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A Burial at Sea by Charles Finch
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Apr 03, 12

bookshelves: historical-mystery
Read in April, 2012

Arm chair traveler and gentleman detective Charles Lenox is settling into his new roles as Member of Parliment and husband when his brother, a mover and shaker in Government, asks him to unertake a mission to the newly built Suez Canal. There's trouble brewing in France and Lenox is taxed with meeting with a French informant while also representing England's interests in the region. Lenox sets sail on the Lucy, along with his nephew Teddy, for a quick and easy trip to Egypt. Trouble arises the first night out, when a Lt Halifax is found dead on the deck. The Captain, knowing of Lenox's previous successes as a detective, calls on him to find the murderer.

A "locked room" mystery, a limited suspect pool and a detective out of his comfort zone lead to an enjoyable mystery. I quite enjoyed the mystery aboard the Lucy; the action regarding the diplomatic mission seemed little more than a reason to set the book on a ship at sea. Lenox is an honorable, insightful character, but I found parts of his actions on the Lucy to be a bit of a stretch.

Overall, this installment in the series was solid and worth the time.
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