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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2018 Andrea DaRif (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Enjoyable story, narrarator with odd rhythm

This is my second of this series and I enjoyed the twists and turns of both stories. The characters, the time period, and the mystery are very nice.

I hope there's a third at some point and will probably listen to it, but I do hope they change the narrator. Though a bit more inflection in his voice would be helpful, it's ok. What becomes annoying is this odd rhythm where he pauses in the middle of sentences, particularly when characters are speaking to one another. A sound engineer that would provide a decent pause when we move from following one character to another would also be helpful--but that one is not the narrator's fault.

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Murder at Half Moon Gate

I truly love this series. All of the characters are interesting and fun. I look forward to hearing more about Charlotte and Rexford!!!!

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Historical Mystery Meets 19th Century Science

You don't have to be a scientist or an historian to enjoy the Wrexford and Sloane mysteries. The protagonists, a haughty and sometimes rude aristocrat and a down-and-out widow who's taken in two street ragamuffins (the Weasels), make for an entertaining duo. The mystery is well done and has more than a hint of thriller. And the narrator is fabulous. Truly an enjoyable listen.

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I love a mystery that peaks interest in a topic

Great characters with a mystery that has you looking at everyone to find the guilty party. But what I enjoyed most about this book is how well it provided depth to the personality of Raven. Given time and education, Raven may knock Sherlock off the "greatest detective" podium.

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Keeps you engaged

A bit silly but very engaging. I will buy the next one when it comes out. Wish it were available now. The reader James Cameron Stewart is terrific.

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A great historical mystery!

This was a really great follow up to the first in this series! The attention to the details of the regency period in which the story is set are excellent and immersed me in the story! The characters are well defined and the mystery itself is twisty and develops nicely and at a good pace! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes good historical mysteries with a touch of romance!

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No "Sophmore Slump" in this seies!

It seemed to take forever for this to come out in audiobook, but the story was definitely worth the wait. We get a few new characters and glimpses of the previously unrevealed past of other continuing characters. The relationship between Wrexford and Charlotte deepens in a satisfying way.

I was, at first, put off by how random it was that Wrexford fell into this mystery, but it was just complicated enough to keep me guessing at pieces that I soon forgot at about that. The ending was plausible and didn't feel like the author hid anything so the twist near the end doesn't come in from left field.

My only real quibble is the narrator, while the same one as the first book, has an unnatural cadence that I didn't mind in the first book but was driving me nutty by the end of this one (thus I marked it down a star.)

Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Bethany
  • PHOENIX, AZ, United States
  • 08-02-18

Loved this listen

I was very excited to see another adventure with this duo, though the narration was "off" sometimes....not sure if it was timing, inflection...just nearly distracting. Still, will gladly purchase another book by this author/narrator pair.

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THUMBS UP

Though a little long, over all very enjoyable. Plenty of surprises, lots of twists and turns and great character interaction.