Welcome Lisa Karon Richardson to Tea and a Good Book today!
3 November 1802
At your request I interviewed those persons commonly believed to be connected to the return of the great Peacock Throne.
I began with Miss Lydia Garrett, believing that a young lady possessed of grace and charm would find it delightful to be mentioned positively in newsprint. She accused me of working for the French and then told me an outlandish tale that began with two murders in London and devolved into a hunt for what amounts to pirate treasure. To hear her tell it, with a bit of cunning and luck a single English frigate can best a French ship of the line. Even more incredible, she believes French agents infiltrated Calcutta and kidnapped friends of the Lieutenant-Governor in an attempt to extort the throne from him. Either she is a bit mad, or as I suspect, she was making sport of me. I was unable to obtain a single publishable fact from her.
I next approached Mr. Marcus Harting. As you know, he is of good family, being the youngest son of the Marquess of Wiltshire. Looking back on the conversation, I’m not quite certain where it veered away from the topic, but although I spoke to him for nearly an hour, by the time it was done I had the most dreadful headache and I’m fairly certain I was the only one who ever even mentioned the Peacock Throne or how Mr. Harting came to Calcutta.
Finally, I called upon Anthony __, the Earl of Danbury. He socked me in the nose and threatened to shoot me if I came about again. As preposterous as it sounds, I think he actually meant it.
All in all, it was a most trying day. You described this as an easy assignment which an infant could perform. This was not my experience I have come to the conclusion that I am not at all cut out to be a reporter, I must therefore resign effective immediately.
The Peacock Throne releases Jan 27.
When Miss Lydia Garrett's guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related - and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge.
The clues point to the former Earl's first naval command. In 1758 the Earl spirited away and hid the magnificent Peacock Throne at the behest of the Indian royal family. To draw out the murderer, Anthony and Lydia agree that they must locate the throne. However, they are not the only ones interested in the Peacock Throne.
Marcus Wiltshire, agent of His Majesty's intelligence services, has received hints that Bonaparte intends to return the throne to India and leverage its mystical significance to foment rebellion and cut England off from her most important trading partner. When the amateur sleuths join forces with the professional agent, the quest for the throne leads them around the globe on an adventure steeped in danger, treachery, and romance.
Fun fact: Although she's multi-published, this is the first book Lisa wrote.
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