Charles Finch

1 A Beautiful Blue Death

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2007-06-26
Description :  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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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?

2 A Death in the Small Hours

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2012-11-13
Description :  <b>From the critically acclaimed author of <i>A Beautiful Blue Death</i> and <i>A Burial at Sea</i> comes an intriguing new mystery in what <i>The New York Times</i> calls "a beguiling series" </b><br /><br />Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. His days of regularly investigating the crimes of Victorian London now some years behind him, he plans a trip to his uncle's estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops: broken windows, minor thefts, threatening scrawls.<br /><br />Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley. Now, with his protege, John Dallington, at his side, the race is on for Lenox to find the culprit before he strikes again. And this time his victim may be someone that Lenox loves.

3 An East End Murder

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2011-11-15
Description :  From the acclaimed author of the Charles Lenox series of mysteries, including the Agatha-nominated novel <i>A Beautiful Blue Death</i>, comes a riveting short story of death and detection on the East End.<br /><br />It's the end of winter 1865 when Lenox agrees to investigate the death of Phil Jigg, a beloved neighborhood regular, found strangled on Great St. Andrews Street. In a case that takes him through the noisy vendors and pickpockets, the rough-and-tumble back alleys and local pubs of the Seven Dials, Lenox looks for answers in a place that couldn't feel more foreign from his West End home—and where his presence is anything but welcome. The answer comes in the person of someone so ruthless and brutal that those who could help Lenox are terrified into silence.<br /><br />A whodunit filled with the kind of brooding atmosphere that led <i>Library Journal</i> to remark, "Readers of Anne Perry should be snatching up Finch's books and clamoring for more" (starred review of <i>A Stranger in Mayfair</i>), this is a delightfully vivid addition to the Charles Lenox series.

4 A Burial at Sea

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2011-11-08
Description :  <b> "Agatha Christie meets Patrick O'Brian in Finch's accomplished fifth whodunit set in Victorian England (after 2010's A <i>Stranger in Mayfair</i>), the best in the series to date."</b><br /><br /><i>—Starred Review, Publisher's Weekly 9/12/2011</i><br /><br /><i><b>Charles Lenox, Member of Parliament, sets sail on a clandestine mission for the government. When an officer is savagely murdered, however, Lenox is drawn toward his old profession, determined to capture another killer.</b></i><br /><i><b></b></i><br /><i><b></b></i>1873 is a perilous time in the relationship between France and England. When a string of English spies is found dead on French soil, the threat of all-out war prompts government officials to ask Charles Lenox to visit the newly-dug Suez Canal on a secret mission.<br /><br />Once he is on board the <i>Lucy</i>, however, Lenox finds himself using not his new skills of diplomacy but his old ones: the ship's second lieutenant is found dead on the voyage's first night, his body cruelly abused. The ship's captain begs the temporarily retired detective to join in the hunt for a criminal. Lenox finds the trail, but in the claustrophobic atmosphere on board, where nobody can come or go and everyone is a suspect, he has to race against the next crime—and also hope he won't be the victim.<br /><br />At once a compulsive murder mystery, a spy story, and an intimate and joyful journey with the Victorian navy, this book shows that no matter how far Lenox strays from his old life, it will always come back to find him.

5 The September Society

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2008-08-05
Description :  <i>The sitting room looked as familiar as the back of his hand, and immediately Lenox took a liking to the young man who inhabited it. He saw several small artifacts of the missing student's life---a frayed piece of string about two feet long of the sort you might bind a package with, half of a pulpy fried tomato, which was too far from the breakfast table to have been dropped, a fountain pen, and lastly, a card which said on the front </i>The September Society<i>. . . .</i><br /><i></i><br />In the small hours of the morning one fall day in 1866, a frantic widow visits detective Charles Lenox. Lady Annabelle's problem is simple: her beloved son, George, has vanished from his room at Oxford. When Lenox visits his alma mater to investigate, he discovers a series of bizarre clues, including a murdered cat and a card cryptically referring to the September Society.<br /><br />Then, just as Lenox realizes that the case may be deeper than it appears, a student dies, the victim of foul play.<br /><br />What could the September Society have to do with it? What specter, returned from the past, is haunting gentle Oxford? Lenox, with the support of his devoted friends in London's upper crust, must race to discover the truth before it comes searching for him, and dangerously close to home.

