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The September Society (2008)

by Charles Finch

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Series: Charles Lenox Mysteries (2)

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The first book didn't quite work for me. After reading this one, though, I am certain it was my fault. A case of wrong timing. I did recognize that at the time too, so there's that. It happens. I may revisit it some time in the future.

The September Society mystery part is very good. It has its twists and turns, strange events and mysterious and bloody beginning. This is not a spoiler since what starts it all is in the prologue itself. The beginning of Lenox's case is in the distant past, in India. The best part is that even though you might think you understand what is going on and even solve parts of the mystery yourself, the resolution probably won't be what you expected.
However, Charles Lenox is not in his element here. He is distracted. He has realized he loves his friend Lady Jane and, every now and then the story is interrupted with his thoughts on marriage, whether she will marry him, who is the man who is visiting her, about his life in general and so on. It was so frustrating seeing all those interrupted opportunities to ask her to marry him.

I liked the story. Even with the distractions, it's pretty good. The September Society also introduces another aristocrat who wants to be a detective. I wouldn't mind reading a Lord John Dallington series at all. I hope he will appear in future books too. ( )
  Aneris | Apr 22, 2017 |
The first book of the series, A Beautiful Blue Death, reminded me of the Wooster and Jeeves books, with a rich and otherwise idle young man and his butler get pulled into intrigues. This book has less of the butler and more of his friend, Dr. McConnell. It was recently discovered that his wife is expecting a baby so there were many cute conversations about possible names. Charles spends most of the book screwing up his courage to ask his long time friend and neighbor, Lady Jane Grey, for her hand in marriage.

Charles Lenox is asked by a distraught mother to help find her missing son, George Payson. Searching his room, Charles finds many baffling clues, including a dead cat, dead by poisoning and stabbing, on top of a note. It turns out that two boys are missing and a club made up of retired military is somehow involved.

I listened to the audio version of this book, ably narrated by James Langton, who had the right balance of British accent. ( )
  mamzel | Apr 3, 2017 |
Fluff. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
I thought this book was a bit boring. I felt the ending was a let down - all this build up and it fell kind of flat. I also found myself completely uninterested in the main character's life. Every time Lady Jane or Toto came into the picture, I was annoyed and considered skipping those portions entirely, but was afraid something integral to the plot might happen and I'd later be confused. Unfortunately, very little to nothing that advanced the plot happened during those interludes. ( )
  AeshaMali | Sep 17, 2016 |
Pretty good mystery. ( )
  debs913 | Apr 2, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312564945, Paperback)

In the small hours of the morning one fall day in 1866, a frantic widow visits detective Charles Lenox. Lady Annabelle’s problem is simple: her beloved son, George, has vanished from his room at Oxford. When Lenox visits his alma mater to investigate he discovers a series of bizarre clues, including a murdered cat and a card cryptically referring to “The September Society.” Then, just as Lenox realizes that the case may be deeper than it appears, a student dies, the victim of foul play.

What could the September Society have to do with it?  What specter, returned from the past, is haunting gentle Oxford? Lenox, with the support of his devoted friends in London’s upper crust, must race to discover the truth before it comes searching for him, and dangerously close to home.

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"In the small hours of the morning one fall day in 1866, a frantic widow visits detective Charles Lenox. Lady Annabelle's problem is simple: her beloved son, George, has vanished from his room at Oxford. When Lenox visits his alma mater to investigate, he discovers a series of bizarre clues, including a murdered cat and a card cryptically referring to the September Society." "Then, just as Lenox realizes that the case may be deeper than it appears, a student dies, the victim of foul play." "What could the September Society have to do with it? What specter, returned from the past, is haunting gentle Oxford? Lenox, with the support of Lady Jane and his other devoted friends in London's upper crust, must race to discover the truth before it comes searching for him, and dangerously close to home."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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