and their ongoing feud, does not believe Brandon guilty of the murder. Although there is some re-hashing of the Brandon/Lacey past (which I tired of in the first book in the series), at least Brandon is actually part of the current plot.

Lady Breckenridge's role is further developed, and she is willing to do what she can to aid Lacey in his investigation. A mystery docu
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
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
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Milena Benini
Jun 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historicals
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Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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.

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Other Books in the Series

Captain Lacey Mysteries (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Hanover Square Affair (Captain Lacey, #1)
  • A Regimental Murder (Captain Lacey, #2)
  • The Glass House (Captain Lacey, #3)
  • The Sudbury School Murders (Captain Lacey, #4)
  • A Covent Garden Mystery (Captain Lacey, #6)
  • A Death in Norfolk (Captain Lacey, #7)
  • A Disappearance in Drury Lane (Captain Lacey, #8)
  • Murder in Grosvenor Square (Captain Lacey, #9)
  • The Thames River Murders (Captain Lacey, #10)
  • The Alexandria Affair (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, #11)