A Corpse in Shining Armour by Caro Peacock

By Caro Peacock

Duelling, derring-do, and dastardly deeds are all in a day's paintings for Liberty Lane: the plucky heroine for lovers of Georgette Heyer and Sarah Waters's Victorian novels. London. summer season 1839. And the temperature is emerging as Liberty Lane takes on her strangest case but. Deranged aristocrat Lord Brinkburn is nearing dying and his elder son, Stephen, is looking ahead to to inherit the identify. yet girl Brinkburn's unexpected assertion that Stephen is illegal throws the relations into turmoil. Tensions achieve boiling aspect among the 2 brothers, one in every of whom stands to achieve every little thing, they usually come to blows in public - a lot to the entertainment of London Society. Liberty is engaged privately to get to the reality of the problem, yet a macabre homicide increases the stakes considerably!added to which she unearths her personal judgement being undermined by way of the beguiling girl Brinkburn. She is just too acutely aware that point is working out - one of many brothers should be subsequent, yet with a purpose to it be!?

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Little Vicky had contrived to get herself crowned without this. A good thing too, I thought. The coronation had cost enough as it was, and besides it’s not fair to a horse to ride it into a building full of the over-excited upper classes. But some of the young bloods fancied themselves as Queen’s Champions. With their heads full of Walter Scott and antique ballads they’d decided to hold a tournament in the old style. The tournament was fixed for the end of August, two months away, at the Earl of Eglington’s castle in Scotland.

Well done, Legge. Where is the man? ’ He was still pinned to the ground by the weight of his armour, his friends kneeling in the sawdust round him fumbling to unbuckle it piece by piece. In spite of that, he managed an amused drawl. The other man had managed to get the chestnut down on all four feet by now. He came up leading it, so that the horizontal man could see that it was unhurt. ‘He’s well enough, sir. ’ Amos Legge’s Herefordshire accent was as strong as when I’d first met him, in spite of two years as the most popular groom in Hyde Park.

The younger boy has always been his mother’s favourite. ’ ‘But that would make no sense at all, if he’s supposed not to be the father’s son,’ I said. ’ ‘Not conclusively. ’ He smiled at me and flicked one of his very un-English raven ringlets back from his face with a hand that glinted with gold rings. ‘So it’s quite possible that the mother is making all this up to try to ensure that the younger one inherits,’ I said. ’ Disraeli sighed. ’ ‘If such a test existed, the whole of Debrett’s would probably have to be re-written,’ I said.

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