The Glass House
by Ashley Gardner
Captain Lacey is asked to identify the body of a young woman just pulled from the Thames. The Runner was formerly a Sergeant under the Captain’s command. Since the woman meets the description of Marianne Simmons, the actress who lives upstairs from the Captain, the Runner hopes to get a jump on the investigation by asking for the Captain’s help. Thus, Captain Lacey is drawn into another involved investigation which will encompass the murders of several prostitutes as well as several of the suspects.
We will meet Lucius Grenville, James Denis, and several others introduced in the first two books as we follow the Captain from the river to the mysterious Glass House to the Inns of the Court. It will take a lot to gain admittance but once he does, Lacey will be appalled at events that take place there. With the help of others, he will work to close the Glass House and prevent some of the atrocities that happen there.
At the same time, he has come to the conclusion that he must seek out a way to earn a living. With Grenville’s help, he accepts a position in Berkshire. Before he departs London he pays one last call to Lady Breckenridge. This investigation has given him a greater appreciation for her than the onehe gained after his first meeting with her.
This story is even more complicated than the first two. There are so many levels to the investigation that it will take all your attention to keep track of who did what to whom. There are multiple killers in this one which will keep you on your toes.
While the Captain doesn’t succumb to melancholy as often as he does in previous books, when he did, I wanted to shake him hard and tell him that the resolution to his difficulties is within reach. It will take swallowing his pride and working to resolve the disagreements between himself and Colonel Brandon. Something neither of them is willing to do, even though they both know that it tears Louisa apart to see them arguing all the time. If you have enjoyed the first two books, this is one you won’t want to miss. It was very hard to put down!
“Captain Lacey is drawn into investigating the mysterious deaths of young prostitutes”
December 2004, 249 pages
It is known as The Glass House – a place where London’s high society can see and do things unbecoming of a gentleman or a lady. It is a place Captain lacey has no knowledge of – until one of its regulars is found murdered floating in the Thames.
The wife of a barrister, she led a double life at The Glass House that was a well-kept secret. From Mayfair to the Inns of the Court to the East End, Captain Lacey uncovers jealousy and murder – while also confronting some secrets of his own.