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The Fleet Street Murders (Charles Lenox Series #3)

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

a mystery that brought a tear to my eye

It isn't often that a mystery brings a tear to my eye, but this one did. Charles Finch's detective, Charles Lennox, has always admired his brother's dedication to his Parliamentary duties. Charles now, too, has an opportunity to run for a seat. It's far from a sure thin...
It isn't often that a mystery brings a tear to my eye, but this one did. Charles Finch's detective, Charles Lennox, has always admired his brother's dedication to his Parliamentary duties. Charles now, too, has an opportunity to run for a seat. It's far from a sure thing, and when he's asked to investigate a murder, he's torn between his profession and his avocation.

The books are more than mysteries: what made the book especially touching for me is the brothers' relationship. Their mutual respect and support for each other is moving. But the book also shows us something of where their morality comes from: parents who were loving and dutiful as well. The relationship of Jane and Charles doesn't avoid hard questions of whether a longtime friendship can be the basis for a marriage or whether they are risking the friendship by marrying. And Jane expresses the fears every Victorian woman must have had about childbirth. So the book is firmly rooted in the period.

I highly recommend the entire series.

posted by bookscoutDR on January 16, 2010

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Slow moving

Very slow moving for the first 150 pages, all devoted to Lennox standing for Parliament in a faraway town. A lot of pages devoted to the marital difficulties of Lennox's friends, too, which did not advance the plot. And laughable lines lifted from Sherlock Holmes, suc...
Very slow moving for the first 150 pages, all devoted to Lennox standing for Parliament in a faraway town. A lot of pages devoted to the marital difficulties of Lennox's friends, too, which did not advance the plot. And laughable lines lifted from Sherlock Holmes, such as "we haven't a moment to lose." Overall, amateurish writing.

posted by 6926599 on October 12, 2011

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    a mystery that brought a tear to my eye

    It isn't often that a mystery brings a tear to my eye, but this one did. Charles Finch's detective, Charles Lennox, has always admired his brother's dedication to his Parliamentary duties. Charles now, too, has an opportunity to run for a seat. It's far from a sure thing, and when he's asked to investigate a murder, he's torn between his profession and his avocation.

    The books are more than mysteries: what made the book especially touching for me is the brothers' relationship. Their mutual respect and support for each other is moving. But the book also shows us something of where their morality comes from: parents who were loving and dutiful as well. The relationship of Jane and Charles doesn't avoid hard questions of whether a longtime friendship can be the basis for a marriage or whether they are risking the friendship by marrying. And Jane expresses the fears every Victorian woman must have had about childbirth. So the book is firmly rooted in the period.

    I highly recommend the entire series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2010

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    Third Charles Lenox Book A Worthy Read

    In this adventure with Victorian gentleman Charles Lenox the reader is taken on a journey through the toils of running for office, the pull of friendship, and the fine balance of love. The reader watches the development of the characters from the first two books in the series as they suffer some grave losses in this book, some quite personal in nature. While running for office, Lenox is simultaneously trying to solve a double homicide and maintain the love of his fiance -- all from a distance! The story is written with intelligence and emotional understanding. Each section of the story is well developed and not rushed, leaving the reader guessing until the end. This book would be enjoyed by men and women alike.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Usual twisted answer

    Enjoy this author as he doesn't use sex the way most authors do and like the twists and turns through his novels. Would recommend this book to anyone interested in mysteries and especially those who have read his two earlier books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    Highly recommend

    I stumbled on this series and can't get enough of them and can't read them fast enough. The period is very authentic and the author keeps you turning pages. I'm really enjoying Charles Finch.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Good light read

    This is the third book in the Charles Lenox series. The books won't be mistaken for serious literature, but they do make for good, light reading - summer type fare.

    A pair of journalists are murdered almost simultaneously, but in very different manner. At the same time, Charles Lenox has been encouraged to run for an open seat in Parliment in a northern town far from London. His loyalties are mixed. He very much wants to do well in the election, a task which requires that he be present in the local district, and, at the same time, have a hand in investigating the two murders.

    Like other Charles Lenox mysteries, you do learn something about Victorian England, in this case, mainly about how elections were conducted and won in times past. Lenox and his butler are somewhat reminiscent of Wooster and Jeeves (although Lenox is more accomplished than Wooster). All in all, a fun read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Slow moving

    Very slow moving for the first 150 pages, all devoted to Lennox standing for Parliament in a faraway town. A lot of pages devoted to the marital difficulties of Lennox's friends, too, which did not advance the plot. And laughable lines lifted from Sherlock Holmes, such as "we haven't a moment to lose." Overall, amateurish writing.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

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    Another good book

    I've read the whole series thus far and do very much enjoy Mr. Finch's books. In my opinion they aren't especially original or profound but they are light-hearted and entertaining. I also enjoy the writing style and the author does paint a good picture without being redundant. To be honest, I'm usually way more interested in the main characters personal lives rather than the crime Lenox is solving. It reminds me a bit of Sherlock Holmes and Watson sometimes but in a good way. :) Looking forward to the next installment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    Excellent Mystery Series

    Well written and stylish mystery. Characters are very engaging and would personally like to meet and have tea or a pint with each of them (if it was not fiction and they lived in this century). I have read Charles Finch's other books in the series and loved each of them. Cannot wait for the 4th book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2009

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    This is an entertaining Victorian mystery

    Amateur sleuth (Now called private investigators) Charles Lennox is busy and torn in different directions. Two men in London of 1866 are killed minutes apart. Winston Caruthers, writer and editor of the conservative Daily Telegraph and Simon Pierce who worked for the liberal Daily News are the victims. Besides working for newspapers, the only other thing they had in common is each testified against Jonathan Poole, a traitor to England. Inspector Exeter believes Hiram Smith killed them, but he dies in his jail cell in what looks like a suicide.

    Exeter arrests Poole's son, but there are people close to the case who believe the inspector has the wrong man in custody again. They ask Charles to look into the matter, but he has no time to take on the complex homicides because he is running for Minster of Parliament from Stirrington. His opponent uses dirty tricks to win by a hundred votes so Charles turns back to the case and begins to put the puzzle pieces together until he believes he knows who the culprit is, but lacks proof. Trying to catch evidence against a diabolical killer puts Charles in harms way with the distinct potential of being the next investigation for Exeter to bungle.

    Charles Finch writes about the birth of Scotland Yard and how the police there change their methodology to meet their mandate. Amateur sleuths, the forerunners of private investigators, used whatever was available in mid nineteenth century London to solve cases. Charles is one of them, but works closely with Scotland Yard to bring down the shadowy puppeteer pulling everyone's strings. This is an entertaining Victorian mystery as the audience and Mr. Lennox try to solve who is behind the homicides and why. Fans will want to read Charles' previous investigations (see A BEAUTIFUL BLUE DEATH and SEPTEMBER SOCIETY).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    Charles Finch doesn't disappoint

    This book was exciting in that Charles Finch kept your interest throughout in the search for the killer. The twists and turns were good. Charles Lenox's sideline story of the Parliament election brought much insight into village life of the time. Great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 17, 2012

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    Her eyes gleam as she watches the cats

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 1, 2012

    Swallownose

    *puts down the rabbit she cought to call out the new warriors names* Inkspots! Specklepool!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Windstar

    "Wait up!" He dashed after her. "I never said I wouldn't be your mate...it's just.... hard for me. See, I don't knw if I'm ready."

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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