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The Gentleman's Walking Stick (2000)

by Ashley Gardner

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Series: Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries (6.5)

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Two very short stories featuring Captain Gabriel Lacey.

Story 1: An old military acquaintance of Lacey's asks his help to retrieve a walking stick he's left behind in one of the places he visited the previous day. The walking stick has the man's name engraved on it, and some of the places he'd been may prove embarrassing. I liked that Lacey visited the places in reverse order, and in doing so gained a specific knowledge of the man and the people whose lives he affected. And I particularly enjoyed the ending and Lacey once again taking care of the unfortunate and downtrodden.

Story 2: The father of a young girl who arrived in London and subsequently disappeared asks Lacey to find her. The girl's aunt and brother both believe her to have "fallen" and believe she's better off not found, due to the risk of bringing ruin to the upstanding family. Although the investigation itself is very good, the outcome and resolution is vague and unsatisfying. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
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On a rain morning in 1817, I visited Bond Street to purchase a bauble for my lady.
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Do not combine with the short story by the same name! This edition, including "The Gentleman's Walking Stick" and "The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswald" was first published in 2011.   The individual stories were originally published independently, as noted in the Description, in 2000

Included in: Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, v. 1
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This short story, originally published separately, as noted in the description, was then published as the title story in the anthology in The Gentleman's Walking Stick (Kindle, 2011).  The anthology is entered into the series sequence.

Included in: Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, v. 1
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Includes two short stories in the Gabriel Lacey series, both originally published in 2000.

Included in: Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, v. 1

The Gentleman's Walking Stick Originally in: The Reticule, (2000)
The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswald Originally in Over My Dead Body! Mystery Magazine (Summer 2000)
Takes place in 1817.  Lacey is in a jewelry store, where he renews his acquaintance with George Summerville, a cavalry officer who was also in the Peninsular War.  Summerville is engaged, but during a night of revelry, he has lost his walking stick, with his name engraved on it, probably in a place where he wouldn't want his in-laws to know that he had been.  Lacey agrees to discreetly search for it.

A short story starring Gabriel Lacy from the Regency Mystery Series by Ashley Gardner (i.e. Jennifer Ashley)

Originally in:  The Reticule, (2000) 
In: Gardner, Ashley, The Gentleman's Walking Stick (Kindle, 2011)

Also in: Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, v. 1
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London, 1817 An anthology of two short stories of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries. In The Gentleman's Walking Stick, Lacey untangles a web of deceit involving a respectable society man, his only clue being a missing walking stick. (This story first appeared in the Regency fiction magazine, The Reticule in 2000.) In The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswald, Lacey is asked to locate a man's missing daughter, though he senses that the family will be just as happy for her to remain missing. The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswald was nominated for a Derringer Award for best short mystery in the year 2000. The story first appeared in Over My Dead Body! Mystery Magazine in Summer, 2000. The first story runs 6000 words; the second, 5000 words. While these are standalone stories, the events fall in the series timeline anytime after The Sudbury School Murders.… (more)

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