By Stephanie Barron
The acclaimed writer of the bestselling Jane Austen mysteries brings wealthy ancient immediacy to a charming new suspense novel situated round Queen Victoria's stricken court...and a mystery so risky, it will probably topple thrones.
Windsor fortress, 1861. For the second one time in over 20 years, Irish barrister Patrick Fitzgerald has been summoned by means of the Queen. the 1st time, he'd been a zealous younger felony clerk, investigating what looked to be a murderous conspiracy opposed to her. Now he's a individual gentleman on the most sensible of his career. And the Queen is a girl within the grip of worry. For in this cold evening, her liked husband, Prince Albert, lies dying.
With her destiny clouded through grief, Fitzgerald can't support yet realize the Queen is apparently preoccupied with the previous. but why, and the way he can assist, is uncertain. His bewilderment deepens whilst the royal trainer is violently overturned, approximately killing him and his very good younger ward, Dr. Georgiana Armistead, niece of the overdue Dr. Snow, a famed surgeon who'd attended none except Her Majesty.
Fitzgerald is bound of 1 factor: the Queen's carriage was once no longer attacked at random--it was once a gently selected aim. yet was once it simply because he rode in it? Fitzgerald won't chance loss of life that allows you to discover. He'll go away London and take Georgiana with him--if they could get out alive. For quickly the pair locate themselves hunted. Little do they recognize they each one hold inside their previous hidden clues to a devastating royal secret...one they need to untangle in the event that they are to survive.
From the streets of London to the luxurious hills of Cannes, from the slums of St. Giles to the gilded halls of Windsor fortress, A Flaw within the Blood gives you a desirable story of pursuit, and the crafty combination of interval element and electrifying intrigue that simply the outstanding Stephanie Barron can devise.
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Her head was cradled in her hands, her slight frame already swathed in black—a summer mourning gown she’d last worn for my mother. qxp 10/23/07 8:36 AM Page 53 a flaw in the blood 53 whipped to submission by an overpowering master; it was brutal to disturb such suffering, even by whispering her name. Alice is eighteen—a good and affectionate soul, although perhaps a little spoilt by dear Albert. She is engaged to marry Louis of HesseDarmstadt, and will too soon escape my influence forever. In the short time that is left to me I must endeavour to correct those little flaws that might naturally result from a too-careless indulgence, lest her husband be appalled at her headstrong nature.
The steady application of drops to handkerchief continued; Lizzie’s eyelids fluttered, her breath fell slowly into the oblivion of sleep. qxp 10/23/07 8:36 AM Page 49 a flaw in the blood 49 The surgery required almost an hour. Fitzgerald stayed at Georgiana’s side and did as he was instructed, though he’d never been one to love the smell of blood. In Lizzie’s case the rich animal scent was overpowered by the stronger one of decay: Her body stank as he remembered the wounds of soldiers stinking, with the foetid pus of inflammation.
He glanced at his watch as he mounted the stairs: half-past eight. “Thank you, Gibbon. ” “But you haven’t slept! ” “Send up some coffee. I’ll breakfast with Mr. ” He closed the bathroom door on his man’s protests, and slid into the water. With all the conversation, it was already cooling. He did not find Taylor at the Reform Club, and a brief cab ride to his partner’s home in Great Ormond Street failed equally to produce him. Perplexed, Fitzgerald debated whether Taylor was likely to be at church, in respect of the universal mourning that had swept the City—or to have visited chambers on this dark and stormy Sunday, when any sane man would be established before the fire.
A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron