By Stephanie Barron
The acclaimed writer of the bestselling Jane Austen mysteries brings wealthy old immediacy to a captivating new suspense novel situated round Queen Victoria's court...and a mystery so harmful, it might probably topple thrones.
Windsor citadel, 1861. For the second one time in over 20 years, Irish barrister Patrick Fitzgerald has been summoned by means of the Queen. the 1st time, he'd been a zealous younger criminal clerk, investigating what seemed to be a murderous conspiracy opposed to her. Now he's a unusual gentleman on the best of his occupation. And the Queen is a girl within the grip of worry. For in this cold evening, her liked husband, Prince Albert, lies dying.
With her destiny clouded via grief, Fitzgerald can't aid yet become aware of the Queen is apparently preoccupied with the earlier. but why, and the way he can assist, is doubtful. His bewilderment deepens whilst the royal trainer is violently overturned, approximately killing him and his impressive younger ward, Dr. Georgiana Armistead, niece of the past due Dr. Snow, a famed doctor who'd attended none except Her Majesty.
Fitzgerald is certain of 1 factor: the Queen's carriage was once now not attacked at random--it was once a delicately selected aim. yet was once it simply because he rode in it? Fitzgerald won't possibility loss of life to be able to discover. He'll go away London and take Georgiana with him--if they could get out alive. For quickly the pair locate themselves hunted. Little do they understand they each one hold inside their earlier hidden clues to a devastating royal secret...one they have to untangle in the event that they are to survive.
From the streets of London to the plush hills of Cannes, from the slums of St. Giles to the gilded halls of Windsor fort, A Flaw within the Blood gives you a desirable story of pursuit, and the crafty combination of interval element and electrifying intrigue that simply the outstanding Stephanie Barron can devise.
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A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron