Murder on Black Swan Lane

Murder on Black Swan Lane 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 boredo

  • Title: Murder on Black Swan Lane
  • Author: Andrea Penrose
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  • Page: 310
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  • 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 He does not suffer fools gladly So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, WrexfordIn 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 He does not suffer fools gladly So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier sharp wit and strikes back As their war of words escalates, London s most popular satirical cartoonist, A.J Quill, skewers them both But then the clergyman is found slain in a church his face burned by chemicals, his throat slashed ear to ear and Wrexford finds himself the chief suspect.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 disconnecte [...]

    3. I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 starsMurder 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 [...]

    4. 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 thi [...]

    5. Series: A Wrexford and Sloane Mystery #1Publication Date: June 27, 2017An 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 LOV [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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!

    11. 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 [...]

    12. Alchemy, arcane arts and murder!Reading the first couple of pages of this new series I gave a 'Ho Hum'. Except, those Ho's and Hum's soon turned into 'Oh My's. All I can say is that this new Regency Mystery is masterful--a page turner!The Earl of Wrexford, a brilliant man of science, doesn't suffer fools gladly and has been carrying on a damning, acerbic public conversation with the Reverend Josiah Holworthy.When Holworthy is found with his throat cut and his face disfigured by chemicals, the Ea [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this one! I mean, I know that it's a regency mystery with a competent, and strong, if slightly unorthodox female lead, helped out by a blunt aristocrat with a secret heart of gold, and a foppish, apparently frivolous friend, so obviously it's pretty much something I was always going to go for.But here's the kicker: At no point does anyone do anything insane! At no point does anyone rush into danger willy-nilly! At no point does anyone abandon all sense, or just ignore the genera [...]

    14. A murder mystery set in Regency London, the first in a new series. The notorious Earl of Wrexford has been engaged in a long-running, very public argument with Reverend Josiah Holworthy, mostly conducted in letters published in various newspapers, over the role of science and religion. So when Holworthy is found murdered, Wrexford is the obvious first suspect – particularly since it turns out that the murder was committed by throwing acid in Holworthy's face, and chemistry in Wrexford's partic [...]

    15. 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.

    16. 2.5 starsThis 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 t [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. The Regency period, to me, has been so stylized that too many typical period references and colloquialisms within one story ruin it for me. Murder on Black Swan Lane walked really close to the edge of this. Thankfully, their were no "silly chits" or "what ho's" but there were hair styles a la Brutus, gentlemen's clubs and polished Hessian boots. The Earl of Wexford is falsely accused of murder and sets off to clear his name. This takes him into the path of newspaper cartoonist AJ Sloane, who is [...]

    19. A clandestine meeting of shadowy figures in a church culminates in a grisly murder. The victim is the Reverend Josiah Holworthy, a pompous churchman who has been carrying on a very public feud with the Earl of Wrexford. The Reverend has held up the Earl as the very personification of wickedness. Enter Charlotte Sloane, a caricature artist with a wicked pen and a large following. She works under the pen name of A.J. Quill and guards her real identity jealously. As a woman, she would never be allo [...]

    20. What an intro to Wrexford & Sloane mysteries! Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose. The author has other pen names, but this is the first book of hers I have read, and I appeared to whip right through it because it is so very good. Chemistry plays a huge role, and I was more in the English department than the sciences, but this mystery kept me enthralled. All the characters the reader gets to know are amazing - all of them! The two leads are so well matched in there styles, one truly [...]

    21. Shades of Amanda Quick without so much supernatural hocus pocus or heavy romance. This is a fine Regency mystery, perhaps not as great as the Julian Kestrel series but quite good, with a clear sense that this author has read historical mysteries widely (or perhaps that's not an homage to Elizabeth Peters, that green ointment at the end.) The opening scene drags but once we get to Charlotte and Wrexford things March along nicely. A bit of overuse of some terms and a few that seem oddly anachronis [...]

    22. I find myself of late reading historical mysteries from the Regency and Victorian ages and enjoying their loss of tech. I could hardly put this one down. Loved the growing friendship between Mrs. Sloan and the Earl. Also love all the secondary characters. This was fun and interesting. Can't wait for the next one.

    23. This was very good! I was excited to get an advanced copy, and now I'm wondering how I can get advanced copies of the rest of the series when they come out, because I'm definitely going to have to read them! This was a fun read, with elements of Sherlock and a strong female character. The mystery was engaging, and the relationships were interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    24. I wanted to like this more than I did. I like the historical period, I thought having a satirical cartoonist as a main character was a cool idea and the fact she was a woman trying to make her way alone in the world was excellent too. Somehow it just never quite gelled for me. The mystery aspect felt labored instead of exciting. The constant quoting of Latin and explanations for all sorts of literary and historical references felt like the author assumed her readers were too uneducated to know o [...]

    25. There were lots of anachronisms that made me roll my eyes, but overall, I enjoyed it more than I thought it would. Now if the author doesn't let this turn into a romance series

    26. I do love a trashy historical mystery but here, the hero, having never been told heroine's first name uses it in his thoughts throughout. Not acceptable

    27. I would like to thank Kensington Books for providing me with a free electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.Well, what can I say, it was a historical novel set in the Regency era, it was a sort of cosy crime mixed into historical crime and… as those are my three favourite things to look for in fiction, how could I not have enjoyed ‘Murder on Black Swan Lane’?Add that it is the first in a very promising new series ‘A Wrexford & Sloane Myst [...]

    28. audiobookStory: B/B+, Narration: ANot a review, just some thoughts for personal reference. Spoilers.I hadn't heard anything about this book when I picked up the audiobook on sale several months back, but I like historical mysteries and was somewhat familiar with the author, so I gave it a shot. I'm glad I did. There is a proliferation of historical mysteries, even Regency-era mysteries, so this book had some stiff competition. For the most part, it stands up well, but needs to do more to set it [...]

    29. Murder on Black Swan Lane is the debut book in a historical mystery series set in Regency England. The series brings together one of the most unusual pair of protagonists found in the mystery genre. The Earl of Wrexford is, besides a wealthy nobleman, a chemist. His soon to be counterpart is about as unusual as one can imagine. Charlotte Sloane is a poor widow making ends meet by masquerading as a political cartoonist under her late husband’s pen name A.J Quill. And readers here might ask what [...]

    30. I was fortunate enough to have won this great little mystery book from a giveaway.I have to say that I really enjoyed this novel a lot. The mystery was well-written and strong enough to keep my attention pretty consistently throughout the book. I was still guessing at who the murderer was right up until the reveal. The writing itself was atmospheric and great at giving the reader enough description to get a clear image in their mind while at the same time not feeling excessive (for those that a [...]

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