Title: A Beautiful Blue Death
Author: Charles Finch
Stars: 4 out of 5
A delightful murder mystery set in London in 1865. The amateur detective (Charles Lenox) is a gentleman and man of leisure as he is the second son and his brother has already inherited the title. This is a character who gently enfolds you in a warm cozy feeling. Think of him as a laid back Sherlock Holmes who manages to solve the two murders while still maintaining his social calendar and standing within his circle. But he is also not afraid to get his hands dirty doing the nitty gritty basic investigative steps.
I enjoyed this book immensely and gave it a four star rating and look forward to reading other offerings by this author.I received this ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review
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. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prudence dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by an elusive lack of motive in 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? Or was it something else entirely, something that Lenox alone can uncover before the killer strikes again -- disturbingly close to home?
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Minotaur Books
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