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By Caro Peacock

Duelling, derring-do, and dastardly deeds are all in a day's paintings for Liberty Lane: the plucky heroine for fanatics 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 looking forward to to inherit the name. yet girl Brinkburn's surprising statement that Stephen is against the law throws the kinfolk into turmoil. Tensions achieve boiling element among the 2 brothers, one among whom stands to achieve every thing, they usually 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 reveals her personal judgement being undermined through the beguiling woman Brinkburn. She is simply too acutely aware that point is operating out - one of many brothers could be subsequent, yet so as to it be!?

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Like this, see. ’ If it were to be done, it must be done without thinking about it. I tightened my right knee round the pommel of the saddle, pressed my left heel lightly against Rancie’s side. It only needed a touch. As usual, she read my thoughts and cantered straight as a swallow towards the quintain. I kept my eyes on the centre of the shield and concentrated on keeping the lance steady. It was lighter than I expected and when the point of it hit the shield square in the centre, the top of the lance broke like a barley straw.

You could also equip yourself with a full suit of armour, a crested helmet, sword, battle-axe and caparisons for your war horse. I’d walked past Samuel Pratt’s shop at number 47, on the corner of Maddox Street, almost every day, stopping now and then for a glance when he had some particularly elaborate suit of armour or flamboyant banner in his window. His customers, I’d assumed, were people who wanted these things to add historical tone to the halls of their newly built gothic castles. The knowledge that he was now supplying them to men who intended to wear and use them gave the place a new interest for everybody.

It’s no good asking me to collect evidence for a divorce. ’ ‘Yes, but that was because you decided to take the wife’s part. If you’d stayed on the husband’s side…’ ‘He was a liar, an adulterer and a bully. ’ ‘Then we must hope that my unfortunate friend’s morals come up to your high standards. ’ He had me there, of course. I could no more have refused to listen to him than a child could walk away from a sweet-shop window. The need to earn money was strong, but curiosity stronger. So that was how I first came to hear about the Brinkburn brothers, although Disraeli didn’t mention their names until at last I’d agreed to consider taking on the case.

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