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An Old Betrayal: A Charles Lenox Mystery (Charles Lenox Mysteries) Hardcover – November 12, 2013
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Charles Lenox is a Harrow and Oxford graduate who has lately retired from his amateur sleuthing business to take up "real life" as an MP from the northern English area of "Stirrington". He has a wife and toddler daughter and a fair amount of time on his hands as Parliament meets in night sessions. What to do during the day? In "Betrayal", Charles Lexox helps out an old friend who has taken over his business and the two - joined eventually by another sleuth - find themselves involved in a murder case, a case of future thievery, and a missing person/attempted identity theft. Of course, this being a novel, all these cases lead back to the same source. It's up to Lenox and his friends, along with an assist from Scotland Yard, to bring this somewhat complicated case to a final ending. Which they do in grand style.
Writing an historical novel is not an easy task. The author has to immerse himself in the times, learn to think like a contemporaneous person, and be able to pass his knowledge in smooth writing to the reader. Some eras are easier than others to use. I think 1875 is a bit on the difficult side. After all, train travel and the telegraph were in use at this time, but motor cars and telephones were to come later. Electricity in private homes was gaining acceptance but was still not widely available.Read more ›
So when his protégé, young Dallington, calls on him for help on a case, he's more than ready to do him this favor.
In the course of his investigations, Lennox meets with a charming young woman who's being blackmailed. He discusses security issues with Queen Victoria, and he encounters a clever lady detective. In fact, Lennox meets three detectives in this book, whose doings are quite interesting.
I really like the ambience in these books. Lennox puts in long hours, reading blue books, meeting with people who want to influence his vote, listening to dull debates and making speeches of his own. He also has to deal with the internal politics in Parliament.
There are glimpses inside the royal palace, aristocratic dinner parties, and visits to gentlemen's clubs. As Lennox moves around Victorian London, the author indulges in some fun linguistic tidbits, like the Victorian origins of terms like "soup kitchen" and "hogwash." Charles Finch's scholarship is never intrusive, always engaging. This mystery also involves a bit of ancient British history.
The Charles Lennox mysteries unfold at a civilized pace, yet are replete with murder and suspense. I look forward to each new book. If you're following the series, you should enjoy An Old Betrayal. If not, might be best to start at the beginning with A Beautiful Blue Death. Lennox's butler, in particular, is a character whose development throughout the series is intriguing.
Charles Lenox has moved on from his days as an amateur sleuth to become a Member of Parliament. He has a family, is leading a nice comfortable life, and has the time available to get involved in a case with his previous business associate. Future developments lead the two of them into a murder case and identity theft. Scotland Yard gets involved, and the case gets complicated. However, the two manage to resolve things in grand style. They also manage to spend time with Queen Victoria.
Mr. Finch creates excellence ambience in his books. You find yourself drawn back to 19th century London with interesting characters. If you enjoyed his previous books, you will like this one. I would not recommend starting the series with this book. Go back to A Beautiful Blue Death and at least get a feel for the characters. Then work your way through the series. I suspect you will enjoy the journey.
His blood rises when his former protégé Dallington asks Charles to take his place at a meeting with a mysterious client. He needs to be in a certain place at a certain time; there's a forty-five minute window of time to meet. The client hasn't given Dallington his name, only how to recognize him -look for the person carrying a black and white striped umbrella. Charles goes to the rendezvous. Things turn belly up. From then on, it's catch-up, all carried out in the interstices of Charles's increasingly busy parliamentary schedule -a critically important Factory Act is on the floor, which , if passed, will protect children and women from abuse.
The main story line of this period thriller, set in London, 1875, is twisty -a little too twisty at points but that's common for Finch's enjoyable but not always plausible mystery stories.Read more ›
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An Old Betrayal (A Charles Lenox Mystery #7)
By: Charles Finch
Published By: Minotaur Books
Copy Courtesy of Goodreads Giveaway
Reviewed By: tk
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Very good historical mystery. I liked the 1800s English setting.
this novel was a sweepstakes win
I am hooked on Charles Lenox Mysteries! I hope I never run out of them! He's the closest author to Dame Agatha Christie I could find. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Y. Stratton
Another great read in the Charles Lennox series. Charles Finch at his best.Published 4 months ago by mlm
Just love this series. Charles is super busy as a member of Commons so is not detecting anymore. BUT, John is under the weather and has been contacted by a young lady in distress. Read morePublished 6 months ago by reteach