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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.

©2016 Charles Finch. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Another happy journey into Charles Lennox world

What made the experience of listening to The Inheritance the most enjoyable?

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.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

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!

Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

Charles, of course, but James Langton did a great job overall.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

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A Good Job

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.

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The best one yet

Charles Finch is definitely coming into his own as a gifted writer. Each book in this series is better than the last.

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Loved it

Writer brings the Characters to life and draws reader into the story. Looking forward to the next Charles Lenox mystery

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One of the best in the series

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.

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Narration greator than authorship...

I probably would not have finished the book but the narrator was pretty compelling and was able to add infliction and proper accents 2 all characters which made it entertaining enough to just sit relax and listen to. however I was not captivated by the characters I did not feel any real sense of urgency for any of them. having said all that I'm not big into British literature so this may be why I have those feelings. My favorite part of the book was when it mentioned Asheville North Carolina in Buncombe County which I reside in.

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Good But Not The Best

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.

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I liked it but didn't love.

the plot did not flow in an order that makes logical scene. The cart was put before the horse here.

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Definitely one of Finch's Best

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

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.

Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I ONLY WISH....hated to pause for silly activities like sleeping...

Any additional comments?

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.

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I loved this book!

I have loved this series from the start and this 10th book was no exception. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment.

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