Murder at Half Moon Gate

Andrea Penrose

Book - 2018

"When Lord Wrexford discovers the body of a gifted inventor in a dark London alley, he promptly alerts the watchman and lets the authorities handle the matter. But Wrexford soon finds himself drawn into the murder investigation when the inventor's widow begs for his assistance, claiming the crime was not a random robbery. It seems her husband's designs for a revolutionary steam-powered engine went missing the night of his death. The plans could be worth a fortune ... and very dang...erous in the wrong hands"--Amazon.com.

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Series
Penrose, Andrea. Wrexford & Sloane historical mystery ; #2.
Subjects
Genres
Regency fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Published
New York, NY : Kensington Books [2018]
Edition
First Kensington hardcover edition
Language
English
Item Description
Sequel to: Murder on Black Swan Lane.
Physical Description
360 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781496710796
1496710797
Main Author
Andrea Penrose (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

After a night of gambling, Lord Wrexford and his friend Sheffield, discover a dead body in an alley. Always a scientist, Wrexford checks on the victim, although he turns the case over to a watchman. It isn't long before the victim's widow shows up at Wrexford's home begging for his assistance, claiming he had once helped her husband, an inventor, who had been working a revolutionary steam engine design. Wrexford turns to Charlotte Sloane, who under the pseudonym A.J. Quill, is recognized as a skilled satirical cartoonist. Together, the two use his society friends, her network of informers, and a group of clever street urchins to investigate the murder of a man whose inventions could change industry and England forever. VERDICT The compelling follow-up to Murder on Black Swan Lane is an intricately plotted mystery set in Regency England. Its complex story line and authentic historical details bring the early days of the Industrial Revolution vividly to life. Bound to fascinate readers of C.S. Harris and even fans of Victorian mysteries.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Early in Penrose's able second Regency mystery (after 2017's Murder on Black Swan Lane), the Earl of Wrexford, a respected amateur chemist, is returning home from a night of gambling when he stumbles over a mutilated corpse in London's disreputable St. Giles district. He's shocked to learn that the victim is an acquaintance, Elihu Ashton, a textile factory owner who shares his scientific bent. Elihu's widow, Isobel, who reveals that Elihu recently designed a new type of steam engine with huge profit potential, asks Wrexford's help in discovering the killer. Z-shaped slashes on the body point to a radical anti-industrial group called the Workers of Zion, but additional clues persuade Wrexford and his detecting partner, artist Charlotte Sloane, that the crime is more complex. Elihu's assistant and the drawings of his invention go missing, a coded message turns up, and everyone from Isobel to Elihu's investors is hiding secrets. Penrose reveals intriguing new aspects of her protagonists' characters and relationship in a story linked to the era's technological and social changes. Agent: Gail Fortune, Fortune Talbot Agency. (Apr.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When Lord Wrexford discovers the body of a gifted inventor in a dark London alley, intends to let the authorities handle the matter. Then the inventor's widow begs for his assistance. It seems her husband's designs for a revolutionary steam-powered engine went missing the night of his death; they could be worth a fortune-- and very dangerous in the wrong hands. Charlotte Sloane, who uses the pseudonym A.J. Quill to publish her political cartoons, doesn't mind tapping her resources to track down an elusive killer. But they are up against a cunning and deadly foe-- a killer ready to strike again.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In Regency London, the Earl of Wrexford, an unconventional scientist, and Charlotte Sloane, a fearless artist, investigate the murder of a gifted inventor whose plans for a steamed-powered engine are missing and could prove dangerous in the wrong hands.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Drawn into the investigation surrounding the murder of a gifted inventor, Lord Wrexford and Charlotte Sloane combine their keen skills of detection to track down an elusive killer—a case that entwines them in a maze of secrets and lies that leads them down London’s most dangerous stews and darkest alleyways.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"When Lord Wrexford discovers the body of a gifted inventor in a dark London alley, he promptly alerts the watchman and lets the authorities handle the matter. But Wrexford soon finds himself drawn into the murder investigation when the inventor's widow begs for his assistance, claiming the crime was not a random robbery. It seems her husband's designs for a revolutionary steam-powered engine went missing the night of his death. The plans could be worth a fortune ... and very dangerous in the wrong hands"--Amazon.com.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A wealthy lord who happens to be a brilliant scientist . . . an enigmatic young widow who secretly pens satirical cartoons . . . a violent killing disguised as a robbery . . . Nothing is as it seems in Regency London, especially when the Earl of Wrexford and Charlotte Sloane join forces to solve a shocking murder.   When Lord Wrexford discovers the body of a gifted inventor in a dark London alley, he promptly alerts the watchman and lets the authorities handle the matter. But Wrexford soon finds himself drawn into the murder investigation when the inventor's widow begs for his assistance, claiming the crime was not a random robbery. It seems her husband's designs for a revolutionary steam-powered engine went missing the night of his death. The plans could be worth a fortune . . . and very dangerous in the wrong hands.   Joining Wrexford in his investigation is Charlotte Sloane, who uses the pseudonym A. J. Quill to publish her scathing political cartoons. Her extensive network of informants is critical for her work, but she doesn't mind tapping that same web of spies to track down an elusive killer. Each suspect'from ambitious assistants to rich investors, and even the inventor's widow'is entwined in a maze of secrets and lies that leads Wrexford and Sloane down London's most perilous stews and darkest alleyways.   With danger lurking at every turn, the potent combination of Wrexford's analytical mind and Sloane's exacting intuition begins to unravel the twisted motivations behind the inventor's death. But they are up against a cunning and deadly foe'a killer ready to strike again before they can recover the inventor's priceless designs . . .