The Confounding Case Of The Carisbrook Emeralds
Start with Where The Heart Leads. When Miss Cara Di Abaccio is accused of stealing the Carisbrook emeralds by Lady Carisbrook and marched out of her guardian's house by Scotland Yard's finest. Barnaby Adair's cousin Hugo Adair takes umbrage and descends on Scotland Yard in Cara's defense. Inspector Stokes has been assigned to the case, and after surveying the evidence, Stokes calls in his big guns when it comes to dealing with investigations in the ton, Barnaby Adair and his wife, Penelope. Soon convinced of Cara's innocence and, given Hugo's apparent tendre for Cara needing to clear her name, Penelope and Barnaby join Stokes and his team in pursuing the emeralds and, most importantly, who stole them. But the deeper our intrepid investigators delve into the Carisbrook household, the more certain they become that all is not as it should be. Lady Carisbrook is a harpy, Franklin Carisbrook is secretive, Julia Carisbrook is overly timid, and Lord Carisbrook, otherwise a genial and honorable gentleman, holds himself distant from his family. More, his lordship attempts to shut down the investigation. And Stokes, Barnaby, and Penelope are convinced the Carisbrooks' staff are not sharing all they know.
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