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A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch
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Nov 23, 2010

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In this first Charles Lennox book, Lady Jane asks Charles to investigate the apparent poison suicide of Jane's former servant, Prudence Smith. Prudence had left Lady Jane's to go the home of George Barnard where her fiance was working as a footman. Charles immediately notes that Barnard is lying to him and soon realizes that Prudence did not commit suicide. Charles works with his doctor friend, Thomas McConnell, his butler, Graham, and his brother Sir Edmund and Inspector Exeter to solve the murder. There is a large stash of money from the mint where Barnard works in Barnard's house, along with many suspects, including the fiance, and five guests (two nephews, two politicians, and the rich Colonel Potts. Charles soon finds that Prudence has a couple of lovers, adding to the list of suspects. However, in spite of Barnard having convinced Inspector Exeter that it was suicide, Charles plugs on and solves the mystery.

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