By Stephanie Barron

ISBN-10: 055390468X

ISBN-13: 9780553904680

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

Windsor citadel, 1861. For the second one time in over two decades, 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 seemed to be a murderous conspiracy opposed to her. Now he's a uncommon gentleman on the best of his career. And the Queen is a girl 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 become aware of the Queen is interestingly preoccupied with the prior. but why, and the way he may also help, is doubtful. His bewilderment deepens whilst the royal trainer is violently overturned, approximately killing him and his remarkable younger ward, Dr. Georgiana Armistead, niece of the overdue Dr. Snow, a famed medical professional who'd attended none except Her Majesty.

Fitzgerald is certain of 1 factor: the Queen's carriage used to be now not attacked at random--it used to be a gently selected objective. yet used to be it simply because he rode in it? Fitzgerald won't threat demise so as to discover. He'll go away London and take Georgiana with him--if they could get out alive. For quickly the pair locate themselves hunted. Little do they comprehend they each one hold inside 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 fortress, A Flaw within the Blood can provide a desirable story of pursuit, and the crafty mixture of interval aspect and electrifying intrigue that simply the impressive Stephanie Barron can devise.

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The footman’s despair at the ruin of his prospects had been little allayed by the discovery of the true culprit, the noble household’s fifteen-year-old son. Exposed as a thief, the young gentleman hanged himself in the gardener’s shed. When Fitzgerald told him the news, Gibbon had wept. He’d proved a loyal man: coping with Fitzgerald’s temper, his sudden plunges into despair, his bouts of stunned drunkenness. Gibbon had fought off armies of duns when Fitzgerald was short of cash, and silently tightened his belt when Fitzgerald forgot to pay him.

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. “Thank you, Gibbon. ” “But you haven’t slept! ” “Send up some coffee.

The year was 1853. What Snow witnessed at Windsor then was to change all their lives. Georgie’s head turned on the pillow; she gasped in pain. Fitzgerald had not prayed much—but perhaps he had gotten Snow’s attention, wherever he was. “I’m going to be sick,” she said. And reached for the washbasin. They brought in the dead coachman at twenty minutes past four. “Neck’s broke,” the innkeeper said with satisfaction. “Wrung clean as a chicken’s. ” Fitzgerald was leaning over the corpse, laid out on a scrubbed oak table in the public room—a man younger than himself, hatless but clothed in the scarlet livery of Windsor.

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