The Laws of Murder: A Charles Lenox Mystery Audiobook, by Jeffrey Stepakoff Play Audiobook Sample

The Laws of Murder: A Charles Lenox Mystery Audiobook

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Read By: Kathleen McInerney, James Langton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Charles Lenox Mysteries Release Date: November 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781427243669

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Longest Chapter Length:

12:50 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

32 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

09:42 minutes

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Publisher Description

With all the humanity, glamor, and mystery that readers have come to love, the next Charles Lenox Mystery, The Laws of Murder, is a shining confirmation of the enduring popularity of Charles Finch's Victorian series.

It's 1876, and Charles Lenox, once London's leading private investigator, 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. As Lenox begins to parse the peculiar details of the death – an unlaced boot, a days-old wound, an untraceable luggage ticket – he realizes that the incident may lead him into grave personal danger, beyond which lies a terrible truth.

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“James Langton’s cultured but perfectly comprehensible English accent suits the latest Charles Lenox mystery to a tee…Hansom cabs move through gas-lit streets, bobbies blow their whistles, lords act dishonorably, and the criminal class concocts devilish schemes. There are clues, mystery, romance, violence, and villains. Langton’s dialogue is lively, his characters easily distinguishable. His pace is good, and his nineteenth-century- English pronunciation almost perfect. Finch’s story lacks the moral ambiguity and soul-wrenching horror so often found in crime fiction. He’ll keep keep you awake listening without giving you nightmares.”

— AudioFile 


  • “The upper-class amateur sleuth, an endangered species even in historical mysteries, is very much alive in Charles Finch’s charming Victorian whodunits.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Finch succeeds again in combining an intriguing story line with a lead that both newcomers and series regulars will find engaging.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Finch’s mystery debut…shows a distinct talent for scene setting and the creation of not always likable characters that can still get under your skin.”

    — Library Journal
  • “A Victorian private investigator teams up with Scotland Yard to solve a case that involves one of their own…Finch’s clever hero overcomes despair and calumny to solve one of his author’s thorniest puzzles.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “In the latest of this acclaimed bestselling series, the historical details are, as usual, excellent. This book is especially suspenseful, focusing more on Lenox’s relationships with his friends rather than family. The suspense is high and still includes both the glamour of the Victorian life as well as the underbelly with all its sordid segments.”

    — RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)
  • “The upper-class amateur sleuth, an endangered species even in historical mysteries, is very much alive in Charles Finch's charming Victorian whodunits.

    — The New York Times Book Review
  • 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) on A Death in the Small Hours
  • The sixth in Finch's steadily improving series develops the congenial continuing characters further while providing quite a decent mystery.

    — Kirkus Reviews on A Death in the Small Hours

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About the Authors

Jeffrey Stepakoff wrote for the Emmy-winning shows The Wonder Years and Dawson’s Creek, where he was co-executive producer. He holds a BA in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MFA in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon, and is a graduate of the prestigious Eugene O’Neill National Theater Institute.

Charles Finch is the author of the USA Today bestselling Charles Lenox mysteries, including A Beautiful Blue Death, which was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007. He is a graduate of Yale and Oxford.

About the Narrators

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and a broad range of animation voice-overs.

James Langton, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and later as a musician at the Guildhall School in London. He has worked in radio, film, and television, also appearing in theater in England and on Broadway. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.