The Hanover Square Affair
This engrossing mystery is set during the Regency period. Captain Gabriel Lacey comes across a mob in a fashionable square, and tries to save the life of the mob’s leader when he is shot. Lacey learns that the man believed his daughter had been kidnapped by the owner of the house, and was trying to rescue her. Lacey feels compelled to delve into this mystery, aided, in a number of ways, by Lucius Grenville, a favorite of Society. Lacey is an intelligent and sympathetic character, a veteran of the Peninsular Campaign who feels lucky to be alive. Most of the supporting characters are well drawn, not only Grenville, at one end of society’s spectrum, but Black Nancy, a whore who works the area from Covent Garden to the Strand, at the other. The plot is satisfyingly complex and the sense of period is strong. I eagerly await the next Captain Lacey mystery.