Series: Wrexford & Sloane #4
Publication Date: 9/29/20
Number of Pages: 304
OOOOOOOOOH – an excellent addition to the series. We have a much less acerbic and more emotional Wrexford along with a softer Charlotte Sloane. Who would have thought it! I like it very well – as long as they don’t lose their edge. As always, the writing is excellent, the story is fast-paced, and the characters are fun, interesting, and fully developed. This case takes the whole cast of characters to keep each other safe.
A murder happens at the docks – Queens Landing – but it isn’t something in which Wrexford and Charlotte would normally become involved. They didn’t know the man, but his death was gruesome. Then, when Bow Street starts asking questions about Sheffield and two of their friends disappear … Is it all related? Was one (or more) of their friends involved in the death? If so, why would that be?
As they quietly begin to investigate, Wrexford and Charlotte realize just how dangerous this investigation might become – not just to them, but to their friends and family as well. They soon come to understand that the solution to this crime might shake the very foundations of the British economy and their foe is very, very powerful with far-reaching tentacles. Can they unmask this villain before he closes in on them?
Of course, I require a bit of romance along with my mysteries – and this story just made me smile. If you’ve read the previous books, you have long known that Wrexford and Charlotte love each other – they were just too stubborn to realize it themselves. Wrexford was thinking he was too cold and analytical for such frivolous feelings as love and Charlotte was terrified of love because of her previous experiences. It was wonderful to see them start to realize that love might not be such a bad thing.
I always love the Author’s Notes at the back of the book. She always tells us the historical facts about the tale she’s just told and the real circumstances upon which the details of the story are based. This author does intensive research and those Author’s Notes are almost as interesting as the book itself.
This is a wonderful adventure and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. The Weasels (Charlotte’s wards) are their normal delightful selves, Sheffield grows and matures, and we have a wonderful dog added to the story. I mean – it was a great read and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.