The Fleet Street Murders (Charles Lenox, Bk 3)
The Fleet Street Murders - Charles Lenox, Bk 3 Author:Charles Finch 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 t... more »he holiday in his Mayfair townhouse. Across London, however, two journalists have just met with violent deaths -- one shot, one throttled. Lenox soon involves himself in the strange case, which proves only more complicated as he digs deeper.
However, he must leave it behind to go north to Stirrington, where he is fulfilling a lifelong dream: running for a Parliamentary seat. Once there, he gets a further shock when Lady Jane sends him a letter whose contents might threaten their nuptials. In London, the police apprehend two unlikely and unrelated murder suspects. From the start, Lenox has his doubts; the crimes, he is sure, are tied, but how? Racing back and forth between London and Stirrington, Lenox must negotiate the complexities of crime and politics, not to mention his imperiled engagement. As the case mounts, Lenox learns that the person behind the murders might be closer to him -- and his beloved -- than he knows.« less
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This was a light Victorian mystery which was something a bit different from the mysteries I usually read. I can't say I would get "hooked" on this particular mystery genre but did enjoy it. I would read another Charles Finch book though.
Good, easily read and enjoyable. I like the hero - Lenox. He's realistic and thorough. The tale is complex and interesting. The author does reveal the protagonist early through the hero's thought process as he tries to unravel the mystery of the murders of two journalists but the murders don't stop at that point. When a Scotland Yard detective is shot in the back the questions only intensify. Yes, I liked it. The chapters are short, too, which made reading this book a quickly accomplished task for me.