Murder on Black Swan Lane

Murder on Black Swan Lane

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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 . . .
The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but he does not suffer fools gladly. When pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, the two enter a war of words, and satirical cartoonist A.J. Quill skewers them both. When the clergyman is found slain in a church, Wrexford is the chief suspect. Quill is really artist Charlotte Sloane, using the non de plume of her late husband. When Wrexford discovers her true identity, he has wants her to use her sources to unveil the clergyman's clandestine involvement in questionable scientific practices, and unmask the real murderer.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2017
Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781496710772
1496710770
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY PENROSE
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 22 cm

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SnoIsleLib_MarieB May 02, 2018

An irascible earl and an independent woman with a secret square off and team up in this charming first in a new cozy mystery series set in Regency London.

JessicaGma Jan 22, 2018

A really good start to a series set in Regency times; you have bored scientist and member of the nobility, the Earl of Wrexford teaming up with cartoonist AJ Quill, or really Mrs Charlotte Sloane to solve the murder of the reverend who has been locking horns with Wrexford. All clues point to Wrexford as the culprit.... I thought this was very well done, and I hope for more in this series.

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