Ashley Gardner is a pseudonym for NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Ashley, who also writes under a third name, Allyson James. She has written and published more than thirty novels and a dozen novellas in various genres, most prominently mystery and romance. Ashley Gardner was awarded the RT BookReviews reveiwers choice award for Best Historical Mystery for The Sudbury School Murders. See her website (http://www.gardnermysteries.com) for more information on her Regency mystery series and works to come.
on Aug. 12, 2017 :
For those who like this sort of novel, this is the sort of novel they'll like.
Here we have a gritty Regency tale which I found quite enjoyable for a few pages. But it turned out to be a bit of a grind to read—rather morbid, in fact—with a less-than-satisfying conclusion. The hero is a down-on-his-luck former Brit cavalry officer with service during the Peninsular campaigns. He mixes between high and low society, the former due to unlikely patronage from a member of the bon-ton.
All in all a bit pessimistic for my taste, and the solution of the involved mysteries requires excessive suspension of disbelief. Too bad, because there is considerable promise here.
(review of free book)
on Oct. 21, 2013 :
I’ve read a few Regency era mysteries in the past and decided to try another one. Although this was not the best of the genre, I found it to be entertaining and it kept my interest until the end.
The mystery at the heart of the novel was well executed; with numerous suspects, a few red herrings, and slowly revealing enough detail to keep the solution from being obvious too early. This all made up for some characters and dialogue that didn’t seem right.
The best part of the novel however, was the setting and the mood the author created. You can tell it was well researched. I found the first person dialogue made the immersion into the dark and dingy streets of Regency London realistic. The scenes are vividly painted and you can almost feel yourself there.
I enjoyed reading this novel and thought it was good. I plan on reading more from the series in the hope that the following works improve on this initial offering.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on May 26, 2012 :
I first met Captain Lacey in Gentleman's Walking Stick and further acquaintance with him through this book has not disappointed.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)