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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 and essays in many different places.

Like most people on this website, I'm a huge reader. My taste is all over the place, though I tend to really like literary and mystery fiction. Some of my favorite writers: George Orwell, Henry Green, Dick Francis, Anthony Trollope, David Lodge, PG Wodehouse, Bill Bryson, Roberto Bolano, Jonathan Franzen, Shirley H
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Charles Finch First of all, THANK YOU for reading!!! Second of all, yes, I have a new book coming out in February...which is actually a prequel to the whole series.…moreFirst of all, THANK YOU for reading!!! Second of all, yes, I have a new book coming out in February...which is actually a prequel to the whole series. It's called "The Woman in the Water." I'm really excited for it to come out. (He's only about 23 in the story...)

I also have a Christmas story coming out this fall just to tide people over. It's called Gone Before Christmas.

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Charles Finch Hey Jules - so sorry I'm just seeing this! I'm very bad at Goodreads (sometimes I'm obsessed and sometimes I forget it exists for a month). Anyway, ye…moreHey Jules - so sorry I'm just seeing this! I'm very bad at Goodreads (sometimes I'm obsessed and sometimes I forget it exists for a month). Anyway, yes! The next one comes out in February :)

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I am so excited to share this with you guys! My publisher has been kind enough to post an excerpt of my next mystery novel, "The Vanishing Man." Out in February, it tracks a lost portrait through Victorian London - a portrait of...well, you'll see at the end of the excerpt :) I hope you enjoy!


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“When you're finally a grown-up, one of the things you find is that there are no grown-ups.”
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message 10: by Donna

Donna Charles, I just wanted to let you know that I am a big fan of yours and love your books. I hope you keep putting new ones out for all of us to enjoy.
I hope you have a wonderful Happy New Year 2018.
Donna


message 9: by Steve

Steve Charles, thanks for accepting my friend request. I recently stumbled upon the Lenox mysteries. I recently read the first in the series, and it was good, but I am now in the midst of the September Society and just can't put it down. I think I am enjoying this one more because A) the main characters have already been developed in the first book, so I already felt like an insider, and B) the setting of Oxford. I have vicariously enjoyed the Oxford setting, being a fan of Dexter's Morse novels (and consequently the TV adaptations and subsequent spinoffs). In September, you make several references to Lenox's adventures in Oxford as a student at Balliol. Have you ever considered turning the clock back some more and write a book, or perhaps another series, on Lenox's time at Oxford? I think you would find a quick following there.


message 8: by Ann

Ann Rhodes Thanks so much for Charles Lenox, I found him my local library while working there and I have fell in love with him. You transport me to a time and place that I can see in my mind so well. I am one book behind (slow reader I work long hours) but I still can't wait for the next. My aunt gave me "Alana Chandler, Marked for Murder" Joanie Bruce and I have to finish it first, but it is such a good book. A real page turner, I recommend it to you.
Thanks again!


ShanDizzy 09/25/2015: I appreciate that you accepted my friend request Charles. I am truly enjoying your Charles Lenox series. Thank you for creating him. I also follow you on facebook (I'm Smi Dizzy). Currently, I am reading "A Stranger in Mayfair" which shows Lenox as a more introspective person due to the changes in his life. You've grandly captured the nuances of human emotions in Lenox's and Jane's new situation. And how wonderful that Graham got "promoted!" It's interesting to read how he's attempting to adjust to his new station. This is a very well-written and delightful narrative. Oh, and the mystery is intriguing too. Thanks again


Charles Finch Julie wrote: "i didn't realize you were here in chicago now. if you are strolling along lake short drive, you might see my husband sail by sometime :) we live in the suburbs but he is often sailing where he c..."

Oh, how funny Julie! I haven't lived here long. The summer was so beautiful, especially the few times I got out to the lake.

By the way, I'll be doing events in Winnetka and Naperville this November...will post about them here. Hope to see you!


message 5: by Julie

Julie i didn't realize you were here in chicago now. if you are strolling along lake short drive, you might see my husband sail by sometime :) we live in the suburbs but he is often sailing where he can see chicago's gorgeous skyline. isn't chicago a beautiful city? (when you are not freezing too much!)


Charles Finch Katelynn wrote: "As a fan of historical fiction, I happened upon Charles Lennox by chance. Fortunately (for me) you already had five books in the series, which I read in rapid succession. It was only after this bin..."

Katelynn, thank you so much for these incredibly generous words! It means so much in particular to hear that you think the atmosphere of the books is true to the age, because that's what I work hardest to achieve with the Lenox books. To answer your question, I haven't read the Charles Todd books, though I know he (they) have an avid following. I'll need to start soon.

Thanks again - and no, I'm not going anywhere! Much more to come from Lenox and from me.

Best,
Charles Finch


Katelynn As a fan of historical fiction, I happened upon Charles Lennox by chance. Fortunately (for me) you already had five books in the series, which I read in rapid succession. It was only after this binge-read that I discovered you were my age. I can't put my finger on why that surprised me, but in many ways it gave me hope for the future! Your style of writing is so understated and unpretentious, which can be hard to find. I read a lot of work in this genre and some of it is better than others, like everything I suppose. I find that a lot of novels rely too heavily upon shallow factoids to sell the "period feel", leaving the actual characters somewhat out of place in their time. Charles Lennox is a clear exception. You somehow avoid this trap, and all of the people in your novels feel as though they could actually have existed. Although the murders and intrigue are what sells, I also really enjoy the political subplots that have grown in the later novels. I wish my congressman was as moral as Lennox!

I was just curious if you've ever read any of the Inspector Rutlege mysteries by Charles Todd. While in a different era than your books, and somewhat darker, they have that same authentic feel. If you haven't read any of them, I definitely recommend you do so!

Sorry for the long winded note, but just wanted to say thanks for sharing Charles Lennox with us. I hope he (and you) stick around for a long time!


Charles Finch Sophia wrote: "Thank you for accepting my friend request, Charles!

I adore your Charles Lennox books- great characters and I like the authentic feel of the backdrop not to mention the worthy mysteries.

Felicities!"


Thanks for finding me on here and thanks so much for reading, Sophia - it always makes me so happy to hear that people are enjoying the books.


Sophia Thank you for accepting my friend request, Charles!

I adore your Charles Lennox books- great characters and I like the authentic feel of the backdrop not to mention the worthy mysteries.

Felicities!


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