A stranger in Mayfair

Author Finch, Charles
Language English
Publisher
Thorndike Me.: Center Point Pub., 2011




Annotation:

Returning from a continental honeymoon with his wife, Lady Jane Grey, newly elected MP Charles Lenox is asked by his colleague, Ludovic Starling, to investigate the murder of his footman who was bludgeoned to death with a brick. Lenox gradually realizes that what seem to be the facts of the case may have been manipulated, and that an old friend may be implicated in the footman's death. Though a suspect is soon arrested, Lenox isn't convinced. Desperately trying to balance the opening of Parliament and the dark secrets that surround him, Lenox fears that the killer is someone shockingly innocuous -- who may be prepared to spill blood again. And this time it's likely to be Lenox's blood.



Subjects :

  • Lenox, Charles (Fictitious Character) Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Murder Fiction Investigation
  • Private Investigators Fiction
  • Mystery Fiction
  • London (England) Fiction

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Reviews :

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Set in 1860s London, Finch's middling fourth mystery featuring gentleman detective Charles Lenox (after 2009's The Fleet Street Murders) finds Lenox newly married to his longtime friend, Lady Jane Grey, and newly elected to Parliament. When Ludovic Starling, a slight acquaintance, asks Lenox to look into the bludgeoning murder of his footman, Frederick Clarke, Lenox, who wonders why Starling hasn't called in Scotland Yard, at first declines. In the end, despite the demands of his new vocation, Lenox agrees to help. The investigator, who's troubled to learn that Starling has been less than forthright with him, can't accept the police theory that a rival servant killed Clarke. Finch equips Lenox with his own Bunter in the person of a former butler turned political secretary, but the pair come across as weak, warmed-over versions of the golden age Dorothy Sayers originals. Portentous chapter endings undermine the otherwise solid prose. (Nov.)\n
(PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2011 c2010.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Thorndike Me.: Center Point Pub., 2011

Media Type: Language Material
360 p. (large print);
PS3606.I526 (813/.6)
9781611730807
1611730805
9780312616953
0312625065
9780312625061
Minotaur Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2011 c2010.,

Media Type:

0312625065
1611730805
9781611730807
9780312616953
9780312625061

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