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A Beautiful Blue Death (2007)

by Charles Finch

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Series: Charles Lenox Mysteries (1)

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Synopsis: Victorian gentleman, Charles Lenox, is an amateur sleuth offering his talents equally to the poor and the rich. In this first novel he must solve the murder of a maid and of a member of parliament. He is, by turns, respected, beaten, cajoled and repudiated.
Review: Set in nineteenth century England, this book harkens back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and, more recently, PD James. ( )
  DrLed | Mar 2, 2014 |
Another series I'm going to keep up with. I do like historical mysteries. ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 21, 2014 |
Lenox is a confirmed bachelor of aristocratic background who works as a private investigator in 1860's London. When a former maid of his friend, Lady Jane, is found poisoned, he sets out to find the murderer. The investigation is complicated by a second murder, and it takes him a while to figure it all out. Lenox is a likable main character, and I enjoyed the audio narration by James Langton. ( )
  flightsafancy | Feb 2, 2014 |
What a wonderful book this was to cozy up with on a cold, blustery day!

Charles Lennox uses his deductive reasoning skills (slightly reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes) and social graces to get to the heart of a mystery that has a nice surprise ending. The sincere desire of Lenox to get to the truth without overstepping any of the dictates set by social decorum add a nice tension to an already absorbing plot.

Charles Finch has a particularly enjoyable way of folding London's history into a great mystery with lively characters and great twists without "showing off" his research, as some historical fiction are wont to do.

The fact that Big Ben has only recently been built and the current political climate of the day are simply observations made by the emminently likeable and affable Lenox make both London and Lenox eminently likable.

It is also through Lenox that Finch gracefully displays the disparity of London's social pecking order, contrasting Lenox's titled, independantly wealthy status with his servants' (and the servant who is killed in the book) lifestyles. ( )
  Shutzie27 | Feb 2, 2014 |
So far so good - delightful romp through a Sherlockian mystery, complete with helpful butlers and attractive widows. Interesting poison, too. The book could have done with some better editing - the author takes us on little asides that don't contribute to the story and often I was left wondering why I was taken on the journey. The characters are likeable and comfortable to spend time with; the mystery is the usual incompetent cops/ competent amateur style; the crime somewhat muddy but perhaps this is because I've been reading it late at night before going to bed. No nightmares caused. Suitable for a younger reader who isn't interested in sex or gore but likes mysteries. Light love interest, pure and chaste from afar. ( )
  Dabble58 | Jan 1, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312386079, Paperback)

Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery.

Prudence Smith, one of Jane’s former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The grand house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prue had dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by the motive for the girl’s death.

When another body turns up during the London season’s most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence Smith? Or was it something else entirely? And can Lenox find the answer before the killer strikes again—this time, disturbingly close to home?

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When his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help in solving the apparent suicide of one of Jane's former servants,Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer Charles Lenox is on the case. When another body turns up during the London season's most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities.… (more)

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