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The Fleet Street Murders (Charles Lenox Mysteries #3)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  4,388 Ratings  ·  349 Reviews
The third book in the Charles Lenox series finds the gentleman detective trying to balance a heated race for Parliament with the investigation of the mysterious simultaneous deaths of two veteran reporters. It’s Christmas, 1866, and amateur sleuth Charles Lenox, recently engaged to his best friend, Lady Jane Grey, is happily celebrating the holiday in his Mayfair townhouse ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Minotaur Books
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Sarah Belcher Towards the end Lenox suggests that the landlady burns it along with the rope ladder. We never get a definite confirmation of this idea, but I think…moreTowards the end Lenox suggests that the landlady burns it along with the rope ladder. We never get a definite confirmation of this idea, but I think we are supposed to assume that is what happened. The first chapter only talks about the landlady burning the rope ladder, but I assume that is because if it mentioned the paper burning then, it would have given away part of the mystery that Lenox works to figure out. (less)

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I listened to the ending of the story twice to make it last a little longer. Lady Jane, Charles, Edward, Robert, Toto and Graham all feel like an extended part of my family now. I can't wait to meet them again.

I am grateful to the folks at the Dundee, Illinois Public Library for the InterLibrary loan of this book on CD so that I could listen to it.

I will try to think about the wonderful ending and surprise that was revealed while I wait patiently for the next story to reach my library. (view spo
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's refreshing to find a series with a detective who is quiet, intelligent, and decent. Don't get me wrong; some of the detectives who are alcoholic, anti-social, shell-shocked, miserably partnered, devastatingly widowed, etc. are well-drawn and engaging. However, as Jasper Fforde so mercilessly showed up in *The Big Over-Easy*, characterization by quirk has been overdone, and Lenox is a good antidote. In fact, Lenox is almost a challenge to the axiom that the detective has to be some kind of o ...more
First Sentence: It was late in the evening, and a thin winter rain beat down over London’s low buildings and high steeples, collecting in sallow pools beneath the streetlights and insinuating its way inside the clothes of the miserable few whom fate had kept outside.

Amateur sleuth Charles Lenox is recently engaged to his best friend and neighbor, Lady Jane Grey, and is running for parliament in the small town of Stirrington, north of London. However, two important Fleet Street journalists are mu
Robin Brock
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This third in the series had a few twists and surprises in store. I'm enjoying these books more and more as I go along. Good historical mysteries!
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Charles Lenox tries to solve the murder of two journalists as he campaigns for a Parliamentary seat in the town of Stirrington. The political part of the story was a little less interesting to me, but the murder mystery made up for it. As is usual for this series, great characters and a feeling of being totally immersed in Victorian London society. An enjoyable read.
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any Sherlock Holmes lovers
I would go to the bookstore very often and every time I would pause at this book until finally I picked it up and bought it. I wish I would have known that was the third in the series but glad I could read it out of order. I really enjoyed this book. It is very similar to a Sherlock Holmes book except with a more personable character as the detective. There is a character similar to Watson, Moriarty, Mycroft, and even Lestrad. It had enough differences though that it didn't feel like a total She ...more
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book in this series was wonderful from start to finish. Charles Lenox is at his best in this book, besotted with his fiance Lady Jane Grey, campaigning for a seat in Parliament while simultaneously trying to solve the double homicide of two journalists. Some of the story takes place in Stirrington (a smallish town north of London) where Charles is trying to win over the people to gain their vote and represent them in Parliament. Unfortunately for him he is going up against a local busi ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another interesting story in this historical series in which the main character, Charles Lenox, is running for a seat in Parliament and due to the death of the man who would have retired leaving the vacant seat, he must go north to Stirrington and do a very intense two-week campaign. All this while two murders of prominent newspaper reporters baffle London and Scotland Yard, with Lenox itching to get his nose in and discover the truth.

