Murder at Kensington Palace is the third book in Andrea Penrose’s Wrexford & Sloane series of Regency-era historical mystery novels. I’ve read the other books in the series, so I was interested to see how the unlikely duo was going to handle their newest investigation.
This time, the victim is Cedric, a young man who recently inherited a barony. The prime suspect is Nicholas, the victim’s twin brother- the two were overheard arguing about the inheritance and the unfairness of Cedric receiving everything simply because he had the good fortune to be born a few minutes earlier.
The case seems fairly straightforward, but Charlotte knew the brothers when she was a little girl, and she knows that Nicky is innocent. Wrexford is skeptical, but he agrees to help Charlotte pursue the meager leads that they have.
This was a fun book. Charlotte and Wrexford continue to build upon their strange friendship, and it’s clear that they both harbor feelings for each other, but neither of them does anything to act on these feelings, so hooray for unresolved sexual tension!
Fans of the series will appreciate return appearances from secondary characters like Wrexford’s valet/right hand man Tyler, and the “weasels”, Charlotte’s two young wards. While the murder being investigated is quite grisly, the overall tone of the book is comparatively light.
I would recommend Murder at Kensington Palace to fans of historical mystery. The book functions well enough as a standalone, but readers will enjoy the book more if they have been following the characters’ journey from the beginning. These books make for quick reads, with satisfying conclusions. As a longtime fan of the books, I like that each book builds upon the last, especially in regards to Charlotte’s backstory. The conclusion of this book leads to some very interesting possibilities, and I am looking forward to seeing how these will manifest in the next book.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.