The September Society (Charles Lenox Mysteries #2)
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by Charles Finch (Goodreads Author)
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This novel is the sequel to the much beloved and praised A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries). That novel must be read first. Really, rea ...more
I'll also admit to not appreciating the 'wrapped in a neat bow' ending that we're lef ...more
However, Finch's tendency to beat certain points to death makes it a little hard to get through sometimes: in the first book, it was the stupid boots, and in the second, it was Lenox's love for Oxford, as well as his preoccupation with another matter that distracted him from the case.
If he can learn to present these id ...more
1. The plot is unforgivably weak for a mystery, both in the way that it structurally unfolds and in its pacing. As I was reading, I felt a strange sense of deja vu until I suddenly put my finger on it: this book reads like a Victorian role-playing game, where all the characters wander around with very l ...more
Finch, Charles – 2nd in series
St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312359782
First sentence: The first murders were committed nineteen years before the second, on a dry and unremarkable day along the Sutlej Frontier in Punjab.
Charles Lenox returns to his alma mater when the wealthy mother of an Oxford student appeals to Lenox to find her missing son, George Payson is missing. Lenox finds one of George ...more
Two murders nearly 20 years apart. The first in India among a group of dispatched English military officers, the second, 20 years later in Oxford University. What ties them together? A mysterious organization ...more
There must a dead body. There must be a murderer of said dead body.
Also, you must have a smart, determined amateur detective with flaws.
There must be clues and lots of questions that create suspense. Mix in a great setting that you want to go back to in a time machine and there you have The September Society by Charles Finch.
An admirable page turner. I was guessing all the way to the end, but I wish that Graham the trustworthy valet wasn't left hanging around at ...more
Lenox takes the case because he welcomes a nostalgic trip to revisit hi ...more
In this book a mother comes to Lenox because her son has disappeared and no one will take notice of it. That takes Charles away from his beloved Lady Jane and London to Oxford, which is another of those places that he has fond memories of. The puzzle of this mystery takes him bac ...more
Still some issues with anachronistic language (I think; most egregious example: it surely wasn't current idiom to say that "real life" kept you from going other things?) and telling rather than showing. And awkward exposition.
Oh, and needless cameos by famous dead guys. This guy shoul ...more
I will agree with some other reviewers that the waxing nostalgic of Oxford grew a bit tedious after a while and there were some scenes that I wasn’t sure fit with the mystery, however, in hindsight, they ...more
I most enjoyed the interweaving of the history, politics and social mood of era 1866 England. Usually I will do a bit of my ...more
This takes us out of the "comfort zone" of London and the society of "betters" within the City which is where the prior novel was set and moves us out to Oxford (where ...more
Now that the main character is goi ...more
Included is the origin of the term "swan song": Every swan in England belonged to Queen Victoria. Poaching swans was an offense the crown could punish. The official swan keeper to Her Majesty wrangled the birds in the third week of July every year, when they were s ...more
Not my favorite time period, but I do enjoy th ...more
I am enjoying these books. It's been a nice change for me from the action packed stories I typically read. The author does an admirable job of creating the atmosphere and society of the typical Victorian gentleman w ...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