A Beautiful Blue Death
Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery.Prudence Smith, one of... show more
Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery.Prudence Smith, one of Jane’s former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The grand house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prue had dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by the motive for the girl’s death.When another body turns up during the London season’s most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence Smith? Or was it something else entirely? And can Lenox find the answer before the killer strikes again—this time, disturbingly close to home?
Publish date: July 22nd 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 324
Edition language: English
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
, Cozy Mystery
Series: Charles Lenox Mysteries (#1)
This will be short cause I really loathed this book. It took me two days to get through. If not for the fact that a DNF does not count towards bingo, I would have done so at the 10 percent point. This book is tedious, boring, and overwrought somehow all at the same time. The main character is opposi...
This was a good cozy mystery. Charles Lenox doesn't have to work because of his status but he enjoys a good mystery. He is asked by a friend, Lady Gray, to look into the death of a young girl that had been one of her maids. The girl recently went to work at another house and three months later was f...
I ended up agreeing with the couple of friends I have that previously reviewed this book. I'm glad that my introduction to this series was the seventh book, because I would not have carried on if this was my only impression. Charles Lenox comes across as a frumpy old man in this book when I believe ...
I was hoping for either a clever, witty, romp of a mystery or the kind of slow-burn intelligent story that makes me read on to see where it goes. Unfortunately, I never really got either. Lenox is dull. I hate saying that, I hate feeling that, but he is. He does not manage to ever make me care abo...
A Beautiful Blue Death is the first Charles Lennox novel (I think there are about half a dozen or so volumes at this point). In the cold London winter of 1865, Charles Lennox, whose principal hobbies are detecting crimes and the Emperor Hadrian, is asked to look into the death of a servant. His o...