Book Review: Murder At Half Moon Gate

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

A wealthy lord who happens to be a brilliant scientist . . . an enigmatic young widow who secretly pens satirical cartoons . . . a violent killing disguised as a robbery . . . Nothing is as it seems in Regency London, especially when the Earl of Wrexford and Charlotte Sloane join forces to solve a shocking murder.

When Lord Wrexford discovers the body of a gifted inventor in a dark London alley, he promptly alerts the watchman and lets the authorities handle the matter. But Wrexford soon finds himself drawn into the murder investigation when the inventor’s widow begs for his assistance, claiming the crime was not a random robbery. It seems her husband’s designs for a revolutionary steam-powered engine went missing the night of his death. The plans could be worth a fortune . . . and very dangerous in the wrong hands.

Joining Wrexford in his investigation is Charlotte Sloane, who uses the pseudonym A. J. Quill to publish her scathing political cartoons. Her extensive network of informants is critical for her work, but she doesn’t mind tapping that same web of spies to track down an elusive killer. Each suspect—from ambitious assistants to rich investors, and even the inventor’s widow—is entwined in a maze of secrets and lies that leads Wrexford and Sloane down London’s most perilous stews and darkest alleyways.

With danger lurking at every turn, the potent combination of Wrexford’s analytical mind and Sloane’s exacting intuition begins to unravel the twisted motivations behind the inventor’s death. But they are up against a cunning and deadly foe—a killer ready to strike again before they can recover the inventor’s priceless designs

My Book Review:

I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed Andrea Penrose's book, *Murder at Half Moon Gate.*

I picked out this book because I am reading murder mysteries this month. From the book blurb, it definitely fits that description. The other reason I picked was because of the cover. Doesn't it just draw you in? It promises to be suspenseful and mysterious!

This is the second book in the Wrexford and Sloane series. I did not read the first book, and I didn't feel like I was lost.

The author writes a wonderful tale with many unexpected twists and turns. The story flowed well and was suspenseful.The prose is colorful, and I can picture myself running along with the street urchins down the dark and dingy cobblestone streets. The characters are vibrant and realistic. Mrs. Sloane is my favorite person. She is a satirical artist and has a band of street urchins to help her uncover all sorts of things. She is witty, energetic, and independent. She is not afraid to get dirty to find the answers. It reminded me of Sherlock Holmes as it definitely had similar elements throughout story. And I do love Sherlock Holmes and Watson!

The story has so many plot twists that I didn’t expect the ending. This is great! I hate it when I can figure out the ending halfway through the book. If you are looking for a great mystery with an unexpected end and lots of fun characters, this is the book for you! Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I would definitely pick up the next in the series.

Tank and I give it: 🐾🐾🐾🐾

Thank you to the author, publisher, and Netagalley for this ARC.

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  1. The cover is very intriguing. Great review!

  2. The cover is so mysterious, reminds me of the movie The Illusionist for some reason!

  3. I love the sound of this book. Great cover too.

  4. I like that feeling of being there with them - nicely done!

  5. I hate when I figure out the ending. It happens a lot with movies.

  6. Such a beautiful cover. I also notice I tend to figure out mysteries too before the ending - it's kind of annoying sometimes!

  7. Great review, this is the first time I have heard about this book and it looks and sounds absolutely amazing and right up my alley. And I totally love murder mystery books as well, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and putting this book on my radar!


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