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Murder on Black Swan Lane

Written by: Andrea Penrose
Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
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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.

An artist in her own right, Charlotte Sloane has secretly slipped into the persona of her late husband, using his nom de plume, A. J. Quill. When Wrexford discovers her true identity, she fears it will be her undoing. But he has a proposal - use her sources to unveil the clergyman's clandestine involvement in questionable scientific practices and unmask the real murderer. Soon Lord Wrexford and the mysterious Mrs. Sloane plunge into a dangerous shadow world hidden among London's intellectual enclaves to trap a cunning adversary - before they fall victim to the next experiment in villainy.

©2017 Andrea DaRif (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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A great regency era mystery.

A murder under mysterious circumstances, a female cartoonist highlighting what is happening, and an innocent reclusive peer of the ton desperate it to swing from the hangman’s lose noose.

This was a complex and interesting historical mystery set in the regency era. The characters were well crafted and engaging, complete with strengths and foibles. You become engrossed in their lives and their fates. The interaction between to the two main characters is witty and amazingly creative. The narrative is from both their points of view and provides insight into their emotions, past experiences, motivations and actions. In addition the author does a great job of creating great visual imagery bringing the reader into the regency era. The storylines flows along quickly and smoothly. The mystery is filled with great suspects, plenty of clues, dead ends, surprising twists, unexpected turns, danger and a steady buildup of suspense. This is a wonderfully written book that is a must read if you love regency mysteries.

The performance great and added dimension and interest to the story.

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A pretty good story

This is a well developed story with interesting characters. I enjoyed it, but I have come to the conclusion that historic stories set in the 1700s and 1800s are not my cup of tea; more earls, dukes, lords, and weak or assumed to be weak women until they prove themselves in a crisis.

Very good narration by James Cameron Stewart.

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Enjoyable

Variation on Sherlock Holmes. Interesting characters. so many lords, it was hard to keep track of their voices.

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Science and emotions combined

Andrea Penrose crafted a most enjoyable story. The two main characters were strong individuals whose interactions had an electric tension. ... not syrupy sweet...not I hate you / love you...but respectful and thoughtful.
The narrator added a whole other dimension

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a GREAT listen

this book is super interesting, has lots of depth and was a real joy to listen to.
I enjoyed a few laughs at obvious satire etc.
Well done. I look forward to the rest.

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Mildly entertaining

I listened to this Audible edition following a long journey through Middlemarch (which I thoroughly enjoyed). I was expecting this to be somewhat lighter, which it is. Nothing wrong with that, but it is pretty formula. I have definitely read worse, and at no time was I tempted to throw the device against the wall (thank heavens). The reader did quite a good job of creating distinctive voices for the characters. That's the best I can muster.

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