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The Resource Fool's gold : a Liberty Lane mystery, Caro Peacock

Fool's gold : a Liberty Lane mystery, Caro Peacock

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Fool's gold : a Liberty Lane mystery
Title
Fool's gold
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a Liberty Lane mystery
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Caro Peacock
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Fools gold
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a Victorian London mystery
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eng
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A series of anonymous letters leads to a case of cold-blooded murder for 19th-century private investigator Liberty Lane. September, 1841. A new arrival has taken London society by storm. Lord Byron's handsome illegitimate son, George, recently arrived from the exotic island of Cephalonia in the company of his guardian, the mysterious Mr Vickery, has been setting female hearts aflutter. But not all the attention George attracts is welcome. Mr Vickery has been receiving disturbing letters from a woman who calls herself Helena, and he hires Liberty Lane to find out who Helena is and what she wants. As Liberty is to discover, there is more to this case than meets the eye. Is George really Lord Byron's son - or is he an imposter? And who exactly is Mr Vickery? What is his agenda? When Liberty comes across a body shot dead near Mr Vickery's home in Muswell Hill, the investigation takes a shocking turn
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  • While honeymooning in the Greek isles, Liberty Lane and her new husband, Robert Carmichael, receive an invitation to dine with fellow British citizen Matthew Vickery at the villa he has rented on Cephalonia. While Liberty enjoys meeting the other members of Vickery’s household—including a young man named George, who is rumored to be the illegitimate son of Lord Byron—the party ends tragically when another guest of Vickery supposedly drowns. Less than a year later in London, Liberty’s path crosses that of Vickery’s when he shows up at her residence, intending to hire her services as a private investigator. A woman claiming to be George’s mother has been sending Vickery threatening letters, and now Vickery wants Liberty to find out who this mystery lady is and what exactly she wants. Readers who relish impeccably crafted historical mysteries by authors such as Tasha Alexander and Anna Lee Huber will find the eighth book in Peacock’s (pseudonym for award-winning Gillian Linscott) Liberty Lane series, following Friends in High Places (2015), to be an especially toothsome literary treat. -- Charles, John (Reviewed 5/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 17, p20)
  • Set in 1841, Peacock’s winning eighth Liberty Lane mystery (after 2015’s Friends in High Places) finds the forthright, intelligent, and remarkably ladylike private investigator honeymooning with her husband, Robert Carmichael, on a yacht off the Greek island of Cephalonia, where Lord Byron’s brief stay is still bright in the islanders’ memories. The couple is invited to the villa of a mysterious Englishman, Matthew Vickery, whose household includes breathtakingly handsome 17-year-old Georgios, who is said to be Lord Byron’s illegitimate son. The undercurrents of sexual tension and strife are not lost on Liberty. The next morning a guest at the house is discovered missing and is presumed to have drowned. Was it an accident, suicide, or something even more sinister? The Carmichaels return to London, followed shortly by Vickery and Georgios (now called George). Vickery approaches Liberty to look into some threatening notes that he has received. This sets the intricate plot in full, glorious motion. Fans of Victorian historicals will be enthralled. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 03/06/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 10, p)
  • A chance meeting on a Greek island leads to a murder investigation in London.May 1841 finds private investigator Liberty Lane and her husband, Robert Carmichael, anchored off the island of Cephalonia as they honeymoon on a yacht. A dinner invitation from Matthew Vickery introduces them to Father Demetrios, Geoffrey Panter, his beautiful wife, Emilia, and George, a strikingly handsome blind youth Vickery claims is the son of Lord Byron, who famously died of a fever when he came to Greece to fight for independence. Vickery has plans to take George to England in hopes of curing his blindness and introducing him to a society that remembers his womanizing father as "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." Next morning, George says that Panter, who must have thought he was in trouble during a morning swim, attempted to help him and probably drowned, his body swept out to sea. Robert must immediately go abroad after the Carmichaels return to London, and Liberty is hired by Vickery, whose introduction of George has set all London gossiping. Vickery senses they're being watched. A woman who goes by the name Helena claims to be George's mother. Retreating to the country house Vickery's refurbishing, George begs Liberty to come along with her friend Amos Legge, who gave George riding lessons and is helping Vickery set up his stables. George has both a tutor and a reader, young Scot Hamish McCloud, but remains very restless and tells Liberty that he's cursed. When Helena is found shot dead near the country home, Vickery does his best to cover it up, but it's up to Liberty and her friends to uncover the secrets that just about everyone involved is determined to hide. Peacock (Friends in High Places, 2015, etc.) gives her heroine plenty of scope for investigating a host of suspects, all tied to the enduring mystique of Lord Byron.(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2017)
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10562536
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Peacock, Caro
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no index present
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novels
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True
Series statement
Liberty Lane mystery
Series volume
08
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  • Lane, Liberty
  • Lane, Liberty (Fictitious character)
  • Murder
  • Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Women private investigators
  • London (England)
  • London (England)
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adult
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a Victorian London mystery
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Fool's gold : a Liberty Lane mystery, Caro Peacock
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000059748247
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23 cm.
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First world edition.
Extent
218 pages
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9780727886910
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(OCoLC)961008822
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Fool's gold : a Liberty Lane mystery, Caro Peacock
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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000059748247
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First world edition.
Extent
218 pages
Isbn
9780727886910
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)961008822

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