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Murder at Kensington Palace

(A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery #3)

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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 th
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Kensington Books
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Gail C.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly satisfying read on in so many ways, MURDER AT KENSINGTON PALACE by Andrea Penrose is a well-plotted mystery that takes place during the Regency period. It is filled with unconventional Regency characters crafted so well it is easy to picture them as you read and compels you to care about their success. These characters are complex, with a deep commitment to seeing justice done and caring for those people who become part of their world.
The plot is complex and well constructed,
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Teresa
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm loving this series more and more with each new book.
This one has a very intricate mystery. So much research must go into these books. I find myself writing down things and looking them up when I'm finished a reading session. I've learned so much from the stories.
All our favorite characters are back. Raven and Hawk are growing up and into little gentlemen. They're starting to develop individual characters rather than just being two street urchins.
Charlotte and Wrexford's relation
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OLT
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in Andrea Penrose's Wrexford and Sloane Regency mystery series. It's not necessary to have read the first two to enjoy this one, because Penrose gives enough catch-up information that you'll understand the characters' arc well enough. That said, it's not a bad idea to read the first two. They are interesting and at the moment are even on sale.

Our two main characters/sleuths are (1) widow Charlotte Sloane, who makes her living as anonymous cartoonist and political sa
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Caz
Sep 04, 2019 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.

In Murder at Kensington Palace, the third book in Andrea Penrose’s Wrexford and Sloane series, the author once again sets an intriguing, well-conceived mystery against the backdrop of the scientific discovery and innovation taking place during the Regency era while also continuing to explore the shifting relationship between Mrs. Charlotte Sloane (aka satirist A.J. Quill) and the darkly sardonic Earl of Wrexford.  As the pair work together to clear
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Barb in Maryland
3.5 stars for the third outing with widow Charlotte Sloane and the Earl of Wrexford.

The blurb gives a nice idea of the basic plot, so I'll skip a recap of the action.

What I liked:
The mystery was clever, with a school of red herrings strewn about to befuddle the reader. The science element, which was essential to the plot, was the hot-topic of the era: electricity! The reader gets a nice refresher course on the early efforts to generate, in a laboratory setting, this
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Barbara Rogers
Series: A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery #3
Publication Date: 9/24/19
Number of Pages: 304

Yet another book in the Wrexford & Soane series that I couldn’t put down once I’d started reading. I mean, really, when you have science, art, murder, and romance all in one lively, compelling, intricately woven story you just absolutely cannot put it down. You COULD read this as a stand-alone, but I wouldn’t recommend it simply because the first two books lay the groundwork for the
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Judy Lesley
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an e-galley of this novel.

Although this is the third book in the Wrexford and Sloane series it is the first one I've read and I had no problems slotting all the background information into place to feel right up to the mark with the characters. A thumbs up to the author for accomplishing that feat seamlessly. The lesser characters in this series are really quite endearing and I enjoyed getting to know the Weasels, Raven and Hawk the war
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JoAn
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, mystery
Murder at Kensington Palace by Andrea Penrose was an excellent addition to this series. Ms. Penrose's writing is descriptive with not only the scenery of London and it's environs but of the characters themselves. Charlotte and Wrexford are a formidable duo when it comes ferreting out clues from all levels of London's inhabitants. I enjoyed every minute within this book and I hoped there will be more to come in this series.
Barbara Senteney
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable story of Lady Charlotte, whose cousin is accused of killing his twin brother for jealousy and financial gain, she can't imagine her sweet cousin being capable of such an act. Charlotte has been living incognito as A J Quille an artist , so she can have the life she wants instead of the one she was born to. Meanwhile her cousin is rotting in a cell grieving the loss of his brother and closest friend.

This is filled with luxurious balls, and the elite rich, such as the Duke and Duch
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The Lit Bitch
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled on this series a couple of years ago and instantly fell in love. I loved how sassy and sardonic Wrexford is and even if Mrs Sloane is overly pig headed at times, she’s independent and sassy and I can’t get enough of them together!

Reading these books is always such a delight. There is clearly this romantic tension between Wrexford and Charlotte Sloane, but it doesn’t overtake the prime focus of the books which is the murder mystery.

Because of that I think it mak
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Linda
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Ann
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 br
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eyes.2c
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tense times with this engaging duo!

It didn't take long for me to be up to my eyebrows in this the third Wrexford and Sloane mystery.
A particularly gruesome murder has Charlotte reaching back into her past and going to a place she'd resolutely put behind her. Wrexford as always is an immense support in such a very Wrexford way that I've come to love.
Just to recap, usually the Earl of Wrexford and Charlotte Sloane and their small circle of unlikely and very likeable characters a
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Sarah-Hope
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
This summer has been one long binge of historical mysteries for me, and Murder at Kensington Palace has been a favorite. This is actually the third title in the Wrexford and Sloane (though I'd suggest calling it Sloane and Wrexford) series, but as a newcomer I didn't have any trouble getting to know the characters. Penrose is more apt than most authors are at filling in backstory in ways that don't feel heavy-handed.

