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My name is Charles Finch - welcome! I'm the author of the Charles Lenox series of historical mysteries, as well as the forthcoming novel about expatriate life in Oxford, THE LAST ENCHANTMENTS. I also write book reviews for USA Today and the Chicago Tribune and essays in many different places.

Like most people on this website, I'm a huge reader. My taste is all over the place, though I tend to really like literary and mystery fiction. Some of my favorite writers: George Orwell, Henry Green, Dick Francis, Anthony Trollope, David Lodge, PG Wodehouse, Bill Bryson, Roberto Bolano, Jonathan Franzen, Shirley Hazzard, Leo To...more


The Last Enchantments is OUT! This is such an exciting day for me - this book has been a passion project, and I hope readers will love it.

If you want to enter to win a copy, come to https://www.facebook.com/charlesfinch... and answer a simple question: What is your favorite novel set in England?

I've been mulling my own answer. The Narnia books, anything by Jane Austen, the Sherlock Holmes stori... Read more of this blog post »
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“‎He often envied people who hadn't read his favourite books. They had such happiness before them.”
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“Her strength was in the integrity of her actions; she never compromised what she believed she ought to do.”
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“Are you going to give a speech?' she asked gaily.

He gave a choked laugh. 'Of course not,' he said. 'Not for ages.'

'My cousin Davey gave one on his very first day!' ...

'In the Lords, I remember. It was about how he didn't like strawberry jam.'

'Be nice, Charles! It was a speech about fruit importation, which I admit devolved into something of a tirade.' She couldn't help but laugh. 'Still, you could talk about something more important.'

'Than jam? Impossible. We mustn't set the bar too high, Jane.”
Charles Finch, The Fleet Street Murders

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“Are you going to give a speech?' she asked gaily.

He gave a choked laugh. 'Of course not,' he said. 'Not for ages.'

'My cousin Davey gave one on his very first day!' ...

'In the Lords, I remember. It was about how he didn't like strawberry jam.'

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'Than jam? Impossible. We mustn't set the bar too high, Jane.”
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Charles Finch Julie wrote: "i didn't realize you were here in chicago now. if you are strolling along lake short drive, you might see my husband sail by sometime :) we live in the suburbs but he is often sailing where he c..."

Oh, how funny Julie! I haven't lived here long. The summer was so beautiful, especially the few times I got out to the lake.

By the way, I'll be doing events in Winnetka and Naperville this November...will post about them here. Hope to see you!


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Julie i didn't realize you were here in chicago now. if you are strolling along lake short drive, you might see my husband sail by sometime :) we live in the suburbs but he is often sailing where he can see chicago's gorgeous skyline. isn't chicago a beautiful city? (when you are not freezing too much!)


Charles Finch Katelynn wrote: "As a fan of historical fiction, I happened upon Charles Lennox by chance. Fortunately (for me) you already had five books in the series, which I read in rapid succession. It was only after this bin..."

Katelynn, thank you so much for these incredibly generous words! It means so much in particular to hear that you think the atmosphere of the books is true to the age, because that's what I work hardest to achieve with the Lenox books. To answer your question, I haven't read the Charles Todd books, though I know he (they) have an avid following. I'll need to start soon.

Thanks again - and no, I'm not going anywhere! Much more to come from Lenox and from me.

Best,
Charles Finch


Katelynn As a fan of historical fiction, I happened upon Charles Lennox by chance. Fortunately (for me) you already had five books in the series, which I read in rapid succession. It was only after this binge-read that I discovered you were my age. I can't put my finger on why that surprised me, but in many ways it gave me hope for the future! Your style of writing is so understated and unpretentious, which can be hard to find. I read a lot of work in this genre and some of it is better than others, like everything I suppose. I find that a lot of novels rely too heavily upon shallow factoids to sell the "period feel", leaving the actual characters somewhat out of place in their time. Charles Lennox is a clear exception. You somehow avoid this trap, and all of the people in your novels feel as though they could actually have existed. Although the murders and intrigue are what sells, I also really enjoy the political subplots that have grown in the later novels. I wish my congressman was as moral as Lennox!

I was just curious if you've ever read any of the Inspector Rutlege mysteries by Charles Todd. While in a different era than your books, and somewhat darker, they have that same authentic feel. If you haven't read any of them, I definitely recommend you do so!

Sorry for the long winded note, but just wanted to say thanks for sharing Charles Lennox with us. I hope he (and you) stick around for a long time!


Charles Finch Sophia wrote: "Thank you for accepting my friend request, Charles!

I adore your Charles Lennox books- great characters and I like the authentic feel of the backdrop not to mention the worthy mysteries.

Felicities!"


Thanks for finding me on here and thanks so much for reading, Sophia - it always makes me so happy to hear that people are enjoying the books.


Sophia Thank you for accepting my friend request, Charles!

I adore your Charles Lennox books- great characters and I like the authentic feel of the backdrop not to mention the worthy mysteries.

Felicities!


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