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  1. Cherie Cherie says:

    I think the mystery in this book is my favorit part of the series, so far I loved the setting, out in the country at Uncle Freddy s estate Charles had been elected to give the opening speach in Parliament when it started up, and Charles spent time writing his speach in between trying to solve the robberies and then a murder that happens in the small town near his Uncles s estate He was muchthe detective in this one, and muchactive riding each day and taking long walks around the I think the mystery in this book is my favorit part of the series, so far I loved the setting, out in the country at Uncle Freddy s estate Charles had been elected to give the opening speach in Parliament when it started up, and Charles spent time writing his speach in between trying to solve the robberies and then a murder that happens in the small town near his Uncles s estate He was muchthe detective in this one, and muchactive riding each day and taking long walks around the countryside persuing clues and intereviewing people I missed Graham he had stayed in London, but baby Sopie was too cute It was interesting how Lady Jane and Charles both tiptoed around trying not to make the Nanny upset How they gave her so much power over the baby.There was a cricket match played and I loved hearing about the long standing fued between in the little town over which pub would win and who had the best batters The wives of the players all came together to provide food and tea gallons of it for the players when the first team finally batted out I did not understand it all, but it was fun to listen to.Another surprise ending, and not the one I had thought all along Even a little temper shown by Lady Jane McConnell and his wife Toto have been seperated again, but we did not get to see much of them Even John Dallington was mostly missing I am looking forward to hearing the next story So much has happened over the last four years Where is it all going to go


  2. LJ LJ says:

    First Sentence Charles Lenox sat in the study of his town house at Hampden Lane that small, shop lined street off Grosvenor Place where he had passed most of his adult life and sifted through the papers that had accumulated upon his desk, as they would, inevitably, when one became a Member of Parliament Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman, former private investigator, is now married, a new father and a Member of Parliament He has been given the huge honor of giving the upcoming session s openi First Sentence Charles Lenox sat in the study of his town house at Hampden Lane that small, shop lined street off Grosvenor Place where he had passed most of his adult life and sifted through the papers that had accumulated upon his desk, as they would, inevitably, when one became a Member of Parliament Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman, former private investigator, is now married, a new father and a Member of Parliament He has been given the huge honor of giving the upcoming session s opening speech To prepare, he takes the family off for a few quiet weeks at his uncle s estate in Somerset The stay is less restful than planned when he is asked to help investigate a couple strange cases of vandalism Calm is truly shattered when a murder occurs Mr Finch does an wonderful job of conveying the Victorian period of 1874 through details of social customs, such as soul caking, and the formality of speech It s an eligible sort of room Even though Jane Austen wrote during the Regency Period, Finch s voice has a very similar feel to it The historical details are seamlessly woven into the story and provide a look at the changes wrought by the Reform Act of 1832 Yet, in spite of a conversation related to the appropriate sherry, the story is not exclusively set in the drawing room of a wealthy Finch incorporates people and places of every level of the social strata, from large cities to a small village, and to the back alley taverns of the lost The character, Charles, is intelligent and a good judge of the best way in which to approach various suspects He respects the new scientific and procedural methods now being used by the police However, he fears they re relying too much on those methods and becoming less flexible and intuitive He cares about those around him, particularly John Dallington, a young man he trained in investigation who became lost to drink I also appreciated that he questions his new role in politics and admits to missing his old role as an investigator It s that introspectiveness that makes him a very human character The plot is very solid, in spite of a couple completely unnecessary portents There s good suspense and a break neck ride I particularly liked What I most appreciated was that you know the outcome of each of the characters good, bad and peripheral A Death in the Small Hours is a near excellent points off for the portents read and a likewise wonderful series whose characters have grown and developed with each book A DEATH IN THE SMALL HOURS Hist Mys Charles Lenox England 1874 VG Finch, Charles Minotaur Books, 2012


  3. Kate Baxter Kate Baxter says:

    If you enjoy smartly written historical mysteries, then the Charles Lenox Mystery series may be just the one for you Finch writes prose exquisitely with an eye to every detail It is a pleasure reading his scenic descriptions as much as delving into the details of the mysteries themselves The banter among characters is absolutely delightful and it eases the tension of the grizzly parts of the stories.This sixth book in series follows shortly in time after the conclusion of book five It appear If you enjoy smartly written historical mysteries, then the Charles Lenox Mystery series may be just the one for you Finch writes prose exquisitely with an eye to every detail It is a pleasure reading his scenic descriptions as much as delving into the details of the mysteries themselves The banter among characters is absolutely delightful and it eases the tension of the grizzly parts of the stories.This sixth book in series follows shortly in time after the conclusion of book five It appears to be early fall of 1874, London and Somerset, U.K Charles has been asked to open the speeches of Parliament at their upcoming session It s a tremendous honor for this rising member His older brother Edmund recommends heading to the country to allow Charles to focus without distraction on the writing of his speech As it happens, their Uncle Frederick, of their mother s side of the family, had invited Charles, his wife and infant daughter to join him at his Everley country estate in Somerset Within a postscript on the invitation, Uncle Frederick, as an enticement knowing of Charles passion for detective work , asks Charles to consider looking into acts of vandalism occurring in the nearby village of Plumbley Now, how could Charles say no to that So, it was off to Somerset they went, with nursemaid in tow Surely, the mystery in this book is not just about the vandalism in Plumbley, you may ask As it happens, a murder does occur on the village green, which may or may not be related to the other crimes Protagonist Charles Lenox is in his element He had sorely missed his old profession of being a discrete private detective, as Parliament holds all of his attention these days Here was an opportunity laid at his feet to refresh his deductive skills and do what he loved to do.This was a most enjoyable read and I eagerly look forward to reading the next book in series, An Old Betrayal


  4. Laurie Ann Silberman Laurie Ann Silberman says:

    Didn t enjoy this book as much as previous books There is a continuing theme that the main character misses his detective work but continues down the path of Parliament because he feels he owes it to his friend, family and country Sometimes I get impatient with the character He s rich and a gentleman and he has a gift he is squandering It feels like he is constantly in mourning for what used to be This overshadowed the plot for me and I was disappointed that in the end he elected to conti Didn t enjoy this book as much as previous books There is a continuing theme that the main character misses his detective work but continues down the path of Parliament because he feels he owes it to his friend, family and country Sometimes I get impatient with the character He s rich and a gentleman and he has a gift he is squandering It feels like he is constantly in mourning for what used to be This overshadowed the plot for me and I was disappointed that in the end he elected to continue down the path he has created based on the expectations of others


  5. Arianna Arianna says:

    www.shelfnotes.comDear Reader,I was thoroughly charmed by this quintessentially English book I don t often read books which are part of a series, particularly not books which are several into a series, but this mystery novel stood quite well on its own Apart from a few allusions which I believe were inserted for the series loyal followers, I didn t feel like I was missing out on anything by starting on book six of the Charles Lenox mysteries Perhaps that had to do with the setting of the boo www.shelfnotes.comDear Reader,I was thoroughly charmed by this quintessentially English book I don t often read books which are part of a series, particularly not books which are several into a series, but this mystery novel stood quite well on its own Apart from a few allusions which I believe were inserted for the series loyal followers, I didn t feel like I was missing out on anything by starting on book six of the Charles Lenox mysteries Perhaps that had to do with the setting of the book, which took place largely away from Lenox s London home I enjoyed the English countryside mystery novel the whole thing recalled to me the feeling I had when reading The Hound of the Baskervilles I enjoyed the small town characters which Finch painted in vivid colors Everyone had a strikingly unique personality, while also being quite immersed in village life.One of my favorite aspects of the book was, oddly, the relationship which Lenox had with Sadie Who was Sadie, you ask Why, his cousin s horse, of course Seriously, though, you could tell Finch had a fondness for Sadie as he wrote quite at length about her And she was, in many ways, one of the heroes of the story Learning the true identity of the murderer in the middle of the book really threw me for a loop I am so used to detective stories which present the Big Reveal, and thus the denouement And yet this story felt like it should have been finished halfway through However, Finch wasn t nearly done yet And I thought that wonderful, because there WAS so muchto reveal many small mysteries played themselves out during the rest of the book and some big ones, as well All in all, a very enjoyable diversion of a book Highly recommended for those who are Sherlock Holmes fans Oh, and there is nothing, absolutely nothing, scary about this book Not in the least For those who might shy from spooky murder mysteries It s all quite pleasant and civil and upbeat Despite the murderYours,Arianna


  6. Villager Villager says:

    I remain a fan of this unique detective series featuring a culture and a hero that has absolutely nothing to do with my experiences as a Black man in America The hero of these mystery novels is Charles Lenox member of Parliament in England s Victorian era This particular episode has our hero in one of his favorite childhood estates think Downton Abbey setting trying to get some quiet time to right an important speech and trying to solve a local village series of crimes that ends up I remain a fan of this unique detective series featuring a culture and a hero that has absolutely nothing to do with my experiences as a Black man in America The hero of these mystery novels is Charles Lenox member of Parliament in England s Victorian era This particular episode has our hero in one of his favorite childhood estates think Downton Abbey setting trying to get some quiet time to right an important speech and trying to solve a local village series of crimes that ends up resulting in murder, kidnapping and other villainy Goes without saying that our hero finds a way to solve the mystery And that probably explains why I enjoy the series so much The plots are intriguing and keep you turning the pages to see what happens Also, when you read a series you become connected to the various recurring characters and we seedevelopment of some of these characters.Finally, the biggest thing I got from this book It explained the European game of cricket I ve NEVER understood that game until reading this book I guess I may actually watch a cricket match are they called matches one day Adding it to my bucket list I recommend this book if you enjoy mystery or if you enjoy learningabout Victorian era in England or if you wonder what the heck is up with that cricket game


  7. Kirsten Kirsten says:

    After the lead up in this book, I was wondering if Charles, Jane, et al, had to leave town because they ran out of scones This is another great mystery starring everyone s favorite MP, Charles Lenox He has to go out of town to prepare a speech apparently all the other MPs show up at his house with ideas to go in the speech and, of course, murder ensues What s a retired semi detective to do So, off he goes to Somerset, complete with wife, infant daughter, 2 dogs, a governess, and probab After the lead up in this book, I was wondering if Charles, Jane, et al, had to leave town because they ran out of scones This is another great mystery starring everyone s favorite MP, Charles Lenox He has to go out of town to prepare a speech apparently all the other MPs show up at his house with ideas to go in the speech and, of course, murder ensues What s a retired semi detective to do So, off he goes to Somerset, complete with wife, infant daughter, 2 dogs, a governess, and probably a a ladies maid and a valet who knows


  8. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    Charles and Lady Jane spend some time away from London and Parliament They are in Somerset with Charles cousin Freddy This was a scrumptious adventure, filled with precise traditions, town peoples foibles, all kinds of vandalism and misplaced loot or evidence And yet it was at the same time, extremely warm The Lenox baby daughter, Sophia, making it evenso Adjusting to a baby, little quarrels, and the conflicts of work Even in the the Victorian period, the town versus country argume Charles and Lady Jane spend some time away from London and Parliament They are in Somerset with Charles cousin Freddy This was a scrumptious adventure, filled with precise traditions, town peoples foibles, all kinds of vandalism and misplaced loot or evidence And yet it was at the same time, extremely warm The Lenox baby daughter, Sophia, making it evenso Adjusting to a baby, little quarrels, and the conflicts of work Even in the the Victorian period, the town versus country argument also enticing to the answers Or who getstime the family or the career This series was somewhat cozy and I thought super mild, possibly overly so But theI ve read of it, the better I like it Not so much simplicity in parsing to both the best of family or community, but rather that point is set in the primary Secondary being the mystery angle or crux of oppositions or the worst the criminal, cruel or merely non fit for their own purposes or enhancements This 6 was entirely enjoyable, it never dragged And the length was needed, because there are really duo plots and layers of reveal beyond the original crimes So many tidbits I never knew told along the way Like the tradition of leaving buns wrapped in brown paper sealed with black wax, left in the pews for the villagers upon the funeral service of a lord or master of the manor lodge And the magistrate judge structure for the small towns Who was held for inquiry or trial and for what Especially for the local teenage bad boys Consequence the sentences of punishments for their expensive pranks or foolishness Send them out to muck the gardens And who is second in command as a kind of under sheriff Of course the head gardener I ll be readingof these, for sure Charles and Jane really fit for the era They are Victorians


