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On a spring morning in London, 1875, Charles Lenox agrees to take time away from his busy schedule as a Member of Parliament to meet an old protege's client at Charing Cross. But when their cryptic encounter seems to lead, days later, to the murder of an innocuous country squire, this fast favor draws Lenox inexorably back into his old profession. Soon he realizes that, far from concluding the murderer's business, this body is only the first step in a cruel plan, many years in the plotting. Where will he strike next? The answer, Lenox learns with slowly dawning horror, may be at the very heart of England's monarchy.

©2013 Charles Finch (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Good mystery, British aristocracy circa 1875.

This is the first Charles Lenox mystery I have read. As a mystery, it was good enough, although Lenox ranges from inspired brilliance to unable to recognize his face in the mirror. There's quite a bit of both history and reflections on British society in the late 1800's, especially about the aristocracy and royalty, landed gentlemen and their aversion to work of any sort. Lenox is also a Member of the House of Commons, having given up his official role as an private dectective; he's an aristocrat who somehow has the trust of Scotland Yard. Lenox's love interest in a Spanish

Having said that, I personally don't much care for the Victorian period, never cared for the privileges of aristocracy, and am repelled by monarchs. So I think it'll be a while before I take up any other books in this series. No fault of the author; he is a good writer. The narrator was fine.

God save us from the queen!

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Another excellent story in the series

It is such a pleasure to find an author who creates an interesting series of stories, with an admirable and well developed set of characters that travel from story to story. Charles Finch has become one of my favorite authors, actually rather unexpectedly, as his first two stories in the series were so excellent, I thought he'd be unable to continue producing such high quality work. I am so very happy he's proved me wrong. This is book 7 in the series, and the quality of his plots, and the development of the personalities of his characters continues to delight and surprise. The reader also continues from book to book, and his voice is perfect for the series. I highly recommend this series if you like Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Anne Perry, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh.