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The Fleet Street Murders (Charles Lenox Mysteries #3)

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The third book in the Charles Lenox series finds the gentleman detective trying to balance a heated race for Parliament with the investigation of the mysterious simultaneous deaths of two veteran reporters.

It’s Christmas, 1866, and amateur sleuth Charles Lenox, recently engaged to his best friend, Lady Jane Grey, is happily celebrating the holiday in his Mayfair townhouse.
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ebook, 320 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Minotaur Books
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Cherie
I listened to the ending of the story twice to make it last a little longer. Lady Jane, Charles, Edward, Robert, Toto and Graham all feel like an extended part of my family now. I can't wait to meet them again.

I am grateful to the folks at the Dundee, Illinois Public Library for the InterLibrary loan of this book on CD so that I could listen to it.

I will try to think about the wonderful ending and surprise that was revealed while I wait patiently for the next story to reach my library. (view spo
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LJ
First Sentence: It was late in the evening, and a thin winter rain beat down over London’s low buildings and high steeples, collecting in sallow pools beneath the streetlights and insinuating its way inside the clothes of the miserable few whom fate had kept outside.

Amateur sleuth Charles Lenox is recently engaged to his best friend and neighbor, Lady Jane Grey, and is running for parliament in the small town of Stirrington, north of London. However, two important Fleet Street journalists are mu
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Megan
Dec 08, 2011 Megan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Sherlock Holmes lovers
I would go to the bookstore very often and every time I would pause at this book until finally I picked it up and bought it. I wish I would have known that was the third in the series but glad I could read it out of order. I really enjoyed this book. It is very similar to a Sherlock Holmes book except with a more personable character as the detective. There is a character similar to Watson, Moriarty, Mycroft, and even Lestrad. It had enough differences though that it didn't feel like a total She ...more
Brackman1066
It's refreshing to find a series with a detective who is quiet, intelligent, and decent. Don't get me wrong; some of the detectives who are alcoholic, anti-social, shell-shocked, miserably partnered, devastatingly widowed, etc. are well-drawn and engaging. However, as Jasper Fforde so mercilessly showed up in *The Big Over-Easy*, characterization by quirk has been overdone, and Lenox is a good antidote. In fact, Lenox is almost a challenge to the axiom that the detective has to be some kind of o ...more
Dorie
The third book in this series was wonderful from start to finish. Charles Lenox is at his best in this book, besotted with his fiance Lady Jane Grey, campaigning for a seat in Parliament while simultaneously trying to solve the double homicide of two journalists. Some of the story takes place in Stirrington (a smallish town north of London) where Charles is trying to win over the people to gain their vote and represent them in Parliament. Unfortunately for him he is going up against a local busi ...more
Bev
The Fleet Street Murders is the third novel in Charles Finch's series of Victorian-era mysteries starring gentleman detective Charles Lenox. The story begins on Christmas in 1866. It's a pleasant day for Lenox who is still basking in the glow of having recently become engaged to his long-time friend and love of his life, Lady Jane Grey. But the day is not a pleasant one for two journalists across town. Within minutes of each other, Winston Carruthers and Simon Pierce are stabbed and shot (respec ...more
Sara Poole
It's official: I'm addicted to Charles Finch's delightful Victorian mysteries featuring the very noble, in every sense of the word, Charles Lenox. In this outing, Lenox faces a tangle of intrigue as he investigates what lies behind the almost simultaneous murders of two of Fleet Street's best while he is also contesting for a seat in Parliament and coping with the sudden doubts of his long-time love and fiancée, Lady Jane Grey. Through satisfying twists and turns, earnest, deeply decent Lenox co ...more
Spuddie
Another interesting story in this historical series in which the main character, Charles Lenox, is running for a seat in Parliament and due to the death of the man who would have retired leaving the vacant seat, he must go north to Stirrington and do a very intense two-week campaign. All this while two murders of prominent newspaper reporters baffle London and Scotland Yard, with Lenox itching to get his nose in and discover the truth.

