Waiting On Wednesday (165) @AndreaPenrose @KensingtonBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens
A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery #5
Andrea Penrose
Kensington, September 2021
Mystery, Historical

From the publisher—

One advantage of being caught up in a whirl of dress fittings and decisions about flower arrangements and breakfast menus 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 . . .

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I’ve been intending to start this series ever since the first one came out and, now, here we are with the fifth book—I think it’s high time I got off the pot, don’t you? It has many of the elements I love including a Regency setting, a peek at society’s doings, what seems like a compelling mystery to solve and, oh yes, Charlotte has a big secret of her own that I want to know more about. Oh, and that cover? Gorgeous!