The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I rather liked this — to be completely honest, I should give it something like 3.5 stars. It’s a well-researched historical, with people and attitudes mostly complying with their imagined time (the Regency period). It’s also a well-constructed mystery, which managed to keep me guessing until almost the end, which is a rarity.
Another plus side is the characterization. The main character, Captain Lacey, is a retired soldier who managed to only just miss Waterloo. He comes with so much baggage it could cover a whole day’s worth at Waterloo station, but all of it is well done, up to and including the fact that he recognizes his condition, calling it melancholia, which is appropriate for the time. His former commander and former best friend is somewhat sketchy, but the real best friend, the former commander’s wife, is intriguing as a character herself, although occasionally she comes across a little too good to be true.… Daj dalje!