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The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch
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The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch is the prequel to the Charles Lenox series, set in 1850 London. Charles is the second son of the family, so his older brother will inherit the country estates and mansions. His father would like him to pursue a career in Parliament, but Charles wants to be a private investigator (a job considered far beneath a member of the landed gentry). Charles and his valet Graham spend their mornings researching crime stories in London's newspapers, looking for crime articles.

When they spot an anonymous letter claiming its writer has committed the perfect crime, Charles seizes the chance to solve a crime and be taken seriously by Scotland Yard. He and Graham investigate very diligently, observing and following up on clues missed by the police. They intensify their investigation after another death and perfect-crime bragging letter in the paper. Their quest for a serial killer feels realistic, as they are fooled into wrong conclusions, that almost let the killer go free.

In parallel, Charles must face his father's impending death, and the inevitable changes to his family. Plus we're introduced to the love of his life, affianced to another. Altogether, a wonderful glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of the young Charles.
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December 18, 2017 – Shelved
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May 7, 2019 – Finished Reading

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