The characters include a growing and formidable group of women, Sloa
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Minx
Review to come......
Susan in NC
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to enjoy this excellent historical mystery series, which casts fascinating light on the scientific developments of the Regency period of English history. There is also a very slowly developing romance in the background, but it does not interfere with the mystery.

In this case, a serial killer called the Bloody Butcher is loose in London. Bow Street hasn’t a clue to the identity of the killer, but Wrexford and Sloane become involved when a young baron becomes a victim and hi
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Helen Howerton
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right off the bat I’ll say this is not a place to start if you’re new to this series. Because there’s a lot of history here, and it’s best if you know it before you begin. For in Andrea Penrose’s Murder at Kensington Palace the murder and the mystery is just an excuse for Charlotte Sloan and her cohort in crime Lord Wrexford to fight off their attraction to each other through the pages of this book, which they have done for some time now. And since Charlotte has decided to reenter society -- you’ll se ...more
Maureen Lubitz
Murder at Kensington Palace is the third book in Andrea Penrose’s Wrexford & Sloane series of Regency-era historical mystery novels. I’ve read the other books in the series, so I was interested to see how the unlikely duo was going to handle their newest investigation.

This time, the victim is Cedric, a young man who recently inherited a barony. The prime suspect is Nicholas, the victim’s twin brother- the two were overheard arguing about the inheritance and the unfairness of Cedric receivin
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Lorraine
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who love a great Regency mystery.
Superb! Andrea Penrose’s Murder at Kensington Palace (A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery #3) continues with a another brilliant Regency mystery, but this one is extremely personal to Mrs. Sloane. Upon hearing whom the victim is, Charlotte faints. This reaction of Charlotte’s totally confuses Earl Wrexford! Charlotte’s feelings, questions, and actions actually concern and then frighten the Earl and the ‘Weasels’, Raven and Hawk. I love this series as I have seen realistic growth in the characters an ...more
Norah Gibbons
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book to read in exchange for a fair review. Murder at Kensington Palace is the third book in Andrea Penrose’s Wexford & Sloane Historical Mystery series. This is the first book I have read in the series so it can be read as a stand-alone but the first thing I did on finishing this one was purchase the other two. When her beloved cousin is murdered in a manner that looks to be the work of a serial killer nicknamed The Bloody Butcher and his twin is charged with the m ...more
Kiki Z
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I liked this series more than I do. The mysteries are always multi-layered and interesting, if sometimes overwrought, but the characters aren't great. They are prone to apprehension and constant questioning of their lives and choices. Charlotte is staid and coldly logical until she's not all of a sudden. She'll do nothing terribly foolish until the end of the book for drama. Wrexford loses his temper way too easily. He's supposedly an intelligent man of science but he often jumps to concl ...more
Nancy
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical mystery fans will enjoy Andrea Penrose's MURDER AT KENSINGTON PALACE. The amateur sleuths in this Victorian mystery are confronted with grisly murder within the privileged family of one and the scientific "family" of the other.

Their foray into the membership of London's distinguished scientific community was both interesting and suspenseful, but the most compelling part of the book for me was its personal side. The character's struggle to distinguish between heart and mind and it giv
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Heatherinblack
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
brilliantly woven

while i have a hard time seeing the weasels accept life in the beau monde, it was a reasonable pivot. i imagine all societies have their dragon ladies who control so much. the mystery twist was clever.
Karen McKeown
A little too much, "Will he/she understand how I feel? Do I know how I feel? Oh my these passions are so distracting/confusing and he's so handsome/she's so perfect".
Barbara Cromer
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice easy read series. Decent plot and nice characters to keep coming back to.
Katie Nunnery
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Big thanks to Net Galley and to Kensington Books for early access to an e-galley of this novel.

I need to preface my review of this book by admitting that I requested this book without realizing that it was the third in the series. I have never read the first two in the series. All the same, I read it and really enjoyed it so that offers its own perspective!

Building on that, the first thing I will say about this book is that it can be read as a stand alone and it makes ple
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Pj Ausdenmore
Andrea Penrose brings readers another Regency mystery with intriguing characters, fascinating scientific tidbits, a complex, well-crafted plot, and evolving relationships that keep me coming back for more. I'm enjoying the chemistry that's slowly growing between Wrexford and Charlotte as they work together to solve yet another mystery. I enjoy the individual strengths they each bring to the task and the respect, friendship, and caring that continues to deepen. I enjoyed the twists and turns of t ...more
Charlie
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an electronic advance review copy.

Wrexford and Sloane are back in the third book of one of my favorite new historical mystery series I’ve read in a while. Penrose makes some of the established tropes of the genre feel fresh and has established a very enjoyable cast of characters. While you could read this book without picking up the first two, I would recommend reading in order so you can enjoy the character development throughout the s
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Linda Baker
The third book in this mystery series set in the Regency Period finds widow Charlotte Sloane settled into better surroundings with her two wards, Raven and Hawk. Charlotte's secret career as the political cartoonist A.J. Quill is still a closely held secret, as is her status as Lady Charlotte. Only a few people know that she is an Earl's daughter who was disowned by her family when she eloped with her drawing master. Her investigative partner in the two previous books, Lord Wrexford, knows her r ...more
Holly
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 Hist ...more

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