Enjoyable story, interesting characters and easy-reading styl
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Kirsten
Finch has hit his stride in this 3rd installment in the series. Just what I like in a mystery: characters whose small thoughts and actions make me think about my own life.
Rosie
To the reviewers of Charles Finch who have given his books more than 1 star: Are we reading the same book? I had to restrain myself from fetching a red pen and correcting all of Finch's clunky sentences, the phrases that directly contradict themselves (an anonymous note sent by a subordinate named Rolk- by definition that is not anonymous) or simply do not make sense (there's tomato plants growing outdoors in London? In January?). I've commented to my husband that Finch would benefit from better ...more
Ruby Rose Scarlett
The end of Charles Finch's books is always so, so beautiful and beautifully written. I love detective novels but if I could ask for one thing of the author, it would be to have him write a general fiction book with the same characters. I love them that much. I read something in which he admitted that his favourite part of the books was always the end once the plot was wrapped up and he could concentrate on just the characters and their day-to-day life - 'It's my favorite part of writing the Leno ...more
Susan Ferguson
Charles Lenox has been asked to run for a seat in parliament. The incumbent has died unexpectedly which gives him about 2 weeks to meet the people in the constituency and win their support. A member takes him down to meet the people. A publican named Crook is handling his campaign there. Mr. Crook's inn is a rather respectable place and his help are quite good. Charles takes Graham down with him because Graham has a way of getting to know people and they like him. But there have a been a couple ...more
Matt Schiariti
Fleet Street picks up shortly after The September Society. While Lennox and Lady Jane are planning their wedding two things happen nearly concurrently. The first, which is what the book is titled, is a pair of near simultaneous murders on Fleet Street. Two journalists are murdered in their own homes. The two murders set the city alight and, as always amateur sleuth Charles Lennox itches to get at the cases. However the death of the man sitting in a Parliament seat up north makes Lennox's involve ...more
Al
A mystery set in 1866 England. Guess what? The detective, Charles Lenox, reminds us of a more sympathetic Sherlock Holmes, complete with the functional equivalents of Watson, Holmes's brother Mycroft, Inspector Lestrade, Professor Moriarty, and Holmes's quirky living quarters . Unfortunately, Lenox makes his case-solving breakthroughs not on exquisite logic and deductions like Holmes, but on brilliant intuitive flashes, almost godlike in their conception--much less believable. Also, to me at le ...more
Sophia
This is the third book in a series by Charles Finch featuring his Victorian Age detective, Charles Lennox.

Charles Lennox is a middle-aged bachelor who enjoys his comforts, has a penchant for ancient Rome, books, rowing on the Thames, walking about his part of London, visiting with his brother's family and his friends, Lady Jane and the McConnells, and solving crimes. He is ably assisted by his valet, Graham, Scotland Yard Inspector Jenkins, and his detecting apprentice, the son of a Duke, Dallin
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Katharine
Definitely another step up in writing quality for this series. Although it continues to be plagued by historical inaccuracies, especially in dialogue, it also has well-depicted and unusual settings and likeable characters. The latter probably being the reason why I keep reading these. The mystery was well-plotted enough that I stayed up too late one evening finishing.

My biggest complaint with this installment is the lack of characterization for Lady Jane. It's not even that she's too perfect (a
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Norma Huss
To me, this is the best, so far, of the Charles Lenox historical mysteries. Of course, after reading the first two, the characters are my friends, so I'm interested in their affairs. But, even more so, this mystery builds on the others, especially the second, for a truly satisfactory mystery plot.

The period is 1866, the place London and Stirrington, the mood cold winter and unexpected death. The leisurely pace of the first book in the series has been ramped up with scant time for the relaxing c
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Vivian Valvano
At this point in the semester, I need some escapism, even with the arrival of Spring. I found this novel among the recommendations in the 14-day express books at the Manhasset Public Library, and I decided that a British murder mystery was just the tonic necessary. Nothing here will tax the brain heavily, but one can spend a delightful few hours sleuthing with a fine amateur detective of the veddy British upper class in Winter 1860s. He is also running for Parliament, and he has the requisite en ...more
Peter
Big fan of this young series. The author adds enough touches of period dialogue and detail, but doesn't overload His style of writing dialogue is interesting; he includes many short sentences, ones like actual conversations have... not many writers do this as it can be seen as a bit boring or pointless, but I think it works here. It kind of gives the books a bit of a 'homey' feel, which I think he is going for.

Good character development, he's very good with that.

