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An Old Betrayal (Charles Lenox Mysteries #7)

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In "An Old Betrayal," the seventh book of Charles Finch's bestselling series of Victorian mysteries, a case of mistaken identity has Charles Lenox playing for his highest stakes yet: the safety of Queen Victoria herself.
On a spring morning in London, 1875, Charles Lenox agrees to take time away from his busy schedule as a Member of Parliament to meet an old protege's clie
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Paperback, 294 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published November 12th 2013)
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For me, reading a Charles Lenox mystery is like seeing an old and cherished friend—it provides both joy and a sense of comfort that is bone deep. In a world of flashy, often gruesome, story writing, Mr. Finch offers the reader a respite, a place to escape from the maelstrom with a good story and a cast of main characters whose lives are interesting enough to keep you engaged page-to-page and who are also people genuinely likeable, even loveable. Charles Lenox, an imperfect man of gentle yet stea ...more
Sharla
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost gave this one a five star. I thought it was the best of this series so far and I've liked them all. I love the characters, the period in history and all the historical details. The plot was good with a nice twist at the end. I couldn't find fault with it. The way I rate books the five stars are the ones I think are over-the-top great but honestly, this one came close.
Evgeny
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First things first: I need to mention I received this book from Goodreads giveaways. Second thing I need to mention: the blurb for it contains huge spoiler, so read it at your own risk.

London, 1875; Charles Lenox is a former private detective who works in Parliament. His protege John Dallington asked him to help with his new case: Dallington received an anonymous message asking him to meet its author at certain place and time, but the detective fell ill. Charles goes in his place and completely
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Donna
This is the 3rd book I've read by this author. This book falls into the historical fiction - crime/mystery genres. And because it takes place in the latter 1800's, it doesn't have the action and the fast pace that I'm used to in more current books with the crime/mystery genre. But I still enjoyed this. There were many things to like.

I enjoyed the sense of place, the MC, the manners, and the dialogue. I was completely immersed into this time period and I always love when that happens. Everyone is
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LJ
First Sentence: The long green benches of the House of Commons were half-deserted as the evening session began, scattered with perhaps a few dozen men.

Charles Lenox’ life is full, with wonderful wife, infant daughter and a seat in Parliament. Although it is a very busy time in Parliament, Charles Lenox agrees to meet with a former colleague’s client. But it’s the murder of a country squire that returns Lenox to his former profession of investigation, at least part time. Lenox finds this to be mu
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Kip Brailey
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series never disappoints. Each book is a detective story but also a historical romp through Victorian England. As a lover of historical fiction, I look forward to each book in this series both for what will happen to the characters but more for the picture Finch will paint of a world that has passed.
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Why on earth have I not picked up this series before now? An Old Betrayal, the seventh book in the Charles Lenox mysteries by Charles Finch, is a finely-crafted historical mystery, well-written and engrossing. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and can't wait to read the previous six books.

Charles Lenox is a former private (consulting) detective, clearly gentry although untitled, who now serves in the House of Commons. But his interest in the art of detection remains, and when a puzzle presents itself, he
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Cherie
What one does for friendship!

This story was all about rumors and non confrontations. Charles will not confront the doctor nor Graham directly, but still thinks only the best of both of them despite nasty rumors. He stands up for Lord John Dallington, will not listen to slander about Graham and even when the doctor stands him up, continues to think only the best of him. Things were looking bad during much of this story. Dallington was terribly sick and had to ask Charles to handle a meeting for
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Jim
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pleasant return to the Lennox novels for me. The detective and Parliament member wasn't as full of himself as I remember, and the addition of 'Miss Strickland' was fun, and should help the series. Lennox and Lady Jane are now parents to Sophia, and are about as interested in her as they might be in a neighbor's poodle they happen to be watching for a weekend. Thankfully little Sophia has a hired nanny who pays attention to her while Lennox plays detective and Jane throws a ridiculous ...more
Amy Lignor
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the seventh book in the extremely interesting series of Victorian mysteries starring Charles Lenox.

