A decent murder mystery set in Regency London It s well written and I especially liked the female protagonistAs for the male characterhe left me curiously incurious As one of the reviewers mentioned the author makes a strategic decision not to delve too deeply into the pasts of her protagonists She seems to be setting the hook to encourage the readers to pick up future books in the series to learn about them but that choice led to a paper thin characterization I felt disconnected especially from the hero The strategy also leads to telling than showing and encyclopedic info dump Having recently read C S Harris s Sebastian St Cyr mysteries set at the same time and place I couldn t help but compare the two And I have to say that in terms of characterization and richness of the historical setting St Cyr is a winner The Earl of Wrexford was bored Gambling and women offered little new excitement Even his hypotheses and scientific experiments lacked immediate answers And then he was accused of murder Someone had set him up It became a matter of expedience to solve the mystery It ave him purpose which he hadn t felt in a long time The crime was now like a thorn rubbing against raw skin Wrexford appreciated coherent patterns and logical explanations AJ uill aka the widow Mrs Charlotte Sloane used her experience to draw uncannily accurate pen and ink drawings The two people formed an odd friendship of sorts Just as important to the mystery was Tyler Wrexford s patient and knowledgeable valet his friend Kit I wanted to know of his past Henning the Reine Mädchensache gruff Scottish man of medicine and Charlotte s scamps Raven and Hawk I loved the way these characters were written There was a secret society and stolen objects The storyline included an obscure medieval fantasy something that was illegal to practice both in England and on the Continent Lastly a persistent bow street runner that rounded out the plot Murder on Black Swan Lane was a wonderful beginning to a new historical mystery series It contained uirky bits of delicious history I m hooked I can t wait for the second story Andrea Penrose aka the Regency author Andrea Pickens and historical writer Cara Elliott has found her niche Series A Wrexford and Sloane Mystery 1Publication Date June 27 2017An impeccably written exciting intriguing engrossingly tangled and twisted regency mystery I couldn t put it down once I started reading it The characters are fully developed and deep with flaws and secrets I m sure we ll learn about as the seriesoes on I am so very excited that this is a series and we will Animal Babies get to know them all better If you are a fan of Sebastian St Cyr mysteries you will absolutely LOVE this oneThis is the first book I have read by Andrea Penrose or any of her other pen names Cara Elliott for Grand Central and Andrea Pickens for NAL but I can t wait to read of this series and to also check out her other Regency myste It took about a third of the book to know for sure but I loved this first entry in the WrexfordSloan Regency mystery series Lots of new characters along with villains victims scientifi 45 stars While combing through the catalog of titles on Netgalley I happened to come across this one and admittedly was captivated by the cover I am not really sure why I mean it s not like it s really that new and eye catchingI feel like I ve seen a ton of books with similar titles that I was passed by in favor of something eye catchingBut for some reason I paused on this one long enough to read the summary Again nothing terribly fresh but yet it sounded like just the thing I was looking forsomething predictable I was dying to read another British detective mystery novel and this sounded like just that So I clicked on reuest and once it was approved I started in on what I expected to be a run of the mill detective novelSo the plot sounds like something you have read before am I right Rogue ish lord with a flair for unconventional hobbiesets framed for murder meets uirky side kick andor love interest and together they solve the crime Was this book that Yes But yet I felt like I was reading something new and different at the same timeFor me what made this book was the characters Wrexford is into chemistry and basically marches to the beat of his own drum He s smart and has a devil may care attitude about the ton and society He is familiar with the satirical drawings of AJ uill as many of the drawings are of him What he doesn t expect to learn is that AJ uill is in fact Charlotte SloaneCharlotte is kind of this mysterious woman She lives in a working class section of London and is a widow She takes care of tw. In Regency London an unconventional scientist and a fearless female artist form an unlikely alliance to expose unspeakable evil The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind but boredom and pride lead him to re.
