By Caro Peacock
Duelling, derring-do, and dastardly deeds are all in a day's paintings for Liberty Lane: the plucky heroine for fanatics of Georgette Heyer and Sarah Waters's Victorian novels. London. summer time 1839. And the temperature is emerging as Liberty Lane takes on her strangest case but. Deranged aristocrat Lord Brinkburn is nearing dying and his elder son, Stephen, is looking forward to to inherit the name. yet woman Brinkburn's surprising assertion that Stephen is illegal throws the relatives into turmoil. Tensions achieve boiling element among the 2 brothers, one in every of whom stands to realize every thing, and so they come to blows in public - a lot to the entertainment of London Society. Liberty is engaged privately to get to the reality of the problem, yet a macabre homicide increases the stakes considerably!added to which she unearths her personal judgement being undermined through the beguiling woman Brinkburn. She is simply too acutely aware that point is working out - one of many brothers can be subsequent, yet to be able to it be!?
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Even though Disraeli and I talked pretty freely, he couldn’t say that outright. ’ ‘She lives mostly on the Buckinghamshire estate. She’s twenty years younger than he is. It was never a love match. The present lord’s father had gambled away quite a lot of the money he’d married, so the son had to do his duty and marry some of it back again. I gather he was reasonably good looking in his day and there was the title, of course. He married a woman from his own part of the world. She was considered a beauty by local standards; amiable, although inclined to be bookish.
He bent down, untwined Miles’s fingers from his brother’s hair, set him on his feet like a nursemaid dealing with a fractious child and delivered him into the hands of a group of friends. ’ He watched as they walked him into the building, then hauled Stephen to his feet. ‘You all right then, sir? ’ Like a man in a daze, Stephen clanked off with another group of friends. The rest of the crowd gradually melted away, though some of them still looked shaken. I rode over to Amos, who’d started collecting up lances as if nothing had happened.
It’s no good asking me to collect evidence for a divorce. ’ ‘Yes, but that was because you decided to take the wife’s part. If you’d stayed on the husband’s side…’ ‘He was a liar, an adulterer and a bully. ’ ‘Then we must hope that my unfortunate friend’s morals come up to your high standards. ’ He had me there, of course. I could no more have refused to listen to him than a child could walk away from a sweet-shop window. The need to earn money was strong, but curiosity stronger. So that was how I first came to hear about the Brinkburn brothers, although Disraeli didn’t mention their names until at last I’d agreed to consider taking on the case.
A Corpse in Shining Armour by Caro Peacock