I'm happy to say the third book seems to find Andrea Penrose becoming more skillful in her presentation (but that may be because I was reading ARCs that were probably edited). Murder at Kensington Palace made the most of previous characters and added some intriguing new ones.
Charlotte's cousin Cedric is murdered and his twin brother Nicholas is arrested for the murder. Unable to believe Nicholas guilty, Charlotte determines to find out what happened. The plot (far-fetched, but exciting) requires Charlotte, Lord Wrexford, and the Weasels (two street boys, Hawk and Raven whom Charlotte has taken in and who have aided in previous investigations) to explore scientific experiments involving electricity. (Is someone trying a Frankenstein experiment?)
The role of Mrs. McClellan (the housekeeper) develops; Charlotte's great-aunt and the bluestocking Lady Cordelia are introduced. I like the addition of the two new strong female characters and giving Mrs. McClellan more time, and as always the lovable Weasels.
I look forward to the next addition to this series. :)
Read in Aug. Blog review scheduled for Sept. 11, 2019.
Historical Mystery. Sept. 24, 2019. Print length: 304 pages.
The latest Livia Lone book by Barry Eisler has connections to current news about sex trafficking and powerful people. It is well-researched, as all of Eisler's books are, and links to real events are included in the notes following the novel.
from description: Ten years ago, the daughter of Homeland Security Investigations agent B. D. Little vanished into thin air. So did seven other girls—the crimes all bearing the same signature characteristics.
Now the disappearances have begun again. And Agent Little’s efforts to investigate are being blocked by forces far above his pay grade. Desperate, he turns to Seattle sex-crimes detective Livia Lone, the most obsessive hunter of predators Little knows.Livia Lone has continued to grow in these books, and she never gives up on her mission to save young women. While very different from Lisbeth Salander, she is every bit as determined to pursue and bring to justice, legal or otherwise, those who abuse women and children--regardless of their wealth and powerful positions.
The Livia Lone books are a spin-off of the John Rain books, and some of the characters from the John Rain series make appearances. All of Eisler's books are intense thrillers, and this one doesn't disappoint!
Read in June. Blog review scheduled for Sept. 11, 2019.
NetGalley/Thomas & Mercer
Thriller. Sept. 24, 2019. Print length: 364 pages.
The weather here is more like July/August than September, but I'm thinking about fall, Halloween, pumpkins, fall foliage. Surely we will eventually get to the low 90's and [gasp] possibly the 80's before long.