A Stranger in Mayfair (Charles Lenox Series #4)

A Stranger in Mayfair (Charles Lenox Series #4)

by Charles Finch
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Stranger in Mayfair (Charles Lenox Series #4) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
JakesMomWI More than 1 year ago
The main characters' romance is fun to follow and unpredictible. The mysteries have lots of surprises, including the ending. I enjoy that this series gives some history of England as well, and this book included some of the origins of Parliament. I recommend starting with the first book in the series to fully understand all of the characters, but each book is enjoyable by itself.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Victorian England, Charles Lenox, son of and brother to a baronet, is euphoric to marry his beloved lifelong friend and new wife, Lady Jane Grey. Since they resided in adjoining houses, they hired an architect to create a larger abode out of the two smaller homes. His simple life becomes complicated when he responds to the doorbell. An acquaintance Ludwig Starling wants Charles, a private investigator who has solved cases that baffled the Yard, to uncover who killed his footman Frederick Clarke. Although Charles wants to be ready for the next session of parliament as he an active member, he cannot resist the lure of an investigation. Charles finds no dark documents when he inquires inside of his client's home. Lenox and Starling visit the alley where Clarke was murdered only to have someone stab Ludwig. The butler is arrested but Charles knows he is innocent even when the man confesses. What Charles does not know could kill him as the culprit overtly observes his every move in plain sight. The newest Lenox Victorian mystery (see the Fleet Street Murders) once again brings history and the culture of the era alive inside a strong whodunit. However, make no mistake the tale belongs to Lenox. The hero understands society's rules especially limitations, but ignores the prejudicial class aspects. For instance his occupation as a private investigator is considered as lowly trade by high society, but Lenox couldn't care less as sleuthing gives him special satisfaction. He loves his wife, but is also extremely grateful that in spite of her being a Lady and worried about his safety she encourages her forty years old husband to detect. Harriet Klausner
Joanie2016 11 months ago
A Stranger in Mayfair is another exquisite installment in the Charles Lenox mysteries. Following their blissful honeymoon, Charles and Jane have returned to London to settle into their lives as a couple and combined households. Charles is a newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) into the House of Commons and it seems his amateur detective days are behind him as he settles into the fulfillment of his long-held dream of being in Parliament and married to his lifelong friend and woman he adores. However, both Charles and Jane soon discover that married life is far more complex and difficult than they anticipated. The couple goes through very realistic growing pains as they tried to adjust to married life, combining their two homes, staff, and lives into one. The reader could feel the tension between Charles and Jane in juxtaposition with the younger, married couple Thomas and Toto McConnell whose married has become stronger following a rough patch. Charles' elation of being a MP is tempered with his love of being a detective and during his first series of committee meetings, a case is presented to him in the person of a fellow MP, Lodovich Starling, who initially implores Lenox to examine the murdered body of Starling's footman. Soon Lenox is juggling his Parliamentary responsibilities with visiting the scene of the crime and trying to track down leads along with his apprentice, lord John Dallington. Thankfully, he has chosen Graham as his personal secretary who expertly takes to his duties of keeping Lenox prepared. It is just so wonderful to settle down with a well-written book without fear of running into vulgar language or gratuitous sex and violence. Spending quality time reading about flawed but decent characters is so refreshing that I can just stay in the Charles Lenox and Lady Jane Grey’s world for a long while. Finch's writing is so engaging that when historical characters briefly appear in the stories...Queen Victoria, Benjamin Disraeli. But it is the fictional character, primary and secondary, that give this book gravitas and substance. Reading these books are fantastic way to spend my time and money.
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This is the fourth book in the Charles Lenox mystery series. The books are set in London circa 1865. In this continuation of the series, Lenox returns from his honeymoon and begins his career as a member of Parliment. He cannot resist, however, the allure of investigating a new murder. Like previous books in the series, the writing is straightforward (but not to be mistaken for literature). The strength of the series is the cast of regulars who become familiar like family.
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The book is set in London, in the 1860s. Charles Lenox - the detective in this series - stands for Parliament and solves a murder with an "Upstairs/Downstairs" twist. Readers will enjoy a beautifully detailed description of life in England at that time, along with a mystery that will keep them guessing.
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