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James Denis gives Captain Lacey a task to deliver a mysterious package to a man with an office near the Custom House on the bank of the Thames. Lacey, who has been drawn into danger delivering items for Denis before, opens the package to find a single chess piece - a white queen.

The piece tells Lacey nothing, but he soon realizes it plays deeply into Denis’s ongoing battle for control of London’s underworld.

Meanwhile, Lacey encounters an old army friend just returned from Antigua who is being accused of smuggling and, possibly, murder. Lacey decides to help the man, whom he considers honorable, to clear his name.

But Lacey is drawn farther into the dark games of James Denis and his rival, until only his wits and memories from his past can save himself and his family from gravest danger.

Book 15 in the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries series.

©2020 Jennifer Ashley (P)2021 Jennifer Ashley

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  • katenyc
  • 29-06-2021

Great fun series and Great Installment

This is a wonderfully fun series. Captain Lacey is self-deprecating but stops short of being a character you feel sorry for. The mystery murders are clever. The other characters - his love interest, his bodyguard, his rich friend, his actress neighbor, are the best part. The narration is excellent - Gillies has a strong clear voice and does a great job on the various characters' voices. And these stories are not too long - so you can finish it on a road trip or in a week or two of commuting. This is one of the best of the series in how it wraps everything up at the end. A pleasure to listen to and works fine as background music too - you do not have to catch every single word to follow along. Highly recommend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-05-2021

These Books Are Interesting All the Way to the End

I really like this series and find a lot of humorous twists and turns. Captain Lacey is a true hero but he does bumble around often. I truly like his character but I equally like Dennis! Can't wait for the next one. Maybe Captain Lacey's daughter will fall in love with Dennis...wouldn't that be a hoot!

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  • E Pas
  • 19-07-2021

Highly enjoyable

Love these stories. I read most of them some years ago, but not being able to read at the moment, I decided to listen on audible. James Gillies does an excellent job with the voices. He really has brought the characters to life and allowed me to enjoy the stories in a different aspect. I can’t wait for the next instalment, hopefully not too long to wait for an audible version, after the print version in October.

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  • The Curator
  • 26-03-2021

Guilty Pleasure

I love these books. They’re massively entertaining and the characters are fun. This one is a mystery full of false turns. My criticism is that white narrators really shouldn’t attempt to do Caribbean accents (or to be honest any they can’t really handle). It’s just cringey.

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  • Charlotte
  • 26-03-2021

Such a burst of sunshine at a time when needed!

With several lockdowns, I have listened to many books and just as the UK turns a corner and starts building its way out.... joy of joys another Captain Lacey book gets released and my excitement and joy to spend a few precious hours catching up with ALL these beloved characters that I know so well, bursts a pure beam of sunlight upon me!

I honestly think I could listen to these books for hours and upon reaching the end of each one, I feel a mixture of wonder and awe that Ashley Gardener has YET again written another superb plot with twists and turns right up until the end, but I also feel such a sense of loss at having to say goodbye to my freinds 😢 as that’s what these characters have become now, thanks to not only the writing but as ALWAYS the superb narration of James Gillies 🥰

I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to recommend this series to anyone!! They are a joy and delight to listen to!!.....please Ashley Gardener, keep writing these bursts of sunshine 💖

I’m now in love with Brewster lol and as always fascinated by Denis, yet more details on his past would be fascinating!!

Bravo 👏 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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