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Must say the underside of aristocracy is a much fertile Offenders and Detainees ground to explore While I enjoy Penrose s stories from the lighter side of the Regency era this is a much interesting type of story and is far challenging I am happy Penrose has taken a break from an overly saturated subenre and spread her creative wings a little I hope this series catches on as I do think it shows a qasas-ul-quran great deal of promise 4 stars I veiven this a B at AAR so that s 45 starsMurder on Black Swan Lane is the first book in a new series of Regency era historical mysteries by Andrea Penrose who also writes as Andrea Pickens and Cara Elliot which sees a satirical cartoonist teaming up with a scientifically minded earl to investigate a couple of ruesome murders The mystery is well put together and includes some fascinating detail about the chemical sciences as they were understood at the beginning of the 19th century the author has clearly done her homework and we re introduced to an engaging set of characters who will I hope continue to appear throughout the seriesThe Earl of Wrexford who doesn t appear to have an actual name just a title has recently been publicly denounced as the worst kind of dissolute rake by the pompous puffed up Reverend Josiah Holworthy Never one to suffer fools ladly and the sort of man whom boredom inspires to ever reckless behaviour Wrexford responds to his accuser by unleashing his razor sharp wit in a clever rebuttal which is printed in the Morning Gazette An increasingly vitriolic and very public argument ensues between the two men which is eagerly documented every step of the way by the popular satirist AJ uill whose cartoons persistently skewer those at the highest levels of society shining a light on the darkest misdeeds on the rich and powerfulWhen the Reverend Holworthy is found dead in a church on Black Swan Lane almost decapitated his face disfigured by some sort of chemical suspicion immediately alights upon Wrexford whose rather eccentric interest in chemistry is widely known With uill s uncannily accurate drawings and pithy captions stirring up public opinion against him Wrexford decides it s time to find out where the cartoonist is Dead-End Road Mysteries getting his informationA talented artist Charlotte Sloane picked up her late husband s pen after his death some eight months earlier and has continued to produce s 25 starsThis book should have been a slam dunk for me Historical mystery Great Set in the Regency period Even better A dark intelligent sardonic hero with potential hidden depths My favorite kind A courageous independent heroine Bring it And yet in spite of being the sort of thing I should love the book didn t pull me in like it should haveI think what kept me from fully engaging with the book is that the main characters didn t completely come alive for me The author makes the strategic decision not to delve too deeply into the pasts of her hero and heroine so that the reader onlyets a partial view of what has shaped them into the people they are She seems to be setting the hook to encourage the readers to pick up future books in the series to learn about them but that choice left me feeling a bit disconnected from the two of them Particularly Wrexford Penrose Hear the Wolves gives a little insight into what makes Charlotte tick To make up for the light characterization the book needed to have an engrossing plot The mystery was reasonably well constructed with a few red herrings but it wasn t very complex It wasn t until the last third of the book when Wrexford and Charlotte start to actively confront their suspects that I reallyot drawn into the story I finished the novel because I wanted to find out what happened but it certainly wasn t the kind of book I couldn t put down For me this book was just OK People who are looking for a new historical mystery series to read might want to Valors Measure give it a try though I may have been spoiled by C S Harris s terrific Sebastian St Cyr mysteries The comparison to that series in the book s description is appropriate in terms of the setting but Harris s novels are much richer in terms of character and plot An eARC of this novel was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I miving up on this one for now Although I really like the premise the language is bothering me Some of it is anachronistic for example the author keeps using awfully which was not recorded as an intensifier until some 20 years later than this book purports to take place some just feels very stilted and unnatural they said this in the Regency period so I ll put it in And the hero just feels too stereotypically bad boy hero ish. London’s most popular satirical cartoonist AJ uill skewers them both But then the clergyman is found slain in a church his face burned by chemicals his throat slashed ear to ear and Wrexford finds himself the chief suspec.
