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By Stephanie Barron

The acclaimed writer of the bestselling Jane Austen mysteries brings wealthy ancient immediacy to a captivating new suspense novel situated round Queen Victoria’s stricken court…and a mystery so harmful, it might probably topple thrones.

Windsor fort, 1861. Prince Albert, the Queen’s Consort, lies demise, and Victoria summons Patrick Fitzgerald, the shrewdpermanent, embittered Irish barrister who helped protect Her Majesty from a would-be murderer two decades past. inside of hours, Fitzgerald’s appealing ward is almost murdered, his chambers are ransacked, and one other lady lies useless. may perhaps an unknown strength at Windsor wish Fitzgerald silenced? And why? The solutions are entangled in an electrifying story of intrigue, seduction, and betrayal, partly narrated through Europe’s strongest monarch.

As interesting because the Queen herself, seamlessly mixing historical past and suspense, A Flaw within the Blood is a sublime mystery that's totally convincing—and completely surprising—to its very finish.

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Please. ” Theo eyed him, unsoftened. “Clive's too fresh—he wishes a great run. I doubt anybody's loosed him considering Michaelmas. i'm going to come to you later, within the library—after breakfast. ” “Sure, and i will be there,” Fitzgerald acknowledged. yet Theo was once already long gone. while he did reappear, at half-past ten, he was once in a towering rage: the library door thrust violently open, and slammed to with equivalent strength. “I've simply made that woman's acquaintance. What do you suggest via bringing her the following? ” he demanded, as Fitzgerald rose from his chair by means of the hearth. “If you suggest omit Armistead—” “I do not care what her identify is! The insult, to Mama! Parading your mistress at Shurland with brazen omit for everybody within the household—” Theo wheeled. “Do you recognize what they are announcing within the servants' corridor? Did you by no means cease to imagine how we'd think ? No! you just desirable your self, together with your ordinary appalling—” “Theo. ” Fitzgerald set down the roll of charts he'd been scanning. “Lower your voice, for the affection of Mary. leave out Armistead isn't my mistress. She's within the means of being my ward. ” “Your—” “Ward. positioned in my care on her guardian's deathbed. ” Theo barked with laughter. “I don't think it. She's thirty if she's an afternoon! ” Fitzgerald paced towards him in a surprising gust of anger. “She is six-and-twenty, glance you, and i will now not have her insulted. ” “Tell me one other tale, Father,” the boy stated sarcastically. “You continually contrive so delightfully. yet i assume I shouldn't be stunned. you've gotten saved your light-skirts for years, have not you? How else may perhaps Mama have come to the kingdom she's in? ” Fitzgerald stopped lifeless. “What within the bloody hell do you suggest through that? ” “I suggest you gave her the pox that is ruined her existence. ” “Did she say that? ” “She does not have to,” the boy retorted. “Do you think that we are all silly? All blind? the way you have the gall to return the following— Uncle Charles could take down his gun, did he recognize of it, and run you off the place—” Fitzgerald shook him savagely; Theo's enamel rattled jointly. “How outdated are you, boy? ” “Se-seventeen,” he stuttered, faded yet defiant. “Eighteen subsequent summer time. sufficiently old to—” “—Blister your dad or mum with bitterness? ” Fitzgerald published him. “Then you are sufficiently old to grasp the reality. you have been sheltered too lengthy. ” “I. Sheltered. ” Theo's lip curled in contempt. “Have you no suggestion how boys rag one another in school, Father? after all now not. you could have by no means been close to Harrow. you cannot think the vicious issues humans say. i am the half-bred whelp of an Irish bastard—didn't you recognize? by no means brain that my grandfather's an earl; i am the mongrel with a wild Celt's blood in his veins. ” “Very well,” Fitzgerald acknowledged furiously. “If you will have brutal, i'm going to supply it to you. Your mom obtained syphilis from a stranger in case you have been a piece baby, Theo. that is why you have been packed off to Harrow at seven. simply because she was once certain for Paris, and her first trial of mercury. We idea it could possibly kill her. ” “Your fault! ” “No. i have been spared her curse, God support me. i don't hold the illness, Theo. I shan't let you know how your mom gotten smaller it; that is her tale, the single one she has left.

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