Thursday, May 25, 2023

Sophia Rose Reviews: Murder at Queens Landing by Andrea Penrose


Today Sophia Rose Reviews Murder at Queens Landing #4 in Andrea Penrose's Wrexford and Sloane series. Stop by and see why she gave this historical mystery a 4.5 star review.

Murder at Queen’s Landing by Andrea Penrose
#4 Wrexford and Sloane
Historical Mystery
Publisher:  Kensington
Published:  9.29.20
Pages:  304
Rating: 4.5 stars
Format: ebook
Source: Bought

Sellers: Amazon



GoodReads Blurb:

The murder of a shipping clerk . . . the strange disappearance of trusted friends . . . rumors of corruption within the powerful East India Company . . . all add up to a dark mystery entangling Lady Charlotte Sloane and the Earl of Wrexford in a dangerous web of secrets and lies that will call into question how much they really know about the people they hold dear—and about each other . . .

When Lady Cordelia, a brilliant mathematician, and her brother, Lord Woodbridge, disappear from London, rumors swirl concerning fraudulent bank loans and a secret consortium engaged in an illicit—and highly profitable—trading scheme that threatens the entire British economy. The incriminating evidence mounts, but for Charlotte and Wrexford, it’s a question of loyalty and friendship. And so they begin a new investigation to clear the siblings’ names, uncover their whereabouts, and unravel the truth behind the whispers.

As they delve into the murky world of banking and international arbitrage, Charlotte and Wrexford also struggle to navigate their increasingly complex feelings for each other. But the clock is ticking—a cunning mastermind has emerged . . . along with some unexpected allies—and Charlotte and Wrexford must race to prevent disasters both economic and personal as they are forced into a dangerous match of wits in an attempt to beat the enemy at his own game.


Sophia Rose's Review:

Murder at Queen’s Landing struck close to home for Wrexford, Charlotte and their friends pitting them against the combined might of power and wealth.  I eagerly snatched it up and delved back into the tension-wrought, gritty Regency London world Andrea Penrose created that combines history, mystery, romance, and friendship in a dynamic, engaging story.


Murder at Queen’s Landing is fourth in the strongly connected Wrexford and Sloan series.  The mystery is built on people befriended in the last book and the surrounding story threads are ongoing from the beginning of the series.


I enjoyed how the tentative new romance between Wrexford and Lady Charlotte has grown them into a strong couple and detecting pair of equal respected partners, but also made them grow as individuals.  Charlotte has learned to loosen her grip on her need to go it alone to take in a made family and friendships while she rejoins the aristocratic society she walked away from.  She is learning to grasp the truth that Wrexford reiterates to her that she returns as a whole new person with vast experiences that will keep her from becoming what she fears and will keep her from losing any part of the woman she has worked hard to make of herself.  At the same time, Wrexford has gone through his own gradual epiphany learning he does have feelings and he is looking outside of himself more to his friends like Kit who hesitate to connect with him for fear of being rebuffed or cut with his sharp tongue.


All this is coming to a fore while they are on the track of another murderer who they fear might be the brother of a brilliant lady mathematician Kit and the oldest Weasel, Raven have drawn close to.  Not only are the brother and sister implicated, but they have disappeared.  And, scarily, the death seems to be pointing at a deadly connection to the powerful and not to be thwarted East India Company and a financial scheme that might go straight to the top.


Full of suspense, intrigue, and intricate relationships, this latest had me riveted.  I will admit to struggling through some of the financial investigation as business figures and machinations aren’t my forte, but it was an interesting historical element within the backdrop of the story.  Again, I implore historical mystery fans to snatch up this series and prepare to binge.


Author Bio:

Andrea Penrose is the USA Today bestselling author of Regency-era historical fiction, including the acclaimed Wrexford & Sloane mystery series, as well as Regency romances written under the names Cara Elliott and Andrea Pickens. Published internationally in ten languages, she is a three-time RITA Award finalist and the recipient of numerous writing awards, including two Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Historical Mystery and two Gold Leaf Awards.

A graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in Art and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design, Andrea fell in love with Regency England after reading Pride and Prejudice and has maintained a fascination with the era’s swirling silks and radical new ideas throughout her writing career. She lives in Connecticut and blogs with a community of historical fiction authors at She also can be found at and on Instagram @AndreaPenroseBooks.


 Sophia’s Bio:

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, piano-playing, and gardening. Road trips and campouts, museums and monuments, restaurants and theaters are her jam. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

As a lifelong reader, it was inevitable that Sophia would discover book blogs and the joy of blog reviewing. Sophia is a prolific reader and audiobook listener which allows her to experience so many wonderful books, authors, and narrators. Few genres are outside her reading tastes, but her true love is fiction particularly history, mystery, sci-fi, and romance. Though, sorry, no horror or she will run like Shaggy and Scooby.







  1. I love these books. I love them so much!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. I look forward to each installment and will be sad when I get all caught up. :)

  2. I am sharing the audiobook review in early June. Like you I loved it!

    1. I'm so glad we are having a blast with this series together. I've been meaning to read it for a while.

  3. This one is new to me but I love the sound of it. I am going to have to keep this series in mind.

    1. I'm glad to get you intrigued about them, Carole. :)

  4. That sounds like a good murder mystery.