The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch
(Charles Lenox Mysteries)

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The third book in the Charles Lenox series finds the gentleman detective trying to balance a heated race for Parliament with the investigation of the mysterious simultaneous deaths of two veteran reporters.

It's Christmas, 1866, and amateur sleuth Charles Lenox, recently engaged to his best friend, Lady Jane Grey, is happily celebrating the holiday in his Mayfair townhouse. Across London, however, two journalists have just met with violent deaths--one shot, one throttled. Lenox soon involves himself in the strange case, which proves only more complicated as he digs deeper. However, he must leave it behind to go north to Stirrington, where he is fulfilling a lifelong dream: running for a Parliamentary seat. Once there, he gets a further shock when Lady Jane sends him a letter whose contents might threaten their nuptials.

In London, the police apprehend two unlikely and unrelated murder suspects. From the start, Lenox has his doubts; the crimes, he is sure, are tied, but how? Racing back and forth between London and Stirrington, Lenox must negotiate the complexities of crime and politics, not to mention his imperiled engagement. As the case mounts, Lenox learns that the person behind the murders might be closer to him--and his beloved--than he knows.


About Charles Finch

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Charles Finch is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. He is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including The Fleet Street Murders, The September Society, A Stranger in Mayfair, and A Burial at Sea. His first novel, A Beautiful Blue Death, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal's Best Books of 2007, one of only five mystery novels on the list. He lives in Oxford, England.
Published November 10, 2009 by Minotaur Books. 317 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime. Fiction

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The police track down one of the murderers, a small-time thug named Hiram Smalls, but Smalls is killed in prison, leaving behind a cryptic note that merely deepens the mystery.

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Book Reporter

The third book in the Charles Lenox mystery series opens with Lenox celebrating a quiet Christmas at home with his family and new fiancée the night two well-known journalists are murdered.

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Oregon Live

Charles Finch has written a charming and intelligent mystery series, of which "The Fleet Street Murders" is the third.

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Historical Novel Society

Amateur detective Charles Lenox is having a happy Christmas in his Mayfair townhouse with his fiancée Lady Jane Grey while across London, two prominent newspapermen have simultaneously met a violent end.

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However, Charles Finch's third Charles Lenox mystery does not concern itself with spirits-- save for those to be found in public houses, such as Fleet Street's Ye Old Cheshire Cheese, in Berry Brothers and Rudd wine merchants, and on the sideboard in Lenox's study.

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