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A Burial at Sea by Charles Finch
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Jan 18, 2012

really liked it

Finch's latest entry in the Charles Lenox series is a fine example of a successful Victorian mystery. Historical details abound in this taut mystery set aboard ship, and separating Lenox from his new wife, Lady Jane Grey, allows Finch to add depth to his character. Lenox is sent aboard the Lucy in order to venture on a delicate mission to Egypt for his brother Edmund. Eagerly awaiting the north of his first child, Lenox is nonetheless mourning his prior career as an inquiry agent while wondering if his new life in Parliament has dulled his faculties. The murder of a beloved second lieutenant onboard drives the storyline and the naval ship proves a wonderful new version of a locked room setting. The only flaw? Lenox's mission to Egypt is rushed through at the very end.

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