By Caro Peacock

Duelling, derring-do, and dastardly deeds are all in a day’s paintings for Liberty Lane: the plucky heroine for fanatics of Georgette Heyer and Sarah Waters’s Victorian novels.

London. summer time 1839. And the temperature is emerging as Liberty Lane takes on her strangest case yet.

Deranged aristocrat Lord Brinkburn is nearing demise and his elder son, Stephen, is awaiting to inherit the name. yet girl Brinkburn's unexpected assertion that Stephen is prohibited throws the family members into turmoil. Tensions achieve boiling element among the 2 brothers, one among whom stands to realize every thing, they usually come to blows in public - a lot to the enjoyment 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 methods of woman Brinkburn. She is just too acutely aware that point is operating out - one of many brothers can be subsequent, yet with the intention to it be…?

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Often weeks might pass when I didn’t go to functions except on business, but this was June, with the season at its height. An embossed invitation card had come from a former pianoforte pupil of mine, an aristocratic young married woman whom I didn’t care for greatly, who had decided that my efforts weren’t on a par with her genius. I’d heard she’d found herself a professor instead. She now intended to delight the world with a soirée of Chopin and Miss Liberty Lane was cordially invited. I didn’t much look forward to it, but my career as an investigator was not so secure that I could ignore an event which might provide rich pupils.

We’ve been in town so little this season, just a couple of appearances at court and so forth. Have you been presented to Queen Victoria yet? Isn’t she quite charming, and she talks so amusingly. But it’s such a labour to get Philip to leave the estate for more than a week at a time. He’s totally devoted to agricultural improvement, especially pigs. ’ People were beginning to turn towards us. She was laughing about her husband, but her voice was full of love for him and she was clearly happy. My dread began to melt away.

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. ‘Well enough too, I believe,’ said the knight. ‘Thank you, all. ’ This to his friends, who had succeeded in unbuckling breastplate and greaves. They helped him cautiously to his feet. He took off his gauntlet and shook Amos Legge by the hand. ’ Amos laughed. ‘We’ll get him schooled to it all right. ’ ‘Green as my green tree. I suppose you’ll tell me I am, too.

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