The Last Passenger
From bestselling author Charles Finch comes the third and final in a prequel trilogy to his lauded Charles Lenox series.
London, 1855: A young and eager Charles Lenox faces his toughest case yet: a murder without a single clue. Slumped in a first-class car at Paddington Station is the body of a young, handsome gentleman. He has no luggage, empty pockets, and no sign of...more
This lighter side of life provides some balance with the serious subject of the slave trade, which is explored in this story from both sides of the Atlantic. The narrator, James Langton ably handled a range of accents including Americ ...more
A few random thoughts:
I appreciated the look at the US political situation from the British point of view. The story is set in 1855, but the rumble of political discord between the northern and southern states could already be heard in London. It was interesting to read the different theories on the fate of the US.
I've been reading this series since the first book (A Beautiful Blue ...more
In this third, and final, prequel Charles Lenox is still working to establish himself as an enquiry agent. Asked to visit the scene of a gruesome murder, he finds someone has gone to extraordinary lengths to remove anything which might lead to the victim being identified. Although Inspector Dunn blames the murder on gangs, Lenox convinces Sir R ...more
This is the third book in a trilogy of prequels giving readers insights into how Charles Lenox progressed toward a successful career as a private investigator. This was definitely my favorite of the three books and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The mystery on this one proved most difficult for Lenox (and me!) to solve because everything possible had been done to keep the identity of the victim obscured. All the ...more
Author Charles Finch has done it again! Thirteen books into this series and the writing is still fresh and keeps getting better with each installment. If you're a fan of well conceived and delightfully written historical fiction, then I commend this book to you, without reservation.
The story opens in London - October, 1855 with our young protagonist, Charles Lenox, being introduced to all the young ladies of London who are marriage suitable for a man of his standing. Initially, he f ...more
The third and final of the prequels about the eccentric society detective, Charles Lenox's pulling together more of his background as a beginning detective. The disdain from many of the upper one thousand, his relationship with Scotland Yard, the development of his inquiry techniques, and his family and friends.
A male body is found in a train at Paddington Station. The 449 from Manchester.
No clues as to who the man was. Even the tags had been cut from his clothin ...more
The story opens in a scene filled with humor and wit – apparently London has decided Charles needs a wife. Through-out the story we get to watch Charles skillfully evade potential future wives as they are introduced to Charles over and over again. Mar ...more
I didn’t expect to spend most of a Charles Lennox book focused on the mid-nineteenth century American politics of slavery, racism, and the impending war. It wasn’t the usual foggy old London escapist read I enjoy in this series. However, it was a timely and successful departure and I applaud it.
The personal side of Charles Lennox is also necessarily darker in this, the last of the prequels. We get more insight into the characters, who become more real all the time.
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We roll back time again to another prequel and meet Lenox in his mid 20's and under pressure from his mother to find a mate and begin that more adult phase of marriage and children. It is the end of 1855 and the ugliness of slavery is much in the minds of some British as well as the Americans. The abolitionist movement ...more
A particularly inept policeman calls Lenox in to help investigate and the case leads interesting places. ...more
Please be aware, though, that this is the third in a trio of PREQUELS. If you pre-order books, then you might forget things like, "This is a prequel" between the time you order, and the time you receive the novel. Because Lennox's timeline was off I was confused until I had the sense to chec ...more
It was a delightful adventure to learn more about the young Charles Lenox as a twenty-seven year old and how this particular case shapes the kind of detective and man that Lenox will become. Lenox is such a authentic and relatable character because he gives of himself wholehearted compassion , dedicatio ...more
The first half of the story was really interesting. The mystery behind the murderer man's identity and the killer cutting off the tailor tags so that the police would time to establish the ...more
Series: Charles Lenox Mysteries #0.3
Publication Date: 2/18/20
Number of Pages: 304
Charles Finch is back with the third, and I believe final, prequel to the Charles Lenox Mysteries series – and I think this might be my favorite. We have a well-crafted mystery that involves two continents and some really vile villains. We also get to know and like Lady Jane’s husband and a young Charles falls in love. Add in tragedy and misery and goodness – there is everything you could po ...more
I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed this book since I didn't quite like the first one of the series. Now I wonder if I hadn't misjudged that one so I'll reread it and look forward to more adventures of Charles Lenox. ...more
Over a dozen Lennox books in and they haven’t gotten stale yet. While other authors in this genre write progressively worse books each year, Finch is reliable and enjoyable, running circles around the rest of them. ...more
I read the prequel series in short succession — The Woman in the Water, The Vanishing Man, and now The Last Passenger — and this final installment is my favorite.
In it, Charles Lenox makes a subtle but marked turn from a borderline dilettante detective to one who consciously chooses to use detection as his way to make a differ ...more
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 an ...more