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Murder on Black Swan Lane

(Wrexford & Sloane #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,963 ratings  ·  546 reviews
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 reckless behavior. So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Kensington
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Thu Nguyen I think this book is suitable for both young adults and adults. Crime scenes are not gruesome. No explicit sex scene. No vulgar language (as it is Rec…moreI think this book is suitable for both young adults and adults. Crime scenes are not gruesome. No explicit sex scene. No vulgar language (as it is Recency period). No heavy subject.
However, as the hero was in his 30s and heroine was 27, it can be a bit dull for young adult.(less)

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Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose is a 2017 Kensington publication.

A thrilling new Regency period mystery series-

A.J. Quills is a political satirist, sketching scathing cartoons, which often make his subjects squirm. However, most people are unaware that A.J. Quills 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 Quill’s sketches, which would suggest the artist was either on the scene o
It took about a third of the book to know for sure, but I loved this first entry in the Wrexford/Sloan Regency mystery series.

Lots of new characters along with villains, victims, scientific puzzles and mystical alchemy references. Plus Newton and friends.

Excellent series... looking forward to a new binge!!
A decent murder mystery set in Regency London. It’s well written and I especially liked the female protagonist.

As for the male character…he 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 more about them, but that choice led to a paper-thin characterization. I felt disconnected, e
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aar, mystery-thriller, arc
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars

Murder 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 gruesome 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 –
K.J. Charles
Very much written in the way of Americans writing British historical genre fiction, which may or may not ring your bell. eg random use of "bloody/bloody 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* ...more
The Lit Bitch
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 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 catching….I feel like I’ve seen a ton of books with similar titles that I was passed by in favor of something more eye catching.

But 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
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

This 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 have.

I 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 s
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 felt in a long time.

'The crime was now like a thorn rubbing against raw skin.'

Wrexford appreciated coherent patterns and logical explanations. A.J. Quill, aka the widow Mrs. Charlotte Sloane, us
I'm giving 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. ...more
Barbara Rogers
Series: A Wrexford and Sloane Mystery #1
Publication Date: June 27, 2017

An 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 more 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 fan of Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries, you will absolutely LOVE this
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a murder mystery set in Regency times. It takes place in London from the mansions of Mayfair to some of the less salubrious quarters of that city.
The Earl of Wrexford is another bored aristocrat but he has a brilliant mind and dabbles in scientific experiments.
Charlotte Sloane is a brilliant artist in her own right but she takes over her husbands work secretly when he dies, as a satirical cartoonist who depicts the gossip and scandals of the day in exaggerated fashion. All the ton fear
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot of potential here, a book I liked well enough one level while feeling peevishly disappointed at the same time.

The ideas of the characters were interesting enough, yet they lacked enough depth to connect with even as a genre novel.

The mystery and amateur investigation were complicated, as I would like, by the relationships of the central characters, yet it all felt just superficial enough to not evoke real interest or concern. I kept coming back to it not with dread but not with
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like the Sebastian St. Cyr series or the Lady Darby Mysteries, then you will like this one. It was really well done and has that dark, gothic feel to it. I did figure out who done it pretty early in the book, but I was ok with that. It was the relationship that was forming between Charlotte and Wreford that kept me reading. I hope that AP is going somewhere with Wrexford and Charlotte as a couple, as I loved the intensity of these two. Our story starts out with Wrexford being accused of k ...more
I really was not sure how I would feel about this read, thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised!

I am grateful to Kensington, for choosing me as a GoodReads Giveaway winner!

I do love most Historical Brit Lit, so I was attracted to the fact that this book takes place in Regency London. What I was most surprised by was how fantastic these characters are. I feel they would even be a grand time on their own, even without a murder mystery to spice things up!
I am eagerly awaiting the second round, Murde
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Well, I must say that I liked both Wrex and Charlotte!
He's a typical bored aristocrat, but he's also a clever and intelligent man who gets caught by Charlotte's situation and cleverness!
The mystery part was inetersting and I liked the way the story was told and how all the ineteresting secondary characters were involved!
I'm hooked! LOL
I picked up this book because I love a good historical mystery. If it's set in England during the Regency period all the better. I do so love a man in Hessian boots. So I was all set to love this book and I went in with high hopes. After finishing the book, I can say that it carries possibilities and that there is hope that the individual pieces will eventually come together to make a stronger whole. However, it's not there yet and, for me, this first book didn't achieve its full potential. Let' ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
I seem to be in the mood for historical mysteries and this one was perfect. Lord Wrexford and Charlotte Sloane seem to come from two different worlds but together they make a formidable duo as they work together to keep Lord Wrexford from being arrested for the murder of a questionable clergyman. The plot was quickly paced, the vivid descriptions of London's extreme living conditions from the "beau monde" to the "stews" made me feel like I was there throughout the book. ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-1/2* very good read, surprised me thoroughly and enjoyed it as much! Regency mystery with all the bits and bolts (sans romance).
I keep trying to find an engrossing new historical mystery series such as the Laurie King's Holmes-Russell series or Anne Perry's great Victorian-Edwardian series of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. Or even Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series. Curses, foiled again.

The characterizations were cardboard and pedestrian and the mystery was dull. She seemed to fashion characters out of what she thought was popular or intriguing rather than characters that she herself was really invested in. Spunky tale
Susan in NC
3.5 stars, as in I really liked it, I’ve already requested book 2 Murder at Half Moon Gate (A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery #2) by Andrea Penrose from my library. I understand from reviews of GR friends that the second flows a bit better, so I look forward to it.

This book, which I won’t bother to summarize as that is amply covered above, is the first in the series, and suffers from the usual debut problems.

The author needs to establish the characters and setting while giving readers a mystery to solve; the characters are definitely interesting, the Regency London sett
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An historical mystery during the times of Regency England??? Sign me up!

This is my first time reading Andrea Penrose and her writing is superb. I seriously felt like I was in England, with grime on my shoes and a chill in the air.
Both the heroine and hero in this story are so much more than they appear. Our heroine, Mrs. Sloane, has a secret(s) that she needs to keep, while also feeling drawn to aid in the solving of a murder. The Hero, Wexford, is of course dashing and a Lord, but also a scien
Laura Gembolis
Right now, my Google news feed is filled with articles trying to cancel Ellen for basically not being as nice as her reputation makes her out to be. She isn’t accused of sexually harassing someone, inappropriately touching someone, stalking or threatening someone. She is accused of poor communication with her crew about pay during Covid 19, which has left staff feeling betrayed. I’ll admit, that would sting. This steady stream of complaints against Ellen (at least in my news feed) has me thinkin ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half rounded up to four. Enjoyable Regency murder mystery. I liked the main protagonists, especially Charlotte Stone and the two boys she cared for, Raven and Hawk. Wrexford I liked less, although he could grow on me. I suspect that as the series progresses we will find out more about Charlotte’s mysterious past.
Bookish Ally
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some say that the regency age was the dawn of the post modern age. There was so much happening, so much upheaval in the British society, in ideas, the scientific world; it has become one of my very favorite time periods to choose books from - written during, yes, but mostly historical fiction based during the period.

In this book, one of the main protagonist is a fictional comic satirical illustrators of the day. At this time, these illustrations were immensely popular, being the only visual tha
Barb in Maryland
Very entertaining start to a new series set in Regency England.
I liked our hero, the Earl of Wrexford.
Aside--why doesn't he have a name? Seriously! All we get is his title. Anyway, he's a research chemist who is all logic all the time. Emotions aren't scientific, don't you know. He also leads a visible enough life that he's a target for the satirical cartoonist A.J. Quill. To say that he's not pleased with Quill is rather an understatement, especially when the artist hints that he's guilty of mu
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting start to a series that does a good job setting up the two main characters: Charlotte Sloane, satirist, widow, adopted mother of two former street urchins, unconventional and intelligent, while Lord Wrexford is wry, proud, somewhat unconventional himself, and intelligent. The two come together after Charlotte lampoons Wrexford in one of her caricatures, and he's in turn suspected of a horrible murder.
He proposes a mutually beneficial arrangement for them both, and using their respe
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder On Swan Lane is the first in the Wrexford and Sloane Mystery series.

Andrea Penrose once again provides readers with very exciting Regency period mystery.

This series follows the activities of an unlikely duo. Charlotte Sloane has taken on her late husband’s persona of A. J. Quinn and has been making satirical cartoons like drawings, poking fun at the aristocracy and her most recent had taken Lord Wrexford to the task. Lord Wrexford is known for his scientific prowess but in recent times h
Patricia Rice
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love history and love mysteries and when it comes with a dose of historical science, I'm a happy camper. Andrea gives us all three, plus remarkable characterization. I'm really looking forward to the next one! ...more
Merry Jewelhound
I enjoyed the book and it held my interest till the end. It reminded me of a TV episode where the story is told and little background is given. It does get compared with the St. Cyr mysteries. I look forward to the next in the series. I rate this a 3.5
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reading, kobo, was-free
Very nice.
Interesting characters, reasonable mystery and a strong finish.
On to the next book.
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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 ...more

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