The only thing I didn't love was
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Daniel
I find this third book on the Charles Lenox series better than the first two. Maybe because there are many things going on and not just about the "Fleet Street Murders." While to some, these "other things" may seem like unnecessary distractions or subplots to extend the story into a novel-length feature, I find that it makes Charles Lenox more real. Certainly not all of us live in a linear fashion wherein life moves through one plot line only. There are usually so many things going on in real li ...more
Wendy
Oct 22, 2012 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jess Faraday
I am becoming extremely fond of Charles Lenox, gentleman detective, and his associates, friends, and family members. I enjoyed this book immensely, from violent start to high-action end, and all the genteel tea-sipping and biscuit munching in between. Charles is a very busy man in this book, working on the murders of the title while at the same time pursuing his lifelong political ambitions by making a run for Parliament, and falling even more in love with Lady Jane.

Graham is also on his way to
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Dawn
I am continuing to enjoy this series.

Charles has finally gotten engaged and is getting his chance to enter the political arena that he has aspired to for so long. While campaigning in Stirrington, the murder of two journalists in London captures his interest.

It was inevitable from the first book that Charles and Jane would get married and I have liked their quiet romance. The addition of an apprentice has been fun and the campaign was interesting to read about. Having Charles outside of London
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Library-KAT
Another Charles Lennox mystery, set in Victorian England. Charles is set to marry his best childhood friend Lady Jane Grey, when their friends Thomas & Toto McConnell lose the child Toto is carrying... sending all into a funk and setting Lady Jane in to a state of questioning herself.....

Charles is preparing to run for Parliament, when the current member dies.. thus pushing Charles into a rushed election against a "local" who has moved his business out of town..... Dirty politics here, but a
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Tinytextiles
I was in the mood for a good mystery in the order of Agatha Christie---and this is it. Charles Finch has a British background and much of the story line in this book takes place in London for which Mr Finch has a very good story telling background. You can learn all sorts of facts about this city in the late 19th century. The story line is intriguing but not harsh like The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.A very pleasant summer read.
Lynn
Another exciting adventure with Charles Lenox. I do enjoy my visits with Lenox and Lady Jane Grey (though I have to wonder if her name is just a bit too common and predictable). The mystery of this one was very interesting, and I knew the important clue from when it was introduced, but it took me as long as it took Lenox to figure out what had really happened and what was really going on. Looking forward to the next adventure.
Gigi
Take the detective out of London and what happens? Murder and mayhem still abound, but a new cache of characters enter the story - and what characters ! They move the story along nicely, further develop Graham's character (who is fast becoming my favorite literary sidekick), push Lenox into situations out of his control and comfort zone and add to the enjoyment of the reader. Well done.

Dgoll
Another great whodunnit from Finch. I love these characters and enjoy visiting with them with every book. My only criticism is the rehashing of the history of the characters in the first couple of dozen pages. Other authors of sequels have managed to blend such details into their subsequent stories more seamlessly. Nonetheless an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book!
Marsha
There's a mindset for reading Victorian novels. You must accept that the pace and terminology is slower and that the sex is hidden (with some exceptions, of course). Thankfully, Charles Finch doesn't hide the seamy side of murder in Victorian London. In fact, some of the most atmospheric scenes describe the crime taking place in iconic London or Oxford - a place the tourist least expects.
I enjoy this series because the repression of societal niceties adds flavor to otherwise commonplace murders.
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Leslie
Yet again I was pleased to get swept away to England in the winter. I enjoy the detail that the author, Charles Finch shares with the reader. In that detail it makes it easy to read the mystery as if it unfolds. Some of the plot was easy to predict, but I do wonder what is to become of the detective without his nemisis.
Derk
I've read the first three books in this series in order and each one is better than the last. I almost gave up on the first, but this one was pretty good. Still more atmospherics than mystery and this one had a long diversion of a political campaign. But once again the hero triumphed (no surprise there).
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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 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
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Other Books in the Series

Charles Lenox Mysteries (9 books)
  • A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #1)
  • The September Society (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #2)
  • A Stranger in Mayfair (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #4)
  • A Burial at Sea (Charles Lenox Mysteries #5)
  • A Death in the Small Hours (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #6)
  • An Old Betrayal (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #7)
  • The Laws of Murder (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #8)
  • Home by Nightfall (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #9)
A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #1) The September Society (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #2) A Stranger in Mayfair (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #4) A Burial at Sea (Charles Lenox Mysteries #5) A Death in the Small Hours (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #6)

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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.”
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