6 The Laws of Murder

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-11-11
Description :  It's 1876, and Charles Lenox, once London's leading private investigator, has just given up his seat in Parliament after six years, primed to return to his first love, detection. With high hopes he and three colleagues start a new detective agency, the first of its kind. But as the months pass, and he is the only detective who cannot find work, Lenox begins to question whether he can still play the game as he once did.<br /><br />Then comes a chance to redeem himself, though at a terrible price: a friend, a member of Scotland Yard, is shot near Regent's Park. As Lenox begins to parse the peculiar details of the death – an unlaced boot, a days-old wound, an untraceable luggage ticket – he realizes that the incident may lead him into grave personal danger, beyond which lies a terrible truth.<br /><br />With all the humanity, glamor, and mystery that readers have come to love, the latest Lenox novel is a shining new confirmation of the enduring popularity of Charles Finch's Victorian series.

7 An Old Betrayal

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-11-12
Description :  <b>In <i>An Old Betrayal</i>, the seventh book of Charles Finch's bestselling series of Victorian mysteries, a case of mistaken identity has Charles Lenox playing for his highest stakes yet: the safety of Queen Victoria herself.</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>On a spring morning in London, 1875, Charles Lenox agrees to take time away from his busy schedule as a Member of Parliament to meet an old protégé's client at Charing Cross. But when their cryptic encounter seems to lead, days later, to the murder of an innocuous country squire, this fast favor draws Lenox inexorably back into his old profession. <br /><br />Soon he realizes that, far from concluding the murderer's business, this body is only the first step in a cruel plan, many years in the plotting. Where will he strike next? The answer, Lenox learns with slowly dawning horror, may be at the very heart of England's monarchy. <br />Ranging from the slums of London to the city's corridors of power, the newest Charles Lenox novel bears all of this series' customary wit, charm, and trickery—a compulsive escape to a different time.

8 A Stranger in Mayfair

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2010-11-09
Description :  Returning from a continental honeymoon with his lifelong friend and new wife, Lady Jane Grey, Charles Lenox is asked by a colleague in Parliament to consult in the murder of a footman, bludgeoned to death with a brick. His investigation uncovers both unsettling facts about the family he served and a strange, second identity that the footman himself cultivated. <br /><br />Going into the boxing clubs and public houses, the Mayfair mansions and servants' quarter of Victorian London, Lenox gradually realizes that an old friend may be implicated in the footman's death. Soon a suspect is arrested, but Lenox has his doubts. Desperately trying to balance the opening of Parliament and what he feels sure is a dark secret, he soon discovers that the killer is someone shockingly innocuous—who may be prepared to spill blood again, even a detective's. <br /><br />In Detective Lenox, Lady Grey, and their circle of close associates, Charles Finch has created a cast of inviting, flesh-andblood characters. His evolving series, with its keen eye for period detail and razor-sharp plotting, offers readers an unparalleled brand of charm, sophistication, and suspense.

9 The Fleet Street Murders

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2009-11-10
Description :  <i>The third book in the Charles Lenox series finds the gentleman detective trying to balance a heated race for Parliament with the investigation of the mysterious simultaneous deaths of two veteran reporters.</i><br /><br />It's Christmas, 1866, and amateur sleuth Charles Lenox, recently engaged to his best friend, Lady Jane Grey, is happily celebrating the holiday in his Mayfair townhouse. Across London, however, two journalists have just met with violent deaths--one shot, one throttled. Lenox soon involves himself in the strange case, which proves only more complicated as he digs deeper. However, he must leave it behind to go north to Stirrington, where he is fulfilling a lifelong dream: running for a Parliamentary seat. Once there, he gets a further shock when Lady Jane sends him a letter whose contents might threaten their nuptials.<br /><br />In London, the police apprehend two unlikely and unrelated murder suspects. From the start, Lenox has his doubts; the crimes, he is sure, are tied, but how? Racing back and forth between London and Stirrington, Lenox must negotiate the complexities of crime and politics, not to mention his imperiled engagement. As the case mounts, Lenox learns that the person behind the murders might be closer to him--and his beloved--than he knows.

