Murder at Kensington Palace by Andrea Penrose

May 24th, 2023 Kimberly Review 19 Comments

24th May

In Murder at Kensington Palace by Andrea Penrose Wrexford and Sloane have another murder-mystery to solve. James Cameron Stewart voiced the story, and once again, I was mesmerized by the puzzle, personalities, and romance.

Murder at Kensington Palace by Andrea Penrose
Murder at Kensington Palace
by Andrea Penrose
Series: Wrexford & Sloane #3
Narrator: James Cameron Stewart
Length: 12 hours and 40 minutes
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Source: Purchase
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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 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 brooding scientist just as enigmatic and intense as ever, their partnership is now marked by an unfamiliar tension that seems to complicate every encounter.

Despite this newfound complexity, Wrexford and Charlotte are determined to track down the real killer. Their investigation leads them on a dangerous chase through Mayfair’s glittering ballrooms and opulent drawing rooms, where gossip and rumors swirl to confuse the facts. Was her cousin murdered over a romantic rivalry . . . or staggering gambling debts? Or could the motive be far darker and involve the clandestine scientific society that claimed both brothers as members? The more Charlotte and Wrexford try to unknot the truth, the more tangled it becomes. But they must solve the case soon, before the killer’s madness seizes another victim...

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Things have been a little strained between Wrexford & Sloane since she shared the secret of her background. She has given him space, but all that is about to change. When her cousin is murdered and his twin brother is accused of the gruesome crime, Charlotte turns to Wrexford. In order to help with the investigation, she’ll need to move freely amongst the ton. The tale that unfolds hooked me from the start and I quickly devoured it.

Fans of the Lady Sherlock series looking for books in the same vein will find this series equally satisfying. You’ll find rich characters, a slow-burning romance and masterful murder-mysteries.

Indeed, the characters are likeable and have me well vested from the servants to our hero and heroine. Interaction between Sloane & Wrexford is positively delightful. Their clever deductions and the underlying chemistry that exists between them are wonderful. We see some development in the relationship department. Raven and Hawk are demanding more page time, and I am very fond of both. New characters are introduced along with a second romance.

The mystery was well done and complex. The author weaves in interesting tidbits that had me researching a bit on my own. I love learning new things and appreciate the attention to detail. The story made it hard for me to stop listening. I dare say I lost sleep listening to just one more chapter.

James Cameron Stewart’s narration delivers from the unique voices to the accents. His tone and attention to detail only enhance the characters, story and mystery. The books are in Kindle Unlimited and you can whispersync the audiobooks at a reduced cost. I highly recommend listening.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am off to listen to Murder at Queen’s Landing. There are currently six audiobooks available with a seventh releasing this fall.

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About Andrea Penrose

Andrea Penrose

Andrea Penrose is the USA Today 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 Historical Mystery and two Gold Leaf Awards. A graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in Art and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design, Andrea fell in love with Regency England after reading Pride and Prejudice and has maintained a fascination with the era’s swirling silks and radical new ideas throughout her writing career. She lives in Connecticut and blogs with a community of historical fiction authors at WordWenches.com.

About James Cameron Stewart

James Cameron Stewart

James Cameron Stewart trained at Hull University and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Some theater highlights of his thirty-six-year career include Frank-n-Furter (The Rocky Horror Show), Thénadier (Les Misérables), the poet Philip Larkin in Larkin with Women (Best Actor nominee, MEN Awards 2005), and originating the part of Hamish in Sir Alan Ayckbourn's Things We Do for Love. In 2008 he published his grandfather's World War I memoirs and toured his one-man show based on them from 2008 to 2011. His television/film credits include Outlander, Jericho, Flying Blind, Golden Years, Emmerdale, London's Burning, Eastenders, Coronation Street, Holby City, and Taggart. He often appears on Radio 4, and is a regular presenter on the weekly The Economist podcast. James loves recording audiobooks and is delighted to have had the opportunity to narrate such a variety of magnificent authors, from Seneca through Max Hastings and Antony Beevor, to superlative fiction by J. M. Coetzee, Michael Dibdin, Stuart MacBride, and more.

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19 Responses to “Murder at Kensington Palace by Andrea Penrose”

  1. Katherine

    I’ve used up all my Hoopla borrows for the month but next month I am definitely getting the first one in this series. Every book you’ve reviewed from this series sounds better than the last!