A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries #1)
Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to 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 the chance to unravel a mystery.
Prudence Smith, one of Janeâ€™s former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects s
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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 on Amazon and on GoodReads before I chose to read it, they are overwhelmingly fav ...more
Still, take this with a grain of salt. For now it was simply an okay story. I might return to this book when I am in bett ...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
First, it's full of Americanisms. By halfway through I was so annoyed by them being used in the context of a London-based tale set in the mid-Victorian period, that I began to list them with their British 'translations':-
Sure you are (of course you are)
He took a left (he turned left)
How do you figure? (how do you work that out?)
Workingman (worker, lab ...more
Amateur sleuth enamored with parliament and the architecture of the Victorian period has money to throw around and lots of confidantes to spy for him
High class manners
Deals with titles and servants
I recommend for a light read or a break from the regular routine
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
However, Victoria was not, and was not referred to as, "Queen Empress" until made Empress of India, some 11 years after this book is set.
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
In brief, what was so bad? Historical detail was bizarre and inaccurate, the lead character was a pompous ass who fancied himself an armchair Sherlock Holmes (and even came out with a few "you've ...more
It started off well, then went slowly downhill. And I do mean SLOWLY. Oy, I got to 50% and was too bored to read the rest to get to the murderer and the why so skipped to the end. I wasn't wowed by the big reveal.
The diction of the characters and the historic "facts" were not in keeping with the time. It was rather jarring and took me out of the book on more than one occasion. Also, the author has ne ...more
The characters were interesting enough to make me ...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" 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
Finch, Charles – 1st book
St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312359775
First Sentence: The fateful note came just as Lenox was settling into his armchair after a long, tiresome day in the city.
*** Charles Lenox is a gentleman, traveler; albeit more armchair than actual, who enjoys his life as a bachelor, his comforts and his dear friend and neighbor, the Lady Jane, a widow who similarly enjoys her solitary ...more
I slogged through the painfully slow detection in this book only to have the murderer ring the doorbell, walk in, and confess. I mean, really! And then after he owns up, he tries to escape. What sort of clown murderer is this? Who kills someone with one kind of poison and then leaves a bottle of red herrin ...more
"But at least, he thought with grim satisfaction, he was ahead of Exeter, who was still twisting his whiskers and thinking the girl had destroyed herself while his underlings stroked his ego."
"He read quite contentedly until eight, when he had to dress for supper with his fri ...more
A Beautiful Blue Death is the first of a series. I thi ...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