10 Home by Nightfall

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-11-10
Description :  It&#39;s London in 1876, and the whole city is abuzz with the enigmatic disappearance of a famous foreign pianist. Lenox has an eye on the matter – as a partner in a now-thriving detective agency, he&#39;s a natural choice to investigate. Just when he&#39;s tempted to turn his focus to it entirely, however, his grieving brother asks him to come down to Sussex, and Lenox leaves the metropolis behind for the quieter country life of his boyhood. Or so he thinks. In fact, something strange is afoot in Markethouse: small thefts, books, blankets, animals, and more alarmingly a break-in at the house of a local insurance agent. As he and his brother to investigate this small accumulation of mysteries, Lenox realizes that something very strange and serious indeed may be happening, more than just local mischief. Soon, he&#39;s racing to solve two cases at once, one in London and one in the country, before either turns deadly. Blending Charles Finch&#39;s trademark wit, elegance, and depth of research, this new mystery, equal parts Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, may be the finest in the series.

11 The Woman in the Water

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2018-02-20
Description :  <b>This chilling new mystery in the <i>USA Today </i>bestselling series by Charles Finch takes readers back to Charles Lenox’s very first case and the ruthless serial killer who would set him on the course to become one of London’s most brilliant detectives.</b><br /><br />London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective…without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime—and promising to kill again—Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself. <br /><br />The writer’s first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islets in the middle of the Thames. With few clues to go on, Lenox endeavors to solve the crime before another innocent life is lost. When the killer’s sights are turned toward those whom Lenox holds most dear, the stakes are raised and Lenox is trapped in a desperate game of cat and mouse. <br /><br />In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, this newest mystery in the Charles Lenox series pits the young detective against a maniacal murderer who would give Professor Moriarty a run for his money.

12 The Inheritance

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-11-01
Description :  <b>A <i>USA TODAY </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />A mysterious bequest of money leads to a murder in this new novel in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series whose last installment <i>The New York Times</i> called “a sterling addition to this well-polished series.”<br /><br />Charles Lenox has received a cryptic plea for help from an old Harrow schoolmate, Gerald Leigh, but when he looks into the matter he finds that his friend has suddenly disappeared. As boys they had shared a secret: a bequest from a mysterious benefactor had smoothed Leigh’s way into the world after the death of his father. Lenox, already with a passionate interest in detective work, made discovering the benefactor's identity his first case – but was never able to solve it.<br /><br />Now, years later, Leigh has been the recipient of a second, even more generous bequest. Is it from the same anonymous sponsor? Or is the money poisoned by ulterior motives? Leigh’s disappearance suggests the latter, and as Lenox tries, desperately, to save his friend’s life, he’s forced into confrontations with both the most dangerous of east end gangs and the far more genteel denizens of the illustrious Royal Society. When someone close to the bequest dies, Lenox must finally delve deep into the past to uncover at last the identity of the person who is either his friend’s savior – or his lethal enemy.

13 Gone Before Christmas

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  British Detectives 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2017-10-03
Description :  <b>In <i>Gone Before Christmas</i>, this delightfully absorbing short Christmas story in the bestselling Charles Lenox mystery series, Lenox must find a soldier who ran into a cloakroom for his hat</b>—<b>and never returned.</b><br /><br />Charles Lenox’s holiday preparations are interrupted when an officer vanishes at Charing Cross Station. Lieutenant Austen, by all accounts an upstanding member of the elite Grenadier Guards, disappears, and his friends, searching the cloakroom of the station where they had been waiting for their trains together, find only a spray of blood on the wall above a scattering of his personal items—his train ticket among them. <br /><br />Scotland Yard is baffled. Has the Lieutenant, who had a hand in intelligence, been kidnapped by French operatives? Or is there some more personal grudge at work? The situation grows graver by the hour, and Lenox knows that he will have to work quickly and brilliantly to have any chance of discovering the missing soldier—and getting home in time for his own Christmas dinner.<br /><br /><b>Includes a sneak peek of <i>The Woman In the Water</i>, a prequel to the Charles Lenox series.</b>

