MURDER AT HALF MOON GATE
The second in the Wrexford & Sloane Mystery series is an intriguing puzzle of greed and deception as the invention of new technology brings out the worst in human nature. Charlotte Sloane and the Earl of Wrexford are a perfect crime-solving duo as headstrong and intelligent sleuths bucking the conventions of society. The relationship between Wrexford and Charlotte evolves nicely as they become more invested in each other. Wrexford has a title and money; Charlotte works as a satirical cartoonist making ends meet while caring for two young street urchins. The historical aspects of the story are intriguing as London is on the cusp of the Industrial Revolution and there are opposing viewpoints as to whether the new technology will enhance or destroy the current way of life. This adds great depth and tension to the mystery. Charlotte’s charges, Raven and Hawk, bring out Charlotte’s maternal instincts as she never wavers in her commitment to protect them while allowing them the independence to which they are accustomed. The secondary cast of informants and friends are vividly brought to life and enhance this exciting adventurous journey from London’s finest neighborhoods to the darkest alleyways and stews of the city.