• Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens

  • Wrexford & Sloane Mystery Series, Book 5
  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (360 ratings)

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Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens

By: Andrea Penrose
Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
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The upcoming marriage of the earl of Wrexford and Lady Charlotte Sloane promises to be a highlight of the season, if they can first untangle - and survive - a web of intrigue and murder involving the most brilliant scientific minds in Regency London....

One advantage of being caught up in a whirl of dress fittings and decisions about flower arrangements is that Charlotte Sloane has little time for any pre-wedding qualms. Her love for Wrexford isn't in question. But will being a wife - and a countess - make it difficult for her to maintain her independence - not to mention, her secret identity as famed satirical artist A. J. Quill?

Despite those concerns, there are soon even more urgent matters to attend to during Charlotte and Wrexford's first public outing as an engaged couple. At a symposium at the Royal Botanic Gardens, a visiting botanist suffers a fatal collapse. The traces of white powder near his mouth reveal the dark truth - he was murdered. Drawn into the investigation, Charlotte and the Earl learn of the victim's involvement in a momentous medical discovery. With fame and immense fortune at stake, there's no shortage of suspects, including some whose ruthlessness is already known. But neither Charlotte nor her husband-to-be can realize how close the danger is about to get - or to what lengths this villain is prepared to go....

©2021 Andrea DaRif (P)2021 Tantor

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Promising Mystery Marred By Relationship Drama

I really like this series, but I was worried that it was go downhill when the main characters got married. They don't get married until the end, but I feel like there is too much emphasis their relationship, family and the supporting characters, which takes away from the mystery and makes its resolution seem rushed.

As I said, the mystery itself is promising. A botanist is poisoned at a symposium held by the Royal Society at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Wrexford is pulled in because a friend of the deceased has heard of his experience with solving other crimes. This mystery is twisty enough, touching on international relations between the US and Britain, and introducing a network of scientific friendships between botanists.

That should have been enough for a good book. But, no, AP has to gild the lily by getting EVERYONE else from the other books pulled in (because, God forbid! we leave out any other characters ever introduced before,) bogging the plot down when it should be full steam ahead.

And, of course, we have to include some fretting about balancing A.J.Quill and Charlotte's increasing fame as Wrexford's fiancee as well as some awkward "romantic" moments between the two main sleuths.

Having said that, I do love the increased roles played by McClellan and Tyler in this book, I enjoyed meeting Charlotte's brother, and Lady Alison is always a delight. The rest (and even Alison) could have been jettisoned and made the narrative stronger.

My biggest quibble by far is the narration. Stewart's odd phrasing I could put up with by imagining his cadence echoed that of Wrexford. He is excellent at bouncing back and forth between the upper crust English characters, the lower street characters, and the Scots and making them all intelligible to a non-British audience. However, he cannot do an American accent to save his life. His attempts were very distracting.


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  • 09-26-22

Can we please use less annoying voices…

Can we please get a new narrator or at least ask him to use less annoying voices for the children in the story. I couldn’t finish this book or one other book in the series because the voices of the ‘weasels’ was really more like weasels than children. It is like nails on the chalkboard and has me questioning if I should even try another book in this series. And, if I heard one more instance of the kids saying wery instead of very my brain was going to explode. Sure after so much time being refined and educated the kids would be able to say very by now.

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Disappointed

Series has become increasingly formulaic. The narration is off and badly paced. Charlotte has become an annoying priģ. couldn't finish

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Good story, terrible narration!

I increased the speed by 20% which helped but even though I had heard his narration before this time was not good.

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The reader put me to sleep.

I've really liked Andrea Penrose's previous Lord Wrexford and Lady Charlotte books even though the reader is sssssooooo bbbbboooorrrriiiinnnggg but this one was a snoozefest. I couldn't get into the story because the reader just couldn't get excited about it.

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The Series Has Great Characters

I have always liked this series. The characters are fun, the mysteries engaging and the author lets the characters tell the story…but this one was different. I don’t know if the author was caught up in the changes in the characters or not, but at times I found the author wordy without the banter contributing to the storyline. Granted, some major changes were coming, but the author at times seemed to be looking for “filler”. For such an entertaining series, I hope it’s just a blip and if the author writes more installments, we concentrate on the story and less on side issues. Love the series, I hope their are more installments.

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Enjoyable story

Have grown fond of the characters so I enjoy the people as much as the plot. The narrator had difficulty doing American accents. It was painful to listen to.

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Fantastic books

I love everyone of her audio books, and own them all. Hopefully there will be more soon. And I love James Cameron Stewart’s voice. He does an excellent job. Can’t wait for the next one to come out.

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love it!

love this series ....love the characters. narration is good. hope there will be stories to come.

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One of the Best Stories I've read

this series was one of the best ive ever read. And i dont think i would have enjoyed it this much without such wonderful voice acting.
He cant do an american voice, so what? The scotish and English voices that make up the characters are amazing in their own right.
ill be listening to this book again soon to enjoy it all over again, no doubt!
this story contains murder, sloothing, and a slow burning love.
Its main characters go through so much development across the series that you get envested in their well being.
its great. 10/10 would recomend!