  9. Sharon Sharon says:

    I enjoy this series a lot It got off to a great start, but one or two in the middle were a little weaker The one before this was better, and this one is back to being as good as the original The character development is stronger in this one than in the weaker ones In this story, Charles Lenox s political career is taking off, and to escape from London for a while, he visits a relative out in the country While there, he gets pulled into a local mystery, which turn, ultimately, into murder I enjoy this series a lot It got off to a great start, but one or two in the middle were a little weaker The one before this was better, and this one is back to being as good as the original The character development is stronger in this one than in the weaker ones In this story, Charles Lenox s political career is taking off, and to escape from London for a while, he visits a relative out in the country While there, he gets pulled into a local mystery, which turn, ultimately, into murder One of my complaints of the earlier books in this series is that the character development of the women in particular was very weak In this book, the women cometo life, and participate in lifeI would still enjoy seeing them engage their mindsWomen of that era did, in fact, do so Look at Queen Victoria herself One of my favorite women of history is Jane Adams She was certainly no angry feminist, but she was a thoughtful, informed woman who engaged her husband intellectually, as well as emotionally Lady Jane appears to be of a similar mindset, and yet, all she does is plan parties and ask her husband if he is feeling alright I would like to see this author expand and grow his female characters His male characters tend to be well rounded I find this is a frequent problem with many male authors, though not all They tend to not understand women, or how their minds work Even women in that gentler time, had active and inquisitive brains


  10. Danielle Gonzalez Danielle Gonzalez says:

    This was another intriguing mystery for Charles Lenox He is asked to deliver the opening speech for the House of Commons While he struggles to determine what he wants to say, he receives an invitation to visit his Uncle in the country He decides that would be the perfect place to relax and clear his mind for his speech writing However, once he arrives, he finds there have been strange vandalisms that then lead to murder Charles is able to put together all of the random pieces to find the co This was another intriguing mystery for Charles Lenox He is asked to deliver the opening speech for the House of Commons While he struggles to determine what he wants to say, he receives an invitation to visit his Uncle in the country He decides that would be the perfect place to relax and clear his mind for his speech writing However, once he arrives, he finds there have been strange vandalisms that then lead to murder Charles is able to put together all of the random pieces to find the connection I enjoyed meeting the character of his Uncle, and perhaps he will show up a littlein the future However, as I ve mentioned in previous reviews, I miss some of the previous characters This did not really include Graham, or even his best friend Thomas But, still interesting characters and good mystery


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A Death in the Small Hours [PDF / Epub] ☀ A Death in the Small Hours Author Charles Finch – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk From Charles Finch, the critically acclaimed author of A Beautiful Blue Death and A Burial at Sea, comes A Death in the Small Hours an intriguing new mystery in what The New York Times calls a beguili in the PDF/EPUB À From Charles Finch, the critically acclaimed author of A Beautiful Blue Death and A Death PDF or A Burial at Sea, comes A Death in the Small Hours an intriguing new Death in the Kindle Ð mystery in what The New York Times calls a beguiling series Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father His days of regularly investigating the crimes of Victorian London now some years behind him, he plans a trip to his uncle s estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops broken windows, minor thefts, threatening scrawlsOnly when a far serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley Now, with his protege, John Dallington, at his side, the race is on for Lenox to find the culprit before he strikes again And this time his victim may be someone that Lenox loves.

