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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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This is the first book in this series and it took a few chapters to warm up to the writer, but overall, I was willing to try the next book.Published 1 month ago by P. H. Moine
Great mystery, set in old London. Keeps you guessing. Fun to reread the original after going through the whole series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KatPenny
A wonderful introduction to the writing of Charles Finch. Well researched, believable and intriguing. You will fall for Charles Lennox and he will never disappoint you! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alyson from UA
I really like the characters, and the setting description is really well done. It's like you're there, too.Published 2 months ago by A reader
Oh boy! It looks like I've found a new series to read. For starters, Charles Lenox is my kind of guy -- he likes to relax in front of a roaring fire with a good book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Desert Crone
If you like British television such as Foyle's War or Midsomer Murders, you will enjoy this mystery. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth
I chanced upon this as a book for my Kindle and I was hooked!! The characters, the descriptions of Victorian England, the plot, all drew me in. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Deborah T. Dario
I love all of Charles Finch's books. He is very adept at taking you back to the Victorian era and setting the scene in London. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dawn Singh
Charles Lenox, the younger son of a baronet, is the consummate Victorian gentleman sleuth. He is an amateur Roman historian and armchair explorer, the library of his Mayfair... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pamela Stewart