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review 2020-02-03 02:41
Book Review: Home by Nightfall
Home by Nightfall: A Charles Lenox Mystery (Charles Lenox Mysteries) - Charles Finch

Book: Home by Nightfall


Author: Charles Finch


Genre: Fiction/Historical/Mystery


Summary: It's London, 1876, and the whole city is abuzz with the enigmatic disappearance of a famous foreign pianist. Lenox has an eye on the matter - as a partner in a now-thriving detective agency, he's a natural choice to investigate. Just when he's tempted to turn his focus to it entirely, however, his grieving brother asks him to come down to Sussex, and Lenox leaves the metropolis behind for the quieter country life of his boyhood. Or so he thinks. Something strange is afoot in Markethouse: small thefts - books, blankets, animals - and, more alarmingly, a break-in at the house of a local insurance agent. As he and his brother investigate this accumulation of mysteries, Lenox realizes that something very strange and serious indeed may be happening, more than just local mischief. Soon, he's racing to solve two cases at once, one in London and one in the country, before either turns deadly. Blending Charles Finch's trademark wit, elegance, and depth of research, this new mystery, equal parts Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, may be the finest in the series. Minotaur Books, 2015.

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review 2019-01-13 19:21
A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch - My Thoughts
A Beautiful Blue Death - Charles Finch

This is the third book from my Christmas haul and again, I enjoyed my read. 

The book and the author were recommended by one of my most favourite authors, Louise Penny, the author of the Gamache series.  I just spent 20 minutes trying to find the reference and failed miserably  *LOL*.   Anyway, that's the reason I picked it up.

So, Charles Lenox is a Victorian gentleman who likes to solve mysteries. He has an interesting group of family and friends and he's a smart fellow.  I liked him.  I can see why Louise likes him as well - there's a faint Gamachian feel to the book and the characters which is fine by me. 

I like Finch's writing style, it's easy to read and while there are instances of what could be termed as info-dumping, they're handled well and not annoying.  He also does some easy back and forth banter between Lenox and his old friends that I found quite fun. 

The mystery worked for me, as did the wrapping up of the various plot-lines.  There was a question or two that didn't get answered, or if it did, I missed it, but that didn't impede my enjoyment of the book.

If I had one real problem with the book, it was that there was an awful lot of snowing going on in London for late December/early January.  I don't think it snows that much over there at all. 

Anyway, I enjoyed the book enough to add Book 2 to my wishlist.  :)

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review 2018-09-08 00:00
The Last Enchantments
The Last Enchantments - Charles Finch I read international suspense primarily, occasionally dipping my toe in historical fiction when I enjoy an author's work. I like Mr. Finch's Charles Lenox series—pre-order the books, in fact, and have rated some five stars—so was delighted to find The Last Enchantments.

WHAT I LIKED: Mr. Finch does a good job of describing the demographic my son experienced during his year at St. Andrews in Scotland. Finch's descriptions of Oxford catch the essence of the place. As expected from his work on the Lenox series, he can turn a phrase with the best of them.

WHAT I DISLIKED: Mr. Finch's excellent description of reckless youth bored me to tears. (In fairness, I should note that reckless youth generally bore me to tears.) I read fiction for enjoyment and to watch the characters develop, not be reminded of unbridled entitlement on a generational scale. Profanity offends me unless it is used with discretion and for a purpose. Gratuitous sex has its place, but that place is not in the books I read. I have always enjoyed Finch's vocabulary, which he uses with surgical precision in the Lenox series. However, his word usage here bordered on pompous and seemed incongruous in the contemporary setting. His verbal strength was a weakness in The Last Enchantments.

DISCLAIMER: I know that publishers and agents encourage authors to branch out after writing several books in a series. I hope that Mr. Finch's foray into puerile literature is a result of just such a strategic career move. However, I believe that for readers of his Lenox series, the move was a gross misstep.

I do look forward to Home By Nightfall, the Lenox book I believe is releasing later this year.

Unfortunately, not recommended.
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review 2018-09-08 00:00
The Laws of Murder: A Charles Lenox Mystery
The Laws of Murder: A Charles Lenox Mystery - Charles Finch I very much enjoy Mr. Finch's work. Each book in this series is fresh, as if it still is a pleasure for him to share his protagonist, Charles Lenox, with readers. I've enjoyed watching Lenox progress from bachelorhood to married life, as well as his transition through his careers — and back, as this book describes. Finch gets the tone of London just right, in my opinion, and depicts class differences of the period accurately and sensitively. I also appreciate his evenhanded variety of female characters.

I look forward to the next installment in this series.
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review 2018-02-27 19:40
The Woman in the Water
The Woman in the Water - Charles Finch

I read the first 3 books in the series before this one and this one is about the same. My average rating has been 3 stars. I had decided to quit the series after the Fleet Street Murders (#3) but felt drawn to read this one mainly because of the title and cover photo. The story just didn´t keep my attention and I found myself having to make myself go back to it like it was a homework assignment. There was no suspense until the very end. I do have to give it some credit though since I didn´t figure anything out early like with some other authors. The story itself isn´t bad but the writing rambles and loses my attention. 

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