    A Death in the Small Hours PDF/EPUB ↠ Death in the at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father His days of regularly investigating the crimes of Victorian London now some years behind him, he plans a trip to his uncle s estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops broken windows, minor thefts, threatening scrawlsOnly when a far serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley Now, with his protege, John Dallington, at his side, the race is on for Lenox to find the culprit before he strikes again And this time his victim may be someone that Lenox loves."/>
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in the PDF/EPUB À Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name A Death PDF or See this thread forinformation My name is Charles Finch welcome I m the author Death in the Kindle Ð of the Charles Lenox series of historical mysteries, as well as a recent novel about expatriate life in Oxford, THE LAST ENCHANTMENTS I also write book reviews for the New York Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune and essays in many different placesLike most people on this website, I m a huge reader My taste is all over the place, though I tend to really like literary and mystery fiction Some of my favorite writers George Orwell, Henry Green, Dick Francis, Anthony Trollope, David Lodge, PG Wodehouse, Bill Bryson, Roberto Bolano, Jonathan Franzen, Shirley Hazzard, Leo Tolstoy, AR Ammons, Philip Larkin, Edgar Bowers, Laurent Binet, Laurie Colwin, Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Philip Roth, Henrik Ibsen, Geoff Dyer, the list could go foreverA bit about myself I was born in New York City, and since then I ve lived all over the place, in America, England, Franceat the moment I m in Chicago, where I just recently moved I spend most of my time here writing, reading, walking my dog, and trying not to let my ears freeze offYou can find me on Facebook facebook charlesfinchauthor where my reader are always giving fantastic book reviews, or Twitter twitter charlesfinch which I don t like quite as much, though it s okay I ll also try to blog here Please let me know what I m doing wrong, since I have remedial goodreads skills.


10 thoughts on “A Death in the Small Hours

  1. Cherie Cherie says:

    I think the mystery in this book is my favorit part of the series, so far I loved the setting, out in the country at Uncle Freddy s estate Charles had been elected to give the opening speach in Parliament when it started up, and Charles spent time writing his speach in between trying to solve the robberies and then a murder that happens in the small town near his Uncles s estate He was muchthe detective in this one, and muchactive riding each day and taking long walks around the I think the mystery in this book is my favorit part of the series, so far I loved the setting, out in the country at Uncle Freddy s estate Charles had been elected to give the opening speach in Parliament when it started up, and Charles spent time writing his speach in between trying to solve the robberies and then a murder that happens in the small town near his Uncles s estate He was muchthe detective in this one, and muchactive riding each day and taking long walks around the countryside persuing clues and intereviewing people I missed Graham he had stayed in London, but baby Sopie was too cute It was interesting how Lady Jane and Charles both tiptoed around trying not to make the Nanny upset How they gave her so much power over the baby.There was a cricket match played and I loved hearing about the long standing fued between in the little town over which pub would win and who had the best batters The wives of the players all came together to provide food and tea gallons of it for the players when the first team finally batted out I did not understand it all, but it was fun to listen to.Another surprise ending, and not the one I had thought all along Even a little temper shown by Lady Jane McConnell and his wife Toto have been seperated again, but we did not get to see much of them Even John Dallington was mostly missing I am looking forward to hearing the next story So much has happened over the last four years Where is it all going to go

  2. LJ LJ says:

    First Sentence Charles Lenox sat in the study of his town house at Hampden Lane that small, shop lined street off Grosvenor Place where he had passed most of his adult life and sifted through the papers that had accumulated upon his desk, as they would, inevitably, when one became a Member of Parliament Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman, former private investigator, is now married, a new father and a Member of Parliament He has been given the huge honor of giving the upcoming session s openi First Sentence Charles Lenox sat in the study of his town house at Hampden Lane that small, shop lined street off Grosvenor Place where he had passed most of his adult life and sifted through the papers that had accumulated upon his desk, as they would, inevitably, when one became a Member of Parliament Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman, former private investigator, is now married, a new father and a Member of Parliament He has been given the huge honor of giving the upcoming session s opening speech To prepare, he takes the family off for a few quiet weeks at his uncle s estate in Somerset The stay is less restful than planned when he is asked to help investigate a couple strange cases of vandalism Calm is truly shattered when a murder occurs Mr Finch does an wonderful job of conveying the Victorian period of 1874 through details of social customs, such as soul caking, and the formality of speech It s an eligible sort of room Even though Jane Austen wrote during the Regency Period, Finch s voice has a very similar feel to it The historical details are seamlessly woven into the story and provide a look at the changes wrought by the Reform Act of 1832 Yet, in spite of a conversation related to the appropriate sherry, the story is not exclusively set in the drawing room of a wealthy Finch incorporates people and places of every level of the social strata, from large cities to a small village, and to the back alley taverns of the lost The character, Charles, is intelligent and a good judge of the best way in which to approach various suspects He respects the new scientific and procedural methods now being used by the police However, he fears they re relying too much on those methods and becoming less flexible and intuitive He cares about those around him, particularly John Dallington, a young man he trained in investigation who became lost to drink I also appreciated that he questions his new role in politics and admits to missing his old role as an investigator It s that introspectiveness that makes him a very human character The plot is very solid, in spite of a couple completely unnecessary portents There s good suspense and a break neck ride I particularly liked What I most appreciated was that you know the outcome of each of the characters good, bad and peripheral A Death in the Small Hours is a near excellent points off for the portents read and a likewise wonderful series whose characters have grown and developed with each book A DEATH IN THE SMALL HOURS Hist Mys Charles Lenox England 1874 VG Finch, Charles Minotaur Books, 2012

