The Last Passenger: A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series
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 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 ...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 ...more
A particularly inept policeman calls Lenox in to help investigate and the case leads interesting places. ...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
This book is exceptional. It was much better than I anticipated it to be. Charlie Lenox is a cross between Agatha Christie's Monsieur Poirot and Sherlock Holmes.
You do not need to read any prior Lenox Mysteries to dive into this story. I think that's the fear for many people when they pick up a book and realize it's a series. With the Lenox Mysteries, you do not have to worry about not having read the earlier books. Finch may mention ...more
Young Charles Lenox is still attempting to make a name for himself as a detective. Many in his class scorn him for having an occupation, which makes it difficult for him to get cases. Also ...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 ...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 ...more
Lennox comes across as such a real person. He’s smart and intuitive, brilliant at times but he also makes mistakes. He can be very ...more
It's 1855, and Charles Lenox is feeling pressure to find someone to marry. His neighbor and friend, Lady Jane, and his mother want him to attend parties where Lady Jane points out good prospects. However, he gets called to Thomas Hemstock, a detective at Scotland Yard, investigate a murder at Paddington Station. Charles finds the group on the platform and sees the murdered man in the third class carriage, who had no identification and no ...more
Finch takes the reader right into the sophisticated society of ...more
The series is one of my favorite historical mystery/detective series, and I enjoyed the latest book as well. Young Charles Lenox is encouraged by his mother to marry, and Charles is a desirable husband--except for the ...more
It can be read as a stand alone novel. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Reading it is like watching a top notch BBC mystery drama on TV. I love the character Charles Lenox. Throughout the 15 novels of this series the quality of description and historical accuracy remains strong. The Last Passenger introduces us to Mr. Lenox early in his career. He is still developing his skills as a ...more
Along with Lenox, we meet ...more
In this outstanding installment, we again meet a younger Lenox, Lady Jane (and her husband), and Graham, but this time, as they were dealing with the murder of a train passenger whose clothing had all of its tags removed, making it difficult for police to identify the body.
I especially loved how author Charles Finch wove in details about the U.S. and American slavery to create an exceptionally ...more
An enjoyable and well-written historical mystery, with a likeable style of writing and good plotting.
Aided by its likeable main characters. The secondary characters are also well-developed and so add to the story.
My copy was an ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.
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 ...more