The Woman in the Water (Charles Lenox Series #11)

The Woman in the Water (Charles Lenox Series #11)

by Charles Finch


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A chilling new mystery in the USA Today bestselling series by Charles Finch, The Woman in the Water takes readers back to Charles Lenox’s very first case and the ruthless serial killer who would set him on the course to become one of London’s most brilliant detectives.

London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective…without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime—and promising to kill again—Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself.

The writer’s first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islet in the middle of the Thames. With few clues to go on, Lenox endeavors to solve the crime before another innocent life is lost. When the killer’s sights are turned toward those whom Lenox holds most dear, the stakes are raised and Lenox is trapped in a desperate game of cat and mouse.

In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, this newest mystery in the Charles Lenox series pits the young detective against a maniacal murderer who would give Professor Moriarty a run for his money.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250139474
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Series: Charles Lenox Series , #11
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 32,141
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Charles Finch is the USA Today bestselling author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including The Woman in the Water (February 2018). His first contemporary novel, The Last Enchantments, is also available from St. Martin's Press. Finch received the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation Award, for excellence in reviewing, from the National Book Critics Circle. His essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Washington Post, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles.

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The Woman in the Water 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A prequel to the detective series finds Charles newly arrived in London and on his first case. Written with all the intrigue and wit one expects from A Charles Lenox mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Charles Lenox mysteries! They are excellent. Loved this prequel. Now I want to go back and reread them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this prequel. I now want to re-read the books that follow. Charles Finch is truly a gifted author.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Fun read
Anonymous 12 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took FOREVER for this seller -- a B&N affiliate -- to ship this. Although I ordered it on December 21, they waited until a week after Christmas to send it. There was zero communication from the seller. Lucky for B&N there are no online competitors that promise 2-day free shipping for members, or they might go out of business. /sarcasm off.
Dee14 More than 1 year ago
CheliD More than 1 year ago
I read the Beautiful Blue Death which was the first in this series so when I saw this Prequel offered on NetGalley and asked for it and was fortunate enough to receive it for review. This book chronicles the first case of Charles Lenox and also highlights his personal misgivings about going against his family wishes and starting his career as a private investigator. What I found fascinating was how Charles and his valet would peruse the daily newspapers to find a crime that they would decide needed investigating and then present themselves for that task. The book was well-written with clues planted strategically for the reader but not making it easy to solve. The characters were believable and the setting attention grabbing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Woman In The Water" is a cerebral, polished and highly entertaining mystery. Charles Finch takes an introspective journey into the past to provide a richer portrait of Lenox and his fellow characters, whom readers have come to care for deeply. With master brushstrokes, Finch unravels a nuanced and intriguing puzzle that tests the mettle, intellect and youthful zeal of the detective on his first important case
anneinaz More than 1 year ago
The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch is a prequel to his popular Sir Charles Lennox series. Sir Charles is an early detective along the lines of Sherlock Holmes but unlike Holmes fits quite well into the Victorian society in which he lives (most of the time.) He is a canny detective who solves crimes by thinking them through rather than jumping to conclusions easily. His valet, Graham, is his partner in detecting, assisting quite ably often working independently of Charles. In this book Charles is a young (22 years) man just out of school and struggling to find his place in life. Seeing his future as a choice between detecting and traveling, Charles and Graham have rooms in a house in London and a housekeeper recommended by Charles' mother, both of whom are determined to see Charles live as the young gentleman he is. Every morning, Charles and Graham sit together and read each of London's newspapers, cutting out articles which relate to crime or point to it and spend enjoyable time comparing what they are retrieved and discussing it. One morning they discover (in one of the more tabloid-like papers) a letter written, proclaiming that the writer has committed the perfect crime and being disappointed that the authorities are not trying hard enough, is giving notice that there will be another. Meanwhile his housekeeper wants to do some spring cleaning and wants his participation (approval) in that matter and his mother arrives to inform him that his father is dying. Rather a full plate for a young man. Finch places his red herrings and foreshadowing so well that even an astute reader misses many of them. Before things are finished there are three murders and the murderer has escaped. Charles is exceedingly unhappy with these results and is determined to retire before his career gets started, but there are many twists and turns along the way. The last few pages are a beautifully written homage to Charles's father and the good life he has given to his son. Charles Lennox is a good man. that is plain in this book and that conviction grows as one reads further. I strongly recommend this book. My plan is to reread the others. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure I wanted to read this prequel to the Charles Lenox mysteries--I was certain I'd miss the characters I've come to know and love during the course of the series too much. I was wrong. Several of the characters were actually in the story, and learning more about Charles's start as an investigator of twenty-three, as well as about his mother and father, added to my great enjoyment of this book. Throw in a great major mystery and an entertaining minor one, an ending I didn't see coming, and the result was a book I couldn't put down. I rank this as one of the top two in the series so far. Looking forward to the next one!