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3.00244798041616 out of 53.00244798041616 out of 53.00244798041616 out of 53.00244798041616 out of 53.00244798041616 out of 5 3.00 (817 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Finch Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Charles Lenox Mysteries Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781452674582
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Eighteen seventy-three is a perilous time in the relationship between France and England. When a string of English spies is found dead on French soil, the threat of all-out war prompts government officials to ask Charles Lenox to visit the newly-dug Suez Canal on a secret mission. Once he is on board the Lucy, however, Lenox finds himself using not his new skills of diplomacy but his old ones: the ship's second lieutenant is found dead on the voyage's first night, his body cruelly abused. The ship's captain begs the temporarily retired detective to join in the hunt for a criminal. Lenox finds the trail, but in the claustrophobic atmosphere on board, where nobody can come or go and everyone is a suspect, he has to race against the next crime-and also hope he won't be the victim. At once a compulsive murder mystery, a spy story, and an intimate and joyful journey with the Victorian navy, this book shows that no matter how far Lenox strays from his old life, it will always come back to find him. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A rousing nautical adventure…Finch’s descriptions of life at sea are so fascinating it’s a shame Lenox must bring this case to an end.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Agatha Christie meets Patrick O'Brian in Finchs accomplished fifth whodunit set in Victorian England, the best in the series to date. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “The murder mystery that Finch weaves keeps readers guessing…An intriguing read on several levels.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Agatha Christie meets Patrick O’Brian in Finch’s accomplished fifth whodunit set in Victorian England…The best in the series to date.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 2/5/2014

    " AWESOME!! As usual, Charles Finch has not disappointed in his Charles Lenox series. I discovered these books in the library quite by accident. I was looking for something different than my usual read. And I'm glad I did!! Anxiously awaiting the Nov release of DEATH IN THE SMALL HOURS. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/26/2014

    " This is now my favorite of the Charles Lenox series. A considerable portion of the book takes place aboard ship, and Finch researched sailing vessels of the period in order to get the details correct. I feel as though I spent a few days on a ship, too. That kind of writing is admirable. As for the mystery, Finch stays true to his style. All of the information is there, yet some of it seeming so innocent as to go unnoticed by the reader. Very clever writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/25/2014

    " My favorite of the series so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Johnson | 1/23/2014

    " Another good Charles Lenox mystery. Wasn't spectacular, but was definitely enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/19/2014

    " Another enjoyable Charles Lenox mystery. I really like these things, if you've made it to book 5 in this series, you probably do too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taryn | 1/15/2014

    " Meh. It just isn't as strong as the first couple in the series. And it felt kind of like the author was showing off all that he had learned about turn of the century tall ships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 1/13/2014

    " This is different from the other novels featuring gentleman detective Charles Lennox. The tidbits about the English navy are rather fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 1/8/2014

    " I liked this better than the last one in the series. The 2 mysteries get worked out and Jane has the baby and all is well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pj Murphy | 12/3/2013

    " I've read all 5 books in this series and I yhink this is the best. Entertaining and very informative about the 19th century Royal Navy set against the backdrop of the opening of the Suez Canal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maxtourtelot | 11/27/2013

    " Not my favorite in the series, but enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cooper Renner | 11/13/2013

    " Entertaining mystery set mostly aboard a British naval ship in 1873. Finch's "detective" (or is it his narration about the detective?) can be a bit too fussy for my tastes, but the plot is interesting and the characters mostly are too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Stevens | 9/30/2013

    " It's just very refreshing to read about these nice people in 1870's england and, this time, at sea in a chevron with steam power. Lots of information about the British navy. Plot was well worked out for the most part but at the end there was an unlikely twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/29/2013

    " I missed the usual supporting characters since Lenox was out at sea but still really enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 6/29/2013

    " Just as expected when reading a Charles Lenox mystery... murder, humor, lots of eating, and fun. I was surprised by the ending, but I'm not a gentlemen detective like Mr. Lenox. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/12/2012

    " I'm a hopeless fan. The 3/4s of the book spent at sea is a gripping and enthusiastic adventure, and the time spent in Said is just icing on the cake. If you liked the first books, this one is a great extension! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 9/4/2012

    " I really liked it until the killer was unmasked and then it went on and lost its steam. The book should be finished just a few pages after the mystery is solved--what more is there to say? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 8/30/2012

    " This departure from the usual cast of characters sets Lenox on a ship to Egypt and just may be, in my opinion, the best in the series to date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 7/1/2012

    " Still loving this series. Can't wait for the next one to be released. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 1/18/2012

    " Quite good writing, interesting characters, intriguing setting. But then, as in another Finch novel I read, the book just kind of becomes one tension-free denouement. It's like a good meal that clearly could have been great. Don't regret having it, just not fully satisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Ward | 1/16/2012

    " Audio Book. Murder onboard the HMS Lucy (in the 1860s). Really enjoyed listening - didn't hurt that it had a naval setting. :-) "

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About the Author
Author Charles Finch

Charles Finch is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. He is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including The Fleet Street MurdersThe September SocietyA Stranger in Mayfair, and A Burial at Sea. His first novel, A Beautiful Blue Death, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007, one of only five mystery novels on the list. He lives in Oxford, England.

About the Narrator

James Langton, born in York, England, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Winner of fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.