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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (427 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Finch Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Charles Lenox Mysteries Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781624061516
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Superb…Boasting one of Finch’s tightest and trickiest plots, this installment further establishes Lenox as a worthy heir to the aristocratic mantle of Lord Peter Wimsey.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/20/2014

    " It was like catching up with a group of old friends. :) Very enjoyable! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keith | 2/18/2014

    " I have read books that were page turners and books that I just could not put down. This book was neither. It was in fact hard to finish. I kept waiting for a climax that never came. Most stories have a hero/main character that has some adversity during the story. Who would not want to be the main character, Charles Lenox? His life is so sugary sweet that it almost made my teeth hurt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 2/17/2014

    " Definitely not his best book, but still a good read. It has some suspenseful parts but some other parts were lagging a bit. All of his books have been very different. My favorite was the September Society and wish the author would have stuck to that style more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 2/11/2014

    " A bit better than the last, but still not much better than OK. Many of the current and recurring characters are pretty much cardboard - even Lenox himself, though fairly well drawn, is mostly two-dimensional. This series still not nearly living up to its potential. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/4/2014

    " This wasn't as good as the last one(A Burial at Sea), but I still really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cece | 1/24/2014

    " As Charles Lenox feels about his Parliamentary career, I am left feeling a bit iff-ish about this book-I enjoyed it, but feel it could have been better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjorie Goldman | 1/19/2014

    " Another enjoyable book in the series although not my favorite. Lennox's ambivalence between being a Member of Parliament and investigative work got a little tedious by the end of this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurelle | 1/16/2014

    " Fluffy stuff! Another gentleman detective and lady sidekick but I read on .. I found the first 2/3s slow and only moderately interesting (although the author had the occasional stop-in-your-tracks poignant observational prose), but enjoyed the last 100 pages of good Victorian detective drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/12/2014

    " I keep waiting for these characters to develop more texture, but in the meantime I'm always happy just to spend a few hours in the company of the 19th century English gentry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sumi | 1/11/2014

    " Another solid story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna Lacovara | 1/4/2014

    " Capital, simply capital. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roshni | 12/29/2013

    " Great book, the main character is interesting, and the ending was surprising. Just enough action mixed with the historical details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/25/2013

    " I believe this to be one of the best in the Lenox series, maybe because I'm getting to know a bit more of characters on the periphery. I was completely caught unawares of the love interest-but Dallington needs someone soon! The plot of the murder mystery was well thought out and kept me guessing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monique | 11/5/2013

    " I'm not sure Lenox needed to come out of retirement-- almost half the book is rhapsodies about the new baby or complaints about his work in Parliament. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 9/7/2013

    " I enoyed this mystery set in Victorian England and the aging dectective very much. The characters are charming and the small village of Pemberley, the main setting, and its inhabitants are delightful. Thank you Judy for lending it to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 8/15/2013

    " 3.5 stars. A pleasant, feel good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 8/8/2013

    " a good story proving that the bad guy doesn't always get caught, but the ending was really sugary sweet "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Sometomato | 8/2/2013

    " Excellent entry in this series, containing suspense, humor, romance and resolution - with several interlacing mysteries to contemplate. Light but interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harriet | 7/31/2013

    " A very pleasant, easy to read mystery with (for a change) very nice people as the leading characters. The mystery is well-plotted and the pace is good and one gets a sense of the period. All in all a nice comfortable read to cleanse your literary palate before going on to more exciting stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie G | 6/4/2013

    " These are nice mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 4/24/2013

    " Good book, but plot kind of static - kind of boring. The book moves away from the "mystery" itself and has a fine, uplifting ending, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/1/2013

    " Loved this series of books. "

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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.