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"[Penrose] mixes well-thought out mysteries, early forensic science, great details of the era and a slow burning attraction creating a compulsive read." --The New York Public Library The upcoming marriage of the Earl of Wrexford and Lady Charlotte Sloane promises to be a highlight of the season, if they can first untangle--and survive--a web of intrigue and murder involvin "[Penrose] mixes well-thought out mysteries, early forensic science, great details of the era and a slow burning attraction creating a compulsive read." --The New York Public Library The upcoming marriage of the Earl of Wrexford and Lady Charlotte Sloane promises to be a highlight of the season, if they can first untangle--and survive--a web of intrigue and murder involving the most brilliant scientific minds in Regency London... One advantage of being caught up in a whirl of dress fittings and decisions about flower arrangements and breakfast menus is that Charlotte Sloane has little time for any pre-wedding qualms. Her love for Wrexford isn't in question. But will being a wife--and a Countess--make it difficult for her to maintain her independence--not to mention, her secret identity as famed satirical artist A.J. Quill? Despite those concerns, there are soon even more urgent matters to attend to during Charlotte and Wrexford's first public outing as an engaged couple. At a symposium at the Royal Botanic Gardens, a visiting botanist suffers a fatal collapse. The traces of white powder near his mouth reveal the dark truth--he was murdered. Drawn into the investigation, Charlotte and the Earl learn of the victim's involvement in a momentous medical discovery. With fame and immense fortune at stake, there's no shortage of suspects, including some whose ruthlessness is already known. But neither Charlotte nor her husband-to-be can realize how close the danger is about to get--or to what lengths this villain is prepared to go...


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"[Penrose] mixes well-thought out mysteries, early forensic science, great details of the era and a slow burning attraction creating a compulsive read." --The New York Public Library The upcoming marriage of the Earl of Wrexford and Lady Charlotte Sloane promises to be a highlight of the season, if they can first untangle--and survive--a web of intrigue and murder involvin "[Penrose] mixes well-thought out mysteries, early forensic science, great details of the era and a slow burning attraction creating a compulsive read." --The New York Public Library The upcoming marriage of the Earl of Wrexford and Lady Charlotte Sloane promises to be a highlight of the season, if they can first untangle--and survive--a web of intrigue and murder involving the most brilliant scientific minds in Regency London... One advantage of being caught up in a whirl of dress fittings and decisions about flower arrangements and breakfast menus is that Charlotte Sloane has little time for any pre-wedding qualms. Her love for Wrexford isn't in question. But will being a wife--and a Countess--make it difficult for her to maintain her independence--not to mention, her secret identity as famed satirical artist A.J. Quill? Despite those concerns, there are soon even more urgent matters to attend to during Charlotte and Wrexford's first public outing as an engaged couple. At a symposium at the Royal Botanic Gardens, a visiting botanist suffers a fatal collapse. The traces of white powder near his mouth reveal the dark truth--he was murdered. Drawn into the investigation, Charlotte and the Earl learn of the victim's involvement in a momentous medical discovery. With fame and immense fortune at stake, there's no shortage of suspects, including some whose ruthlessness is already known. But neither Charlotte nor her husband-to-be can realize how close the danger is about to get--or to what lengths this villain is prepared to go...

30 review for Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Andrea Penrose is a very good writer, but I lost the connection I had with her characters in the first three stories of this series. They were just weeks away from getting married, but neither Wrexford nor Lady Charlotte had evolved. By now, the chemistry and burn I was hoping for was lukewarm at best. The Weasels loved ginger biscuits. Aunt Allison wanted more family time. McClellan continued to act more like a mother than a housekeeper and I thought Tyler needed more page-time. Quotes in Latin Andrea Penrose is a very good writer, but I lost the connection I had with her characters in the first three stories of this series. They were just weeks away from getting married, but neither Wrexford nor Lady Charlotte had evolved. By now, the chemistry and burn I was hoping for was lukewarm at best. The Weasels loved ginger biscuits. Aunt Allison wanted more family time. McClellan continued to act more like a mother than a housekeeper and I thought Tyler needed more page-time. Quotes in Latin and historical facts were one of Ms. Penrose’s strong suits. Another strength was maintaining a creative atmosphere in the Regency era. There were multiple plots, twists and overall subterfuge, but it was over the halfway mark before the action kicked in. Before that, it was lots of telling, not showing. I thought the author got caught up trying to maintain numerous historical facts in connection with the mystery. My overall rating of three stars was because of the reasonable, but sober plot. The suspenseful resolution had a nice twist, but the MCs lacked the magical spark that would have made it really good. A big thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishers for the opportunity to read a free ARC of this story in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens by Andrea Penrose may be the fifth book in the series but the mysteries are always fresh. From the first page to the last I did not want to put the book down. A swiftly paced plot, diabolical villains, suspects that were from all social levels within England and Europe and deft twists and turns that kept me guessing as to who was behind the evil deeds. I loved how Ms. Penrose allowed me to see how Kit has turned his life around and the doubts that are now cloud Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens by Andrea Penrose may be the fifth book in the series but the mysteries are always fresh. From the first page to the last I did not want to put the book down. A swiftly paced plot, diabolical villains, suspects that were from all social levels within England and Europe and deft twists and turns that kept me guessing as to who was behind the evil deeds. I loved how Ms. Penrose allowed me to see how Kit has turned his life around and the doubts that are now clouding Charlotte's mind as the wedding looms closer. It was interesting to see how Wrex's devotion to Charlotte, Raven and Hawk has grown as they become his family. Murders, trust issues, friends, family and a touch of romance kept the story moving at just the perfect pace to the exciting rescue. I have read every book in this series and find that each one becomes my favorite until the next one comes out. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    It was great to be back with Wrexford, Sloane and the Weasels plus all the recurring side characters. This story was a complicated one. There were two strands to it and at times it got a bit confusing. The plot was well done though and as usual the research was meticulous. There was quite a bit, in fact a lot about botany in it and it got tiresome at times. The romance between Wrexford and Sloane has always been understated but I had expected it to be more to the fore this time because of the we It was great to be back with Wrexford, Sloane and the Weasels plus all the recurring side characters. This story was a complicated one. There were two strands to it and at times it got a bit confusing. The plot was well done though and as usual the research was meticulous. There was quite a bit, in fact a lot about botany in it and it got tiresome at times. The romance between Wrexford and Sloane has always been understated but I had expected it to be more to the fore this time because of the wedding but other than being mentioned now and again it wasn't until the end it came more into the story. There were some great 'bad guys' and it was a darker story than she normally writes. It was very slow at the start and I was well into it before it picked up but the actual tie up of the mystery was brilliantly done. I would like to have seen more of Sheffield and Cordelia as they were great additions to the last book. Sheffield has been there from the start but hardly featured in this one. All in all very enjoyable and the descriptive writing was beautiful as usual. Grateful thanks to Kensington Books for the chance to read an early copy of this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    J Lewis

    This was what I call a “Transformation” book in a series. Our characters are evolving more and more into a family. FINALLY! (Operatic Voice.) It's so exciting! Usually, for me, these types of books are scary tricky and can make or break you, but this is a joy to read. Not only does Miss Penrose do an excellent job, but she was able to balance the changes and still write a good mystery. The Weasels are still as cute as ever and two of my favorite characters in the series. They always make me laug This was what I call a “Transformation” book in a series. Our characters are evolving more and more into a family. FINALLY! (Operatic Voice.) It's so exciting! Usually, for me, these types of books are scary tricky and can make or break you, but this is a joy to read. Not only does Miss Penrose do an excellent job, but she was able to balance the changes and still write a good mystery. The Weasels are still as cute as ever and two of my favorite characters in the series. They always make me laugh because of the antics that they pull. Wrexford and Sloane are like Peanut Butter and Jelly now and so stinkin’ adorable it hurts! I love the lovey-doveyness. If this is any indication of how they’ll be as a married couple, I like. I like it a lot. The journey so far has been exciting and has kept me on the edge of my seat too many times to count. I love that feeling, and I’m stoked to see where Miss Penrose takes us in the coming books.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shifra ♕

    Partners in Love & Murder Solving in the Regency Era. Synopsis: Josiah Becton, an expert botanist on the precipice of sharing a cure for malaria that promises to bring him professional acclamation, is poisoned by a glass of sparkling wine. A fate that could have been prevented if Becton did not succumb to drinking peer pressure; don’t become a statistic kids, just say no! This has been a P.S.A. Lord Wexford's reputation as a sardonic dabbling chemist, and murder investigator precede him, and thu Partners in Love & Murder Solving in the Regency Era. Synopsis: Josiah Becton, an expert botanist on the precipice of sharing a cure for malaria that promises to bring him professional acclamation, is poisoned by a glass of sparkling wine. A fate that could have been prevented if Becton did not succumb to drinking peer pressure; don’t become a statistic kids, just say no! This has been a P.S.A. Lord Wexford's reputation as a sardonic dabbling chemist, and murder investigator precede him, and thus he is brought into the fray early on by Dr Hosack who knows this was no accident. Wexford, together with his fiancée and partner in solving crime, Lady Charlotte Sloane- creator of satirical comics, that shed light on social injustice under a pen name- will have to ferret out the culprit before they are wed. What Charmed: ♡ The Weasels. ♡Lady Charlotte has an interesting backstory and her qualms about marriage after being independent and rejoining the 'beau monde' after her long absence I found refreshing in a HR heroine. ♡The villain and motive. What Marred: ✗ I never connected to the characters, I felt they lacked chemistry. ✗ I wasn't overly enthralled with the story, I had to focus to finish. The Brass Tacks: ➭It is perfectly suitable for any fan of historical fiction and whodunnits, and although I count myself in that camp, and found the writing up to par, it never managed to capture my focus or heart. It crawled in the first half and although the second half was more exciting, and even at times thrilling, by then the lot of it could be categorized in my mind as sluggish. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah-Hope

    Andrea Penrose's Wrexford and Sloane series is composed of what I would call "Historical Cozies." There are villains, people (at least one per book) die, but the novels don't contain anything graphic—and the point of these novels is as much to give readers time as observers of an unusual and deeply connected group of amateur detectives as to provide a puzzle to be solved. There's lord Wrexford, known as a short-tempered man who doesn't suffer fools gladly (and who sees a great many people around Andrea Penrose's Wrexford and Sloane series is composed of what I would call "Historical Cozies." There are villains, people (at least one per book) die, but the novels don't contain anything graphic—and the point of these novels is as much to give readers time as observers of an unusual and deeply connected group of amateur detectives as to provide a puzzle to be solved. There's lord Wrexford, known as a short-tempered man who doesn't suffer fools gladly (and who sees a great many people around him as being foolish). There's Lady Charlotte, rejected by her family and earning a living producing satirical political drawings. We also have "the weasels" and their many friends—Raven and Hawk have been adopted by Lady Charlotte, but remain in contact with their guttersnipe friends, several of whom have found a place to live at Wrexford's country estate. There's a remarkable valet who's also an expert in chemistry and a lady's maid/cook/sharp-shooter. And a dowager who wields a dangerous cane. Who wouldn't want to spend time with this crowd? The mystery around which Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens is built is satisfyingly complex, with several threads that are gradually pulled closer and closer together and that include a botanical convention, a possible cure for malaria, the illegal slave trade, and tensions between Britain and the U.S. Penrose does a nice job of slipping in backstory at appropriate moments, so you can easily read this volume even if you aren't familiar with the series. If you like your mysteries a) historical and b) cozy, you have a treat in store if you pick up Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens. I received a free electronic review copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley; the opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lorena

    Wrexford and Sloane are now engaged, and must navigate the social whirl of London with Lady Charlotte now under extra scrutiny as Wrexford's fiancée. Or at least, that's the idea. In practice, they don't do much mingling and dealing with society, because as usual, they are on the track of a murderer. These are pleasant enough books, and I do enjoy the development of The Weasels, but there is quite a bit of repetition. For a run-away lady who eloped with her art teacher in her youth and lived abr Wrexford and Sloane are now engaged, and must navigate the social whirl of London with Lady Charlotte now under extra scrutiny as Wrexford's fiancée. Or at least, that's the idea. In practice, they don't do much mingling and dealing with society, because as usual, they are on the track of a murderer. These are pleasant enough books, and I do enjoy the development of The Weasels, but there is quite a bit of repetition. For a run-away lady who eloped with her art teacher in her youth and lived abroad before returning to London to live by her wits in the worst areas of town and adopted 2 street children to raise, Charlotte seems awfully...timid. She is constantly worrying about her new place in society (although it has done her nothing but good, as far as anyone can see), she doesn't seem like she really cares that much about the opinions of society except as they may interfere with her work or her husband's reputation, and she ought to have the experience to use it for what she wants and ignore it the rest of the time, especially with the support of her fearsome aunt. And yet it's nothing but worry, worry, worry all the time. Not only the worries repeated over and over, the exact same language is used to describe them, as well as other thoughts the characters have in the stories. For example, a character will get an impression that another character is "driven by hubris and ambition," only to describe them to another character 2 pages later as "driven by hubris and ambition." (I'm paraphrasing here, it's usually a longer phrase, but the point remains that it is odd to have characters constantly repeating an exact phrase...it makes them seem more sock puppets on the hands of the author, driving home a description, than real people.) In the end, this series is similar in tone to, but not as accomplished as, say, the Captain Lacey series by Ashley Gardner, or the Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas, or the Lady Darby series by Anna Lee Huber.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Carlson

    **This book was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.** Oh my, what fun this book is! I have not read the previous books in the Wrexford and Sloane series, but I am now determined to read the entire series backlog. It is generally my impression that in a mystery series, each book can be read on its own, and that held true here; reference was made to past events and previously-encountered characters, but it was perfectly easy for me, as a new reade **This book was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.** Oh my, what fun this book is! I have not read the previous books in the Wrexford and Sloane series, but I am now determined to read the entire series backlog. It is generally my impression that in a mystery series, each book can be read on its own, and that held true here; reference was made to past events and previously-encountered characters, but it was perfectly easy for me, as a new reader in this world, to pick up. This mystery, stumbled upon and ultimately solved by a ragtag found family of scientifically- and progressively-minded aristocrats, frankly reminds me a great deal of the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters—high praise from me, as that series is my all-time favorite cozy mystery saga. The only downside is that, perhaps thanks to this comparison, I find the actions and attitudes of the characters (both main and peripheral) more at home in the Victorian period than the regency; references to Napoleon were my main reminders of the actual time period in which the story is set. Perhaps the other books are more firmly set into the Regency period due to the scientific and technological advancements discussed, and my rather slight knowledge of botany is what allowed me to mentally drift further into the century. All of the characters are frankly delightful. The novel balances a series-length arc of family relations with the action of this particular story’s murder mystery in a way that I found satisfying. The juggling of characters’ various social identities was also treated in a way I found entertaining without belaboring, which it easily could have been. I truly look forward to reading more from this author, and seeing Wrexford and Sloane in the future as they grapple with combining their households.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Set in Regency England, this delightfully witty series takes readers into a different world where men are in charge but women are also starting to show their mettle. In this book we see chemistry between between people as well as a theme in the story as scientists leave their mark. However, one needn't be a slave to the periodic table to get a lot of joy from this. Enter Charlotte and Wrexford, a couple engaged to be married. As their wedding draws closer nothing could possibly dampen spirits or Set in Regency England, this delightfully witty series takes readers into a different world where men are in charge but women are also starting to show their mettle. In this book we see chemistry between between people as well as a theme in the story as scientists leave their mark. However, one needn't be a slave to the periodic table to get a lot of joy from this. Enter Charlotte and Wrexford, a couple engaged to be married. As their wedding draws closer nothing could possibly dampen spirits or cause a ruckus, right? Wrong. Murder seems to follow these two sleuths wherever they go which is a good thing (!) as their skills and talents are well suited and are in demand. Charlotte's pseudonym allows her to inveigle and dig. Her quirkiness and quick mind are complementary to Wrexford's scientific and serious side. The Weasels are back and add splashes of colour throughout with their antics and adventures. I adore them! Secrets and deceptions are revealed as the murder investigation goes forward. The Royal Botanic Gardens is the venue for murder this time. And what a venue it is! As a master gardener, I visit botanic gardens on my travels and am particularly enamoured by those in the UK. Mentions of bromeliads and other plants captured my scientific mind and the story captured my heart. Do be sure to read the author's notes as well. Thought fictional, she inserts real people into the story. Historical bits mixed with fictional work beautifully...if done well. And it is here. The cover is lovely as well, making the book a sweet package in and out to sink your teeth into. My sincere thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this light and gratifying book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

    The latest installment in the Wrexford and Sloane mystery series finds the MCs at an important crossroads. It is one month until their wedding, when they will begin a new life together along with Charlotte Sloane’s two young wards, former street urchins Raven and Hawk. If that weren’t enough, Charlotte is anxiously awaiting a visit from her brother, hoping it will prove to be the first step in reconciliation with her brother, who is now head of the family after the deaths of her father and oldes The latest installment in the Wrexford and Sloane mystery series finds the MCs at an important crossroads. It is one month until their wedding, when they will begin a new life together along with Charlotte Sloane’s two young wards, former street urchins Raven and Hawk. If that weren’t enough, Charlotte is anxiously awaiting a visit from her brother, hoping it will prove to be the first step in reconciliation with her brother, who is now head of the family after the deaths of her father and oldest brother. At their first public appearance as a betrothed couple, Wrexford literally stumbles across another dead body. Although both Charlotte and Wrexford are reluctant to get involved in solving the crime, try as they might to leave it up to the authorities, circumstances conspire to pull them in. The victim is a visiting botanist, and like previous books in the series, solving the murder places a spotlight on some of the era’s scientific discoveries and challenges, providing an opportunity to highlight Wrexford’s expertise in chemistry. There are some interesting twists and turns to the mystery and the plot keeps moving in unforeseen directions. The reader also gets some additional insight into the relationships between the main and supporting characters. It would be nice to see further interactions between Wrexford and Charlotte as they adjust to married life. A well-executed addition to the series, which I think is best read after finishing the earlier books to fully appreciate the main characters motivations and relationships. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for a free copy of the book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julie Carlson

    ***This advance copy of Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens was sent to me by the publisher through NetGalley. My opinions are my own. This is book 5 in the Wrexford and Sloane series, and I liked it much better than book 4. Lady Charlotte and Wrexford are just a couple of weeks away from their wedding, and are supposed to be entering society as an engaged pair. But a gala at the Royal Botanic Gardens features murder and Wrexford and Sloane find themselves in the thick of it. A famous botanist is ***This advance copy of Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens was sent to me by the publisher through NetGalley. My opinions are my own. This is book 5 in the Wrexford and Sloane series, and I liked it much better than book 4. Lady Charlotte and Wrexford are just a couple of weeks away from their wedding, and are supposed to be entering society as an engaged pair. But a gala at the Royal Botanic Gardens features murder and Wrexford and Sloane find themselves in the thick of it. A famous botanist is about to present a landmark discovery that could change medical science, but he is murdered right before his lecture. This time around there are some American baddies and an old villain from an earlier book returns. Readers also will get plenty of "The Weasels," those lovable scamps Raven and Hawk; Tyler; Aunt Allison; Kit, as well as some new characters. As in the other books in the series, Penrose turns to the scientific discoveries that occur during the Regency period and connects them to her crimes. I found her author's note about Regency-era explorers and the focus of botanicals fascinating. Her writing style also has improved. While she still has Charlotte speak Latin cliches, they aren't quite as frequent, and her previous use of "sound effects" has been greatly curtailed. She does need to watch repeating the same words over and over. This time I noticed "twined" and "dastard." Most readers probably would not notice this tendency. This fifth book is a solid cozy mystery and I look forward to the next entry.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Hannon

    I was delighted to see there was a new Wrexford and Sloane book, so I began reading it immediately. As usual, the quality of writing and production (editing grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.) were excellent, along with an interesting mystery. Some of these historical mysteries that carry characters from book to book can begin to get a little "thin" on story line and lose their initial impetus. So far, for this author that has not happened, fortunately for us fans and readers. The only things I was delighted to see there was a new Wrexford and Sloane book, so I began reading it immediately. As usual, the quality of writing and production (editing grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.) were excellent, along with an interesting mystery. Some of these historical mysteries that carry characters from book to book can begin to get a little "thin" on story line and lose their initial impetus. So far, for this author that has not happened, fortunately for us fans and readers. The only things that rather "threw" me were references to previous books' characters (NOT the main ones), which stories I didn't really remember because I've read so many books since the last W&S book. For me, that wasn't important in the grand scheme of things, but it was a little distracting. Still, the author gave enough background on the character that you understood how good (or bad) the character was. It is still interesting to see the continuing growth and sometime conflict for our two leads and the other characters that surround them. I enjoyed this book as much as the previous ones and look forward to the next installment. #NetGalley #MurderattheRoyalBotanicGardens

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    I had real hopes for this one. Started well, and I found that though I’d not read any of the previous books in the series I wasn’t lost or hampered by not knowing the backstory. The characters and the premise behind their relationships peaked my interest immediately. But then the wheels started to come off for me. We were never made to feel any empathy toward the victim, Wrexford and Sloane constantly hesitating over whether they should even become involved in the investigation, and there are nu I had real hopes for this one. Started well, and I found that though I’d not read any of the previous books in the series I wasn’t lost or hampered by not knowing the backstory. The characters and the premise behind their relationships peaked my interest immediately. But then the wheels started to come off for me. We were never made to feel any empathy toward the victim, Wrexford and Sloane constantly hesitating over whether they should even become involved in the investigation, and there are numerous issues with constant repetition—Charlotte’s worry that her marriage to Wrexford will force her to compromise her principles, Charlotte’s worry about her upcoming reunion with he estranged family, etc. The mystery and investigation would start to grab my attention, only to have it diverted by emotional dithering. The first half of the book simply dragged. And by the time I got to the second half I found it difficult to remain interested. A mildly entertaining read, but not one that I would wildly recommend. Source: Review copy (Kensington Books via NetGalley)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deidre

    When you fall in love with the characters of a series, you'll continue to read even as the books get less satisfying. I've given up on getting the romance out of Wrexford & Charlotte that I so desperately want to read. The romantic subplot is too buried and needs to be given more space and HEAT. Lots more! This mystery lost my interest by then end. I really didn't care about the twisted motives of all the many perpetrators and started skipping ahead. I wanted to read about the wedding! Unfortuna When you fall in love with the characters of a series, you'll continue to read even as the books get less satisfying. I've given up on getting the romance out of Wrexford & Charlotte that I so desperately want to read. The romantic subplot is too buried and needs to be given more space and HEAT. Lots more! This mystery lost my interest by then end. I really didn't care about the twisted motives of all the many perpetrators and started skipping ahead. I wanted to read about the wedding! Unfortunately, it was given only a few paragraphs at the end. I love these characters SOOO much, I want to read about them as a new family having regular problems and conversations (that don't involve dead bodies) too. Perhaps some novellas for McClellan, Tyler, Kit, the Weasels, etc would be a satisfying way to fill out the series for the readers. I still love this series and will continue to read on, but with less hope of getting a satisfying romance out of it or of gaining insight into secondary characters and Wrexford.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Lady Charlotte Sloane was born to the aristocracy but escaped for a time and now is a satirical cartoonist with surprising investigative skills, and Earl Wrexford who is a man reputed as one never to be crossed. Together they are formidable enough, but add in the orphans they call The Weasels and others they value for their abilities and you have just the right people to investigate murder, extortion, disappearances, and financial crimes. There have been harrowing incidents in the earlier books, Lady Charlotte Sloane was born to the aristocracy but escaped for a time and now is a satirical cartoonist with surprising investigative skills, and Earl Wrexford who is a man reputed as one never to be crossed. Together they are formidable enough, but add in the orphans they call The Weasels and others they value for their abilities and you have just the right people to investigate murder, extortion, disappearances, and financial crimes. There have been harrowing incidents in the earlier books, and the development of the *family* as well as the love between Charlotte and Wrexford, but I think that each book is capable of standing alone. This one involves a sociopath who is truly evil, a potential botanical cure, lots of basically dishonest and greedy people, and even an American agent. As always, there is a slice of truth that has been well researched. Very well done tricky plot with extremely interesting characters! Great read! I requested and received a free temporary ebook from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Serena Montooth

    Murder at The Royal Botanic Gardens by Andrea Penrose is a really enjoyable historical mystery set in Regency Period (1810) London. It is part of the Wrexford & Sloane series involving Lady Charlotte Sloane, a famous satirical artist, and her now fiancé the Earl of Wrexford. Penrose notes in the Author’s note that she includes a “new scientific breakthrough” in each book. The breakthrough in this book is “botanical science” and the discovery that there are plants that can cure diseases and eradi Murder at The Royal Botanic Gardens by Andrea Penrose is a really enjoyable historical mystery set in Regency Period (1810) London. It is part of the Wrexford & Sloane series involving Lady Charlotte Sloane, a famous satirical artist, and her now fiancé the Earl of Wrexford. Penrose notes in the Author’s note that she includes a “new scientific breakthrough” in each book. The breakthrough in this book is “botanical science” and the discovery that there are plants that can cure diseases and eradicate pests. Wrexford and Sloane and their young wards make a great mystery solving crew. In this story they are pitted against a gang of men willing to murder anyone who stands in their way in a race to cultivate newly found plants. Penrose has given us an accurate picture of Regency Society without making it too stuffy. The mystery is intriguing and hard to figure out, plus there is a hint of romance to add to the plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    In Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens, we are back with Lady Charlotte and Wrexford (and the Weasels, Sheffield, Lady Cordelia, Tyler, Lady Peake). This fifth instalment keeps up the fast paced mystery intermixed with the continuing love story of Charlotte and Wrexford that have been the hallmarks of the series so far. Andrea Penrose crafts a wonderful mystery that has so many villains and possible solutions that readers are kept guessing until the very end. The tension around threats to our fa In Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens, we are back with Lady Charlotte and Wrexford (and the Weasels, Sheffield, Lady Cordelia, Tyler, Lady Peake). This fifth instalment keeps up the fast paced mystery intermixed with the continuing love story of Charlotte and Wrexford that have been the hallmarks of the series so far. Andrea Penrose crafts a wonderful mystery that has so many villains and possible solutions that readers are kept guessing until the very end. The tension around threats to our favourite characters and their loved ones kept me reading until late at night. Mixed within the tension of the mystery are the discussions and ponderings about how life is in constant change and how love of family - by blood or choice - makes everything better and worse. All together this is a wonderful continuation of the series and I highly recommend it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Lady Charlotte Sloan and the Earl of Wrexford are about to get married but at their first social outing as an engaged couple, someone dies. Finding a murderer while planning a wedding isn't easy, particularly when one suspect was friends with Charlotte and her first husband in Italy and another is an American in London on a secret assignment. When Charlotte reconciles with her long estranged brother, it comes out he has ties to the dead man as well. But becoming a family means working together a Lady Charlotte Sloan and the Earl of Wrexford are about to get married but at their first social outing as an engaged couple, someone dies. Finding a murderer while planning a wedding isn't easy, particularly when one suspect was friends with Charlotte and her first husband in Italy and another is an American in London on a secret assignment. When Charlotte reconciles with her long estranged brother, it comes out he has ties to the dead man as well. But becoming a family means working together and with everyone pitching in, they discover the guilty party and the wedding goes off as planned! I love this series and look forward to their next adventure! Thank you to #NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of #MurderattheRoyalBotanicGardens.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This is another superb instalment in this wonderful series which kept me enthralled throughout! The characters feel like old friends that I enjoy spending time with, and for each story the reader becomes more deeply embroiled in their lives. The story is fiendishly well plotted, with lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing and I was on tenterhooks, turning the pages to find out how it all fitted together. Alongside the crime solving are the relationships between the various characters wh This is another superb instalment in this wonderful series which kept me enthralled throughout! The characters feel like old friends that I enjoy spending time with, and for each story the reader becomes more deeply embroiled in their lives. The story is fiendishly well plotted, with lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing and I was on tenterhooks, turning the pages to find out how it all fitted together. Alongside the crime solving are the relationships between the various characters which are lovely to follow and give the books such an emotionally satisfying edge. All in all, absolutely loved it and can’t wait for the next one!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pratibha Pandey

    At times I enjoy a mystery set in Old London society because with the visits to museums , art galleries , walks in the parks and some parties + a wedding thrown in , i kind of forget that the leads are chasing a murderer too ! This book has a delightful cast and I am going to pick the older books in this series to see how this found family came into being. Interesting tid bits on science and discoveries during that times. For a minute I wanted to start reading / learning more about latest invent At times I enjoy a mystery set in Old London society because with the visits to museums , art galleries , walks in the parks and some parties + a wedding thrown in , i kind of forget that the leads are chasing a murderer too ! This book has a delightful cast and I am going to pick the older books in this series to see how this found family came into being. Interesting tid bits on science and discoveries during that times. For a minute I wanted to start reading / learning more about latest inventions and just to feel like a learner. Overall , even though I thought the plot was a little too twisted , I did enjoy it for different reasons.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I was excited to read the next installment in the Wrexford/Sloane series, and already looking forward to the next one! I enjoyed this book a lot. I do find the writing somewhat repetitive and some of the secondary characters aren't as interesting to me as the two main characters, but I have really enjoyed the progression of the relationship between Wrexford and Sloane. I found the mystery and overall story of the last book, #4, weaker than the previous but this one was much more engaging, for me, I was excited to read the next installment in the Wrexford/Sloane series, and already looking forward to the next one! I enjoyed this book a lot. I do find the writing somewhat repetitive and some of the secondary characters aren't as interesting to me as the two main characters, but I have really enjoyed the progression of the relationship between Wrexford and Sloane. I found the mystery and overall story of the last book, #4, weaker than the previous but this one was much more engaging, for me, and I am excited to see where things go next. This could be read as a stand-alone but I would definitely recommend reading the series in order for full enjoyment.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    A secret discovery, a body and a strange white substance are all left behind at the botanical gardens in this entralling story of "Murder at the Royal Botanical Garden" This book tells the story of a mysterious murder that leaves questions behind with the body. Follow along as Lady Charlotte and Lord Wrexford work together to solve the mystery before it is too late. While I enjoyed this book, I struggled to follow along at the point of view of the characters changed quickly. I really enjoyed thi A secret discovery, a body and a strange white substance are all left behind at the botanical gardens in this entralling story of "Murder at the Royal Botanical Garden" This book tells the story of a mysterious murder that leaves questions behind with the body. Follow along as Lady Charlotte and Lord Wrexford work together to solve the mystery before it is too late. While I enjoyed this book, I struggled to follow along at the point of view of the characters changed quickly. I really enjoyed this book and would reccomend!

  23. 5 out of 5

    LOIS

    Set in Regency times, Lady Charlotte and Lord Wrexford return to solve a complicated murder and to wed in this latest tale. Josiah Becton, a discoverer, is found dead at The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. Poisoned, after imbibing champagne... The world of botany is not all flowery. There is a host of unsavoury characters to supect, and many clues and red herrings to solve. I thorougly enjoyed this humorous book and the style of writing.. Murder, motives and morals all vie for attention in this wh Set in Regency times, Lady Charlotte and Lord Wrexford return to solve a complicated murder and to wed in this latest tale. Josiah Becton, a discoverer, is found dead at The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. Poisoned, after imbibing champagne... The world of botany is not all flowery. There is a host of unsavoury characters to supect, and many clues and red herrings to solve. I thorougly enjoyed this humorous book and the style of writing.. Murder, motives and morals all vie for attention in this who- dunnit, A delightful read..

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Rice

    Another in the wonderful historical mystery series featuring Wrexford and Sloane, the earl and the satirical artist. In this one, the intrepid pair set out to find who murdered a scientist who had found a cure for malaria—and for the plant that might save millions. And they really need to solve this case before their wedding! The familiar cast of characters grows in depth and interest and are just as fascinating as the mystery.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anna Black

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. This book was good but not great, while I enjoyed the the botany aspect of this book, it was almost a bit much at times. I loved Charlottes interactions with both Hawk and Raven, it was very sweet. There was a large portion of the book where I had to force myself to read through it because I felt that nothing was happening. The ending of the book was very sweet though.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kiaran Johnson-Lew

    Another thrilling and fun installment in the Sloane Wrexford series….culminating in Lady Charlotte and the Earl of Wrexford’s wedding….caricatured by A.J. Quill! The procurement of the botanical treatment for malaria and stopping slave smuggling is at stake as Sloane. Wrexford, the Weasels and the rest of their family and loved ones take on murderous and greedy men with a history of dastardly deeds. Thanks to NetGalley for and advance copy of this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    With wedding nerves already frayed, Lady Charlotte and Wrexford find themselves facing a familiar villain. But how can they protect a plant-based miracle cure from falling into the wrong hands when they don't even know what it is? Once again Lady Charlotte and her crew outpace the enemy. This is a terrifically entertaining series and I look forward to the next book. With wedding nerves already frayed, Lady Charlotte and Wrexford find themselves facing a familiar villain. But how can they protect a plant-based miracle cure from falling into the wrong hands when they don't even know what it is? Once again Lady Charlotte and her crew outpace the enemy. This is a terrifically entertaining series and I look forward to the next book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    With wedding nerves already frayed, Lady Charlotte and Wrexford find themselves facing a familiar villain. But how can they protect a plant-based miracle cure from falling into the wrong hands when they don't even know what it is? Once again Lady Charlotte and her crew outpace the enemy. This is a terrifically entertaining series and I look forward to the next book. With wedding nerves already frayed, Lady Charlotte and Wrexford find themselves facing a familiar villain. But how can they protect a plant-based miracle cure from falling into the wrong hands when they don't even know what it is? Once again Lady Charlotte and her crew outpace the enemy. This is a terrifically entertaining series and I look forward to the next book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Welcome to the wonderful world of thriller, mysteries. Andrea Penrose knows how to set a scene, create a character, make you feel like you’re right there next to them solving crime. Settle in for the day or night and read this fantastic page turner.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Freeman

    Charlotte and the Earl are preparing for their nuptials while being asked to help solve a murder. I love this family made of love not blood and watching their relationships grow. What is the the cure discovered by the dead American. Read this book and find out.

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