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By Stephanie Barron

The acclaimed writer of the bestselling Jane Austen mysteries brings wealthy old immediacy to a captivating new suspense novel headquartered round Queen Victoria's court...and a mystery so risky, it might topple thrones.

Windsor fortress, 1861. For the second one time in over 20 years, Irish barrister Patrick Fitzgerald has been summoned by way of the Queen. the 1st time, he'd been a zealous younger criminal clerk, investigating what looked to be a murderous conspiracy opposed to her. Now he's a distinct gentleman on the best of his career. And the Queen is a lady within the grip of worry. For in this cold evening, her loved husband, Prince Albert, lies dying.

With her destiny clouded via grief, Fitzgerald can't aid yet discover the Queen is interestingly preoccupied with the earlier. but why, and the way he will help, is doubtful. His bewilderment deepens while the royal trainer is violently overturned, approximately killing him and his magnificent younger ward, Dr. Georgiana Armistead, niece of the overdue Dr. Snow, a famed doctor who'd attended none except Her Majesty.

Fitzgerald is certain of 1 factor: the Queen's carriage was once now not attacked at random--it was once a delicately selected aim. yet used to be it simply because he rode in it? Fitzgerald won't danger loss of life in an effort to discover. He'll depart London and take Georgiana with him--if they could get out alive. For quickly the pair locate themselves hunted. Little do they recognize they each one hold inside of their prior hidden clues to a devastating royal they need to untangle in the event that they are to survive.

From the streets of London to the luxurious hills of Cannes, from the slums of St. Giles to the gilded halls of Windsor citadel, A Flaw within the Blood promises a desirable story of pursuit, and the crafty mixture of interval element and electrifying intrigue that in basic terms the extraordinary Stephanie Barron can devise.

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Came himself, after you’d gone to King’s Cross last night. I told him you’d been summoned to Windsor. You’d have thought I’d said you’d gone to your hanging. But then, we all know Mr. ” Taylor liked to call himself a Radical, and publicly urged the end of the monarchy; he’d joined the Reform Club on the strength of his views, though Fitzgerald suspected the barrister’s allegiance was really to Alexis Soyer, the Reform’s celebrated chef. He glanced at his watch as he mounted the stairs: half-past eight.

The straw pallets on which they had slept lay tousled by the fire. ” Georgie asked now as she closed the door behind him. “Patrick? ” “He was insensible when I left—a severe concussion of the brain, so the sawbones says. I asked that I be sent word, when he wakes. But I’ve not been home since—” She took his hand, squeezed it briefly. ” he burst out, pacing across the dirty floor. “—Though as God is my witness, Georgie, I’ve no idea why. It must be papers they wanted—and Sep got in their way. Our chambers were turned topsy-turvy.

When Albert sent him to Curragh to be trained as an officer, Bertie could hardly meet his superiors’ requirements, and failed miserably to attain his expected rank. His tutors, from the time he was a little child, despaired of his mastering anything. In one field alone does Bertie excel: He dresses to admiration. His style and appearance are the envy of his set. In such frivolous distinction he takes inordinate pride, and will suffer any expense to meet it. qxp 42 10/23/07 8:36 AM Page 42 Stephanie Barron heels.

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