I have read the 114th book for the book challenge. It was The Glass House (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries) by Ashley Gardner.
Captain Lacey is out one evening when he stumbles upon a body in the Thames. It is a woman who has been hit in the head. The police are called. She has no identification but is wearing a ring and is traced through the ring to her lover, Lord Bradbury. She is Mrs. Amelia Chapman, also known as Peaches, a former actress. She is married to a barrister but is the lover of Lord Bradbury. She was supposed to be in Sussex visiting her relatives, according to her husband. There will be an inquest.
Captain Lacey and his friend Grenville decide to look into the death of Peaches. Captain Lacey is much affected by her death and swears to find who killed her. Her lover and her husband are suspects. Then he learns about The Glass House, a house of ill-repute, which was frequented by Peaches and Lord Bradbury. The day of her death, Peaches was at The Glass House. She had an argument with Kensington, who runs The Glass House. He keeps a special room for Peaches. Lacey goes to The Glass House and causes a scene, rescuing a young girl from a life of prostitution. He also demands to see Peaches’s special room. She kept Lord Bradbury’s letters to her there.
Before her death, Peaches also went to see Mr. Inglethorpe and his magical gas. Lacey goes to Inglethorpe’s to partake of the gas and dances with Mrs. Danbury he feels so good. He leaves his walking stick sword there and goes home with Lady Bainbridge. They go to the theater that night. The next day, Lacey goes back to Inglethorpe’s to retrieve his walking stick and finds Inglethorpe dead with the sword stuck in him. After some investigation, it is determined that Mr. Chapman, Peaches’s husband, killed Ingelthorpe because he thought that Inglethorpe was Peaches’s lover.
Then Lacey discovers that Peaches is the owner of The Glass House. Kensington worked for her. Then Lord Bradbury is found murdered. The murderer tried to make it look like a suicide but it was murder.
Then Lacey and Lady Bainbridge are taken hostage by Kensington and held at The Glass House. The Glass House is set on fire. They are rescued. Kensington is caught. But who is the murderer?
Lacey knows that Chapman’s law student Gowper has been blackmailing Peaches and Lord Bradbury and that is the reason behind the murderers. Peaches’s murder was an accident. But not Lord Bradbury’s. Lacey exposes Gowper’s plot.
Lacey will be taking a post as a secretary to a lord in Berkshire. It will be a good change for him. But he will miss Lady Bainbridge.
I enjoyed this story. Lacey has a sense of honor that drives him to do the right thing, to find out who killed this poor woman. He rescues a young girl. He has a sense of duty. He wants to see justice done. And you want to see him get some personal relief. He deserves some personal happiness.