You're never going to get 5 stars out of me Charles Finch unless you make these books more authentic. Returning from a continental honeymoon with his new wife, Lady Jane, Lenox is asked by a colleague in Parliament to consult in the murder of a footman, bludgeoned to death with a brick. Finch always conveys a great sense of the period he writes about and while he does expose some of the historical background of monuments, laws, people, etc to do so, he knows how much to give away and it nevers feels as if all his research were being put in in huge blocks of text that have nothing to do with the main character's knowledge or point of view. One look through the exclusive Northbrooke estate house party doubles her suspect list. He has unimpeded access to all the high-society homes and exclusive clubs in England. This is in stark contrast with a poignant revelation coming from a secondary character and it makes Charles' background stand out even more.
His investigation uncovers both unsettling facts about the family he served and a strange, second identity that the footman himself cultivated. All the familiar cast of supporting characters are back. Reared in the twin virtues of deference and docility, she would absolutely never think to question the imperious Duke of Kesgrave about anything, let alone how he chose to represent the incident to the local constable. This book had a few subplots going on and I liked that too. It also helped to give the characters depth.
I like how 'life' interferes with Lenox when he is trying to solve the crime- very realistic. A Stranger in Mayfair is another exquisite installment in the Charles Lenox mysteries. Surely, Lady Jane didn't get married and turn into a complainer, distant person overnight. The writer's first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islets in the middle of the Thames. I'm very sad that there are no more Charles Lenox books left to read. Charles Finch had better hurry up and write another one so I can find out.
His interest is piqued when he learns of a missing girl, possibly kidnapped by a prominent member of Parliament. England was building cities long before formal planning became the norm and therefore it is delightfully higgledy piggledy. Good but not the best of the series Charles Finch's books are good for a light read. The author is such a great wri Whoooo-Wheeeeee, this was a ride of a book. Before I was even close to finishing the book, I had solved the crime, and let's be honest, that is not a good thing since I rarely figure out the mystery I like to think it's because I read only high-quality, well-written mysteries.
Might I have figured it out?. But since I have enjoyed several other books narrated by Mr. McConnell, Toto, Lady Jane, Grahm, Dallington. While I have enjoyed James Langton's narration of books by other authors, for some reason his voice for Charles Lennox seems to contradict the strong, determined, yet gentlemanly character that Mr. Charles wants so much to be a difference in his work in Parliament, and he is missing his old life - not only as an amateur detective, but as a bachelor too. They are well drawn and very English.
There he was out of his element, to be sure, but there is a difference between hoping for something you haven't got yet and getting it and then finding it or yourself not all you hoped it would be. She is worried to about him just disappearing to see people on cases and is concerned that he may be killed or injured. Can they uncover what is really happening before both restaurants go belly-up? This 4 Lenox is the best so far, I think, with a closer and more intriguing look at political workings cholera question in Parliament! Lacey's search for the girl leads to the discovery of murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld. Ludovic Starling is behaving oddly, hinting that he will probably be made a lord, but everything has to be kept quiet so it won't mess up his being named. His investigation uncovers some unsettling facts about the family he served and a strange, second identity that the footman himself cultivated. Returning from a continental honeymoon with his lifelong friend and new wife, Lady Jane Grey, Charles Lenox is asked by a colleague in Parliament to consult in the murder of a footman, bludgeoned to death with a brick.
It is a good series--I have read previous books in the series, and this is the first I have listened to. This was a great story about having to make choices. Having your main character as a detective retire from the work and train a less than excellent mind for a replacement while missing the most obvious clues This is the first of these books I've read, apparently fourth in a series. Going into the boxing clubs and public houses, the Mayfair mansions and servants' quarter of Victorian London, Lenox gradually realizes that an old friend may be implicated in the footman's death. Each of the characters are fully drawn with very brief exposition that brings them to life. I think most mystery readers, especially those who like historical or British mysteries or both will like Finch! One thing by which I am very impressed is how, with each book in the series, the characters lives individually grow and develop.
An ok read, but mainly if you've read the previous books in this series. He lives in a quintessential mansion in the most fashionable section of England, equipped with roaring fireplaces, well-stocked drink tables, and stacks of books and maps. The delectable charm and cozy settings inspire lengthy reading sessions as much as the unfolding of the riveting mystery does. Soon a suspect is arrested, but Lenox has his doubts. This may be the most difficult time in Charles Lennox's life. The only thing constant is change.
He must think in terms of 'we', because he's no longer single. When a fellow member of Parliament comes to him asking for help solving the The only thing constant is change. But is winning her freedom worth putting another debutante in mortal danger? The mystery is intriguing, and full of effective twists. Returning from a continental honeymoon with his new wife, Lady Jane, Lenox is asked by a colleague in Parliament to consult in the murder of a footman, bludgeoned to death with a brick. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit.
It is my second book in this series the Charles Lenox Mysteries series by Charles Finch. Olive Belgrave needs a job. In the middle of all that he realizes he can no longer think in terms of 'I'. I would compare this series to the books of Anne Perry--who, I believe has done a slightly more credible job of dialogue from this perspective. Neither of the above is meant to undervalue the plot. He is also learning that marriage is different than living on his own.