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Murder at the Merton Library by Andrea Penrose
Narrator: James Cameron Stewart
Series: Wrexford & Sloane #7
Published by Kensington Books, Tantor Audio on September 26, 2023
Genres: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Length: 12 hours, 12 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Responding to an urgent plea from a troubled family friend, the Earl of Wrexford journeys to Oxford only to find the reclusive university librarian has been murdered and a rare manuscript has gone missing. The only clue is that someone overheard an argument in which Wrexford’s name was mentioned.
At the same time, Charlotte—working under her pen name, A. J. Quill—must determine whether a laboratory fire was arson and if it’s connected to the race between competing consortiums to build a new type of ship—one that can cross the ocean powered by steam rather than sails—with the potential to revolutionize military power and world commerce. That the race involves new innovations in finance and entrepreneurship only adds to the high stakes—especially as their good friend Kit Sheffield may be an investor in one of the competitors.
It was such a joy to read Murder at the Merton Library. I love everything from this found family and their strong, caring connections, to their love of science and arts, with their willingness to investigate and try to right the wrongs not just for themselves but others. With the progression of relationships and their circle of friends, I would suggest reading the series in order. Plus it’s amazing. Being the seventh book, some characters and aspects may be lost without the background of the earlier installments.
The Wrexfords have added “Falcon” to their own weasels, Raven and Hawk. In this adventure, Osprey is introduced. He is a naval man and Allison is his aunt. All of the weasels are blooming under the care of Rex and Charlotte. They support and love each other so clearly.
There is a murder of a friend of Rex’s brother, and a fire suspected to be arson. As they investigate, it seems there is some connection to trying to invent a way to propel ocean ships with steam engines. There was a research group which lost some plans in the fire. The navy is also working on prototypes. There is also an investment group, purporting to have made a break though. Kit wants to invest but Cordelia is against it. Allison and Charlotte go to hear about the investment with unfavorable consequences.
I am ecstatic to have the series continue after the marriage of Charlotte and Rex. They continue to expand their circle of learning, sciences, arts and those they love and protect. This found family is not to be missed. I highly recommend the Wrexford & Sloane series, particularly if you are interested in early scientific developments.
This narrator is the voice of the series for me. I don’t believe I had listened to this narrator before the series. I love listening to his distinct character voices of all genders and ages. With many foreign characters, the accents and tones sound right, although I am not knowledgeable enough to know if they are authentic. I listened well at my usual 1.5x speed.
Listen to the clip: HERE
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