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Murder in the Pleasure Gardens

(The fourth book in the Beau Brummell series)
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From Publishers Weekly
Agatha Award winner Stevens's latest recounting of Beau Brummell's sleuthing activities (after 2002's The Bloodied Cravat) bears signs of being executed in haste, and executed in haste is just what the Beau's friend, Lieutenant Nevill, will be if the Regency's "Arbiter of Fashion" doesn't find the real killer of Thomas Jacombe, "trusted friend of Earl Spencer and a long-time official in the Home Office." At Watier's Club one evening, Nevill accuses Jacombe of cheating at cards, and Brummell agrees to serve as second for the duel the two men agree to. But the night before the duel, Jacombe's body tumbles over the Grand Cascade at Vauxhall, ruining the Prince of Wales's gala. Spotted with a gun in his hand, Nevill is promptly arrested. Brummell, however, knows that Nevill's accusation of false play was well founded. In his search for other suspects, Brummell discovers that the seemingly upright Jacombe had wronged many people besides the young lieutenant, of whom the Beau is very fond. Exactly why he's fond of Nevill is hard to judge, because only the Beau, as narrator, has any character at all. Poorly drawn secondary characters, a contrived plot and an unlikely denouement-it's hard to imagine the murderer caring enough about anything to do Jacombe in-mar this effort. A wonderful description of the Grand Cascade at Vauxhall serves to remind readers that Stevens, the author of several Regencies (Crime of Manners, etc.), is capable of better.

The debonair Beau Brummell dresses up this Agatha Award-winning series.

The stylish sleuth is determined to prove the innocence of a military officer who Society has deemed a murderer.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A dandy sleuth...Stevens's dashing detective romps through Regency England." - Carole Nelson Douglas

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Used availability for Rosemary Stevens's Murder in the Pleasure Gardens

Hardback Editions

April 2003 : USA Hardback

Title: Murder in the Pleasure Gardens (Beau Brummell Mysteries)
Author(s): Rosemary Stevens
ISBN: 0-425-19051-X / 978-0-425-19051-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover
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Paperback Editions

May 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Murder In The Pleasure Gardens
Author(s): Rosemary Stevens
ISBN: 0-425-19689-5 / 978-0-425-19689-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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Kindle Editions

September 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Murder in the Pleasure Gardens (Beau Brummell Mysteries Book 4)
Author(s): Rosemary Stevens
Publisher: Rosemary Stevens
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