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A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries) Paperback – July 22, 2008
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“Vividly capturing the essence of Victorian England, Finch presents us with a unique sleuth who combines the deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes with the people skills of Thomas Pitt. A sparkling achievement.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“A fine specimen of the genre…. Particularly good is [Finch's] delineation of Lenox's cozy-but-proper relationship with Lady Jane.” ―The Washington Post
“The best sort of historical mystery--clever, charming, full of period detail, and a delight to read.” ―David Liss, author of The Whiskey Rebels
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Lady Grey's former servant, Prue Smith, has apparently committed suicide-by-poisoning at the home of her new employer, George Barnard, the current director of the Royal Mint. At Lady Grey's request, Lenox visits the crime scene and is quickly convinced that Prue's death is murder, despite assurances from the Yard and Barnard that it is suicide. Thomas McConnell, a surgeon and close associate of Lenox, determines the cause of death to be a rare poison called bella indigo (beautiful blue). The Yard does not welcome Lenox's assistance, and that leaves him little access to the Barnard household, forcing him to investigate discreetly and utilize the services of Graham, his butler and friend. It is not until a second death occurs that Lenox begins to piece together the puzzling crime.
A Beautiful Blue Death is Charles Finch's delightful debut novel. The pairing of Lenox and Graham brings to mind Lord Peter Wimsey and his valet Bunter. Similar to Dorothy Sayer's creations, Lenox and Graham share more than a purely professional relationship. Despite the friendship and amity they feel for each other, the barriers of class keep them separated.
What elevates A Beautiful Blue Death is the relationships Lenox has with the people around him.Read more ›
Finch does not get bogged down in everyday details of Victorian life, so if you're not a big fan of Victorian era books, don't worry.
I highly recommend this book not only to Victorian mystery fans, but to all history fans.
Suspects abound, from Prue's lovers to Barnard's houseguests to Barnard himself, but motives are scarce and flimsy. What to make of this motley crew and their secrets? Soon, Lenox discovers that there's more to this poisoning than meets the eye, and when a second murder is committed, he realizes he'd been looking at this puzzle quite the wrong way.
"A Beautiful Blue Death" is the first of the new Charles Lenox Mysteries. Much of its appeal is Lenox himself, an affable, debonair intellectual very much like Dorothy L. Sayers' creation, Lord Peter Wimsey. He even has his own Bunt--Graham, his butler-cum-spy--who's every bit as smart.
Mr. Finch's pleasure in bringing 1865 London to life is evident, and it really does come to life, from the fashionable abodes of his upper crust sleuth and associates to the shady apothecaries, sinister alleys, and stuffy anterooms of posh clubs.Read more ›
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Charles Lenox is an armchair sleuth, so when a servant is found dead (suicide? Murder?) and a bottle of poison discovered nearby, he has to get involved. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Just My Op
Charles Finch has a remarkable talent... Quite a lot of detail, an intricate Victorian mystery set in London. I truly want this entire series. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Perchie. Cameron
What to say? What to say? I almost didn’t finish this book. If I had not made a commitment to review it, I probably would have quit a hundred pages in. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Elaine Willis
This book had a Sherlock meets Clue vibe to it. You have Charles Lennox, amateur sleuth, aka Sherlock, and his band of merry men set about solving the mysterious death of Prudence... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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Summary: A Beautiful Blue Death
On any given day in London, all Charles Lenox, Victorian... Read more
In this latest edition of the Charles Lenox Mysteries, two mysteries take the stage. One occurs in London, involving the sudden, surprising disappearance of an internationally... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Critterbee
I would like to give even badly written novels at least 2 stars, for anyone having put in the work required to produce a book if nothing else, but simply could not bring myself to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by An Avid Reader
I found the premise was interesting, but it was slow reading. Lots of description that was charming but seemed unnecessary to the story line.Published 2 months ago by FM