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A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch
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Nov 23, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-series
Read on November 22, 2012

Charles Lenox, Victorian Gentleman, the sleuth introduced in this beautifully written mystery, follows in the well-trodden footsteps of Lord Peter Wimsey, Albert Campion and the like as as Aristocratic Private Investigator who solves mysteries as a hobby. While he does come equipped with the regulation Butler/friend who assists him in his endeavours and with the lower class good-hearted assistant (think a grown-up Baker St Irregular), he also has a female friend and neighbour, Lady Jane Grey, who functions as a confidante and companion with whom he can discuss the case in the drawing room while taking tea and cakes.

The mystery in question revolves around the murder of a housemaid employed by one of the wealthiest men in London, and its solution requires visits to grand houses, run-down coffee bars, Gentlemen's clubs, and the Houses of Parliament. It is cleverly plotted with enjoyable characters and snippets of interesting political and financial intrigue.

So for those of you who cut your mystery teeth on the likes of Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh and who still relish the well plotted, non-violent, upstairs downstairs mystery novel (and I am most definitely in this category) this is a welcome new edition to your reading list. Enjoy it in front of the fire with a blanket on your lab and a cup of tea (or glass of sherry) in hand.

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