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A Stranger in Mayfair (Charles Lenox…

A Stranger in Mayfair (Charles Lenox Mysteries) (edition 2011)

by Charles Finch (Author)

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Title:A Stranger in Mayfair (Charles Lenox Mysteries)
Authors:Charles Finch (Author)
Info:Minotaur Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages

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Back from his honeymoon, Charles Lenox is asked to look into the murder of footman Frederick Clarke. He undertakes the case along with his protege John Dallington. The McConnell's baby is finally born, causing both Charles and his wife to consider possibly adding to their own family. There was a lot more politics in this book as Charles takes his position in Parliament. I wouldn't have minded if there was a purpose, but none of the political threads were followed to any conclusion. Still, I enjoyed it and will look forward to the next in the series. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
This volume in the series didn't interest me as much as the others have. ( )
  rlsalvati | Jul 5, 2016 |
I like this series a lot, though I don't feel this was his strongest effort. Funny thing is, Finch includes so much inner-monologue and sub-plot that I could see him doing a novel about these characters that wasn't a mystery!

His mystery plotting is pretty by the book cosy kind of writing, nothing outlandish... very much a throwback in every way. Can't wait for next year. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Feb 1, 2016 |
Synopsis: Charles and Jane are just back from a wonderful honeymoon and now Charles must face going to 'work' in the House of Commons. As this new job begins, one of the House members approaches Charles about the murder of his footman. Charles is torn between the murder and preparing for the House. Toto has her child and Jane is concerned about having children of her own.
Review: Well written but with the murderer obvious about two-thirds of the way through the book if you weren't a 19th century male. The motive became apparent a bit later in the book. In any case, the reader is left wondering if the series will continue for many more books or if the main character will be placed in politics instead. ( )
  DrLed | Aug 28, 2015 |
Our detective, Charles Lenox, has had some changes in his life since the last book in this series. "A Stranger in Mayfair" starts out in Paris where Charles and Lady Jane are enjoying their honeymoon. Soon it is time to head back home to London where Charles will take up his new duties as a Member of Parliament.

Charles means to take his new job seriously and spend little time detecting but even before he has a chance to take up his new career a fellow peer is asking for his help to find out who has murdered his footman. Lenox tries to pass the mystery off to his apprentice, Dallington, but he is intrigued all the same. The man who asked for Lenox’s help then tries to call him off, even more intriguing.

The reader is taken from parliament to Newgate and into a gentleman’s sparring salon giving us a flavour of London in the latter part of the 1800’s. Society was very class conscience at this time and nowhere more so than in the domestic scene. The houses of gentle folk were peopled by maids, butlers and footmen but even servants are human and may not be just what they seem. "A Stranger in Mayfair" seems a darker and more dangerous mystery than the previous ones in the series because Lenox and Dallington must uncover domestic secrets to find the murderer, putting their lives on the line.
  Familyhistorian | Sep 21, 2014 |
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Charles Lenox, the gentleman detective, is now a member of Parliament. He just wants to focus on his new duties, including the preparation of his maiden speech. He is also settling into married life with Lady Jane Grey. Matters become more complicated when an old friend and fellow MP, Ludovic Starling, asks him to launch a discreet investigation into the death of one of his servants. With his assistants, John Dallington and Thomas McConnell, helping out, Lenox tries his best to balance his new political duties with the investigation. As he prowls through the pubs, boxing clubs, and servants’ quarters of Victorian London, he discovers some very dark secrets and finds himself in danger from a killer who is willing to strike again to keep him quiet.
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Investigating the murder of a footman whose death is complicated by a false identity and unsettling facts about the victim's employers, Detective Lenox pursues a series of leads only to discover that an old friend may be involved.

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