  3. Kate Baxter Kate Baxter says:

    If you enjoy smartly written historical mysteries, then the Charles Lenox Mystery series may be just the one for you Finch writes prose exquisitely with an eye to every detail It is a pleasure reading his scenic descriptions as much as delving into the details of the mysteries themselves The banter among characters is absolutely delightful and it eases the tension of the grizzly parts of the stories.This sixth book in series follows shortly in time after the conclusion of book five It appear If you enjoy smartly written historical mysteries, then the Charles Lenox Mystery series may be just the one for you Finch writes prose exquisitely with an eye to every detail It is a pleasure reading his scenic descriptions as much as delving into the details of the mysteries themselves The banter among characters is absolutely delightful and it eases the tension of the grizzly parts of the stories.This sixth book in series follows shortly in time after the conclusion of book five It appears to be early fall of 1874, London and Somerset, U.K Charles has been asked to open the speeches of Parliament at their upcoming session It s a tremendous honor for this rising member His older brother Edmund recommends heading to the country to allow Charles to focus without distraction on the writing of his speech As it happens, their Uncle Frederick, of their mother s side of the family, had invited Charles, his wife and infant daughter to join him at his Everley country estate in Somerset Within a postscript on the invitation, Uncle Frederick, as an enticement knowing of Charles passion for detective work , asks Charles to consider looking into acts of vandalism occurring in the nearby village of Plumbley Now, how could Charles say no to that So, it was off to Somerset they went, with nursemaid in tow Surely, the mystery in this book is not just about the vandalism in Plumbley, you may ask As it happens, a murder does occur on the village green, which may or may not be related to the other crimes Protagonist Charles Lenox is in his element He had sorely missed his old profession of being a discrete private detective, as Parliament holds all of his attention these days Here was an opportunity laid at his feet to refresh his deductive skills and do what he loved to do.This was a most enjoyable read and I eagerly look forward to reading the next book in series, An Old Betrayal

  4. Laurie Ann Silberman Laurie Ann Silberman says:

    Didn t enjoy this book as much as previous books There is a continuing theme that the main character misses his detective work but continues down the path of Parliament because he feels he owes it to his friend, family and country Sometimes I get impatient with the character He s rich and a gentleman and he has a gift he is squandering It feels like he is constantly in mourning for what used to be This overshadowed the plot for me and I was disappointed that in the end he elected to conti Didn t enjoy this book as much as previous books There is a continuing theme that the main character misses his detective work but continues down the path of Parliament because he feels he owes it to his friend, family and country Sometimes I get impatient with the character He s rich and a gentleman and he has a gift he is squandering It feels like he is constantly in mourning for what used to be This overshadowed the plot for me and I was disappointed that in the end he elected to continue down the path he has created based on the expectations of others

