By Stephanie Barron
The acclaimed writer of the bestselling Jane Austen mysteries brings wealthy historic immediacy to a charming new suspense novel established round Queen Victoria's afflicted court...and a mystery so harmful, it will probably topple thrones.
Windsor fortress, 1861. For the second one time in over two decades, Irish barrister Patrick Fitzgerald has been summoned by means of the Queen. the 1st time, he'd been a zealous younger felony clerk, investigating what seemed to be a murderous conspiracy opposed to her. Now he's a distinct gentleman on the most sensible of his occupation. And the Queen is a girl within the grip of worry. For in this cold evening, her loved husband, Prince Albert, lies dying.
With her destiny clouded via grief, Fitzgerald can't aid yet discover the Queen is interestingly preoccupied with the prior. but why, and the way he can assist, is uncertain. His bewilderment deepens whilst the royal trainer is violently overturned, approximately killing him and his exceptional younger ward, Dr. Georgiana Armistead, niece of the past due Dr. Snow, a famed medical professional who'd attended none except Her Majesty.
Fitzgerald is certain of 1 factor: the Queen's carriage was once no longer attacked at random--it was once a gently selected objective. yet was once it simply because he rode in it? Fitzgerald won't possibility death so as to discover. He'll depart London and take Georgiana with him--if they could get out alive. For quickly the pair locate themselves hunted. Little do they comprehend they every one hold inside their earlier hidden clues to a devastating royal secret...one they need to untangle in the event that they are to survive.
From the streets of London to the luxurious hills of Cannes, from the slums of St. Giles to the gilded halls of Windsor fort, A Flaw within the Blood grants a desirable story of pursuit, and the crafty mix of interval element and electrifying intrigue that simply the awesome Stephanie Barron can devise.
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Fragments of wood and glass littered the bracken, and two of the four-horse team lay dead on the slope, legs splayed and eyes staring. The remaining pair, presumably, had broken free of the traces and run off into the night fog, suffering God knew what fate. Torning’s party of men—three labourers from the village—were busy collecting rubbish; one of them was securing canvas tackle to the chest of a dead horse, preparatory to dragging it away. qxp 10/23/07 8:36 AM Page 35 a flaw in the blood 35 “Poor beast,” Fitzgerald said.
I’ll breakfast with Mr. ” He closed the bathroom door on his man’s protests, and slid into the water. With all the conversation, it was already cooling. He did not find Taylor at the Reform Club, and a brief cab ride to his partner’s home in Great Ormond Street failed equally to produce him. Perplexed, Fitzgerald debated whether Taylor was likely to be at church, in respect of the universal mourning that had swept the City—or to have visited chambers on this dark and stormy Sunday, when any sane man would be established before the fire.
The first journal was delivered up to my dear governess, Lehzen, at the close of every day—a compilation of doings, pallid emotions, pious sentiments on the subject of Family and Duty. Lehzen corrected my expressions in English or German or French, guided my conduct with a thorough review of my motives, reproved me when necessary—and supported me during times of trial. The other journal I kept hidden under a loose floorboard beneath my high four-poster bed, in my apartment at Kensington Palace; the space was never dusted, so nobody liked to venture there.
A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron