A Corpse in Shining Armour by Caro Peacock

By Caro Peacock

Duelling, derring-do, and dastardly deeds are all in a day's paintings for Liberty Lane: the plucky heroine for enthusiasts of Georgette Heyer and Sarah Waters's Victorian novels. London. summer season 1839. And the temperature is emerging as Liberty Lane takes on her strangest case but. Deranged aristocrat Lord Brinkburn is nearing dying and his elder son, Stephen, is awaiting to inherit the name. yet girl Brinkburn's unexpected assertion that Stephen is unlawful throws the family members into turmoil. Tensions succeed in boiling aspect among the 2 brothers, one among whom stands to realize every little thing, and so they come to blows in public - a lot to the enjoyment of London Society. Liberty is engaged privately to get to the reality of the problem, yet a macabre homicide increases the stakes considerably!added to which she unearths her personal judgement being undermined through the beguiling girl Brinkburn. She is simply too acutely aware that point is working out - one of many brothers will be subsequent, yet to be able to it be!?

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One of the sons is twenty-two now and the other’s twenty. ’ If so, I couldn’t see how I was expected to trail a young man, or two of them, through the gambling clubs and brothels of London. ‘Nothing like that, no. The elder one’s sober as a judge. ’ A thin woman in ill-advised purple wandered our way, peering short-sightedly at the picture through a lorgnette. Disraeli greeted her politely and they held a meandering conversation about apparently mutual acquaintances before she drifted away. ’ I said.

Tower, rocks and fir trees sank into darkness. ’ She was suddenly awake, not knowing how long she’d slept. The room was almost totally dark. She knew at once what had woken her. Heavy footsteps were coming towards her door, thudding on the stone flags of the anteroom that led from the outside of the tower. She jumped up, heart thumping, clutching the quilt to her chest with chilled hands. ’ The door opened. A shape came in, darker than the darkness of the room. ’ No answer. The darkness came towards her.

Miles Brinkburn had left his seat now and was standing at the top of the steps, the smile still on his face. From several steps down, Stephen launched himself at his brother. For a man encumbered with metal plates, it was an astounding feat of athleticism or fury. Miles hadn’t expected it and was knocked off his feet. The two of them slithered all the way back down the steps, Stephen clanking and Miles yelling something about taking a joke. They hit the ground with Miles underneath. Stephen aimed a punch at him with a gauntleted hand that would have knocked him senseless if it had connected, but one of Stephen’s friends managed to push it aside at the last moment so that it clanged against the bottom step, knocking splinters out of it.

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