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The Last Passenger: A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series

(Charles Lenox Mysteries #0.3)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  42 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: February 18th 2020 by Minotaur Books
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Charles Finch
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote this one! Does that make me biased? Yes, I know this book's flaws better than anyone. I will send you an annotated list upon request.

Nevertheless, 5 stars.
Emma Rose Ribbons
What a wonderful, wonderful installment in the Charles Lenox Mysteries series. I had REAL trouble putting it down. I loved it. Charles's family and friends all urge him to find romance but Charles is asked by a rather incompetent but nice enough policeman to help in a murder case - a body was found on a train from Manchester to London, stripped of all clothing, and what appears at first to be a rather petty theft, turns out to have far-reaching ramifications as Lenox realises the unknown man may ...more
Judy Lesley
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press Minotaur Books for an e-galley of this novel.

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
Kate Baxter
4.5 / 5 stars

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
First Sentence: On or about the first day of October 1855, the City of London, England decided it was time once and for all that Charles Lenox be married.

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
Susan Johnson
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am sorry this is the last of the young Charles Lenox mysteries. I have enjoyed them and getting to meet these characters and seeing their relationships develop. This is a particularly interesting one as it deals with slavery in the U.S. A young American comes to England to enlist British support in stopping slavery in the U.S. He is found brutally murdered and all identifying marks removed.

A particularly inept policeman calls Lenox in to help investigate and the case leads interesting places.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I happened to be lucky and reach this book first. Charles Finch knows how to write a great story.
Theresa Larson
Late one night, in early October 1855, the last passenger on the 449 to Paddington would not be leaving on his own accord. After everyone had left, the conductor found this man in the third class carriage stabbed to death. Perhaps more mysterious than his death, was the condition in which they found him. His pockets were empty, the labels were cut out of every piece of his clothing, and his socks, boots, hat, and watch are all missing. It appeared that someone had gone to a great deal of trouble ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finch is back with another (young) Charles Lennox mystery. I’ll admit to being nervous during the first 20-30 pages of the book as it seemed like he was veering towards a retelling of the Thomas Briggs murder, but I was relieved once it became obvious that was not what was happening.
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.
Michelle Kenneth -
[I received an advanced copy of this book from the Publisher.]

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
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, favorites
The Last Passenger is the third (and last) prequel book to the Charles Lenox Mysteries series by Charles Finch. I've read the first two prequels and loved them both. This one, however, is the best of the lot. A lot of things come to a head here for Lenox, which made it just impossible to put down this story.

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
Barbara Rogers
Barbara’s Rating 4.5 of 5
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
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Charles Lenox! Always a pleasure!

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
Jean Kolinofsky
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the final prequel to the Charles Lenox mysteries, Charles Finch has taken his character from an amateur detective to an investigator whose contributions have been recognized by Scotland Yard. When he is called to Paddington Station to view a body found on one of the trains, he discovers a total absence of clues. There is no identification on the victim and even the tags have been cut out of his clothes. It is the style of those clothes that provide the first clue that the victim was an ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came to this series late with “The Vanishing Man” and was excited to download the last and final in a prequel trilogy to the Charles Lenox series. Another great period piece that opens on October 1, 1855 when the city of London, England decides that it is time for Charles Lenox to be married. While not the central theme of the story it does help move it along together with Lenox’s contemplation of his profession and whether that course is sustainable. The characteristics of dry wit, humor and ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third of three prequels to the Charles Lennox mystery series. I’ve now read all three of them and very much enjoyed them. Finch is a master story teller. He skillfully knits together bits of Lennox’s personal life, his relationships, some historical facts and a mystery to create a very satisfying novel. This one kept me up until 2 in the morning.

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
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another prequel to the later Lenox mysteries.

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
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Charles Finch's Charles Lenox books from my introduction to his first book. And, THE LAST PASSENGER was not an exception---they are engrossing stories with a rich historical footing. I enjoy most historical novels, but occasionally it feels like the author "cuts and pastes" historical facts into the narrative to fill space or justify calling it an historical novel. That is definitely not the case with this series.

Finch takes the reader right into the sophisticated society of
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Passenger is the third in the prequels for Finch's Charles Lenox series. It has been interesting to read these books about the young Lennox, who wants to establish himself as a detective since I've liked the plots and characters in the original books with the mature Lenox.

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
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Like so many books I have found through NetGalley I had never read any of the books in the Charles Lenox series. I am so happy that I was given access to the ARC for The Last Passenger, and I can’t wait to explore the entire series. The Last Passenger is actually a prequel to the series and focuses on Charles as a younger man, which was good for me since I did not have any other point of reference for him. The story involves the murder of a man who has no form of identification and then winds ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Passenger by Charles Finch is, I believe, the third prequal to his 12 book series.
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
S. Smith
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With this book Finch adds another entertaining prequel to the long-running historical mystery series starring English private detective Charles Lenox. In 1855 Lenox, still finding his way as a novice detective, is the object of doubts among both the official Scotland Yard police and his upper-crust social equals. He takes a case that tests his abilities to the fullest when a murdered young man is discovered in a railway carriage without any identification and, most curiously, with all his ...more
Melissa Dee
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Last Passenger”, a prequel in the Charles Lenox series, returns us to the early days of Lenox’s career, when he is still fighting to establish himself as a consulting detective, and questioning that career in the light of society’s clear disapproval. A group of American abolitionists have come to London on a speaking tour, and to enlist the aid of prominent British abolitionists in their American cause. As the American’s begin to be killed, Lenox becomes involved.

Along with Lenox, we meet
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Passenger is the third prequel in the Charles Lenox mystery series. A man is found dead on a train in Paddington Station. All manner of identification has been removed, including his taylor's tags. There doesn't seem to be a clue on who he is, or why he was killed. We know with Lenox on the case all will be discovered in time. There is also the relationship between him and Scotland Yard that could either help or hinder his investigation. We also learn more about Lenox and his personal ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant third prequel in the Charles Lenox historical mystery series set in 1850's London.

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
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
1855. Charles Lenox is called on by Inspector Hemstock to view a body at Paddington Station, discovered in the Third Class car train. His clothing stripped of all identifying marks, and no luggage it would seem a diffcult case to solve. But it will have far reaching consequences.
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.
Andrea Johnson
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great series of books, and I like this prequel that describes how Charles Lennox became a private detective. The character of Charles is so likable, surprisingly thoughtful, modest and has a great sense of humor. He is surrounded by good friends yet discovers what he is missing in life is love. Complex case of murders and slavery. And I love the title and what it means in this story. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy of this book publishing soon.
Daniel Fry
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a sample of The Last Passenger and am looking forward to this book. I would like to (gently) point out that Lord Deere was said to have died “almost instantly” in A Beautiful Blue Death”; in The September Society we are told he “died in battle only a few months after their marriage.” Nevertheless, Lady Jane’s first husband is still present in Chapter one of The Last Passenger. I do love this series, but continuity/ chronology matters!
Pat Dupuy
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quiet. Reflective. That's what I think of whenever I read a story with Charles Lenox. His relationships with family and friends. His desire to learn how to serve his clients and profession better. His fears of not succeeding. His character is so appealing. I enjoy every case he's on and this one is no exception. It is a multi-layered mystery and it is a pleasure to read as layers are revealed by Lenox, his assistant, and others.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by Charles Finch, and if it is any indication of his style, I will definitely be back for more in the Charles Lenox Mystery Series. Just good old fashioned period British murder mystery dripping with atmosphere, suspicious characters, and plenty of twists and surprises.
My copy was an ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.
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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

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Charles Lenox Mysteries (10 books)
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