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A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Hooked

I am hooked on this series, and have been since reading this first book. I'm a big fan of anything set in the Victorian era, and found lots of great detail in this book. Characters are believable, likable, and hold interest.

I would recommend this author to fans ...
I am hooked on this series, and have been since reading this first book. I'm a big fan of anything set in the Victorian era, and found lots of great detail in this book. Characters are believable, likable, and hold interest.

I would recommend this author to fans of CS Harris - many similarities

posted by gussie05 on November 15, 2009

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Great read, looking forward to the rest

I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the rest in the series. Charles Lenox is endearing, engaging and entertaining. He seems to have it all – but he has his flaws, too. There’s nothing worse than a protagonist who’s nothing but perfect, and Lenox is ju...
I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the rest in the series. Charles Lenox is endearing, engaging and entertaining. He seems to have it all – but he has his flaws, too. There’s nothing worse than a protagonist who’s nothing but perfect, and Lenox is just the right amount of imperfect. The only thing better than the characters was the description and setting. I feel like I just got back from a trip to Victorian London! Which is exactly what I look for in my books – a fun escape. I didn’t try to figure out who done it – if I had, I would have been a little disappointed by the few times Lenox “made a call” or “asked a question” but the reader didn’t get to hear the answer (that’s always a pet peeve of mine). But this was so well written, and the description so engaging, that I was too busy being drawn along with the characters, the mystery and the social drama to be concerned about the clues. I would recommend this to anyone interested in a fun, engaging read that includes a little mystery.

posted by JaneGorman on February 16, 2012

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Great read, looking forward to the rest

    I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the rest in the series. Charles Lenox is endearing, engaging and entertaining. He seems to have it all – but he has his flaws, too. There’s nothing worse than a protagonist who’s nothing but perfect, and Lenox is just the right amount of imperfect. The only thing better than the characters was the description and setting. I feel like I just got back from a trip to Victorian London! Which is exactly what I look for in my books – a fun escape. I didn’t try to figure out who done it – if I had, I would have been a little disappointed by the few times Lenox “made a call” or “asked a question” but the reader didn’t get to hear the answer (that’s always a pet peeve of mine). But this was so well written, and the description so engaging, that I was too busy being drawn along with the characters, the mystery and the social drama to be concerned about the clues. I would recommend this to anyone interested in a fun, engaging read that includes a little mystery.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

    Not my cup of tea

    I'm a fan of mystery stories set in 1800s so I picked this book up after many recommendations. I wasn't entirely disappointed but I am sad I hadn't saved my money and merely borrowed the book. It wasn't that the story was bad-it was intriguing enough for me to finish the book. However, the last two chapters seemed entirely pointless and I found myself skimming paragraphs. I understand these chapters were to set up character development but after reading the entire book I still lacked any care about the main character, his female friend, and his family. I found their personalities very plain and couldn't make myself care one way or another about them. The read wasn't a complete waste of time but I wouldn't read it again or recommend it to someone looking for a keeper.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Amateur Dective finds keller!

    This book is about a wealthy Victorian gentleman who is an amateur detective, Mr. Charles Lenox and his neighbor who is his childhood friend, Lady Jane Grey, she apprises Lenox of the death of her former maid, Prudence, apparently by suicide and requests his assistance in solving her death. The cast of characters were interesting and the plot was well thought out. I enjoyed the writing but when the mystery was solved the book kept going and going.

    I would read another of his books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 25, 2012

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    Whens CTF? And this is result 6

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    Good Summer Read

    An excellent story though the characters could do with a bit more development. At times the writing is repetative which takes away from the tail being told. Already bought next book and series to read in anticipation.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    Great idea, not so great execution

    The story was fascinating, but the dialogue put me to sleep! It was almost like a bad B-grade British movie. I kept waiting for the characters to say 'Wot? Wot?' after answering a question!

    I have the second book on order from the library - I won't pay for it after reading this one.

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