By Stephanie Barron
The acclaimed writer of the bestselling Jane Austen mysteries brings wealthy ancient immediacy to a charming new suspense novel founded round Queen Victoria's afflicted court...and a mystery so harmful, it might probably topple thrones.
Windsor fort, 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 criminal clerk, investigating what a murderous conspiracy opposed to her. Now he's a uncommon gentleman on the best of his career. And the Queen is a girl within the grip of worry. For in this cold evening, her cherished husband, Prince Albert, lies dying.
With her destiny clouded through grief, Fitzgerald can't aid yet realize the Queen is apparently preoccupied with the earlier. but why, and the way he can assist, is doubtful. His bewilderment deepens whilst the royal trainer is violently overturned, approximately killing him and his terrific younger ward, Dr. Georgiana Armistead, niece of the overdue Dr. Snow, a famed health care professional who'd attended none except Her Majesty.
Fitzgerald is certain of 1 factor: the Queen's carriage was once now not attacked at random--it used to be a gently selected objective. yet was once it simply because he rode in it? Fitzgerald won't possibility loss of life for you to discover. He'll depart 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 prior hidden clues to a devastating royal secret...one they have to untangle in the event that they are to survive.
From the streets of London to the plush hills of Cannes, from the slums of St. Giles to the gilded halls of Windsor fort, A Flaw within the Blood provides a desirable story of pursuit, and the crafty mixture of interval element and electrifying intrigue that in basic terms the extraordinary Stephanie Barron can devise.
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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. Albert was undoubtedly appealing to the child, particularly after Vicky went off to her Prussian marriage—but I may say her father delighted perhaps too much in their conversations. Alice is clever, you see; and Albert encouraged her to put herself forward to an unbecoming degree. ” She straightened—her head lifted from her black-gloved hands— her crinoline swung, bell-like, as she rose from her knees—eyes trained on the altar.
I cannot say. His failure to betray the slightest suffering has utterly closed my heart to him. I do not think I can bear to be in the same room with my son. The betting in the clubs was odds-on for the Old Man’s rallying. Dear God—and the Old Man was all of forty-two. . qxp 10/23/07 8:36 AM Page 43 CHAPTER EIGHT A ssaulted ? in your chambers ? ” He had run Georgiana to earth at last, after a fruitless interval at her home in Russell Square, spent pacing before the drawing room fire and fingering the calling cards he found there.
If you will excuse me, Mr. . ” “Ah. ” Fitzgerald’s fist clenched. ” Von Stühlen’s lips pursed in amusement. “The Irish are a race known for wild imagination. No doubt you conjured up this . . palisade. A phantasm of shock. ” He reached in his purse and tossed Fitzgerald a shilling. “Buy yourself another, by all means. ” “Von Stühlen! ” Georgiana’s voice. She was poised on the stairs, swaying as though she might faint, a bandage tied round her head. The German Count’s face flushed red, then drained white.
A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron