Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose

May 10th, 2023 Kimberly Review 8 Comments

10th May

Narrated by James Cameron Stewart, Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose delivered a delightful historical mystery that had me scooping up all the audiobooks in the Wrexford & Sloane series. Come to Regency London and see for yourself….

Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose
Murder on Black Swan Lane
by Andrea Penrose
Series: Wrexford & Sloane #1
Narrator: James Cameron Stewart
Length: 11 hours and 50 minutes
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Source: Audible Plus
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.5x

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, 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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There are currently seven novels in the Wrexford & Sloane series and I intend to devour them all. Why? Aside from the well-honed murder-mystery, it’s the characters themselves. Romantic tension, banter, and strong secondary characters whom I’ve already grown attached to from the street urchins to the staff.

First up, the Earl of Wrexford, a man who enjoys explore scientific studies and can be quite the curmudgeon despite his age. I rather think he is softer on the inside. Next up is A.J. Quill, a political cartoonist who takes jabs at the upper crust and has a knack for depicting the truth. Mrs. Sloane, a young widow who is taking care of two street urchins. Then there is Wrexford’s butler/valet and lab assistant, who isn’t afraid to tell it like he sees it.

Now Wrexford has found himself the suspect in the murder of the pompous Reverend Josiah Holworthy. The two have traded barbs in the paper and Wrexford’s disdain for him is well known. In order to avoid the noose, he’ll need to find the actual killer, which leads him to the door of A.J. Quill, whose illustration of the murdered has piqued his curiosity. He is greeted by Mrs. Sloane and the tale that unfolds was positively delicious.

I loved the back-and-forth banter and the bargains that were struck as Sloane & Wrexford team up to collect clues and uncover the true murdered. The street urchins assist and I lost myself to the story with its clever twists and dangerous moments. Aside from a well-honed mystery, the characters themselves felt genuine, and I quickly wanted to spend more time with them.

James Cameron Stewart delivered a brilliant performance and brought these characters and story to life. I fully intend to continue the series on audio. He has a full range and even his female voices sounded genuine.

Fans of Regency London, murder-mysteries and sleuths will want to begin this series. Shout out to Sophia Rose, whose review of book two had me diving in.

Amazon* | Audible

*KindleUnlimited/WhisperSynced & the first two audiobooks are in the Audible Plus catalog.

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

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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8 Responses to “Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose”

  1. Katherine

    I have heard such great things about this author and I’m so looking forward to reading this one! I just discovered my library has the audio so it’s going to be my next listen!

    • Kimberly

      Yay Carla. Sophia Rose did a review on a later book and got me hooked. I have listened to the first five so far and have the sixth. The seventh comes out later this year. If you have KU, you can get the ones not in Audible Plus at a reduced cost.