Charles Lenox

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,708 ratings

The Woman in the Water Publisher's Summary

London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective...without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime - and promising to kill again - Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself.

The writer's first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islets in the middle of the Thames. With few clues to go on, Lenox endeavors to solve the crime before another innocent life is lost. When the killer's sights are turned toward those whom Lenox holds most dear, the stakes are raised and Lenox is trapped in a desperate game of cat and mouse.

In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, this newest mystery in the Charles Lenox series pits the young detective against a maniacal murderer who would give Professor Moriarty a run for his money.

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  • Book 0

    • The Woman in the Water

    • Charles Lenox Mysteries
    • By: Charles Finch
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218

    London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective...without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime - and promising to kill again - Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself. The writer's first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islets in the middle of the Thames.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Satisfying prequel to this great series

    • By Gail N. on 03-01-18

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 1

    • A Beautiful Blue Death

    • Charles Lenox Mysteries Series #1
    • By: Charles Finch
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 824
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 739
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 742

    Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery. Prudence Smith, one of Jane's former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I like cozy

    • By Sheryl on 05-21-12

    Regular price: $23.62

  • Book 2

    • The September Society

    • Charles Lenox Mysteries Series #2
    • By: Charles Finch
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 530
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 477
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 479

    In the small hours of the morning one fall day in 1866, a frantic widow visits detective Charles Lenox. Lady Annabelle's problem is simple: her beloved son, George, has vanished from his room at Oxford. When Lenox visits his alma mater to investigate he discovers a series of bizarre clues, including a murdered cat and a card cryptically referring to "The September Society". Then, just as Lenox realizes that the case may be deeper than it appears, a student dies, the victim of foul play.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Likeable sleuth & friends...growing in depth!

    • By Michele on 08-06-13

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  • Book 3

    • The Fleet Street Murders

    • Charles Lenox Mysteries Series #3
    • By: Charles Finch
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 394
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 353
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 355

    It's Christmas, 1866, and amateur sleuth Charles Lenox, recently engaged to his best friend, Lady Jane Grey, is happily celebrating the holiday in his Mayfair townhouse. Across London, however, two journalists have just met with violent deaths - one shot, one throttled. Lenox soon involves himself in the strange case but must leave it behind to go north to Stirrington, where he is running for Parliament. Once there, he gets a further shock when Lady Jane sends him a letter whose contents may threaten their nuptials. In London, the police apprehend two unlikely and unrelated murder suspects.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ah, that's what I need...to relax with a cuppa and a mystery!

    • By HODGEPODGESPV on 04-22-16

    Regular price: $20.96

  • Book 4

    • A Stranger in Mayfair

    • Charles Lenox Mysteries Series #4
    • By: Charles Finch
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 264

    Returning from a continental honeymoon with his new wife, Lady Jane, Lenox is asked by a colleague in Parliament to consult in the murder of a footman, bludgeoned to death with a brick. His investigation uncovers some unsettling facts about the family he served and a strange, second identity that the footman himself cultivated.Going into the boxing clubs and public houses, the Mayfair mansions and servants' quarters of Victorian London, Lenox gradually realizes that an old friend may be implicated in the footman's death. Soon a suspect is arrested, but Lenox has his doubts.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good but not the best of the series

    • By C. on 02-13-12

    Regular price: $20.96

  • Book 4.5

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  • Book 5

    • A Burial at Sea

    • Charles Lenox Mysteries Series #5
    • By: Charles Finch
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 255
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257

    Charles Lenox, Member of Parliament, sets sail on a clandestine mission for the government. When an officer is savagely murdered, however, Lenox is drawn toward his old profession, determined to capture another killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite Charles Lenox mystery

    • By Joanne on 04-03-13

    Regular price: $24.46

  • Book 6

    • A Death in the Small Hours

    • By: Charles Finch
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A Really Disappointed Charles Finch Fan

    • By Honest Tree on 12-13-12

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 7

    • An Old Betrayal

    • A Charles Lenox Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Charles Finch
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good mystery, British aristocracy circa 1875.

    • By MidwestGeek on 01-24-16

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 8

    • The Laws of Murder

    • A Charles Lenox Mystery, Book 8
    • By: Charles Finch
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215

    It’s 1876, and Charles Lenox has just given up his seat in Parliament after six years, primed to return to his first love, detection. With high hopes he and three colleagues start a new detective agency, the first of its kind. But as the months pass, and he is the only detective who cannot find work, Lenox begins to question whether he can still play the game as he once did.Then comes a chance to redeem himself, though at a terrible price: a friend, a member of Scotland Yard, is shot near Regent’s Park.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good historical mystery series

    • By Kathi on 01-16-18

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 9

    • Home by Nightfall

    • A Charles Lenox Mystery
    • By: Charles Finch
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212

    It's London in 1876, and the whole city is abuzz with the enigmatic disappearance of a famous foreign pianist. Lenox has an eye on the matter - as a partner in a now-thriving detective agency, he's a natural choice to investigate. Just when he's tempted to turn his focus to it entirely, however, his grieving brother asks him to come down to Sussex, and Lenox leaves the metropolis behind for the quieter country life of his boyhood. Or so he thinks. In fact, something strange is afoot in Markethouse.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love this series

    • By willow33 on 12-13-15

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  • Book 10

    • The Inheritance

    • Charles Lenox Mysteries, Book 10
    • By: Charles Finch
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another happy journey into Charles Lennox world

    • By EmmaZ on 11-06-16

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 10.5

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