From the critically acclaimed author of A Beautiful Blue Death and A Burial at Sea comes an intriguing new mystery in what The New York Times calls "a beguiling series" Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. His days of regularly investigating the crimes of Victorian London now some years behind him, he plans a trip to his uncle's estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops: broken windows, minor thefts, threatening scrawls. Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley. Now, with his protege, John Dallington, at his side, the race is on for Lenox to find the culprit before he strikes again. And this time his victim may be someone that Lenox loves.
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by Charles Finch
by Charles Todd
"When Charles Lenox, former criminal investigator, now a member of Parliament, is asked to write a speech for its opening session, he decides to escape London for his uncle's idyllic estate in rural Plumbley. James Langton's convincing narration brings the Victorian period and the charming English countryside into sharp focus. Langton is spot-on as he develops Lenox's character--from his tender feelings for his wife, Jane, and his delight in his newborn daughter, Sophie, to his dealings with his protŽgŽ, John Dallington, and several seemingly senseless acts of vandalism in Plumbley. When the vandalism escalates to murder and Lenox's uncle is kidnapped, Langton reveals Lenox to be the first-rate detective he is. Charles Finch's sixth Lenox mystery is tightly plotted, filled with credible characters, and enhanced by Langton's confident performance. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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