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The Glass House

Book 3: Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries

About the Book

On a cold January night in 1817, former cavalry officer Captain Gabriel Lacey is summoned to the banks of the Thames to identify the body of a young woman. When Lacey looks at the pretty, dead young woman, cut down too soon, he vows to find her murderer.

Lacey’s search takes him to the Glass House, a sordid gaming hell that played a large part in the victim’s past, as well as to gatherings of the haut ton and the chambers of respectable Middle Temple barristers. Lacey uncovers secrets from the highborn and the low, finds himself drawn deeper into the schemes of a crime lord, and explores his tentative new friendship with Lady Breckenridge.

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Narrator: James Gillies
Format: Unabridged
Runtime: 8h 8m

Praise for The Glass House

“Ms. Gardner’s unfolding tale continues to explore the many facets of Gabriel Lacey. A poor and lonely man, Gabriel fights cynicism and melancholy. He’s surrounded by fascinating and well-drawn characters. Life is not easy in Lacey’s circle, but it’s never boring. The Glass House is the third Lacey novel and the series continues with an excellent storyline. Several lingering questions are unanswered, making the wait . . . for The Sudbury School Murders more difficult.”

— Suan Wilson, The Best Reviews 

“Author Ashley Gardner continues her series of mysteries set in Regency England with The Glass House, and in this latest entry she offers up a quickly-paced read with engaging characters and a multi-layered plot sure to satisfy her fans. In Captain Gabriel Lacey, Gardner has created an intriguing protagonist who clearly strives to assuage his physical and emotional hurts through crime solving, an unusual approach that works well as a driving force for the character . . . Gardner succeeds equally well with her mystery, devising an intricate puzzle that subverts the classic love triangle in a novel way. The story twists and turns throughout, offering up a wide range of motives and suspects, but the ultimate resolution is well-thought and tidy with no aggravating loose strings left behind. Ultimately, The Glass House should prove a worthwhile read for fans of historical fiction and clever storytelling.”

— Jessica Plonka, The Mystery Reader 

“Newcomers and fans alike will quickly become enamored of Captain Lacey, an honorable man faced with limited means after his noble ancestors squandered their money and he retired from military service with injuries. The mystery is compelling, and the author has added a touch of romance, as Lady Breckenridge hints at her attraction to Lacey…”

— Sheri Melnick, RT BookReviews

“If you were a fan of Kate Ross, then this is another series of Regency whodunits . . . The Glass House stresses the half-lives of those born to be gentlefolk but without means or the prospect of lucrative work. It exposes the seamy underbelly of London, where vice and abject poverty are side by side with wealth and fashion. Told in Gabriel’s own words, this is a compelling tale that mixes social commentary with detection. It offers a fairly small cast of well defined characters who are shown warts and all.”

— Rachel A Hyde, 

The Details

Published: April 19, 2011
Publisher: JA/AG Publishing
Formats: EbookPaperbackAudiobook
ISBN-10: 1946455431ISBN-13: 978-1946455437ASIN: B004X8EIOY
Genres & Tropes
Historical Mystery, Regency Era, London