The Peacock Throne  -     By: Lisa Karon Richardson
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Eighteenth-century Londoner Lydia Garrett is no stranger to loss, but when her guardian is killed and the authorities dismiss the suspicious circumstances, she's had enough. Vowing to catch the culprit, she launches an investigation. It turns out that on the very same night, the Earl of Danbury was murdered in his bed. Are the crimes connected? 304 pages, softcover from Lion.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1782641785
ISBN-13: 9781782641780

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  1. WA
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Mystery, Action, Adventure!
    February 29, 2016
    Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow, what a fantastic read! Part mystery, action, adventure, and a little romance, with never a dull moment, it clips along like the ship Legacy in full sail.

    Set in 1802, the story begins in England with two murders found to be connected by an event 45 years before, bringing together 2 characters from seemingly opposite ends of the social strata. They are joined by a third who has a mutual interest in solving the puzzle, and together they set off on the adventure of a lifetime, sailing off to a distant location, hoping to bring home justice.

    The story seemed to have just the right balance of interesting characters, danger, mystery, historical details, and action adventure. Felt a bit like a slice of Sherlock Holmes, Horatio Hornblower, and the Scarlet Pimpernel. It kept me guessing well up to when the real villain was revealed. Plenty of swashbuckling swordplay, and dashing gentlemen to keep it exciting, as well as a bit of romance. Miss Garrett is a sweet, plucky heroine with much to be admired. A well played ending with a hint of the trio continuing into the next book left me hopeful.

    Great start to an exciting series! Look forward to reading more. Highly recommend!

    (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
  2. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A truly delightful historical murder mystery thriller
    January 31, 2016
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lisa Karon Richardson in her new book, The Peacock Throne published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Miss Lydia Garrett.

    From the back cover: A mysterious throne holds the key to two murders; an epic adventure steeped in treachery and romance

    When Miss Lydia Garretts 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 earls 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.

    The Peacock Throne was a famous jeweled throne that was the seat of the Mughal emperors that conquered Northern India. It was commissioned in the early 17th century by emperor Shah Jahan and was located in the Red Fort of Delhi. The original throne was subsequently captured and taken as a war trophy in 1737 by the Persian king Nadir Shah, and has been lost ever since. You would not think that such a trophy would cause such a commotion. Someone killed the Earl of Danbury and that is how the book begins. Somebody also murdered Miss Lydia Garretts guardian. Now Ms. Richardson gives us an adventure as the way to solve these murders and those that come later is to solve the mystery of the Throne. Plenty of suspects, plenty of motive, now Lydia and Anthony have to narrow down the field to just the one who did it. Not an easy task. This is a hard-boiled investigation filled with all kinds of twists and turns that will really keep you engrossed. Take the phone off the hook, go to the bathroom and make yourself a bowl of popcorn as reading this book is going to command all your attention. Lydia has a keen observant eye that catches all the little things that even I missed, and I was watching for them. Lisa Karon Richardson is an extremely talented writer who really knows how to tell a story that will grab you and keep you flipping pages until you reach the end. The Peacock Throne is a very exciting book. I am so looking forward to the next book from this very talented author.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Peacock Throne
    January 28, 2016
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Anthony Danbury receives a shock upon waking up one morning; his father has been murdered. A letter is found hidden in one of Anthonys boots from his father with an almost unbelievable tale. Anthony vows justice for his fathers murder and will stop at nothing to accomplish it. The new Lord Danbury, Anthony upon the death of his father, decides on an elaborate plan to lure out his fathers killer. Along the way, he joins forces with Marcus Harting, a British spy, and Miss Lydia Garrett, an unacknowledged granddaughter of an earl.

    Lydia Garrett is working in a rundown coffee house owned by her fathers cousin, who has been acting as her guardian. She discovers her cousins dead body. Her cousin served on the same ship as Anthonys father about forty years ago. Is there a connection between the murders? What are the chances that both men would be murdered on the same day in the same manner? Lydia is no wallflower. She is determined to see justice accomplished for her cousin. She is smart, persistent and has a will of steel. She meets Lord Danbury and Mr. Harting and sees they just might be the only way for her to bring her cousins killer to trial.

    I liked the setting of this story and the intrigue between the French and British at this time period. I also liked the writing style of this author. The story was interesting and ensnared me easily. There is a hint of romance, intrigue, murder, deception and more. The characters hopefully will be developed even more fully in future stories perhaps. The ending of the story certainly leaves an opening for a sequel or perhaps a series and I hope the author follows this story with others in this genre. Ill be on the lookout for more stories from this authors pen.
  4. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A delightful historical mystery
    January 27, 2016
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Peacock Throne

    By Lisa Karon Richardson

    Lydia Garrett has just lost the most important person in her life - her cousin, her guardian and Anthony Douglas, Earl of Danbury his father. Both men murdered the same night and distantly linked by their shared past in the Royal Navy. But why would anyone murder these two men in such a marked way?

    Agreeing to join forces and bring a murderer to justice Lydia and Anthony quickly come to the attention of Marcus Wiltshire. But Marcus is more than he seems to be and he soon reveals his true self to both Lydia and Anthony as their quest for justice coincides with his to prevent Napoleon Bonaparte's newest endeavor for power.

    A journal provides the trio with clues as to a possible motive to these murders and a destination to start their search. An ocean voyage and a race against a faceless, murderous enemy take them into the exotic unknown.

    A mysterious ancient throne of India is the highly sought prize that someone is willing to do anything to claim. And they are willing to take more lives to do so. Who will pay the price?

    This is historical fiction in its most delightful form. Adventure that will take you into a new world. A hint of romance. And friendships that make all the difference. Lydia, Anthony, and Marcus are characters whom one can truly enjoy getting to know even when they can be a touch overbearing (not Lydia). These are characters whom I would love to visit again.

    Get ready to swept away to Regency England and British ruled India.

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Lion Fiction in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Connection Between Murders
    January 25, 2016
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Murders that happened on different sides of London end up connecting two people whom are unknown to one another at the time, end up forming a team to find the murderer.

    This is how Lydia Garrett and The Earl of Danbury end up meeting; the third to join the team is Marcus Harting, an agent of His Majestys intelligence services. Marcus does not trust Anthony, The Earl of Danbury, and enlists Lydia to bring him information. Now while I didnt like that he was making her spy on someone whom was kind to her, I did love how he treated her. I could just imagine the gown that he had made for her, for the party that they went to in India.

    Yes we do a bit of traveling in this book, and there are more murders, and we find ourselves on a ship under cannon fire. Now this story takes place in the early 1800s and Napoleon is leading the French, and we meet this head on. We also get a glimpse of a throne of incredible worth and beauty, and it is described so wonderfully, you feel like you can tough it.

    There is so much action in this book, and Ms. Lydia is one awesome young woman, never a dull moment in this ladies life, whether she is climbing through windows, or cutting the lines of grappling hooks, or writing notes with clues hidden in them.

    Dont miss this intriguing read; you wont want to put it down.

    I received this book through Kregel Publishing Book Bloggers, and was not required to give a positive review
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