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  • Author:
    Charles Finch
  • ISBN:
    0312386079
  • ISBN13:
    978-0312386078
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  • Publisher:
    St. Martin's Minotaur; First edition (July 22, 2008)
  • Pages:
    324 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Mystery
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Set in Victorian England, Charles is a gentleman of the upper class with Parliamentary aspirations who has discovered he has a real talent as a detective.

Set in Victorian England, Charles is a gentleman of the upper class with Parliamentary aspirations who has discovered he has a real talent as a detective. With time and means to pursue this talent he’s already earned a reputation among his peers-and Scotland Yard-for both good and bad outcomes. But he knows his way is the way of the future so, invited or not, he doesn’t stop until the crime is solved.

A Beautiful Blue Death book Lennox gives a second apothecary two pounds and a note from a first apothecary.

A Beautiful Blue Death book. Charles Lenox jumps headlong into the detective business. Charles Lenox jumps headlong into the detective business to help a friend in need in this enthralling first mystery in the New York Times bestselling series. Lennox gives a second apothecary two pounds and a note from a first apothecary. He then readily gives him two more pounds, from his own money and one more before the leaves his shop.

Interacting with Charles Lenox’s readers has been an unexpected and rich . A Beautiful Blue Death. A Stranger in Mayfair. An Old Betrayal: A Charles Lenox Mystery (Charles Lenox Mysteries).

Interacting with Charles Lenox’s readers has been an unexpected and rich pleasure, so relatively far along in his story. His name was Charles Lenox: Once upon a time he had been a practicing detective, and though he still kept a careful eye upon the criminal world, for some years he had been the Member of Parliament for Stirrington, and politics now comprised the chief work of his life. Lenox? whispered a voice behind him. He turned and saw that it was the Prime Minister. The Fleet Street Murders clm-3. A Death in the Small Hours.

Charles Lenox Mysteries Series. 10 primary works, 17 total works. Book 1. Shelve A Beautiful Blue Death. But he can’t pass up a good mystery, and this amateur sleuth is often called on to leave his comforts behind in the pursuit of clues.

A Beautiful Blue Death: The First Charles Lenox Mystery

A Beautiful Blue Death: The First Charles Lenox Mystery. On any given day in London, all Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, wants to do is relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist another chance to unravel a mystery, even if it means trudging through the snow to her townhouse next door. One of Jane's former servants, Prudence Smith, is dead – an apparent suicide.

A Beautiful Blue Death ( Charles Lenox Mysteries - 1 ) Charles Finch From Publishers Weekly Set in England in 1865, Finch's impressive debut . Lovers of quality historical whodunits will hope this is the first in a series.

A Beautiful Blue Death ( Charles Lenox Mysteries - 1 ) Charles Finch From Publishers Weekly Set in England in 1865, Finch's impressive debut introduces an appealing gentleman sleuth .

Charles Finch is the USA Today bestselling author of the Charles Lenox historical mysteries, which begin with A Beautiful Blue Death.

A Beautiful Blue Death clm-1 (Charles Lenox Mysteries Charles Finch. Year Published: 1991. Year Published: 2000. Year Published: 2009.

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Authors: Charles Finch. 10.

Authors: Charles Finch. Leck Castle March 26 My dear Lenox, Are you sure you’ve come across Archie Godwin, and not mistaken someone else for him? He is not tall, nor fair-haired-quite the opposite, in fact. He is a member of White’s, however. The Godwins have an odd reputation in this part of the world-not so much Archibald or Henrietta, for they keep very much to themselves, and decline nearly all social interaction-Archie barely even hunts, though he is, ex officio, as a Godwin, a member of the Beagles, which his great-grandfather founded. Home By Nightfall.

Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery.

Prudence Smith, one of Jane's former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The grand house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prue had dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by the motive for the girl's death.

When another body turns up during the London season's most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence Smith? Or was it something else entirely? And can Lenox find the answer before the killer strikes again―this time, disturbingly close to home?


Kefym
As all readers know, it’s no fun when you come to the end of a good series and feel adrift in your lifeboat of literature, searching for the next thing to read. So I’m throwing out a lifeline with A Beautiful Blue Death, the first in the Charles Lenox mystery series by Charles Finch.

