A mysterious bequest of money leads to a murder in this new novel in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series whose last installment The New York Times called "a sterling addition to this well-polished series."
Charles Lenox has received a cryptic plea for help from an old Harrow schoolmate, Gerald Leigh, but when he looks into the matter he finds that his friend has suddenly disappeared. As boys they had shared a secret: a bequest from a mysterious benefactor had smoothed Leigh's way into the world after the death of his father. Lenox, already with a passionate interest in detective work, made discovering the benefactor's identity his first case - but was never able to solve it.
Now, years later, Leigh has been the recipient of a second, even more generous bequest. Is it from the same anonymous sponsor? Or is the money poisoned by ulterior motives? Leigh's disappearance suggests the latter, and as Lenox tries, desperately, to save his friend's life, he's forced into confrontations with both the most dangerous of east end gangs and the far more genteel denizens of the illustrious Royal Society. When someone close to the bequest dies, Lenox must finally delve deep into the past to uncover at last the identity of the person who is either his friend's savior - or his lethal enemy.
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I really love this series. I have listened to all 10 and hope there are 10 more. In addition to lots of historical detail and close interpersonal relationships which are well developed, the author often adds little bits of historical trivia, like the reason the Brits drive on the left and Americans on the right, or the origin of the word quiz. I classify this as a cozy mystery series. If you enjoy this genre and have not yet tried the Charles Lennox series, you have a treat in store. The reader is just pitch perfect too.
Charles Lennox has become a good and familiar friend as Finch has let his life and career develop over the series. He has become a politician, a detective, a husband, and a father, not to mention a brother and friend. All these ever-developing parts of his life are wound through the plots of the series, and readers need to like the biography as much as the crime and its solution
There is a gentle quality about Lennox and his Victorian-era aristocratic world that is soothing as well as entertaining. This detective is a long way from hard- boiled, but the crime will be solved in the end, and Charles Lennox will be happy with Lady Jane and little Sophia. Highly recommended for fans of the classic British mystery, whether written in the 19th century or the 21st.
The reader is great, he makes me forget that he is not the actual voice of Charles Lennox. Apart from the story line I greatly appreciate Charles' (or, more to the point, the author's) kind and thoughtful outlook, which is easily transferrable from Lennox times to ours.
Not so much on the edge of my seat, but I was not looking for that, but for a thoughtfully told mystery and commentary on life. Even though there were tense moments!
Charles, of course, but James Langton did a great job overall.
Yes, absolutely, but I was also sad when it ended after about 8 1/2 hours, as I loved spending time in that world and now have to wait a long time again.
I would most definitely recommend this book to everyone, but I always recommend reading Finch in order of release date. While every book can certainly stand alone as a great listen or read, the character development of the major characters is absolutely delicious and adds SO much to each book.
All his books captivate me. In particular I loved the construction of this one because by switching from current to past time, Finch builds the suspense and reveals clues at the perfect time to keep you guessing.
I love this narrator. He has such amazing talent that you know who is speaking even before the speaker is identified by name or "he" or "she"..... brilliant!
I ONLY WISH....hated to pause for silly activities like sleeping...
I think one of my favorite features of this book was getting to know Lenox as a child by all the interactions and memories of his old school friend. He just gets MORE real with every book.
I have loved this series from the start and this 10th book was no exception. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment.
This book was unfortunately not my favorite. It was well written and the narration by James Langston excellent as always. It's hard to describe what I didn't like about it. I think it was just simply not as engaging as Finch's other books and didn't hold my attention nearly as well. It left Lady Jane out almost altogether and only touched briefly on their relationship which I guess was to be expected but .. Anyway... hope the next one is a bit more ... something.
I have loved this series, because it artfully combined the mystery with the depiction of interesting aspects of life in Victorian England. I felt that here was an author not just inserting a mystery into the novel that he preferred to write (often at the behest of publishers). The last two books in the series, however, have been disappointing. The construction and plotting of the mysteries has been very sketchy. For half of this book, the central mystery follows a red herring, then proceeds to resolve the mystery in short order in a most unsatisfying way with barely a hint at the solution beforehand. I was so befuddled, I re-listened to the book twice, listening for the clues, but they weren't there. This reveal was followed by what seemed to me an incredible artifice pinned to the notion that the testimony of not only one but two highly reputable victims would be insufficient to convict a perpetrator and the perpetrator escaping (is he returning in another book?). Ugh. Also, in this book and the last, the author has thrown in a second mystery, apparently only to a add a mystery to support a subplot, as the second mystery has ended up being totally unrelated to the central mystery. I didn't care for that in the last book and now am afraid it is going to be a pattern.
Still, I have to give the book 3* overall, because, like Charles Lennox's boyhood friend, I so enjoy spending time with this lovely family, and because the reader, James Langton, is perfect.
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