The Confounding Case of the Carisbrook Emeralds
The Casebook of Barnaby Adair #6
On Sale: June 14, 2018
Featuring: Miss Cara Di Abaccio; Hugo Adair; Barnaby Adair
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Mystery Historical | Romance Historical
#1 New York Times-bestselling author Stephanie Laurens
brings you a tale of emerging and also established love and
the many facets of family, interwoven with mystery and murder.
A young lady accused of theft and the gentleman who elects
himself her champion enlist the aid of Stokes, Barnaby,
Penelope, and friends in pursuing justice, only for the
investigators to find themselves tangled in a web of
inter-family tensions and secrets.
When Miss Cara Di Abaccio is accused of stealing the
Carisbrook emeralds by the infamously arrogant Lady
Carisbrook and marched out of her guardian's house by
Scotland Yard's finest, Barnaby Adair's cousin Hugo Adair
takes umbrage and descends on Scotland Yard, breathing fire
in Cara's defense.
Hugo discovers Inspector Stokes has been assigned to the
case, and after surveying the evidence thus far, Stokes
calls in his big guns when it comes to dealing with
investigations in the ton—namely, the Honorable Barnaby
Adair and his wife, Penelope.
Soon convinced of Cara's innocence and, given Hugo's
apparent tendre for Cara needing to clear her name, Penelope
and Barnaby join Stokes and his team in pursuing the
emeralds and, most importantly, who stole them.
But the deeper our intrepid investigators delve into the
Carisbrook household, the more certain they become that all
is not as it should be. Lady Carisbrook is a harpy, Franklin
Carisbrook is secretive, Julia Carisbrook is overly timid,
and Lord Carisbrook, otherwise a genial and honorable
gentleman, holds himself distant from his family. More, his
lordship attempts to shut down the investigation. And
Stokes, Barnaby, and Penelope are convinced the Carisbrooks'
staff are not sharing all they know.
Meanwhile, appointed Cara's watchdog until the mystery is
resolved, Hugo, fascinated by Cara as he's been with no
other, seeks to entertain and amuse her…and, increasingly
intently, to discover the way to her heart. Consequently,
Penelope finds herself juggling the attractions of the
investigation and the Adair family's demands for her to
actively encourage the budding romance.
What would her mentors advise? On that, Penelope is
Aided by Griselda, Violet, and Montague and calling on
contacts in business, the underworld, and ton society,
Penelope, Barnaby, and Stokes battle to peel back each layer
of subterfuge and, step by step, eliminate the innocent and
follow the emeralds' trail…
Yet instead of becoming clearer, the veils and shadows
shrouding the Carisbrooks only grow murkier…until, abruptly,
our investigators find themselves facing an inexplicable
death, with a potential murderer whose conviction would
shake society to its back teeth.
The Casebook of Barnaby Adair
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