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.
I always like finding a new author to read. While Lisa Karon Richardson is not new to Christian fiction, this is the first time I’ve come across her and The Peacock Throne is a great introduction. It’s a book that drew me in immediately and kept me interested until the very end.
It turns out that the Peacock Throne did exist at one point in time. It was commissioned by Shah Jahan, who’s better known for the Taj Mahal, and it supposedly cost more to construct than the magnificent mausoleum. It disappeared after India was invaded by Persia in the middle of the 18th century. This imaginative novel supposes the disappearance was deliberate. The search for it takes the trio from London to India, via The Seychelles, with ample descriptions of the beauty of the two exotic locations. On the way, they’ll meet Prime Minister William Pitt and the future Duke of Wellington. They’ll experience storms, spies, and sea battles, and Lydia will discover that traveling without a chaperone has its consequences.
The ending to The Peacock Throne doesn’t quite wrap everything up in a neat bow but is open enough to make the reader want more. I definitely hope we’ll see more of these characters in at least one more book.
Thank you to Kregel for my complimentary copy of The Peacock Throne, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Lion Fiction (a division of Kregel)
Publication Date: 27 January 2016
Page Count: 352