Murder on Black Swan LaneA Wrexford Sloane Mystery E–book/E–pub
A decent murder mystery set in Regency London It s well written and I especially liked the emale protagonistAs Special Topics in Calamity Physics 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 uputure books in the series to learn about them but that choice led to a paper thin characterization I Seven More Languages in Seven Weeks felt disconnected especiallyrom 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 gave him purpose which he hadn t Scenes from a Revolution 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 peopleormed an odd riendship of sorts Just as important to the mystery was Tyler Wrexford s patient and knowledgeable valet his riend Kit I wanted to know of his past Henning the gruff Scottish man of medicine and Charlotte s scamps Raven and Hawk I loved the way these characters were written Th 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 Microsoft Visual C fully developed and deep withlaws and secrets I m sure we ll learn about as the series goes on I am so very excited that this is a series and we will get to know them all better If you are a Soulprint fan of Sebastian St Cyr mysteries you will absolutely LOVE this oneThis is theirst book I have read by Andrea Penrose or any of her other pen names Cara Elliott Blah Blah Black Sheep for Grand Central and Andrea Pickensor NAL but I can t wait to read of this series and to also check out her other Regency mystery seriesI have to admit that my two avorite characters in the book are the two street urchins Raven and Hawk They are intelligent and wise beyond their years and even though they have lived their lives alone in the stews of St Giles they still have sweet and innocent hearts It will be interesting to see if over time they give up being street urchins and let Charlotte care or themSince the series is named uill Mystery I assume that the main character will be Charlotte Sloane also known as A J uill She is the most popular satirical cartoonist in England but she must guard her identity and gender She is very intelligent Surrender feisty and not afraid of anything at least she thinks she isn t One of theacts that is uncovered in this mystery is the The Highlanders Touch (Highlander, facts behind the death of her talented artist husband Anthony She also has another even bigger secret in her past and it is hinted at but not revealed in this bookThe Earl of Wrexford has a brilliant logical scientific mind and thinks he is incapable of any of the softereelings He is also a brilliant chemist although he keeps that part of his life well hidden All is logic with Wrexford So when everyone thinks he s the person who murdered a Reverend he s been publicly O Regresso da Atlântida - Os guerreiros de Posídon feuding with he decides that he must solve the murder in order to save himself Hisirst order of business is to uncover the identity of A J uill who has been skewering him in cartoons The drawings are absolutely too accurate and therefore the artist must know something There is also some hinted mystery with the death of Wrexford s brother and I came to Gdy mrok zapada (William Wisting, feel as if that was what caused Wrexford to close himself offrom the softer eelings in lifeAlthough there is no romance in this book between Charlotte and Wrexford they do develop a riendship and I hope it will develop into a romance over the course of the series We do see a bit of softening in Wrexford over the course of the bookThe secondary characters in the book are also great and it will be The White Road fun to watch their growth over the course of the series There is Wrexford s valet cum lab assistant who is smart and sassy Then there is Wrexford sriend who is always short of Bridges of Madison County funds and isn t thought to be particularly intelligent We also have a Scot doctor who does the autopsies and is gifted at interpreting what he isinding Oh shades of St Cyr Mysteries with their Scot anatomist The mystery is Mind Wide Open full of twists and turns and people with intertwining plots You ll have a timeiguring out who murderer is and how all of the plots Dominant FUTA Collection fit together I reuested and received this book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher It took about a third of the book to knowor sure but I loved this The Grand Sophy first entry in the WrexfordSloan Regency mystery series Lots of new characters along with villains victims scientific puzzles and mystical alchemy 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 catchingIeel like I ve seen a ton of books with similar titles that I was passed by in A New Society favor of something eye catchingButor some reason I paused on this one long enough to read the summary Again nothing terribly Three Chinese Poets fresh but yet it sounded like just the thing I was lookingorsomething 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 Bounty of the Blood Witch (Dragon Hero, flairor unconventional hobbies gets Lestate dei giochi spezzati framedor murder meets uirky side kick andor love interest and together they solve the crime Was this book that Yes But yet I Cooking for a Crowd 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 isamiliar 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 A History of the English Language in 100 Places fact Charlotte SloaneCharlotte is kind of this mysterious woman She lives in a working. In Regency London an unconventional scientist and aearless The South Beach Diet Supercharged female artistorm an unlikely alliance to expose unspeakable evil The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind but boredom and pride lead him to re.
