Murder at Queen's Landing

Andrea Penrose

Book - 2020

The murder of a shipping clerk, the strange disappearance of trusted friends, rumors of corruption within the powerful East India Company . . . all add up to a dark mystery entangling Lady Charlotte Sloane and the Earl of Wrexford in a dangerous web of secrets and lies that will call into question how much they really know about the people they hold dear-- and about each other.

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Series
Penrose, Andrea. Wrexford & Sloane historical mystery ; 4.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Novels of manners
Published
New York, NY : Kensington Books 2020.
Edition
First Kensington hardcover edition
Language
English
Item Description
Sequel to: Murder at Kensington Palace.
Physical Description
362 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781496722843
1496722841
Main Author
Andrea Penrose (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The murder of Henry Peabody, a clerk with Britain's East India Company, whose throat is slashed in London's dockyards, kicks off Penrose's strong fourth Regency mystery featuring the Earl of Wrexford and Lady Charlotte Sloane (after 2019's Murder at Kensington Palace). Several days later, Lady Cordelia Mansfield and her brother, Jameson Mansfield, the Earl of Woodbridge, vanish from London, about the same time Woodbridge's bloody knife is found near the crime scene, and after he took out huge bank loans for unspecified purposes. Cordelia, a brilliant mathematician, is secretly involved in the development of a groundbreaking and therefore valuable mechanical calculator. Wrexford and Sloane use their undercover skills and diverse contacts to pursue the siblings and untangle a conspiracy that touches the heart of Britain's commercial power. The author captures the Regency era's complexities in vivid settings, contrasting milieus, and a wealth of fascinating details, though she overdoes the archaic diction and tries to develop too many plotlines. This thoughtful blend of derring-do and intellectual discussion should win Penrose new fans. Agent: Gail Fortune, Fortune Talbot Agency. (Oct.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When mathematician Lady Cordelia and her brother, Lord Woodbridge, disappear from London, rumors swirl concerning fraudulent bank loans and a secret consortium engaged in an illicit trading scheme that threatens the entire British economy. Charlotte and Wrexford begin a new investigation to clear the siblings' names, uncover their whereabouts, and unravel the truth behind the whispers. When a cunning mastermind emerges, they must race to prevent disasters both economic and personal as they are forced into a dangerous match of wits in an attempt to beat the enemy at his own game--Adapted from jacket

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Lady Charlotte and the Earl of Wrexford navigate the murky world of international arbitrage and their complex feelings for each other to clear the name of a brilliant mathematician and her brother, chief suspects in an economy-threatening trading scheme.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A bright new star in British Mystery that fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Rhys Bowen, and Amanda Quick will love, Andrea Penrose transports readers to Regency England with the story of Lady Charlotte Sloane and the Earl of Wrexford who must untangle a dangerous web of secrets and lies that will call into question how much they really know about the people they hold dear—and about each other…  “Fascinating.”—Publishers Weekly   “Complex…an action-packed brainteaser.”—Kirkus Reviews  The murder of a shipping clerk…the strange disappearance of trusted friends…rumors of corruption within the powerful East India Company…all add up to a thrillingly dark mystery…  When Lady Cordelia, a brilliant mathematician, and her brother, Lord Woodbridge, disappear from London, rumors swirl concerning fraudulent bank loans and a secret consortium engaged in an illicit—and highly profitable—trading scheme that threatens the entire British economy. The incriminating evidence mounts, but for Charlotte and Wrexford, it’s a question of loyalty and friendship. And so they begin a new investigation to clear the siblings’ names, uncover their whereabouts, and unravel the truth behind the whispers.   As they delve into the murky world of banking and international arbitrage, Charlotte and Wrexford also struggle to navigate their increasingly complex feelings for each other. But the clock is ticking—a cunning mastermind has emerged . . . along with some unexpected allies—and Charlotte and Wrexford must race to prevent disasters both economic and personal as they are forced into a dangerous match of wits in an attempt to beat the enemy at his own game.