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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

This was my first foray into the world of Lenox and Charles Finch. I am sorry I never got to it earlier. I loved the style of writing, the slower pace of vintage detection and the overall atmosphere of cleanliness, style and a certain innocence which is certainly lacking in the present detective genre. Lenox just wants to relax as a gentleman in his library with his books, his maps, his travel plans but this is not always to be. His lifelong friend Lady Jane, living next door appeals for his help in finding out the murderer of a maid who worked in her employ and who then subsequently worked for another. The other is a very high up in the present government, wants to shush the whole thing up for the most unbelievable of reasons and wants the murder to pass as a suicide. Despite so many things written oddly in this book (the geography, the americanisms, the mistakes of addressing aristocracy, even the odd title) I found the overall story to be unbelievable but charming, and Lenox though I have seen so many criticisms of his character - totally loveable! I will be looking out for more Charles Finch books but the cost even for the Kindle versions is astronomical! Sent by St Martin's Press for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

4 comments:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I haven't read Finch but my Goodreads friends rated this book favorably. Glad you enjoyed it!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This is a series I meant to read and I think I still may have one of these books. This title sounds very familar. Glad it was enjoyable foryou.

Katherine P said...

I read this one years ago and really enjoyed it too. I really need to get back to the series!

jenclair said...

I've enjoyed this series for years now. I get most of the new books from NetGalley, but I began the series from the library.