Murder at the Serpentine Bridge by Andrea Penrose (A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery Book 6) EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Andrea Penrose
- Language: English
- Genre: Fiction
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The Earl of Wrexford paused to survey the surroundings. It was just past
midnight, and the mild evening was beginning to show some teeth. A gust
swirled, nipping through the darkness and rustling the leaves of the nearby
trees. The air had turned chilly and was heavy with the threat of impending
Wrexford sighed and turned up the collar of his coat. Much as he would
have preferred to be sitting comfortably in his workroom with a book and
brandy in hand, he and his three companions had just entered Hyde Park
through the Stanhope Gate and were now making their way along the
footpath leading toward the Serpentine—
“Wrex! Wrex!” The shout rose from somewhere close by.
A moment later, Hawk, the younger of the two boys accompanying him,
broke free of the mist, nearly tripping as he tried to keep pace with an irongrey hound, whose large size and fearsome jaws caused many people to
mistake him for a wolf. “May I let Harper off his leash now?”
Squinting against the gloom, Wrexford took a last look around the vast
swath of meadowland and wooded groves. “Aye, lad,” he answered. “But
remember what I said—I expect you and your brother to keep the beast from
wreaking any havoc, or else there will be no further nocturnal forays.”
In truth, given the hour, there was little danger of running into any
difficulties. However, he had sensed that the boys wanted to feel they were
having a slightly risky adventure. They were used to having unfettered
freedom to roam the city as they pleased. However, their lives had recently
undergone a momentous change.
As has mine . . .
A happy woof drew him back to the moment as Hawk unfastened the
length of leather from Harper’s collar. The hound danced a few circles
around the boy and then loped off into the nearby grove of elms.
“After him, lads!” called the earl. Few people ventured into the park after
dusk—and those who did usually preferred to remain unseen. Still, he didn’t
wish to take any chances.
Raven, Hawk’s older brother, appeared from out of nowhere and let out a
snicker as he fell in step beside the earl. “Ha! As if there’s any reason for
“With you two Weasels, there’s always reason to expect mayhem,” replied
Wrexford. During his first encounter with the brothers, Raven had stuck a
knife in his leg and Hawk had hit him with a broken bottle . . . All with good
cause, he conceded, as they thought he was threatening Charlotte Sloane.
The earl made a wry face as the footpath led into the trees. Life’s journey
was full of strange twists and turns. Much to everyone’s surprise, that initial
angry confrontation had softened into friendship. And then . . .
A smile touched his lips. The unexpected alliance had deepened in ways
that defied words. He and Charlotte had recently married, and Raven and
Hawk, the two wild urchin orphans she had taken under her wing, had
become his legal wards. They were all now a family—an unconventional one,
to be sure. But perhaps that made the bonds even stronger.
“I’ve already checked the area,” continued Raven. “There’s nobody
around.” A pause. “And you know as well as we do that Harper wouldn’t hurt
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