Enjoyable story, interesting characters and easy-reading styl
Mar 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
This one didn't do anything for me.
The Fleet Street Murders is the third novel in Charles Finch's series of Victorian-era mysteries starring gentleman detective Charles Lenox. The story begins on Christmas in 1866. It's a pleasant day for Lenox who is still basking in the glow of having recently become engaged to his long-time friend and love of his life, Lady Jane Grey. But the day is not a pleasant one for two journalists across town. Within minutes of each other, Winston Carruthers and Simon Pierce are stabbed and shot (respec ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The third book in the Charles Lenox series takes place at Christmas , 1866 in London and finds the gentleman detective in an heated race for a Parliament seat. In Britain, the person vying for the seat doesn't have to be from a district to represent the area. He is also trying to solve the murders of two journalists who have met with violent means of death. One shot and one throttled. Lenox needs to leave for Stirrington when he is opposing a native of the city. He has a local man trying to help ...more
Take the detective out of London and what happens? Murder and mayhem still abound, but a new cache of characters enter the story - and what characters ! They move the story along nicely, further develop Graham's character (who is fast becoming my favorite literary sidekick), push Lenox into situations out of his control and comfort zone and add to the enjoyment of the reader. Well done.

Laurel Hicks
Finch's mild-mannered Victorian mysteries are a refreshing addition to our century.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This series gets even better and the plotline progresses beautifully with each new story. In "The Fleet Street Murders," the third book in the series, Charles Lenox is a very busy gentleman. He is newly engaged to his lifelong friend, the wonderful lady Jane Grey, he is also running for a seat in Parliament to represent the town of Stirrlington, and he is investigating the murders of two prominent Fleet Street journalist, who will killed on the same day just five minutes apart.

Lenox has been abr
JD Sutter
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This 3rd Lenox mystery is my least favorite of the series thus far. It's still got all the same charming characters, the wonderful writing style, and a great mystery, but there seemed to be much more cursing including several instances of taking Christ's name in vain.

There were also a few disappointing lapses in judgment on the protagonist's part which I believe calls his integrity into question. This just left a bad taste in my mouth. While I don't expect all characters to be perfect,
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fleet Street picks up shortly after The September Society. While Lennox and Lady Jane are planning their wedding two things happen nearly concurrently. The first, which is what the book is titled, is a pair of near simultaneous murders on Fleet Street. Two journalists are murdered in their own homes. The two murders set the city alight and, as always amateur sleuth Charles Lennox itches to get at the cases. However the death of the man sitting in a Parliament seat up north makes Lennox's involve ...more
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Protagonist Charles Lennox is torn between campaigning for Parliament and investigating two murders in The Fleet Street Murders, the third book in the series. the crimes appear linked, yet were clearly committed by two different killers at virtually the same time. Dallington, Charles’ assistant, is convinced that a friend accused of the crimes is innocent; Charles, more worldly-wise, isn’t so sure. But before he can do more than dip his toes and the case he’s off to Stirrington to campaign.

Susan Ferguson
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook-owned
Charles Lenox has been asked to run for a seat in parliament. The incumbent has died unexpectedly which gives him about 2 weeks to meet the people in the constituency and win their support. A member takes him down to meet the people. A publican named Crook is handling his campaign there. Mr. Crook's inn is a rather respectable place and his help are quite good. Charles takes Graham down with him because Graham has a way of getting to know people and they like him. But there have a been a couple ...more
Emma Rose Ribbons
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The end of Charles Finch's books is always so, so beautiful and beautifully written. I love detective novels but if I could ask for one thing of the author, it would be to have him write a general fiction book with the same characters. I love them that much. I read something in which he admitted that his favourite part of the books was always the end once the plot was wrapped up and he could concentrate on just the characters and their day-to-day life - 'It's my favorite part of writing the Leno ...more
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in a series by Charles Finch featuring his Victorian Age detective, Charles Lennox.

