A Death in the Small Hours

A Death in the Small Hours

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From Charles Finch, the critically acclaimed author of A Beautiful Blue Death and A Burial at Sea, comes A Death in the Small Hours --an intriguing new mystery in what The New York Times calls "a beguiling series"

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.

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.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781250011602
1250011604
Characteristics: viii, 310 p. --

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maipenrai
Dec 07, 2016

(The sixth book in the Charles Lenox Mysteries series)

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Noctiluca
Oct 18, 2015

Charming! Very nice paced and realistic characterization, and overall interesting mystery.

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bibliofinn
Jun 17, 2013

The best book so far in a worthy series. The writing which has sometimes got a bit woolly in the past is now tightly focussed. And the setting is wonderful: for all its accurate period detail, this is basically a dream of the Victorian countryside as it should have been, a love letter to England that only an anglophile American could write. But there is also a surprising tenderness towards all the struggling characters, especially those who have suffered loss. The ending makes this a Victorian crime romance in the true sense of the word, a little stay in the Forest of Arden with a nineteenth-century aristocratic detective. I thought I'd enjoy this book, but not as much as I actually did.

hgeng63 Apr 13, 2013

Recommended, though I guessed whodunit.

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