The Glass House
This is the third of Captain Lacey’s adventures in solving crime: this time, it is the murder of a young woman who is pulled from the Thames. Lacey is called to view her body, since the Bow Street Runner who is involved (previously Lacey’s sergeant in the Peninsular War) thinks it might be the young actress who lives one floor above Lacey. It isn’t, but Lacey is angered by her death, and vows to work with the agents of the law in investigating who murdered her. This one death leads to another, and another. Lacey’s friendship with Lucius Grenville, fashion-arbiter yet a very intelligent and curious man, allows him entrée in high society, which becomes critical in his investigations. Characters from the first two books make appearances, including Lacey’s former commanding officer and his wife, with whom he has rather tangled relationships.
Gardner’s writing is a pleasure to read: her descriptions are evocative and ring true. While readers could start with this book, I would recommend beginning with The Hanover Square Affair and then continuing to A Regimental Murder to best understand the characters and their backgrounds. I wish this series a very long life!