  5. Arianna Arianna says:

    www.shelfnotes.comDear Reader,I was thoroughly charmed by this quintessentially English book I don t often read books which are part of a series, particularly not books which are several into a series, but this mystery novel stood quite well on its own Apart from a few allusions which I believe were inserted for the series loyal followers, I didn t feel like I was missing out on anything by starting on book six of the Charles Lenox mysteries Perhaps that had to do with the setting of the boo www.shelfnotes.comDear Reader,I was thoroughly charmed by this quintessentially English book I don t often read books which are part of a series, particularly not books which are several into a series, but this mystery novel stood quite well on its own Apart from a few allusions which I believe were inserted for the series loyal followers, I didn t feel like I was missing out on anything by starting on book six of the Charles Lenox mysteries Perhaps that had to do with the setting of the book, which took place largely away from Lenox s London home I enjoyed the English countryside mystery novel the whole thing recalled to me the feeling I had when reading The Hound of the Baskervilles I enjoyed the small town characters which Finch painted in vivid colors Everyone had a strikingly unique personality, while also being quite immersed in village life.One of my favorite aspects of the book was, oddly, the relationship which Lenox had with Sadie Who was Sadie, you ask Why, his cousin s horse, of course Seriously, though, you could tell Finch had a fondness for Sadie as he wrote quite at length about her And she was, in many ways, one of the heroes of the story Learning the true identity of the murderer in the middle of the book really threw me for a loop I am so used to detective stories which present the Big Reveal, and thus the denouement And yet this story felt like it should have been finished halfway through However, Finch wasn t nearly done yet And I thought that wonderful, because there WAS so muchto reveal many small mysteries played themselves out during the rest of the book and some big ones, as well All in all, a very enjoyable diversion of a book Highly recommended for those who are Sherlock Holmes fans Oh, and there is nothing, absolutely nothing, scary about this book Not in the least For those who might shy from spooky murder mysteries It s all quite pleasant and civil and upbeat Despite the murderYours,Arianna

  6. Villager Villager says:

    I remain a fan of this unique detective series featuring a culture and a hero that has absolutely nothing to do with my experiences as a Black man in America The hero of these mystery novels is Charles Lenox member of Parliament in England s Victorian era This particular episode has our hero in one of his favorite childhood estates think Downton Abbey setting trying to get some quiet time to right an important speech and trying to solve a local village series of crimes that ends up I remain a fan of this unique detective series featuring a culture and a hero that has absolutely nothing to do with my experiences as a Black man in America The hero of these mystery novels is Charles Lenox member of Parliament in England s Victorian era This particular episode has our hero in one of his favorite childhood estates think Downton Abbey setting trying to get some quiet time to right an important speech and trying to solve a local village series of crimes that ends up resulting in murder, kidnapping and other villainy Goes without saying that our hero finds a way to solve the mystery And that probably explains why I enjoy the series so much The plots are intriguing and keep you turning the pages to see what happens Also, when you read a series you become connected to the various recurring characters and we seedevelopment of some of these characters.Finally, the biggest thing I got from this book It explained the European game of cricket I ve NEVER understood that game until reading this book I guess I may actually watch a cricket match are they called matches one day Adding it to my bucket list I recommend this book if you enjoy mystery or if you enjoy learningabout Victorian era in England or if you wonder what the heck is up with that cricket game

  7. Kirsten Kirsten says:

    After the lead up in this book, I was wondering if Charles, Jane, et al, had to leave town because they ran out of scones This is another great mystery starring everyone s favorite MP, Charles Lenox He has to go out of town to prepare a speech apparently all the other MPs show up at his house with ideas to go in the speech and, of course, murder ensues What s a retired semi detective to do So, off he goes to Somerset, complete with wife, infant daughter, 2 dogs, a governess, and probab After the lead up in this book, I was wondering if Charles, Jane, et al, had to leave town because they ran out of scones This is another great mystery starring everyone s favorite MP, Charles Lenox He has to go out of town to prepare a speech apparently all the other MPs show up at his house with ideas to go in the speech and, of course, murder ensues What s a retired semi detective to do So, off he goes to Somerset, complete with wife, infant daughter, 2 dogs, a governess, and probably a a ladies maid and a valet who knows

