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A Death in the Small Hours (Charles Lenox Mysteries) (edition 2012)

by Charles Finch

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Title:A Death in the Small Hours (Charles Lenox Mysteries)
Authors:Charles Finch
Info:Minotaur Books (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Blog Review, Mystery / Suspense / Thriller, Your library

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Not as good as some of the earlier entries in the series. The plot moves too quickly through the murder mystery itself while dwelling too much on the unimportant parts. ( )
  casvelyn | Feb 25, 2016 |

As usual Charles Finch writes an interesting detective story set in Victorian England.... His detective, now member of Parliament Charles Lennox is a gentleman of distinction, recently married t his best friend Lady Jane & now father of the baby Sophia. Unlike Victorian parents, they spend as much time as possible with Sophia.

The story is set mostly in the countryside @ the estate of Charles's rather older cousin Freddy. Freddy has called Charles in to investigate a series of vandalism & theft in the small town.... While there a murder of one of the local police occurs..... Twists & turns throughout the story and the crime is mostly solved by 3/4 through.....

It is well written but slow in places and Finch writes his books for both men & women to enjoy.

What didn't work for me:

* Lady Jane's machinations of matchmaking.....

* The mention that John Dallington (Charles's protege) was in the investigation of the 1875 Waugh murder @ The Priory.... It seems it was merely mentioned in passing then ignored and could well have been omitted.... (see "Death at the Priory: Love, Sex, and Murder in Victorian England" by James Ruddick)

* We never got to know the murder victim, a cousin of Constable and a Jr. Policeman himself. It seems he was just there to be a "body". ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
A little drawn out.
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
Synopsis: Charles has been asked to give a speech on the opening of Parliament, and he can't get a moment alone to write it what with all of the members wanting him to promote their views. Luckily, his cousin, Freddie, has invited him to the country. Charles and family arrive and he is immediately plunged into a mystery regarding the vandalizing of two shops and a church. The mystery grows and Charles eventually solves it.
Review: This was a convoluted story with a rather unsatisfying conclusion in that the villains are never really captured. However, it's a good story that kept me interested throughout. ( )
  DrLed | Jan 4, 2016 |
A return to form after the weakness of the previous book in the series. ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 21, 2014 |
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This book is dedicated with great love to three people:
Charles Baker,1920-1996
Angela Havens Finch,1920-2001
William Payson Finch, 1956-1999
until we die we will remember every
single thing, recall every word, love every

loss: then we will, as we must, leave it to
others to love, love that can grow brighter

and deeper till the very end, gaining strength
and getting more precious all the way
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Visiting his uncle's estate in Somerset for what he hopes will be a quiet working vacation, politician and new father Charles Lenox investigates a series of seemingly small acts of vandalism only to uncover a sinister plot by an adversary who may be targeting someone Lenox loves.… (more)

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