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The September Society (2008)

by Charles Finch

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Series: Charles Lenox Mysteries (2)

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Synopsis: Two young men have disappeared from Oxford and one has been found murdered. Lenox begins to investigate and is drawn into an older mystery that occurred in India. Lady Jane has a mystery of her own that involves a tall man entering and leaving her house regularly.
Review: Good story, although it moves very slowly ~ as do most stories set in this time period. ( )
  DrLed | Oct 2, 2014 |
I simply adore historical mysteries and the world that Finch evokes in his Charles Lenox series is really well done. It takes a while in the story to pin down the date and Finch does it very well by having Lenox read a newspaper article about the search for John Surratt in the wake of Lincoln's death.

Lenox is a gentleman based in London but much of the action in this mystery is in Oxford with a connection to prior events which happened in India. In fact, the mystery hinges on a society made up of officers who previously served in India, the September Society. There is a murder and plenty of people with their own motivation for keeping secrets hidden.

A well written story with a likeable detective, a bit of romance, and action which takes the reader back to London and Oxford in the mid 1800s and to the British in India a few decades prior to that.
  Familyhistorian | Sep 21, 2014 |
Another visit with Charles Lennox, Lady Jane, Graham, Toto, McConnell and Edward. Very satisfying. Lady Annabelle's son has gone missing, and she asks Charles to investigate because she doesn't think the police will take her seriously. Listening to her story and seeing the son's rooms, Charles is intrigued enough to take the case, along with his nostalgia for Oxford.
Also, Charles spends the book trying to get up the nerve to ask Lady Jane to marry him, which got a bit tedious. He was a little wimpy and wishy-washy about it. But all's well that end's well.
On the whole an enjoyable addition to the series, and I look forward to reading more of them. ( )
  mitchma | May 31, 2014 |
the mystery was just ok, but the atmosphere is good. ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 6, 2014 |
This second installment in the Charles Lennox series is as delightful as the first.

Charles Finch once again masterfully weaves impeccable historical research, full, rich characters and an intriguing mystery into an enveloping story that takes the reader back to Lenox's almer mater, Oxford.

Even better, it is Oxford in the fall, so Lenox doesn't mind too much when a student's mother frantically knocks on his door early one morning to report that her son is missing.

At first Lenox is confident the student will be found, until he reaches the room in which he finds, among other strange things, a white cat stabbed with a letter opener hiding a cryptic note underneath and a card simply stating "The Septemeber Society." It isn't long before it is clear that something old and dangerous has been stirring among the ghosts of Oxford's past.

With his faithful manservant's help, Lenox manages to investigate a mystery that takes him to the depths and heights of English society, and just about everywhere in between. Sharp, unafraid to take risks, but never hurried, Lenox solves mysteries in a calm, gentlemanly manner that nonetheless keeps the wire of suspense taut. ( )
  Shutzie27 | Feb 2, 2014 |
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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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