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The Gentleman's Walking Stick (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, #4.6) (2000)

by Ashley Gardner

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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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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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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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