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 demise and his elder son, Stephen, is looking forward to to inherit the identify. yet girl Brinkburn's surprising assertion that Stephen is illegal throws the kin into turmoil. Tensions succeed in boiling aspect among the 2 brothers, considered one of whom stands to achieve 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 reveals her personal judgement being undermined by way of the beguiling woman Brinkburn. She is just too acutely aware that point is operating out - one of many brothers will be subsequent, yet with the intention to it be!?

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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. Celia might claim to have been thinking of me, but she lived almost entirely in the present and after that first reference she didn’t want to talk or think about the past.

Muted applause and laughter broke out from a group of grooms standing near me. ’ One of their own had triumphed, although they couldn’t make a song and dance out of it with all the gentry panicking about the unhorsed knight. He lay there on his back, helpless in his armour as a foundered turtle. Men of his own class ran to him, shedding their hats and the air of polite amusement they’d shown so far. The bare-headed man threw the roan’s reins to another groom, jumped off and ran to calm his opponent’s horse.

Miles Brinkburn was actually on his feet, applauding. Since the thing had to be carried off somehow, I bowed from the saddle to acknowledge the applause and, carrying my splintered lance, walked Rancie back to where Amos was standing. Luckily, a new arrival distracted attention from me. Another knight had appeared at the far end of the lists on a useful-looking dark bay, a group of friends with him on foot. He was in armour and carried a shield with the device of a black tower. Stephen Brinkburn.

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