In this new novel, Charles is investigating a case of mistaken identity. Following the path of the other stories, Charles’s life is effected by familiar characters fans have grown to love: His political secretary, Graham; his wife, Lady Jane; friend and now detective, Lord Dallington; and Scotland Yard’s Inspector Jenkins.

Charles and Jane are now parents of two-year-old Sophia, and more t
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Amy
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway!

Perhaps it is strange but mysteries are my comfort reads -- nothing like a murder to soothe nerves -- and Charles Lenox is among my favorite detectives. The series is a bit quaint, evoking a more pleasant side of Victorian England, but it's never prim or stuffy. Charles, of course, is the focus and he is practically perfect in every way: smart, caring, generous, and incredibly tolerant for his time.

Here we find Charles back in the detection game. His
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Susan Johnson
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How can you beat a mystery that Queen Victoria makes an appearance in? You just can't. Frankly, the Queen comes off pretty well in this novel and conveys the sense of fun that come through in this Victorian mystery. At one time, Charles Lenox muses that he is living in the futuristic time of 1875 and can't wait until 1900 comes along. That gave me a chuckle and shows that no matter when you live, it's an exciting time.

Lenox appears in his seventh novel and is now a member of Parliament and movin
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Kathy
This is Book #7 in the Charles Lenox series, set in Victorian London, and the characters continue to grow on me. Charles is being kept busy with his Parliamentary duties and finding himself involved in mystery when he agrees to help his friend and protege, John Dallington. Mistaken identities and murders abound, and the mystery deepens, and soon Buckingham Palace is involved.

Not only are the mysteries in this series good, but the characters become like real friends. The little touches in the st
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Barbara
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We're up to the seventh book of this entertaining series. Now Charles Lennox is primarily a member of Parliament, hence his detectiving has gone by the wayside. His young friend Lord Dallington has basically taken over his investigation business. But wait! John Dallington has a bad bug--flu, cold, whatever, and it means that Charles must step in on one of his cases. A woman is very much in need of a private detective! There also appears to be a imposter on the scene also.
And of course--a murder!
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Curtis Sawyer
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved every one of the Charles Finch Lenox mysteries! I pre-order these as soon as I'm aware they are near release. I believe the period is captured well and I look forward to the complexities of the crime and its eventual solving. Excellent!
Cindy
James Langston does a fine narration. Nice tautly drawn mystery with the ethical ending fans have come to expect from author. Like the series, it neither promotes nor disparages Christianity, and has no graphics, bad language or gore. Recommended.
Jayne
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series and was thoroughly pleased with the latest book. I enjoyed the mystery and also liked the direction he is taking the characters for the future.
Rog
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, 3+ stars for my rating to Mr. Finch's "An Old Betrayal". This is my first book I've read by Mr. Finch and I was delighted. It reminded me of the dearly departed and sorely missed Dick Francis, another spinner of the easy going mystery in fiction. My wife and I will read some books out loud to each other. After I was 30% through "An Old Betrayal", we decided to make it one of our "audio" books. My wife is very much interested in Queen Victoria's reign and Finch's books about Charles Len ...more
Tom Donaghey
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
AN OLD BETRAYAL by Charles Finch is the seventh book in this fine series. Set in London just prior to the coming of a certain Mr. Holmes, we find Member of Parliament Charles Lenox doubling as a private investigator. He was detecting before his stint as an MP and he has been called back to assist his ailing student, Dallington. Unable to follow through on a request for assistance, he has called on his mentor to possibly assist him.
Such is the beginning of this wonderful, atmospheric adventure
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Joan
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Book #7, "An Old Betrayal" continues the adventures of Charles Lenox in the classical mystery vein of intrigue and suspense while exploring themes of loyalty, family, and friendships in the face of malicious rumors, doubts, and confrontations.

