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A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

A Beautiful Blue Death (2007)

by Charles Finch

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Series: Charles Lenox Mysteries (1)

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For some reason this book didn't grab me the way I expected. It could mean that my first and only reading slump isn't over or that this was simply a miss for me (which is strange because I like this genre). Whatever the reason, I found the characters' conversations annoying and some of ordinary things the protagonist does are way too detailed (having tea, breakfast and such).
Still, take this with a grain of salt. For now it was simply an okay story. I might return to this book when I am in better mood for it. This doesn't mean I'll give up on the series though. ( )
  Aneris | Apr 22, 2017 |
An upper-class gentleman makes a hobby of solving crimes. The death of a maid in the mansion of the head of the mint seems like a suicide. But the rare poison used makes this unlikely. After many false leads the solution is found. Good on atmosphere of Victorian era. One does tire of the cliche of incompetent police blocking investigation by brilliant amateur.
  ritaer | Apr 19, 2017 |
If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes, this series may be for you. The first title in Finch's British-set Mystery series introduces Victorian gentleman and amateur sleuth Charles Lenox.

This book takes place in Victorian England and is the first of a 10 book series. It is available large print and audio from Overdrive also. The current book is on the best seller list, "The Inheritance," and is a great read.

This series takes place in Victorian times, in London. The author is currently on book 10, so there are more books if you like this author. A great mystery!
  mcmlsbookbutler | Dec 30, 2016 |
I enjoyed the characters in the story, but found the writing and the mystery lacking. I probably liked the characters because they were similar to Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey. We had the 2nd son in a titled family with nothing much to do with his time other then solve puzzles", a butler much like a friend who helps solve the mysteries, and friends who buck the traditional rules of society (the Scottish doctor and the BFF who is a woman). However I didn't find the writing or the mystery as interesting as Sayers' prose. The storylines dragged on at points and I kind of got sick of hearing about the boots. I also didn't like how Finch skipped back and forth in time to reveal the ending to the mystery. However, I liked the characters enough to read at least one more book in the series to give the author another chance to establish his writing style in this series." ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
I'm loving this book - the setting is ideal - London, in the mid-1800's, Christmas time, in the affluent society circle - the main character's favourite place is his library, with the fireplace and tons of books with tea. Aaah, now that is my nirvana.

Hope that there are many more by Charles Finch to come. ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
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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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