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The Sudbury School Murders

Book 4: Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries

About the Book

Winner of RTBookReviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery of 2005

England, 1817

Captain Lacey takes a post as a secretary at the Sudbury School in Berkshire, a school for sons of the wealthiest merchants and bankers in England. Lacey discovers as soon as he arrives that he’s been hired for more than his letter-writing skills–a series of disturbing pranks have kept the school in an uproar, and the headmaster expects Lacey to discover the identity of the prankster.

The problems intensify when a groom of the school’s stables turns up dead in a lock of the nearby canal. A Romany is arrested for the murder, and Lacey is the only person who believes him innocent.

As Lacey works to discover what happened, he gets drawn into the secrets of Marianne Simmons, the actress who’d lived upstairs from Lacey in London. Marianne swears Lacey to silence, which puts a new strain on his friendship with Grenville. Meanwhile the intrigue surrounding the murder becomes as murky as the waters of the canal itself and puts Lacey and Grenville into deadly danger.

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Narrator: James Gilles
Format: Unabridged
Runtime: 7h 41m

Praise for The Sudbury School Murders

The fourth Gabriel Lacey mystery is another compelling entry in this outstanding series.”

— Fresh Fiction

“The mystery of the groom’s murder is as intriguing as Gardner’s bird’s-eye view of the prejudicial 19th-century English justice system. This page-turning historical is thoroughly enjoyable.”

— RT BookReviews

The Details

Published: May 17, 2011
Publisher: JA/AG Publishing
Formats: EbookPaperbackAudiobook
ISBN-10: 194645544XISBN-13: 978-1946455444ASIN: B00501I6MI
Genres & Tropes
Historical Mystery, Regency Era, London