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Home by Nightfall by Charles Finch

Home by Nightfall

by Charles Finch

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In 1876 London, a famous pianist disappears, but the disappearance is entangled with captivating twists and turns, and more than one murder must be solved.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Nov 12, 2016 |
Great period detail and a meandering plot as Charles and his detective agency stay afloat. Charles is consoling his widowed brother and solving mysteries in his Yorkshire village as well as figuring out the disappearance of a German pianist in London. Afraid I lost the thread of what happened to the pianist. ( )
  pennykaplan | Jun 24, 2016 |
A wide-ranging plot makes this "Home by Nightfall" novel a labyrinth to navigate as a reader. Finch has so many villagers to bring in, and so many different challenges for his detective, Charles Lenox, that it becomes a chore to list them all. There is a leak in the Detective Agency, there is a requirement for doing a lot of stress remediation for the detective's brother Edmund, there is a horse thief, there are missing items stolen, recalcitrant school-skippers, raped assistants to the mayor in the country village of Lenox estate ... a virtual women's circle of victims, there are fraudulent insurance claims being dangled, stolen items from the insurer's home, a gardener who is willing to take the blame for his daughter's doings, chalk-sketched images of a truly suffering crying woman etched on doorsteps, a country cottage occupied by a wandering vagrant who is up to something, and a German pianist named Mueller hidden in London after being charged with murder. The book was written with vigor at a pace that mimicked the average day experienced in the NYPD instead of the events at a 19th Century homestead. This novel has a lot to recommend it, but I think I wish I could have taken on these rapid scenarios with a bit of nerve tonic. Not for the reader who likes to savor obvious straight line of plot development, or enjoy a cozy mystery. ( )
  darcette | Apr 25, 2016 |
One of my favorite Charles Lennox mysteries. Finch takes a chance here by writing in two simultaneous mysteries happening a hundred miles away from each other. Nice job. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Dec 10, 2015 |
It’s 1876. Our hero Charles Lenox is torn between two locales. In London, his detective agency is going through a rough patch, with a rival agency being asked to assist the London coppers in finding a missing pianist. But in Sussex, Charles’s older brother Edmund is grieving the sudden passing of his wife – and both his sons are away and unaware of their mother’s death.

Charles decides to stay with his brother for a time in their childhood home, Lenox House, where Sir Edmund is lord of the manor. After all, Charles can stay in touch with his agency partners via telegraph and return by rail quickly if needed.

In the village of Clavering, there are strange doings – nothing major, but the local cops are stymied. A local insurance agent knows someone has been in his house but he can’t find anything missing. But others in town are noticing thefts of small items. It’s a great opportunity for Charles and Edmund to bond and to have Edmund occupied with something other than thoughts of his late wife. So the brother-sleuths are on the case. Meanwhile in London things are going from bad to worse.

This is a wonderful historical mystery series and Home by Nightfall may be the best one yet. Readers will be able to figure out what’s going on fairly early, but there are details to work out and that’s the fun of this book. Charles Finch has a knack for moving his hero around geographically, so he doesn’t get too tied to one place. One book was almost entirely set on sea with Lenox away from his family. Another was very family- and London-centered. Mixing it up like that makes sure the series doesn’t get stale. ( )
  NewsieQ | Nov 29, 2015 |
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This book is dedicated to Dennis Popp and Linda Bock, with love, gratitude, and affection.
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It was a blustery London morning in the autumn of 1876, wind and rain heavy in the trees lining Chancery Lane, and here, damn it all, stood before Charles Lenox something that nobody should have to tolerate before breakfast: a beaming Frenchman.
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"It's London in 1876, and the whole city is abuzz with the enigmatic disappearance of a famous foreign pianist. Lenox has an eye on the matter - as a partner in a now-thriving detective agency, he's a natural choice to investigate. Just when he's tempted to turn his focus to it entirely, however, his grieving brother asks him to come down to Sussex, and Lenox leaves the metropolis behind for the quieter country life of his boyhood. Or so he thinks. In fact, something strange is afoot in Markethouse: small thefts, books, blankets, animals, and more alarmingly a break-in at the house of a local insurance agent. As he and his brother investigate this small accumulation of mysteries, Lenox realizes that something very strange and serious indeed may be happening, more than just local mischief. Soon, he's racing to solve two cases at once, one in London and one in the country, before either turns deadly. Blending Charles Finch's trademark wit, elegance, and depth of research, this new mystery, equal parts Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, may be the finest in the series"--… (more)

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