The September Society by Charles Finch
(Charles Lenox Mysteries)

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The sitting room looked as familiar as the back of his hand, and immediately Lenox took a liking to the young man who inhabited it. He saw several small artifacts of the missing student’s life---a frayed piece of string about two feet long of the sort you might bind a package with, half of a pulpy fried tomato, which was too far from the breakfast table to have been dropped, a fountain pen, and lastly, a card which said on the front The September Society. . . .

In the small hours of the morning one fall day in 1866, a frantic widow visits detective Charles Lenox. Lady Annabelle’s problem is simple: her beloved son, George, has vanished from his room at Oxford. When Lenox visits his alma mater to investigate, he discovers a series of bizarre clues, including a murdered cat and a card cryptically referring to the September Society.

Then, just as Lenox realizes that the case may be deeper than it appears, a student dies, the victim of foul play.

What could the September Society have to do with it? What specter, returned from the past, is haunting gentle Oxford? Lenox, with the support of his devoted friends in London’s upper crust, must race to discover the truth before it comes searching for him, and dangerously close to home.


 

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 August 5, 2008 by Minotaur Books. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime. Fiction

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Because well-connected man of means Charles Lenox styles himself an amateur sleuth, Lady Annabelle Payson asks him to find her son George, a student at Oxford’s Lincoln College, who disappeared immediately after she visited him.

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Finch transports you right into middle of England’s Victorian era and the life of the protagonist, Charles Lenox.

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The young man is George Payson, son of Lady Annabelle Payson, the widow of Captain James Payson who died during the Anglo-Sikh wars twenty years earlier.

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In his second Charles Lenox mystery, author Charles Finch proves most luminescent when his story is centered in Oxford, although he has a fine grasp on mid-Victorian-era London, as well.

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