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The Hanover Square Affair (Captain Gabriel Lacey, Bk 1)
The Hanover Square Affair - Captain Gabriel Lacey, Bk 1 Author:Ashley Gardner Cashiered cavalry officer Captain Gabriel Lacey of the 35th Light Dragoons lost much on the battlefield during the Peninsular Campaign. But he still retains his innate sense of right and wrong when faced with injustice... — Hanover Square is one of the wealthier neighborhoods of London, certainly not an area where one would expect a riot. However... more », Captain Lacey spies a mob howling for blood before a group of cavalrymen disperses them--and the leader of the rabble is felled by a bullet in the back.
The wounded man, Thornton, believes his daughter was kidnapped right off the street and is being held captive against her will in 22 Hanover Square, occupied by one Josiah Horne Looking into the matter, Lacey involves himself not only in the mysterious disappearance of a beautiful young woman, but also the sinister endeavors of an enigmatic crime lord, and the murder of a country squire's maid...« less
My impression after reading this book is a poor man's Sebastian St. Cyr (both literally and figuratively). There are too many parallels not to see the similarity between the two series: the main one being the main character's desire to see Justice (yes justice with a capital J) done especially after seeing too many horrors from the war.
However Hanover Square Affair doesn't have the same nuances, suspense, and historical intrigue that the Sebastian St. Cyr books have. That being said, it was an easy read, had some interesting bits. If you are looking for a Regency Era book, I would recommend reading the St. Cyr series by C.S. Harris. The history is much more prevalent, the characters are much more interesting, and the plots are more dynamic. If you've already read that series, and picked this up hoping for something similar, you might be a touch disappointed. It is interesting to compare and contrast the two though.