A great start to a Regency murder mystery series

Murder on Black Swan Lane (A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery Book 1)

By: Andrea Penrose

Rating: 5 of 5

I’ve read books by this author before under the name of Andrea Pickens (traditional Regency novels) and have enjoyed them. My favorite type of book is still mystery, so to have my favorite genres put into one book is amazing.

This novel is not a romance novel, though there seems to be some type of attraction between the two main sleuths. At its heart, it is a good mystery. It reminds me somewhat of Holmesian deductive reasoning mixed with intuition.

The Earl of Wrexford has an analytical mind and is deeply involved in chemistry. Charlotte Sloane is an artist who draws satirical cartoons which pinpoint the failings of the haute ton.

When the two of these individuals get together to solve a murder, it brings out the best and the worst of each of them. This book is an introduction to the two and we learn a lot of backstory about Mrs. Sloane. I’m hoping that later books in this series explore the backstory of the earl.

There are supporting characters who add so much to the plot and, I hope, will be present going forward. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series in the near future.

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