Murder at Kensington Palace

Andrea Penrose

Book - 2019

Charlotte Sloane's secret identity as the controversial satirical cartoonist A.J. Quill is safe with the Earl of Wrexford, but sharing the truth about her background has cast shadows on their relationship. When her cousin is murdered and his twin brother is accused of the crime, Charlotte turns to Wrexford for help in proving the young man's innocence. Determined to track down the real killer, their investigation leads them on a dangerous chase through Mayfair's glittering ballroo...ms and opulent drawing rooms. Was her cousin murdered over a romantic rivalry, or staggering gambling debts? Or could the motive be far darker and involve the clandestine scientific society that claimed both brothers as members? -- adapted from jacket

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Series
Penrose, Andrea. Wrexford & Sloane historical mystery ; 3.
Subjects
Genres
Regency fiction
Mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
New York, NY : Kensington Books 2019.
Edition
First Kensington hardcover edition
Language
English
Item Description
Sequel to: Murder at Half Moon Gate.
Physical Description
359 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
1496722817
9781496722812
Main Author
Andrea Penrose (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The fatal stabbing of artist Charlotte Sloane's cousin Cedric, Lord Chittenden, propels Penrose's uneven third Regency mystery featuring Charlotte and the Earl of Wrexford (after 2018's Murder at Half Moon Gate). A bloody knife found in the victim's residence causes the Bow Street Runners to arrest Chittenden's twin brother, the Hon. Nicholas Locke. Though Locke is bitter that a difference of a few minutes at birth prevented him from inheriting the Chittenden title, Charlotte believes he's been framed. Wrexford, an amateur chemist, learns that Chittenden had been experimenting with electricity, which some of the era's less reputable thinkers claim can reanimate the dead. Meanwhile, Charlotte explores Chittenden's romantic rivalry over the hand of a beautiful bluestocking. A melodramatic final act disappoints, and the bad-tempered Wrexford's predilection for violent attacks on those reluctant to answer his questions lessens his appeal. In contrast, Penrose does a good job linking the mystery to the period's scientific and social changes. Those seeking an unusually rich look at Regency life will be satisfied. Agent: Gail Fortune, Fortune Talbot Agency. (Oct.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Wrexford and Sloane must unravel secrets within secrets—including a few that entangle their own hearts—when they reunite to solve a string of shocking murders that have horrified Regency London.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Charlotte Sloane's secret identity as the controversial satirical cartoonist A.J. Quill is safe with the Earl of Wrexford, but sharing the truth about her background has cast shadows on their relationship. When her cousin is murdered and his twin brotheris accused of the crime, Charlotte turns to Wrexford for help in proving the young man's innocence. Determined to track down the real killer, their investigation leads them on a dangerous chase through Mayfair's glittering ballrooms and opulent drawing rooms. Was her cousin murdered over a romantic rivalry, or staggering gambling debts? Or could the motive be far darker and involve the clandestine scientific society that claimed both brothers as members? -- adapted from jacket

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Wrexford and Sloane must unravel secrets within secrets—including a few that entangle their own hearts—when they reunite to solve a string of shocking murders that have horrified Regency London . . .  Though Charlotte Sloane’s secret identity as the controversial satirical cartoonist A.J. Quill is safe with the Earl of Wrexford, she’s ill prepared for the rippling effects sharing the truth about her background has cast over their relationship. She thought a bit of space might improve the situation. But when her cousin is murdered and his twin brother is accused of the gruesome crime, Charlotte immediately turns to Wrexford for help in proving the young man’s innocence. Though she finds the brooding scientist just as enigmatic and intense as ever, their partnership is now marked by an unfamiliar tension that seems to complicate every encounter.   Despite this newfound complexity, Wrexford and Charlotte are determined to track down the real killer. Their investigation leads them on a dangerous chase through Mayfair’s glittering ballrooms and opulent drawing rooms, where gossip and rumors swirl to confuse the facts. Was her cousin murdered over a romantic rivalry . . . or staggering gambling debts? Or could the motive be far darker and involve the clandestine scientific society that claimed both brothers as members? The more Charlotte and Wrexford try to unknot the truth, the more tangled it becomes. But they must solve the case soon, before the killer’s madness seizes another victim . . .