A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries #1)
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by Charles Finch (Goodreads Author)
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I am going to make an exception with this book as I have with only one other. This time I am making the exception because I hope to spare someone, who has similar tastes to mine, the pain of reading this book.
I looked at the reviews of this book here and on GoodReads before I chose to read it, they are overwhelmingly favorabl ...more
I submerged into 1865 London with surprising ease in this debut mystery. I was irked by lots of little picky detail boo-boos, but charmed by the characters of Charles Lenox and Lady Jane Grey, who *should* be called Lady Deere or the Dowager Countess of Deere, but whatever. Their interspecies friendship, as the Victorians would see it, is charming and sweet and very vibrantly drawn. Its charm makes me feel all squooshy inside.
And that's the real reason I've only rated this 3. ...more
Update: I bought all six of them. I read a little in the beginning of the first book, liked it and thought what the heck!
I liked Charles Lenox, the main character, and his ruminations on the oddity of Victorian culture and the impossibility of getting properly made boots. I do think that some of the minor characters (most notably servants and those of lesser class) weren't sketched out fully, but it seems appropriate given the mindset of the era that a gentlemen would think of these types of people in broad sterot ...more
"A Beautiful Blue Death" had some good qualities, but I can't say it's one of my favorites.
I think it was trying a bit too hard to be clever. Also the settings and characters were a trifle boring at times. They were a little too removed from everyday life to be entirely believable.
British aristocrat Charles Lenox has inherited such a comfortable sum from his father that he doesn't need to work.
He is an amateur detective, but amateur only in the sense of being ...more
That being said the book is a fun and charming historical mystery that will undoubtedly be enjoyed by those of us who love Dorothy L. Sayers, Sir Arthur ...more
I managed to finish it, but I won't be reading any more of the series. Just too darn dull.
A Beautiful Blue Death is filled to the rafters with memorable characters. Charles Lenox-- even if he's the "leftover" son and not heir to his family's title-- is a true gentleman in both his beliefs and in his deali ...more
I'm happy to say that the author began with a good footing and that all three books are pretty decent reads. To be fair, I'd probably give this more of a 3.75 that a full-blown 4, but c'est la vie.
It is definitely a detective story but like the other two novels the actual cr ...more
A Beautiful Blue Death is the first of a series. I thi ...more
Sherlock Holmes fans, people who like to read books set in London in the 1800s (1865 in this case).
The story is set in England before WWI and has a sort of Downton Abby feel to it. Lenox is of the upper class and likes to dabble in solving myteries. He isn't appreciated by Scotland Yard, but his advice is sought out from time to time when an odd crime has been commited.
Charles Finch pays close attention to d ...more
The only thing better than the characters was the description and setting. I feel like I just got back from a trip to Victorian London! Which is exactly what I look for in my books – a fun escape. ...more
My name is Charles Finch - welcome! I'm the author of the Charles Lenox series of historical mysteries, as well as a recent novel about expatriate life in Oxford, THE LAST ENCHANTMENTS. I also write book reviews for the New York Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune an ...more