  8. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    Charles and Lady Jane spend some time away from London and Parliament They are in Somerset with Charles cousin Freddy This was a scrumptious adventure, filled with precise traditions, town peoples foibles, all kinds of vandalism and misplaced loot or evidence And yet it was at the same time, extremely warm The Lenox baby daughter, Sophia, making it evenso Adjusting to a baby, little quarrels, and the conflicts of work Even in the the Victorian period, the town versus country argume Charles and Lady Jane spend some time away from London and Parliament They are in Somerset with Charles cousin Freddy This was a scrumptious adventure, filled with precise traditions, town peoples foibles, all kinds of vandalism and misplaced loot or evidence And yet it was at the same time, extremely warm The Lenox baby daughter, Sophia, making it evenso Adjusting to a baby, little quarrels, and the conflicts of work Even in the the Victorian period, the town versus country argument also enticing to the answers Or who getstime the family or the career This series was somewhat cozy and I thought super mild, possibly overly so But theI ve read of it, the better I like it Not so much simplicity in parsing to both the best of family or community, but rather that point is set in the primary Secondary being the mystery angle or crux of oppositions or the worst the criminal, cruel or merely non fit for their own purposes or enhancements This 6 was entirely enjoyable, it never dragged And the length was needed, because there are really duo plots and layers of reveal beyond the original crimes So many tidbits I never knew told along the way Like the tradition of leaving buns wrapped in brown paper sealed with black wax, left in the pews for the villagers upon the funeral service of a lord or master of the manor lodge And the magistrate judge structure for the small towns Who was held for inquiry or trial and for what Especially for the local teenage bad boys Consequence the sentences of punishments for their expensive pranks or foolishness Send them out to muck the gardens And who is second in command as a kind of under sheriff Of course the head gardener I ll be readingof these, for sure Charles and Jane really fit for the era They are Victorians

  9. Sharon Sharon says:

    I enjoy this series a lot It got off to a great start, but one or two in the middle were a little weaker The one before this was better, and this one is back to being as good as the original The character development is stronger in this one than in the weaker ones In this story, Charles Lenox s political career is taking off, and to escape from London for a while, he visits a relative out in the country While there, he gets pulled into a local mystery, which turn, ultimately, into murder I enjoy this series a lot It got off to a great start, but one or two in the middle were a little weaker The one before this was better, and this one is back to being as good as the original The character development is stronger in this one than in the weaker ones In this story, Charles Lenox s political career is taking off, and to escape from London for a while, he visits a relative out in the country While there, he gets pulled into a local mystery, which turn, ultimately, into murder One of my complaints of the earlier books in this series is that the character development of the women in particular was very weak In this book, the women cometo life, and participate in lifeI would still enjoy seeing them engage their mindsWomen of that era did, in fact, do so Look at Queen Victoria herself One of my favorite women of history is Jane Adams She was certainly no angry feminist, but she was a thoughtful, informed woman who engaged her husband intellectually, as well as emotionally Lady Jane appears to be of a similar mindset, and yet, all she does is plan parties and ask her husband if he is feeling alright I would like to see this author expand and grow his female characters His male characters tend to be well rounded I find this is a frequent problem with many male authors, though not all They tend to not understand women, or how their minds work Even women in that gentler time, had active and inquisitive brains

  10. Danielle Gonzalez Danielle Gonzalez says:

    This was another intriguing mystery for Charles Lenox He is asked to deliver the opening speech for the House of Commons While he struggles to determine what he wants to say, he receives an invitation to visit his Uncle in the country He decides that would be the perfect place to relax and clear his mind for his speech writing However, once he arrives, he finds there have been strange vandalisms that then lead to murder Charles is able to put together all of the random pieces to find the co This was another intriguing mystery for Charles Lenox He is asked to deliver the opening speech for the House of Commons While he struggles to determine what he wants to say, he receives an invitation to visit his Uncle in the country He decides that would be the perfect place to relax and clear his mind for his speech writing However, once he arrives, he finds there have been strange vandalisms that then lead to murder Charles is able to put together all of the random pieces to find the connection I enjoyed meeting the character of his Uncle, and perhaps he will show up a littlein the future However, as I ve mentioned in previous reviews, I miss some of the previous characters This did not really include Graham, or even his best friend Thomas But, still interesting characters and good mystery

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