A mysterious throne holds the key to two murders; an epic adventure steeped in treachery and romance.
When Miss Lydia Garrett’s guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related ― and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge.
The clues point to the former earl’s first naval command. In 1758 the earl spirited away and hid the magnificent Peacock Throne at the behest of the Indian royal family. To draw out the murderer, Anthony and Lydia agree that they must locate the throne.
They are not the only ones interested in the Peacock Throne, however. Marcus Wiltshire, a British intelligence, has received hints that Bonaparte intends to return the throne to India and leverage its mystical significance to foment rebellion and cut England off from her most important trading partner.
When the amateur sleuths join forces with the professional agent, the quest for the throne leads them around the globe on an adventure steeped in danger, treachery, and romance.
Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, Lisa Karon Richardson‘s early stories were heavy on boarding schools and creepy houses. Now, even though she’s (mostly) grown-up she still loves a healthy dash of adventure in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a brand new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city.
Lisa Karon Richardson has combined several genres — mystery, history and romance — to create a fast-paced novel. The Peacock Throne takes the reader on an adventure across the high seas to exotic locales filled with wonders and hidden dangers. In the midst is an indomitable heroine who can hold her own against would-be assassins, kidnappers and two very eligible men. At the heart is a treasure of inestimable value which could restore the fortunes of those who seek it. If you like a tale filled with action and romance, you need to check out The Peacock Throne.
Two men with seemingly little connection have been murdered in London. Lydia Garrett is determined to see justice done, while the new Lord Danbury wants revenge. Foppish dandy Marcus Harting has motives of his own — he is really a spy. The three join forces as they endure storms and dodge the agents of Bonaparte to reclaim the legendary Peacock Throne.
The Peacock Throne is first and foremost a plot-driven novel. The reader is taken on an adventure through the seedy streets of London, to an untamed island in the Indian Ocean, to the bustling city of Calcutta as the characters seek to uncover the traitor who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. The characters are likable, especially Lydia who wins the hearts of almost all she meets. Richardson adds a love triangle, and I have to say that I am still unsure who Lydia should pick. The mystery is solved at the end, but a new mission is introduced insuring more to come. The novel captures the essence of the Regency era in its language and cultural references and mixes in historical characters while it explores just what could have become to the real life Peacock Throne. As to the writing style, I could have done with fewer metaphors, some of which caused eye rolls, but it endeavored to capture the flavor of early 1800s England. All in all, though, I liked this book and would recommend it.
Audience: older teens and adults.
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(Thanks to Kregel and Lion Hudson for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)