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A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lennox Mysteries)


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ISBN13: 9780312386078
ISBN10: 0312386079
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Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery.

Prudence Smith, one of Janes former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The grand house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prue had dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by the motive for the girls death.

When another body turns up during the London seasons most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence Smith? Or was it something else entirely? And can Lenox find the answer before the killer strikes again—this time, disturbingly close to home?

About the Author

Charles Finch is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. His first novel, A Beautiful Blue Death, was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007, one of only five mystery novels on the list. He lives in New York.

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leiah, September 25, 2015 (view all comments by leiah)
1865. While the US is enjoying the end of the Civil War, in London the Liberals take over Parliament in the form of Lord Palmerston, who died that same year leaving Lord John Russell as Prime Minister. And Lady Jane Grey has sent a note to her platonic love, Charles Lenox.


Would you come over before supper, perhaps at a little past six o’clock? Something has happened. Do come, Charles.
Yours, faithfully,

What follows is a tale of mystery, politics, society and the upper-crust formality for which the Victorian period is so well known. Lenox is no Lord Peter Whimsey �" he is much more reserved, his intelligence sharp, but quieter and more reserved.

This is very much a “Victorian Cozy” mystery, with interesting characters and a landscape that pulls you into the sights, scents and sounds of Victorian London. Honestly, I requested the book by mistake, as I wouldn’t normally read a historical (it simply isn’t my genre) but I still enjoyed it.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.
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Bookwomyn, June 25, 2010 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
The detective in this book is along the lines of a Sherlock Holmes without all the hoopla. I enjoyed the book a lot. It's perfect for a bedtime book ... nothing to get one too upset or even too enthralled so as to spoil the sleep but interesting enough to keep a person reading til the eyes grow heavy. I liked it.
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Kristen M, May 26, 2010 (view all comments by Kristen M)
This was not a very suspenseful mystery but it was smart and Charles Lenox and his friends and family are very likeable characters. I will definitely read the second book in this series, The September Society. There is a hint of a romance brewing that I need to follow!
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Product Details

Finch, Charles
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Private investigators
Women domestics
Mystery & Detective - General
Historical fiction
Mystery fiction
Detective/Traditional British
Mystery-A to Z
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Charles Lenox Mysteries
Series Volume:
No. 1
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8.3 x 5.45 x 0.89 in

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