Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose

I’m at a loss as to how I found Murder on Black Swan Lane (even though I keep trying to type Lake, instead of Lane). I think it’s possible that it was an ad on my Kindle. Regardless, when I find a mystery series set in the Regency era, I must read it. At least, I must try.

A quote from Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose

The Earl of Wrexham is a scientist. Really, he’s a chemist. He, along with his valet, performs lots of science experiments. As a result of this and other reckless behavior, some of the clergy members believe him to be the devil. A war of words sprouts up between the earl and Reverend Josiah Holworthy.

A quote from Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose

Charlotte Sloane has many secrets, but one is that she took over for her husband and pens the satirical cartoons as A.J. Quill. Using her network of street urchins, she discovers many things, like the dead body of Reverend Josiah Holworthy.

Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose

Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)

In Murder on Black Swan Lane, the two boys that Charlotte houses lead her to the body of the reverend. She finds a clue in his hand and draws a quick sketch of the body and surrounding area before scampering away from the scene. The watchman was coming. Using that information, Charlotte draws a cartoon to be printed. When the Earl becomes the prime suspect, he will discover Charlotte’s secret identity and together they will search for the killer.


Andrea Penrose weaves a story revealing details as needed. I did not figure out who the killer was until Charlotte and the Earl did. I do love that this is set in the Regency period. This book IS on Kindle Unlimited. If you like the Regency time period and mysteries much like Sherlock Holmes, you’ll want to read this one.

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