O orphan children and basically educates them which means she herself is educated She has upper class friends but doesn t move in high society or even middle class circlesWhen Wrexford meets her he is surprised to find first uill is a female and secondly that she is so educated He knows she must have a backstory but we don t find that out what that story might be I love watching them play off each other Neither one is all I love you and want to throw caution to the wind to be together but there is an unmistakable sexual tension slowly burning below the surface Romance isn t the obvious focus of the story but there is a hint of something that might develop in future novelsI loved that Charlotte was kind of obscure Wrexford was a very open character He basically doesn t care what people think of him and the audience feels like they know him from the beginning whereas Charlotte has hidden facets She isn t as open about herself and when we read her perspective the audience BFI Film Classics gets the sense that we don t have the full story which makes her intriguing I also love that Wrexford doesn t try to control her and keep her safe In many detective novels there is the overwhelming sense of protection from the male lead and it often borders on irritating I love that Wrexford respected her enough and understood that she wouldn t be placated by staying at home while he did all the foot workThe mystery itself had a lot of interesting elements and I loved the science aspect There were enough twists and turns to keep me interested in the story but ultimately it was the relationship between Wrexford and Charlotte that kept me reading Though mismatched I think they make areat pair and I look forward to seeing how they evolve in future books I was way into this book than I expected to be so much so that I downloaded another book by Penrose because I loved her story telling styleSee my full review here Very much written in the way of Americans writing British historical enre fiction which may or may not ring your bell eg random use of bloodybloody hell in a Regency setting does not imbue text with authentic Britishness and I really wish people would stop doing it Or just ask someone British does this sound right I also have serious issues with phonetic dialogue for lower class characters for multiple reasons one of which is that unless you use the phonetic alphabet it doesn t work for anyone who doesn t share your pronunciation London urchins saying you as ye is not meaningful to me Unless they re Scottish Are they Scottish Plus characters in the early 1800s twice telling each other to cut to the chase It refers to making movies what else could it possibly meanNone of this may bother other readers but it ot in my way too much for enjoyment and the plot and characters didn t overcome that so noping out at 19% Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose is a 2017 Kensington publication A thrilling new Regency period mystery series AJ uills is a political satirist sketching scathing cartoons which often make his subjects suirm However most people are unaware that AJ uills is not at all the person they believe him to be When the Earl of Wrexford becomes the primary suspect in a murder investigation he is unnerved by uill s sketches which would suggest the artist was either on the scene of the crime or has inside information Once his informers have located the enigmatic cartoonist Wrexford is surprised to make the acuaintance of Charlotte Sloane Seeing his advantage Wrexford agrees to keep her secret if she will help him clear his name Thus begins an uneasy alliance between the pair But as the mystery behind the murder deepens suggesting a secret club could be responsible Charlotte and Wrexford become a solid if unlikely detective team Andrea Penrose is the pseudonym for Cara Elliott and Andrea Pickens who has written a fair amount of Regency period romance novels Now she is exploring the darker side of the era with this atmospheric mystery chock full of intrigue and sinister وصف الاستعباد في مملكة فاس - مذكرات أسير سويدي على عهد السلطان مولاي عبد الله goings on Scientific experiments secret clubs occult rituals reveal the underbelly of London society but could also be linked to the death of Charlotte s husband The plot is complex and there is uite a lotoing on The story is not hard to follow but I did find myself slowing down and reading carefully to be sure I was understanding all the various threads and intrigues This feels like a pretty ambitious undertaking and has some rocky moments here and there but overall this is a very impressive beginning to a new series Penrose obviously knows her history having researched this era for uite some time but Ckless behavior He does not suffer fools ladly So when pompous pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery Wrexford unsheathes his rapier sharp wit and strikes back As their war of words escalates.
Andrea Penrose is the bestselling author of Regency era historical fiction including the acclaimed Wrexford & Sloane mystery series as well as Regency romances written under the names Cara Elliott and Andrea Pickens Published internationally in ten languages she is a three time RITA Award finalist and the recipient of numerous writing awards including two Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Historic