Friday, January 10, 2014

A Corpse in Shining Armour by Caro Peacock


I sped right through A Corpse in Shining Armour.  It was a very light, fun book to read.  Set in Victorian England, Liberty Lane is a bright young lady who earns her keep by solving mysteries for the likes of Benjamin Disraeli, who refers to her as a "private intelligencer".

The plot is full of twists and turns and gives a glimpse of Victorian life, which may or may not be accurate, but sure seems real.

When Lord Brinkburn is near death, his wife suddenly announces that the oldest son, Stephen, cannot inherit because he is illegitimate.  Liberty is hired to find out if it is true and if not, why Lady Brinkburn says he is.  Things get very confusing when the corpse of Lord Brinkburn's right hand man is found stuffed in a set of armour.

This is a bright, tricky read and I think I shall be reading more tales of Liberty Lane very soon.