Set in Victorian England, Charles is a gentleman of the upper class with Parliamentary aspirations who has discovered he has a real talent as a detective. With time and means to pursue this talent he’s already earned a reputation among his peers-and Scotland Yard-for both good and bad outcomes. But he knows his way is the way of the future so, invited or not, he doesn’t stop until the crime is solved.

In this case, the crime is the mysterious poisoning of a housemaid in the home of one of London’s most powerful political players. The suspects are many, as are potential motives. But Lenox persists, with the help of his friend, Dr. Thomas McConnell, and in spite of personal danger and a second murder. His neighbor and lifelong friend, Lady Jane, is a frequent companion with a great interest in Charles’ activities and well-being. Readers will wonder if something deeper is developing between these two and it very well may be.

Along the way readers are treated to a fun education in Victorian England. If you are a history buff as well as a lover of a good mystery, this one’s a page turner. And the good news is, once you turn the last page, there are nine more books to go.
NI_Rak
The story itself is pretty interesting as it focuses on a variety of different suspects and motives–none seem more likely than the other until we get more into the story. I liked the use of nightshade as the murder weapon….a very different very dark way to die but yet very romantic in some ways, it was unique. Listening to Lenox consider each suspect was interesting….it was like rearranging pieces in a puzzle….or board game perhaps….Clue maybe…..’Mrs Peacock in the Library with the rope’.

The motive and final conclusion were appropriate I think in some ways, a little rushed and disorganized at times but rather fitting. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment, he kind of left a little loose end with the final chapter but still….gotta leave ’em with something to come back to right?

I will have to admit, I was excited to see it had been nominated for the Agatha Award but some of the reviews I read about the series indicated it was not bad but not good either….just bland I guess. But it had all the things which I love most….Old foggy Victorian London setting, fun setting characteristics such as gas lit streets, eccentric characters, and Gothic/darkish/Victorian-ish like elements such as murder by poisoning.

To be sure it was entertaining and I really like a lot of the elements and overall structure…I will also probably read the other three books in the series because this was simply that….entertaining. It wasn’t ground breaking or horribly suspenseful…..just a nice easy read.
Quttaro
I'm a fan of detective fiction set in the 19th century, and having burned through the series of other authors in the genre, was recommended Finch by Amazon. The first in his series, _A Beautiful Blue Death_ has second-son of a minor house, Charles Lennox out of boredom and lacking any "gentlemanly" vocation, acting as an independent detective - in this case, solving the murder of a housemaid.

The mystery was solid - while there are many possible suspects, close readers can quickly winnow it down to three characters most likely to have done the deed. The writing is good, although not as strong or as compelling as other writers I am a fan of (Some Danger Involved: A Novel,The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad),A Death in Vienna,The Sultan's Seal: A Novel (Kamil Pasha Novels (Paperback)).. The interrelationships between characters is well written, reminiscent of Death and the Jubilee (The Lord Francis Powerscourt) but not quite as good in my opinion. The resolution and conclusion was particularly a little trite.

For a debut novel, Finch is off to a solid start - although I recommend these other writers ahead of him. I will certainly read more by him on the strength and promise that he will mature in the complexity of his writing and provide some depth and dimension to his characters.
MilsoN
When a mediocre mystery novel and a historical infodump have a baby, it looks a lot like this.

I really think the most engaging part was the amount of historical research. The characters were uninteresting, the murder plot a little complicated but ultimately bland. But I was literally, genuinely riveted by the problem of whats-his-name's boots. Where does a Victorian gentleman get warm boots? What do warm boots look like in Victorian London? How do gentlemen's clubs work?

As far as the historicity of the characters, it is decidedly in the "costume historical" end of the pool. Lenox is great friends with an widowed lady who apparently lives without the benefit or censure of any other lady, and all of society just accepts this, because she is magic, and she comes over to his house and has intimate teas and sees him before dinner and it's all hunky-dory? Yeah, no. She would worry. He would worry. Even if they were internally fine with it (unlikely), it would be super weird.

But hey, let me tell you about the decor in the house of commons!

Read if: You really like reading historical mysteries for the history.

Skip if: You are looking for an interesting, psychological mystery, ala Conan Doyle.

Also read: Anne Perry, which is more nuanced.