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 stricken court...and a mystery so risky, it may topple thrones.
Windsor fortress, 1861. For the second one time in over 20 years, Irish barrister Patrick Fitzgerald has been summoned through the Queen. the 1st time, he'd been a zealous younger felony clerk, investigating what looked to be a murderous conspiracy opposed to her. Now he's a exotic gentleman on the most sensible of his occupation. 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 by way of grief, Fitzgerald can't support yet discover the Queen is apparently preoccupied with the previous. but why, and the way he will help, is uncertain. His bewilderment deepens whilst the royal trainer is violently overturned, approximately killing him and his fantastic younger ward, Dr. Georgiana Armistead, niece of the past due 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 now not attacked at random--it used to be a delicately selected aim. yet was once it simply because he rode in it? Fitzgerald won't danger loss of life so one can 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 comprehend they every one hold inside of their previous 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 supplies a desirable story of pursuit, and the crafty mixture of interval element and electrifying intrigue that simply the notable Stephanie Barron can devise.
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And far better bred. So much elegance at four o’clock in the morning made Fitzgerald feel like a peasant. “I set off immediately when news was received of this . . ” Coburg in his tone; a faint Oxonian drawl. “The Queen will be most displeased. Two horses dead. ” “Not to mention the shock to her guests,” Fitzgerald retorted. “You astonish me, Count. ” A flash of white teeth, with no mirth behind it. “Nothing the Queen desires is beneath her loyal subjects. Particularly at such a time. ” Von Stühlen bowed; the Count’s gesture had the force of an insult.
The abortionist’s oldest trick. ” Fitzgerald stepped to the room’s sole window and opened it a crack, greedily breathing in the cold air. Freezing rain still fell steadily, mingling with the coal smoke and pale northern light of December; it was as though all of London had drawn a cloak of mourning about its shoulders. His hands were shaking again and he craved a drink: He took great draughts of polluted air instead. The stench of the rooms—sweat and stale alcohol and semen—had conjured a march of demons through his brain.
Smythe did not turn from his patient, but the doctor’s mild disbelief sparked Fitzgerald’s fury. He had already said too much. Anxiety had made him foolish. He reached for the bottle of brandy and took a long draught. His hands were shaking. “Happily I did not, sir. ” Torning was the innkeeper. Fitzgerald’s jabbered tale had sent a party of men and boys out onto the Heath in the bleary night, searching for the wreckage. Fitzgerald was an event in Hampstead, a throwback to the bad old days of highwaymen, a Paddy in the guise of Quality.