Charles' character truly shines here when he steadfastly refuses to believe slander against his longtime friend, former butler now secretary Graham. Charles stands by Dallington despite the young lord's tainted reputation as a wastrel, and he keeps faith wi
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Mkb
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I stopped reading this series because Lenox's wife Jane went from being a character I was into to being more like background material. I also missed his close relationship with his former butler in this one. I guess once you build the world and have lots of characters they can't all get their moment in the spotlight though.
On another note, there was a character named Archie Godwin. Is this a shout out to Rex Stout's Archie? Not sure. But if this is a Miss Murple in the next book we will
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Elizabeth
I like this author's writing style very much and have enjoyed most of his other books in the series. I'm stretching to give this 3 stars. The mystery, to my taste, in this book is very weak. I feel that way, because the events are so implausible, including the involvement of the Royal Family and Palace staff. Another very weak point was finding a suspect on a hunch by going through editions of old school yearbooks.
Karen Potts
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Really enjoyed this adventure of Charles Lenox & crew. Good character interactions with politics, family matters, even working for the queen herself. Lenox's decision regarding Parliament surprised & pleased me. The loyalty between Lenox & his long-time friend, butler now secretary is heart-warming. An extra-enjoyable story.
1CheekyLass
Again, very slow to start. it took me and 3 hours to get into it but after that, I was enthralled! I love Lenox. ❤
Annette
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not familiar with Charles Finch before I read this book. That was an error on my part. I am so very glad I found him.

Charles Lenox is a member of the House of Commons. He has become someone of presence in that body and he has special interests for which he speaks. He has even come to the attention of Mr Disraeli, the Prime Minister. Politics agree with him and he is a benefit to the political body.

In the past, Mr Lenox was a private detective. His business has been passed on to John Dallin
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Deborah
An Old Betrayal is the 7th book in this series about Charles Lenox, a former detective and now member of Parliament, in 1875 London. I read the first few books in this series years ago when they came out and then lost track of it. I'm not sure why, because they are really good. Normally if I was going to pick up a series I had left off on I would have to go back and read all the intervening books and also the ones I had read if I couldn't recall them satisfactorily. However, and full disclosure, ...more
Lelia Taylor
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-reviews
Years ago, when I read A Beautiful Blue Death, the first in this series, I was completely captivated by its charm and its debonair sleuth, Charles Lenox. I’m still just as entranced today with the seventh book.

It has been a while since the upper class Lenox last occupied himself as a private investigator and there have been other major changes in his life since that first adventure including getting married and becoming a Member of Parliament representing the Liberal Party. His young protege, Lo
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Douglas Lord
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finch’s seventh entry in the “Charles Lenox” series (A Stranger in Mayfair) is pretty friggin’ awesome. Lenox is a former detective retired to Parliament in Disraeli-era London (that’s 1875ish, dude) where his duties entail things like debating “the Irish question” and helping ease tension between the crown and politicos. Though content, he yearns for the thrills he knew as a Sherlock Holmesian detective relying on his wits and a little shoe leather. After an attempt to assist a former colleague ...more
Samantha
Because it was available on audio from my library, I jumped into this cozy mystery series on book 7. Set in the Victorian era, An Old Betrayal has some unavoidable similarities to Sherlock Holmes. The writing, characters, and plot twists are reminiscent of everyone's favorite detective, and the author adds none of the gore, sexual content, or language that would identify it as a modern novel written about the past. One could believe that Finch was a contemporary of Arthur Conan Doyle rather than ...more
Heather
In this mystery, set in London in 1875, Charles Lenox, member of Parliament, is yet again drawn back to detective work: at the start of the book his former protégé, Lord Dallington, asks him to go to a meeting with a potential client in his stead. (Dallington is too ill to go himself, and the client contacted him via an anonymous letter, so he can't reschedule.) Lenox of course agrees, and of course ends up involved in the whole case, which at first looks only to be blackmail, but soon turns mor ...more
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