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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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