14 The Last Enchantments

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-01-28
Description :  <b><i>The Last Enchantments</i> is a powerfully moving and lyrically written novel. A young American embarks on a year at Oxford and has an impassioned affair that will change his life forever</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>After graduating from Yale, William Baker, scion of an old line patrician family, goes to work in presidential politics. But when the campaign into which he's poured his heart ends in disappointment, he decides to leave New York behind, along with the devoted, ambitious, and well-connected woman he's been in love with for the last four years.<br /><br />Will expects nothing more than a year off before resuming the comfortable life he's always known, but he's soon caught up in a whirlwind of unexpected friendships and romantic entanglements that threaten his safe plans. As he explores the heady social world of Oxford, he becomes fast friends with Tom, his snobbish but affable flat mate; Anil, an Indian economist with a deep love for gangster rap; Anneliese, a German historian obsessed with photography; and Timmo, whose chief ambition is to become a reality television star. What he's least prepared for is Sophie, a witty, beautiful and enigmatic woman who makes him question everything he knows about himself.<br /><br />For readers who made a classic of Richard Yates's <i>A Good School</i>, Charles Finch's <i>The Last Enchantments</i> is a sweeping novel about love and loss that redefines what it means to grow up as an American in the twenty-first century.

15 The Charles Lenox Series, Books 1-3

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $21.99
Release Date :  2015-06-16
Description :  <b>"The upper-class amateur sleuth is very much alive in Charles Finch's charming Victorian whodunits." -<i>The</i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b>In this critically-acclaimed, Agatha-Award nominated series<i> The New York Times</i> calls "beguiling," gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox investigates in the grand tradition of Sherlock Holmes and Lord Peter Wimsey. Here together for the first time in one eBook bundle are the first three books in the beloved series:<br /><br /><b><i>A Beautiful Blue Death</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b>Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer Charles Lenox is pulled from his reverie when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help. 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. When another body turns up during the London season's most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. <br /><br /><b><i>The September Society</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b>While searching for the missing son of a family friend, Lenox stumbles upon some rather dastardly secrets and soon discovers a secret group of young college students inovled in an organization called The September Society. Might they have something to do with the disappearance? And is he in for some danger himself? <br /><br /><b><i>The Fleet Street Murders</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b>Across London two journalists have just met with violent deaths-one shot, one throttled. Lenox soon involves himself in the strange case, but must leave it behind to go north to Stirrington, where he is running for Parliament. Once there, he gets a further shock when Lady Jane sends him a letter whose contents may threaten their nuptials.

16 The Charles Lenox Series, Books 4-6

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives 
Price :  $23.99
Release Date :  2015-06-16
Description :  <b>"The upper-class amateur sleuth is very much alive in Charles Finch's charming Victorian whodunits." -<i>The</i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b>In this critically-acclaimed, Agatha-Award nominated series, gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox investigates in the grand tradition of Sherlock Holmes and Lord Peter Wimsey. Here together for the first time in one eBook bundle are these three terrific titles:<br /><br /><b><i>A Stranger in Mayfair</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b>Charles Lenox tries to resist the lure of a case and focus on his new career in Parliament. As the strange details of one family's complicated history are discovered, however, he finds himself pulled back into detective work-perhaps just in time to save another life.<br /><br /><b><i>A Burial at Sea</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b>Charles Lenox, Member of Parliament, sets sail on a clandestine mission for the government. When an officer is savagely murdered, however, Lenox is drawn toward his old profession, determined to capture another killer.<br /><br /><b><i>A Death in the Small Hours</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b>Lenox retires to his uncle's estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops. Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley.

17 The Vanishing Man

Author : Charles Finch
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Release Date :  2019-02-19
Description :  <b>From the critically acclaimed and USA Today bestselling author Charles Finch comes THE VANISHING MAN, the second in a prequel trilogy to his Charles Lenox Victorian series, in which </b><b>the theft of an antique painting sends Detective Lenox on a hunt for a criminal mastermind.</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>London, 1853. The Duke of Dorset, one of England's most famous noblemen, calls upon young Charles Lenox for help. A minor painting has been stolen from his private study. It's not particularly valuable in itself, but it's a peculiar thing to steal, leaving Lenox uneasy. After a vicious attack upon the Duke confirms the young investigator's anxieties, he must unravel the mystery of this painting, reaching back through the centuries to reveal one of the country's best-kept secrets<b>—</b>and discovering, in the process, a small, forgettable object of almost infinite value.



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