By Lisa Karon Richardson
Lydia Garrett has just lost the most important person in her life - her cousin, her guardian, and Anthony Douglas, Earl of Danbury his father. Both men murdered the same night and distantly linked by their shared past in the Royal Navy. But why would anyone murder these two men in such a marked way?
Agreeing to join forces and bring a murderer to justice Lydia and Anthony quickly come to the attention of Marcus Wiltshire. But Marcus is more than he seems to be and he soon reveals his true self to both Lydia and Anthony as their quest for justice coincides with his to prevent Napoleon Bonaparte's newest endeavor for power.
A journal provides the trio with clues as to a possible motive to these murders and a destination to start their search. An ocean voyage and a race against a faceless, murderous enemy take them into the exotic unknown.
A mysterious ancient throne of India is the highly sought prize that someone is willing to do anything to claim. And they are willing to take more lives to do so. Who will pay the price?
This is historical fiction in its most delightful form. Adventure that will take you into a new world. A hint of romance. And friendships that make all the difference. Lydia, Anthony, and Marcus are characters whom one can truly enjoy getting to know even when they can be a touch overbearing (not Lydia). These are characters whom I would love to visit again.
Get ready to swept away to Regency England and British ruled India.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Lion Fiction in exchange for my honest review.
About the book:
A mysterious throne holds the key to two murders;
an epic adventure steeped in treachery and romance
When Miss Lydia Garrett's guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related—and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge.
The clues point to the former earl’s first naval command. In 1758 the earl spirited away and hid the magnificent Peacock Throne at the behest of the Indian royal family. To draw out the murderer, Anthony and Lydia agree that they must locate the throne.
They are not the only ones interested in the Peacock Throne, however. Marcus Wiltshire, a British intelligence, has received hints that Bonaparte intends to return the throne to India and leverage its mystical significance to foment rebellion and cut England off from her most important trading partner.
When the amateur sleuths join forces with the professional agent, the quest for the throne leads them around the globe on an adventure steeped in danger, treachery, and romance.