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Andrea Pickens

Autor(a) de Murder on Black Swan Lane

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Obras por Andrea Pickens

Murder on Black Swan Lane (2017) 438 exemplares
Murder at Half Moon Gate (2018) 225 exemplares
Murder at Kensington Palace (2019) 188 exemplares
Sweet Revenge (2011) 175 exemplares
Murder at Queen's Landing (2020) 165 exemplares
The Cocoa Conspiracy (2011) 124 exemplares
Murder at the Serpentine Bridge (2022) 113 exemplares
The Spy Wore Silk (2007) 112 exemplares
To Sin With A Scoundrel (2010) 90 exemplares
Murder at the Merton Library (2023) 88 exemplares
Too Wicked to Wed (2011) 79 exemplares
Recipe for Treason (2012) 76 exemplares
Seduced by a Spy (2008) 65 exemplares
To Surrender to a Rogue (2010) 64 exemplares
The Defiant Governess (1998) 60 exemplares
The Scarlet Spy (2008) 59 exemplares
Too Tempting to Resist (2012) 51 exemplares
The Banished Bride (2002) 49 exemplares
To Tempt a Rake (2011) 48 exemplares
Code of Honor (1998) 46 exemplares
Scandalously Yours (2014) 43 exemplares
Second Chances (2000) 42 exemplares
The Storybook Hero (2002) 39 exemplares
The Major's Mistake (2000) 37 exemplares
A Diamond in the Rough (2001) 37 exemplares
A Lady of Letters (2000) 36 exemplares
The Diamond of London (2024) 36 exemplares
The Hired Hero (1999) 31 exemplares
Too Dangerous to Desire (2012) 30 exemplares
Sinfully Yours (2014) 30 exemplares
The Tiger's Mistress (2003) 29 exemplares
Passionately Yours (2014) 25 exemplares
A Stroke of Luck (2003) 22 exemplares
A Kiss of Spice (2004) 21 exemplares
Smoke & Lies (2018) 15 exemplares
A Question of Numbers (2019) 14 exemplares
Thomas in Trouble (1987) 11 exemplares
A Tangle of Serpents (2020) 8 exemplares
A Swirl of Shadows (2022) 5 exemplares
Pistols at Dawn (2014) 5 exemplares
Devil May Care (2015) 3 exemplares
Sweeter Than Sin (2014) 2 exemplares
Vikram und der Vampir (2005) 1 exemplar
Old Flames Dance 1 exemplar

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Murder at the Merton Library is the seventh book in the Wrexford and Sloane series but only the second one I've read. Nonetheless, I quickly got up to speed and loved this Regency Era London book from the start, though much of the scientific-related discussions about trying to figure out how to build a new type of ship capable of crossing the ocean was quite a bit over my head.

I especially love the cast of characters in this book, the related family members and friends of the Earl of Wrexford and his wife, Charlotte, who, together all play their part in solving several related mysteries.

The plot, the writing, and the atmosphere are outstanding. Really enjoyed this one.

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Net Galley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.)
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lindapanzo | 11 outras críticas | Jun 8, 2024 |
Pretty good. There is a lot of emphasis on the main characters emotions and angst which dragged the plot a bit.
grandpahobo | 30 outras críticas | Jun 5, 2024 |
1.5 stars

A minister (reverend? clergy of some sort) is murdered. A woman named Charlotte (?) has been looking after (in a way) two boys and trying to teach them to speak “the King’s English”, as well as some manners. A second murder happens partway through. There is some society called “The Ancients”.

Second book in a row where I was not interested enough to really pay attention to what was going on nor did I really care. I was curious about the two boys, but it wasn’t enough to know what happened in the book. This is the first in a series and I obviously won’t continue.… (mais)
LibraryCin | 30 outras críticas | May 20, 2024 |
This is the first book I've read in this series of mystery-adventures set in Regency England, but it's not necessary to read the first two adventures to get the general lay of the land or access the "will they are won't they" romantic tension between the feisty heroine Charlotte Sloane and her "bad boy" inamorata, the Earl of Wrexford.

Don't get me wrong: I'm okay with a little romance as long as the writing isn't too purply. This particular trope (spunky girl/bad boy) is as old as moldy bread, but Penrose manages to keep things classy without breaking any new ground. (There are no brooding stares or throbbing organs, thank god!) Her prose style is wordy and repetitive (this could be 100pgs shorter without sacrificing anything of substance) and she has this weird obsession with onomatopoeia (things always seem to be going *crunch crunch!* or *clink clink!*), but her period research feels sound and her cast of supporting characters are endearing of not particularly original.

It's the accompanying mystery involving the investigation of the murder of Charlotte's cousin Cedric, an aspiring gentleman-scientist, that ruined this for me. Penrose's gimmicks is that her two protagonists are big fans of scientific method and critical thinking; they don't let their emotions interfere with their reason. But there's nothing logical about this so-called investigation ... just a series of silly assumptions and contrived dilemmas that provide distracting dramatic fodder but reveal themselves as preposterous if you actually bother to think about them, as I made the mistake of doing.

Characters behaving in a rational way, for instance, would presumably be bothered by the fact that the suspects they are investigating - while they may be involved in some shady scientific endeavors - actually have zero motive for committing any of the crimes.

Characters behaving in a rational way wouldn't rely on clues that are as problematic as - well, as problematic as Galvanism, a field of science that was briefly en vogue in the late 1800s but summarily debunked when it was discovered that while electricity can make the muscles of dead things twitch, it can't actually bring dead things back to life. (Yes, this was the scientific discipline that inspired Shelley's Frankenstein.) What rational person, having discovered traces of snuff near a bench in a highly trafficked public park, would automatically assume that it must have been left by the murderer? Is using snuff before (or after) you murder someone some sort of Regency custom?

Characters behaving in a rational way would find much, much easier ways to pursue their inquiries than repeatedly placing themselves in false dilemmas or physical peril.

And then the solution to the mystery, when it's finally revealed, turns out to be so strained and farfetched, wrapped up in a denouement so melodramatic and cheesy, that I officially gave up and skimmed the final pages in a state of disgust.

Come to think of it, this book actually has a lot in common with Galvanism, in that not even an unobjectionable current of romantic tension (or the story's cast of likeable if unoriginal hangers-on) ends up providing enough juice to animate the novel's labored and unsatisfying mystery plot.
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Dorritt | 19 outras críticas | Apr 20, 2024 |



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