Ublic opinion against him Wrexford decides it s time to Surviving the Silence find out where the cartoonist is 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 satirical cartoons using his pseudonym AJ uill She guards her identity judiciously knowing that if it s discovered that the scourge of the ton is a woman she will be completely ruined and unable to earn a living So the last thing she wants or expects is to discover the Earl of Wrexford on her doorstep demanding to see AJ uill Charlotte s attempts at deflection become increasingly desperate at which point the earl realises the truth and offers her a deal If she will agree to share such information as comes her way regarding the investigation he will keep her secret and payor the information Charlotte is urious at being backed into a corner but she has no alternative She is living rom hand to mouth as it is and can ill afford to turn down the money the earl offers or risk being exposed as AJ uill so she takes the dealThus begins a very Because It Feels Good fragile relationship in which both protagonists circle each other warily as they gradually develop a strong mutual respector the other s intellect and skills Wrexford and Charlotte are similar in some ways they are both keeping secrets and hiding their true selves behind a public persona but are completely different in others Wrexford is all about National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy (Pelican Books) facts and is bothered when he doesn t have an answer or reasonor something whereas Charlotte is The Christmas Scorpion (Jack Reacher, far accepting of theact that not everything is logical and that sometimes there are no answersThe murder mystery is intriguing and well executed complex enough to grab the reader s interest but not so complicated that it s difficult to And the Crooked Places Made Straight follow and peppered with lots of interesting scientific discussions and detail in particular relating to the study of alchemy and its bearing on the scientific knowledge of the time There s larceny espionage and the discovery of some painful truths as Charlotte and Wrexford uncover links between her husband s untimely death and the mysterious Ancients Club things she had suspected but been unable to prove until nowThere is a small but colourful cast of secondary characters who I hope we ll see of inuture books Henning the dour Scots surgeon Tyler Wrexford s valet and The Obliterated Man fellow chemist Raven and Hawk the two street urchins Charlotte has taken under her wing and Kit Sheffield Wrexford s closestriend who is at Figlio dellolocausto first glance somewhat of an empty headedribble but who is Mr Majeika and the School Book Week farrom being as stupid as he seems The two principals are Outliving flawed yet likeable and hopefully the author plans to reveal about them inuture stories as it s clear Landscapes of Communism from the hints she drops here that there is much to both of them than we ve seen soarMy one criticism of the book is with the way in which the story is set up Holsworthy holds Wrexford up as an example of the worst kind of wickedness and denounces him as a rakehell yet there isn t much evidence of this debauched lifestyle on the page in New Years Rockin Evil (Futurama Comics fact Wrexford himself says at one point that the reality of his life doesn t live up to his scandalous reputation The man I read about is irascible and highly intelligent with an unusualor a member of the aristocracy interest in science a man who puts logic ahead of emotion and disdains sentimentality There are a ew references to his unsavoury reputation throughout the book but unless his reputation is or being a man with a hot temper who prefers to go his own way the idea of a cleric using him as an example of immorality doesn t really make senseI ll also add a word of caution Tough Girl for anyone lookingor a Lady Julia or Lady Darby type of romantic risson you won t ind it here Wrexford and Charlotte develop a strong working relationship which gradually turns into Perfect Phrases for Lead Generation friendship and have developed an almost grudging admiration and respector each other s abilities by the end of the book That s not to say there is no potential Conversationally Speaking for development in a romantic direction inuture but Hoot for now this is a solid historical mystery in which the emphasis isirmly on tracking down the killer and proving Wrexford s innocenceI enjoyed the story and the characters and am eager to read of Charlotte and Wrexford s adventures together Murder on Black Swan Lane is recommended Red November for anyone in the moodor a well written historical mystery Beowulf is my name (Rinehart editions, 146) featuring a moody aristocratic hero and a heroine who knows how to cut him down to size 25 starsThis book should have been a slam dunkor me Historical mystery Great Set in the Regency period Even better A dark intelligent sardonic hero with potential hidden depths My avorite 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 rom A Gentleman for Dry Creek (Dry Creek, fully engaging with the book is that the main characters didn t completely come aliveor me The author makes the strategic decision not to delve too deeply into the pasts of her hero and heroine so that the reader only gets 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 Trail of Evidence (Capitol K-9 Unit future books in the series to learn about them but that choice left meeeling a bit disconnected Architecture by Birds and Insects from the two of them Particularly Wrexford Penrose gives a little insight into what makes Charlotte tick To make upor the light characterization the book needed to have an engrossing plot The mystery was reasonably well constructed with a Beyond Carnival 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 really got drawn into the story Iinished the novel because I wanted to Microsociology 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 lookingor a new historical mystery series to read might want to 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 Lefty for an honest review I m giving up on this oneor now Although I really like the premise the language is bothering me Some of it is anachronistic or 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 eels very stilted and unnatural they said this in the Regency period so I ll put it in And the hero just Shadow of the Vampire feels too stereotypically bad boy hero ish. London’s most popular satirical cartoonist AJ uill skewers them both But then the clergyman isound slain in a church his Statistical Computing in C++ and R face burned by chemicals his throat slashed ear to ear and Wrexfordinds himself the chief suspec.
Class section of London and is a widow She takes care of two orphan children and basically educates them which means she herself is educated She has upper class riends but doesn t move in high society or even middle class circlesWhen Wrexford meets her he is surprised to ind How to Make a Plant Love You first uill is aemale and secondly that she is so educated He knows she must have a backstory but we don t Cities and Dialogue 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 obviousocus of the story but there is a hint of something that might develop in Christmas Doll 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 audienceeels like they know him Dark Tide Rising (William Monk from the beginning whereas Charlotte has hiddenacets She isn t as open about herself and when we read her perspective the audience gets the sense that we don t have the The Internet Book 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 protectionrom 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 The Queen from Provence (Plantagenet Saga, 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 a great pair and I lookorward to seeing how they evolve in Fearless Jack 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 myull review here Very much written in the way of Americans writing British historical genre The Film Club 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 dialogueor lower class characters Tarascon Pediatric Emergency Pocketbook for multiple reasons one of which is that unless you use the phonetic alphabet it doesn t workor 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 got in my way too much or 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 or Cara Elliott and Andrea Pickens who has written a The Success Secrets Of Brian Tracy - How To Achieve Your Goals And Be Succesful fair amount of Regency period romance novels Now she is exploring the darker side of the era with this atmospheric mystery chockull of intrigue and sinister 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 lot going on The story is not hard to Ninth Grade Slays follow but I didind myself slowing down and reading carefully to be sure I was understanding all the various threads and intrigues This Murder of Crows 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 eraor uite some time but I must say the underside of aristocracy is a much Work Your Wardrobe fertile ground to explore While I enjoy Penrose s storiesrom the lighter side of the Regency era this is a much interesting type of story and is Silence in Hanover Close (Charlotte Thomas Pitt, far challenging I am happy Penrose has taken a breakrom an overly saturated sub genre and spread her creative wings a little I hope this series catches on as I do think it shows a great deal of promise 4 stars I ve given this a B at AAR so that s 45 starsMurder on Black Swan Lane is the The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting a Web-Based Business 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 gruesome murders The mystery is well put together and includes someascinating 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 Tiểu phẩm báo chí fools gladly 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 isound dead in a church on Black Swan Lane almost decapitated his Icon 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 Ckless behavior He does not sufferools gladly So when pompous pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him or debauchery Wrexford unsheathes his rapier sharp wit and strikes back As their war of words escalates.
Murder on Black Swan LaneA Wrexford Sloane Mystery E–book/E–pub
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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