Charles Lennox is a middle-aged bachelor who enjoys his comforts, has a penchant for ancient Rome, books, rowing on the Thames, walking about his part of London, visiting with his brother's family and his friends, Lady Jane and the McConnells, and solving crimes. He is ably assisted by his valet, Graham, Scotland Yard Inspector Jenkins, and his detecting apprentice, the son of a Duke, Dallin
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
A mystery set in 1866 England. Guess what? The detective, Charles Lenox, reminds us of a more sympathetic Sherlock Holmes, complete with the functional equivalents of Watson, Holmes's brother Mycroft, Inspector Lestrade, Professor Moriarty, and Holmes's quirky living quarters . Unfortunately, Lenox makes his case-solving breakthroughs not on exquisite logic and deductions like Holmes, but on brilliant intuitive flashes, almost godlike in their conception--much less believable. Also, to me at le ...more
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Finch has hit his stride in this 3rd installment in the series. Just what I like in a mystery: characters whose small thoughts and actions make me think about my own life.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoy this series so much. This is the third book and the characters continue to evolve and relationships develop. I look forward to spending more time with them!
Jul 11, 2014 added it
To the reviewers of Charles Finch who have given his books more than 1 star: Are we reading the same book? I had to restrain myself from fetching a red pen and correcting all of Finch's clunky sentences, the phrases that directly contradict themselves (an anonymous note sent by a subordinate named Rolk- by definition that is not anonymous) or simply do not make sense (there's tomato plants growing outdoors in London? In January?). I've commented to my husband that Finch would benefit from better ...more
Norma Huss
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, historic
To me, this is the best, so far, of the Charles Lenox historical mysteries. Of course, after reading the first two, the characters are my friends, so I'm interested in their affairs. But, even more so, this mystery builds on the others, especially the second, for a truly satisfactory mystery plot.

The period is 1866, the place London and Stirrington, the mood cold winter and unexpected death. The leisurely pace of the first book in the series has been ramped up with scant time for the relaxing c
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Definitely another step up in writing quality for this series. Although it continues to be plagued by historical inaccuracies, especially in dialogue, it also has well-depicted and unusual settings and likeable characters. The latter probably being the reason why I keep reading these. The mystery was well-plotted enough that I stayed up too late one evening finishing.

My biggest complaint with this installment is the lack of characterization for Lady Jane. It's not even that she's too perfect (a
Vivian Valvano
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
At this point in the semester, I need some escapism, even with the arrival of Spring. I found this novel among the recommendations in the 14-day express books at the Manhasset Public Library, and I decided that a British murder mystery was just the tonic necessary. Nothing here will tax the brain heavily, but one can spend a delightful few hours sleuthing with a fine amateur detective of the veddy British upper class in Winter 1860s. He is also running for Parliament, and he has the requisite en ...more
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Big fan of this young series. The author adds enough touches of period dialogue and detail, but doesn't overload His style of writing dialogue is interesting; he includes many short sentences, ones like actual conversations have... not many writers do this as it can be seen as a bit boring or pointless, but I think it works here. It kind of gives the books a bit of a 'homey' feel, which I think he is going for.

Good character development, he's very good with that.

The only thing I didn't love was
Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
I find this third book on the Charles Lenox series better than the first two. Maybe because there are many things going on and not just about the "Fleet Street Murders." While to some, these "other things" may seem like unnecessary distractions or subplots to extend the story into a novel-length feature, I find that it makes Charles Lenox more real. Certainly not all of us live in a linear fashion wherein life moves through one plot line only. There are usually so many things going on in real li ...more
I am continuing to enjoy this series.

Charles has finally gotten engaged and is getting his chance to enter the political arena that he has aspired to for so long. While campaigning in Stirrington, the murder of two journalists in London captures his interest.

It was inevitable from the first book that Charles and Jane would get married and I have liked their quiet romance. The addition of an apprentice has been fun and the campaign was interesting to read about. Having Charles outside of London
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Charles Lenox Mysteries (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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“Are you going to give a speech?' she asked gaily.

He gave a choked laugh. 'Of course not,' he said. 'Not for ages.'

'My cousin Davey gave one on his very first day!' ...

'In the Lords, I remember. It was about how he didn't like strawberry jam.'

'Be nice, Charles! It was a speech about fruit importation, which I admit devolved into something of a tirade.' She couldn't help but laugh. 'Still, you could talk about something more important.'

'Than jam? Impossible. We mustn't set the bar too high, Jane.”
“Suddenly Dallington burst into speech. 'Listen, Lenox - I want to apologize...'

Lenox waved a dismissive hand. 'You're young,' he said. 'There are many lessons before you, some harder than this one... All too often things are blurry, though, John. It's the way of the world. Humans are blurry creatures,”
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