Berkley, Dec 2004, 5.99, 256 pp.
Captain Gabriel Lacey, injured during the Peninsular Campaign, returns to England where he solved two murder cases. A Bow Street runner, his former sergeant, calls upon Lacey to identify the body who he thinks is his neighbor Marianne; Lacey rushes to the Thames River where the corpse was found, but she is not his neighbor although she wears a ring given to her by an aristocrat. Lacey takes the ring to his friend Grenville who knows everyone important and learns from the man that the ring belongs to Lord Barbury.
Since Lord Barbury is a visitor at Grenville's home, he introduces the two men to one another. Barbury admits that he gave the ring to his lover Mrs. Chapman, wife of a barrister. Lacey's curiosity keeps him investigating Mrs. Chapman's death with the trail leading to the Glass House, a vile place. Apparently the victim had a room there where she met Barbury; they also had trysts at the home of another man. As Lacey continues to search for clues, two more homicides connected to his case occur.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner