Murder at Kensington Palace

Kensington. (Wrexford & Sloane, Bk. 3). Sept. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781496722812. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781496722836. M
In the third “Wrexford & Sloane” mystery (after Murder at Half Moon Gate), a man is found murdered and disfigured after attending a science research gathering. The victim is the cousin of Charlotte Sloane, cartoonist and amateur sleuth. When the victim’s twin brother is accused of committing the crime, Charlotte teams up once again with the logically minded Earl of Wrexford to track down the true culprit. In order to further the investigation, Charlotte must decide whether to reveal her secret high-class pedigree, which will allow her easy access to potential suspects in the upper echelons of society. Meanwhile, Wrexford uses his connections in the scientific world to delve into the burgeoning developments of electricity, as the victim’s body displayed unusual burn marks.
VERDICT Penrose deftly intertwines the politics of navigating Regency-era society, scientific progress, and the deepening relationship between the protagonists. Series fans will enjoy revisiting the lively cast of characters, while historical fiction readers will be satisfied by the immersive, richly detailed mystery.

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