Review of The Peacock Throne, Historical Fiction by Lisa Karon Richardson

Leah Courtney
The Peacock Throne is set in Victorian England. It's a story that includes suspense and intrigue as well as a bit of romance.

Review of The Peacock Throne, historical fiction set in Victorian England

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Two murders take place within a short amount of time. Lydia Garrett's guardian, her uncle, is murdered. And Lord Danbury, father of Anthony Danbury is murdered. Lydia and Anthony find each other and realize that the two men served together in the navy. They find correspondence that links the men's time in the navy with the murders- and a reference to the Peacock Throne, an Indian treasure. Marcus Wiltshire is also interested in the murders. He's a British intelligence agent who has heard rumors that Napolean Bonaparte wants to return the throne to India and cause trouble between the English government and India. The three end up together seeking the throne and attempting to find out who has been behind the murders.

I liked the premise of this story. It's a different scenario than one I've read before. But, although the book was interesting, it wasn't my favorite. I never felt as though the characters were well-developed. I found myself wanting to get to know them more. There was more action and dialogue and less introspection on the part of the characters.

Another thing that made the story one I wasn't as taken with is the historical setting. I don't enjoy the very formal, stilted interactions between the characters. Although I know that it's probably historically accurate, I think it makes it harder to connect with and understand the characters- especially if there is supposed to be a developing romance.

All in all, this is a story that is different enough to be interesting, and it can be enjoyable if you like the time period. I give The Peacock Throne 3.5 stars and a G rating for content. You can find the book on the Kregel site here and on Amazon here.

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