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A Beautiful Blue Death (2007)

af Charles Finch

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Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery. Prudence Smith, one of Jane's former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The grand house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prue had dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by the motive for the girl's death. When another body turns up during the London season's most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence Smith? Or was it something else entirely? And can Lenox find the answer before the killer strikes again--this time, disturbingly close to home?… (mere)
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Another Victorian mystery I wanted to like, and another that was only ok. As an American trying to write British mysteries set in the same era, I'm sure I'm overly critical, but there were some Americanisms even I could see and a curious lack of crisis or resolution at the end -- it just sort of tailed off into further events that didn't seem related to anything. And I'm afraid I was never made to care about the victim, so I had trouble caring about whether her murder was solved. He's published more so I might try again . . . later. ( )
  lisahistory | Jun 15, 2021 |
paper $4 pub 2007
  18cran | Jun 7, 2021 |
A nice change of pace from the mysteries and thrillers I normally read with interesting characters. ( )
  lewilliams | Feb 23, 2021 |
Definitely in the tradition of the Agatha Christie, British upper crust type detective mystery. Found this author's treatment of his characters - esp the protagonist and inner circle- were drawn more sympathetically, his tone a bit warmer than the usual Christie style. Not a very fast paced plot... and the descriptions about the 1860s British political scene, and London environs/economic situation took readers on side trips, but it helped build historical context. I think I'd read another! ( )
  BDartnall | Jan 31, 2021 |
first of a series and I mean to read them all! what a find - just what we need during a pandemic ( )
  Overgaard | Oct 20, 2020 |
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If you like a classic whodunit, reminiscent of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Beautiful Blue Death is for you. The author, Charles Finch, states that he was heavily influenced by Doyles famous Sherlock Holmes tales and it shows in his writing. Instead of it being a bad immatation like so many others who try to copy Doyles success, Finch creates a character that is the complete opposite of Sherlock but retains the feel of reading one of the great detectives novels.

The sometimes-detective Charles Lenox is the friendly good-natured version of Sherlock Holmes.  Inspector Exeter is the pompous equivalent of Inspector Lestrade from Sherlock Holmes. McConnel is Lenox best friend who is a doctor that helped with the crime scene and the equivalent of Watson. Lenox's older brother is an influential member of parliament and just like Sherlock's brother except they have a close relationship.

I had a hard time getting into the story in the beginning because it was slow to really get into the investigation and cultivation of leads. The pace picks up and he begins to make more progress solving the case. I wasn't surprised by who the murderer(s) were, the why was the real mystery. It wasn't a 1 a.m. page-turner for me but those who like a clean and cozy mystery will probably enjoy it. Happy reading! 📚
 
On the whole, though, most Sherlockians can skip this unengaging debut without risk.
tilføjet af rretzler | RedigerKirkus Reviews (Apr 16, 2007)
 
Lovers of quality historical whodunits will hope this is the first in a series.
tilføjet af rretzler | RedigerPublisher's Weekly (pay site)
 

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Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery. Prudence Smith, one of Jane's former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The grand house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prue had dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by the motive for the girl's death. When another body turns up during the London season's most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence Smith? Or was it something else entirely? And can Lenox find the answer before the killer strikes again--this time, disturbingly close to home?

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