The Casebook of Barnaby Adair #7
On Sale: August 16, 2018
Featuring: Alaric, Lord Carradale; Constance Whittaker
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Romance Historical | Mystery Historical
#1 New York Times -bestselling author Stephanie
Laurens brings you a tale of unexpected romance that
blossoms against the backdrop of dastardly murder.
On discovering the lifeless body of an innocent ingénue, a
peer attending a country house party joins forces with the
lady-amazon sent to fetch the victim safely home in a race
to expose the murderer before Stokes, assisted by Barnaby
and Penelope, is forced to allow the guests, murderer
included, to decamp.
Well-born rakehell and head of an ancient family, Alaric,
Lord Carradale, has finally acknowledged reality and is
preparing to find a bride. But loyalty to his childhood
friend, Percy Mandeville, necessitates attending Percy’s
annual house party, held at neighboring Mandeville Hall. Yet
despite deploying his legendary languid charm, by the second
evening of the week-long event, Alaric is bored and restless.
Escaping from the soirée and the Hall, Alaric decides that
as soon as he’s free, he’ll hie to London and find the
mild-mannered, biddable lady he believes will ensure a
peaceful life. But the following morning, on walking through
the Mandeville Hall shrubbery on his way to join the other
guests, he comes upon the corpse of a young lady-guest.
Constance Whittaker accepts that no gentleman will ever
offer for her—she’s too old, too tall, too buxom, too
headstrong…too much in myriad ways. Now acting as her
grandfather’s agent, she arrives at Mandeville Hall to
extricate her young cousin, Glynis, who unwisely accepted an
invitation to the reputedly licentious house party.
But Glynis cannot be found.
A search is instituted. Venturing into the shrubbery,
Constance discovers an outrageously handsome aristocrat
crouched beside Glynis’s lifeless form. Unsurprisingly,
Constance leaps to the obvious conclusion.
Luckily, once the gentleman explains that he’d only just
arrived, commonsense reasserts itself. More, as matters
unfold and she and Carradale have to battle to get Glynis’s
death properly investigated, Constance discovers Alaric to
be a worthy ally.
Yet even after Inspector Stokes of Scotland Yard arrives and
takes charge of the case, along with his consultants, the
Honorable Barnaby Adair and his wife, Penelope, the
murderer’s identity remains shrouded in mystery, and
learning why Glynis was killed—all in the few days before
the house party’s guests will insist on leaving—tests the
resolve of all concerned. Flung into each other’s company,
fiercely independent though Constance is, unsusceptible
though Alaric is, neither can deny the connection that grows
Then Constance vanishes.
Can Alaric unearth the one fact that will point to the
murderer before the villain rips from the world the lady
Alaric now craves for his own?
The Casebook of Barnaby Adair
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