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When Miss Lydia Garrett's guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related - and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge. The clues point to the former Earl's first naval c ...more
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Published November 27th 2015 by Lion Fiction
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Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who love classic mystery and adventure
4.5 stars
An excellent mystery-adventure set in England, the Seychelles, and India in the year 1802. Exotic locales, a legendary jeweled throne to discover, and a spy of Napoleon's to discover lend this story an air of adventure nearly reminiscent of an Indiana Jones tale.

Miss Lydia Garrett is the orphan of a vicar and a disowned earl's daughter, and had been given the training of a lady before her parents died in a carriage accident. Afterward, she is sent to her cousin's home for shelter, and
Karen R
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a fantastic read! Part mystery, action, adventure, and a little romance, with never a dull moment, it clips along like the ship Legacy in full sail.
Set in 1802, the story begins in England with two murders found to be connected by an event 45 years before, bringing together 2 characters from seemingly opposite ends of the social strata. They are joined by a third who has a mutual interest in solving the puzzle, and together they set off on the adventure of a lifetime, sailing off to a
Chelsea Jones
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tlc-bingo
A wonderful historical mystery intertwined with romance. The heroine is tough and befitting of the title of heroine much more than many of the spoiled girls that are thrust upon us in many Historical romance novels.

Lydia acts as if she were written by Austen, her with and character lending more to her credibility than if she were of a higher station.

Lord Danbury and Marcus are two main character whom I'd love to see in further novels, especially if it were a series on Marcus' exploits as a spy.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
What could be a better start to a mystery than a murder or two? That’s how this thrilling mystery draws you in. The Earl of Danbury is found murdered on the same night his friend Mr. Wolfe is stabbed to death. The lives of the earl and Wolfe’s charge, Miss Lydia Garrett become intertwined, much aided by spymaster and intelligence office Marcus Harting.

The romance line is thin but the mystery and drama are thick as thieves keeping this tale afloat until the very last word.

For a longer review, ch
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Set in London, England in the early 1800s. Anthony’s father who was staying at Lord Danbury’s home and Lydia’s guardian are murdered the same night, but in different parts of London. Miss Garrett, part time sleuth, vows to get to the bottom of the murders and get justice for the victims. The Indian Peacock Throne is being transported to India and Lydia feels there is a connection with the murders.
Melinda M
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Peacock Throne by Lisa Karon Richardson is a historical mystery with some adventure and romance. It is well written. It has many twists and turns and keeps you guessing.Lisa Karon Richardson has done a great deal of research which makes for an interesting and accurate historical setting.
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Start to finish it held my attention. Great characters. I love books with a strong independent woman. It is also a great mystery. Well done.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tainfm2016
I did a lot of skim reading. That requires an automatic 2 stars. The author's writing style just seemed so wordy that I couldn't avoid the skim reading.

The story felt frustrating to me for some reason (it didn't seem to flow...) and I felt like giving up on reading it several times. There were times that something specific was mentioned and I would wait for it to become significant--why else would it be so specifically highlighted--then nothing would come of it.

The ending felt unsatisfactory, a
Victor Gentile
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Karon Richardson in her new book, “The Peacock Throne” published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Miss Lydia Garrett.

From the back cover: A mysterious throne holds the key to two murders; an epic adventure steeped in treachery and romance

When Miss Lydia Garrett’s guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders ar
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Kregel Publications for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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When Miss Lydia Garrett's guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related - and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge. The clues p
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It is a great mystery, has lots of adventure and a suspenseful end.

The novel begins with murders in England. The first is Lydia Garrett's uncle and guardian. Then we find out the Earl of Danbury was murdered on the same night. The paths of Lydia and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, cross. Perusing old documents long hidden, they find out the murdered men had been on the same ship, one commanded by the former earl. In 1758, the earl had been asked by the Ind
Lisa Johnson
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: The Peacock Throne
Author: Lisa Karon Richardson
Pages: 336
Year: 2015
Publisher: Lion Fiction
Anthony Danbury receives a shock upon waking up one morning; his father has been murdered. A letter is found hidden in one of Anthony’s boots from his father with an almost unbelievable tale. Anthony vows justice for his father’s murder and will stop at nothing to accomplish it. The new Lord Danbury, Anthony upon the death of his father, decides on an elaborate plan to lure out his father’s killer. A
Beckie Burnham
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lisa Karon Richardson has combined several genres — mystery, history and romance — to create a fast-paced novel. The Peacock Throne takes the reader on an adventure across the high seas to exotic locales filled with wonders and hidden dangers. In the midst is an indomitable heroine who can hold her own against would-be assassins, kidnappers and two very eligible men. At the heart is a treasure of inestimable value which could restore the fortunes of those who seek it. If you like a tale filled w ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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When Miss Lydia Garrett's guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related - and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge. The clues point to the former Earl's first naval command. In 1758 the Earl spirited away and hid the magnificent Peacock Throne at the behest of the Indian roya
Tamara Tilley
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
THE PEACOCK THRONE had its ebbs and flows. A fascinating story, but at times, it had a tendency to drag.

Lydia Garrett and Lord Anthony Danbury are an unlikely pair. She works at a coffee house, he is an aristocrat. But they do have one thing in common. To catch a murderer. Lydia’s guardian and Lord Danbury’s father have both been murdered, and it would seem their deaths are somehow linked. Lydia finds the link between the two men in a diary, and Lord Danbury learns that Lydia’s guardian had been
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The Peacock Throne
By Lisa Karon Richardson

Lydia Garrett has just lost the most important person in her life - her cousin, her guardian, and Anthony Douglas, Earl of Danbury his father. Both men murdered the same night and distantly linked by their shared past in the Royal Navy. But why would anyone murder these two men in such a marked way?
Agreeing to join forces and bring a murderer to justice Lydia and Anthony quickly come to the attention of Marcus Wiltshire. But Marcus is more than he seems
Maureen Timerman
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Murders that happened on different sides of London end up connecting two people whom are unknown to one another at the time, end up forming a team to find the murderer.
This is how Lydia Garrett and The Earl of Danbury end up meeting; the third to join the team is Marcus Harting, an agent of His Majesty’s intelligence services. Marcus does not trust Anthony, The Earl of Danbury, and enlists Lydia to bring him information. Now while I didn’t like that he was making her spy on someone whom was kind
I always like finding a new author to read. While Lisa Karon Richardson is not new to Christian fiction, this is the first time I’ve come across her and The Peacock Throne is a great introduction. It’s a book that drew me in immediately and kept me interested until the very end.

It turns out that the Peacock Throne did exist at one point in time. It was commissioned by Shah Jahan, who’s better known for the Taj Mahal, and it supposedly cost more to construct than the magnificent mausoleum. It dis
Tammy G.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Karon Richardson is a brand new author for me. I believe that she has written several novels including this one, The Peacock Throne.
As I began reading this story I quickly found out that Lydia Garrett is a young woman who is not afraid of life. She is also bent on finding out the truth when a crime hits her own home.
Her guardian is murdered and, lo and behold, the police don't think this is a crime worthy of their attention. But on the same night Anthony Douglas, the new Lord of Danbury, i
Marji Laine
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This intriguing historical mystery kept me coming back to it again and again. I finally surrendered and stayed up into the wee hours to enjoy the satisfying finish. The writing was exquisite, catapulting me into the 1800's of Great Britain and points beyond. I was amazed at how seamlessly she was able to leap from the viewpoint of a proper gentleman, to a not-so-simple scullery maid, to a unique individual (a sort of Victorian poser) who applies a face appropriate to his circumstances.

Highly rec
Rachel H
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Set in the early 1800s, starting in England, this book is a wonderful read. Filled with mystery and traveling on the open seas, you fall in love with the story and the characters. Its easy to place yourself in Lydia's shoes and ride the story with her. With all the characters being very well developed, you get a sense that Lydia shouldn't be trusting one of them, but you can't seem to decide who. The ending takes a spin you don't expect, but once you finish the story and close the book, you can ...more
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