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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 in the expectation of a few calm weeks. When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops. Only when a far more 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 at his side, the race is on for Lenox to find the culprit before he strikes again.

©2012 Charles Finch (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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A Really Disappointed Charles Finch Fan

Would you try another book from Charles Finch and/or James Langton?

I thoroughly enjoyed all of Finch's previous books in this series (HUGE fan). I anxiously awaited this recent release (waited for months). What a let down! The plot is soooo dull that I didn't want to finish it. In the past, I usually relished each chapter of his works. But in this last work, the plot and the characters (who I grew to appreciate in his previous books) all seem one dimensional. I can't help but wonder if the author rushed this book by submitting an outlined manuscript and then the publishers drew it out with painstaking, boring details that never gained momentum. The result: A looooong, boring tale that made me lose my fondness for Charles Lenox and Lady Grey. I also really missed the wonderful supporting characters that were included in previous books. What a shame and waste of time. Sadly, I'm tempted to get a refund.

Would you ever listen to anything by Charles Finch again?

Not sure.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator was fine. No cmplants there.

What character would you cut from A Death in the Small Hours?

Not sure. They ALL needed more dimensions.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Sort of Pleasant

This is a pleasant, light read of no consequence. I am not sure what the point was. I like it as a quiet diversion, but do not expect to listen again (as I do with stories that are well told and read).

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • F.
  • Palo Alto, CA, United States
  • 12-11-12

Details Matter

What disappointed you about A Death in the Small Hours?

The book opens in 1874, and yet by the third chapter the characters have referred to Jack the Ripper who didn't do his deeds for another fourteen years. When the author makes a mistake as glaring as that early on, I'm distracted with listening for other anachronisms and errors throughout. Which is all the odder as the book staggers along beneath a burden of English legal and trade trivia, with all the entertainment value of a 6th grade text book. I love books with gobs of historical trivia (I'm a great lover of the Aubrey-Maturin series for example) but Mr. Finch seems incapable of delivering his load of information in any manner that could pass as story telling. I wish Mr. Finch had stuck to telling his story, as derivative of other and better detective fiction though it is.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • michele
  • Lancaster, OH, United States
  • 05-18-15

An effort to track all the characters.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The books killed some time while doing chores, but it had a few too many characters to keep track of in an audio format.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Less Characters

Which scene was your favorite?

None stood out

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A charming installment

This book continues the story of Charles Lennox. He and his wife go to the country estate of his uncle so Charles can work on an important speech. Suspicious activities in the area draw his attention away. Sorting through it all, the story provides another glimpse of late 1800s England.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A splendid take

This is listening pleasure at its best! An exquisitely fine narrator reading a beautifully crafted story of detection, social history, custom, love and politics set in Victorian England. The writing is superb in this series; the reading amplifies it. This tale takes us out of London to the country. Crime happens everywhere. Charles Lenox is the most marvelous sleuth wherever he is, aided, too, by Lady Jane's presence and assisted by his devoted entourage. I do hope Mr. Finch keeps writing for a very long time!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Charles Finch rocks it!

I savor this series by Charles Finch. I'm always disappointed when one ends~~I want the story to go on forever, and cannot wait to download the next. The historical factoids and tidbits of daily English life Charles Finch cleverly incorporates in his books give me a greater understanding of the period.