By Stephanie Barron
The acclaimed writer of the bestselling Jane Austen mysteries brings wealthy ancient immediacy to a charming new suspense novel established round Queen Victoria's stricken court...and a mystery so risky, it will possibly topple thrones.
Windsor citadel, 1861. For the second one time in over two decades, Irish barrister Patrick Fitzgerald has been summoned by means of the Queen. the 1st time, he'd been a zealous younger felony clerk, investigating what seemed to be a murderous conspiracy opposed to her. Now he's a uncommon gentleman on the best of his career. And the Queen is a lady within the grip of worry. For in this cold evening, her cherished husband, Prince Albert, lies dying.
With her destiny clouded via grief, Fitzgerald can't support yet realize the Queen is interestingly preoccupied with the previous. but why, and the way he will help, is uncertain. His bewilderment deepens while the royal trainer is violently overturned, approximately killing him and his awesome younger ward, Dr. Georgiana Armistead, niece of the overdue Dr. Snow, a famed health practitioner who'd attended none except Her Majesty.
Fitzgerald is certain of 1 factor: the Queen's carriage used to be no longer attacked at random--it was once a gently selected objective. yet used to be it simply because he rode in it? Fitzgerald won't chance death to be able 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 understand they every one hold inside their previous hidden clues to a devastating royal secret...one they need to untangle in the event that they are to survive.
From the streets of London to the luxurious hills of Cannes, from the slums of St. Giles to the gilded halls of Windsor fortress, A Flaw within the Blood supplies a desirable story of pursuit, and the crafty combination of interval element and electrifying intrigue that in simple terms the striking Stephanie Barron can devise.
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The Earl of Haddington generously permitted me to have copies made of the documents, which Lady Cecily Baillie-Hamilton was kind enough to search for and rediscover in an enormous mass of documents bequeathed by the learned first Earl. On reading the Calendars of the Hatfield MSS. I had observed that several letters by the possible conspirator, Logan of Restalrig, were in the possession of the Marquis of Salisbury, who was good enough to permit photographs of some specimens to be taken. These were compared, by Mr.
14] This was about one o’clock in the afternoon. The Royal party, of thirteen nobles and gentlemen, then entered the Earl’s house. It faced the street, as the House of Falkland also does, and, at the back, had gardens running down to the Tay. It is necessary to understand the situation and topography of Gowrie House. Passing down South Street, or ‘Shoe Gait,’ the chief street in Perth, then a pretty little town, you found it crossed at right angles by a street called, on the left, Water Gate, on the right, Spey Gate.
His father being a man of forty in 1600, young Tullibardine must have been very young indeed. The Murrays were in Perth on the occasion of the marriage of one of their clan, an innkeeper. Some of their party were in the street, and seeing an altercation in which two of the King’s gentlemen were prevented from seizing Gowrie, they made an ineffectual effort to capture the Earl. Gowrie ran from them along the street, and there ‘drew his two swords out of one scabbard,’ says Cranstoun.  The Earl had just arrived in Scotland from Italy, where he had acquired the then fashionable method of fencing with twin-swords, worn in a single scabbard.
A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron