Book Description: A mysterious throne holds the key to two murders; an epic adventure steeped in treachery and romance
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.
They are not the only ones interested in the Peacock Throne, however. Marcus Wiltshire, a British intelligence, 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.
My Thoughts: Lisa Karon Richardson is a brand new author for me. I believe that she has written several novels including this one, The Peacock Throne.
As I began reading this story I quickly found out that Lydia Garrett is a young woman who is not afraid of life. She is also bent on finding out the truth when a crime hits her own home.
Her guardian is murdered and, lo and behold, the police don't think this is a crime worthy of their attention. But on the same night Anthony Douglas, the new Lord of Danbury, is also killed while sleeping in his own bed.
Are the two crimes related? Well, Miss Lydia Garrett is going to find out. But she could use help...enter Marcus Wilshire of the British intelligence.
However, Marcus has hints/clues that the mystery of the deaths surround The Peacock Throne. The Peacock Throne was a famous jeweled throne that was the seat of the Mughal emperors that conquered Northern India. It was commissioned in the early 17th century by emperor Shah Jahan and was located in the Red Fort of Delhi. The original throne was subsequently captured and taken as a war trophy in 1739 by the Persian king Nader Shah, and has been lost ever since.
An interesting mystery surrounding the Peacock Throne.
*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*
About the Author:
Influenced by books like THE SECRET GARDEN and THE LITTLE PRINCESS, Lisa Karon Richardson's early stories were heavy on boarding schools and creepy houses. Now, even though she's (mostly) grown-up she still loves a healthy dash of adventure in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She's been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a brand new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city.