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Home by Nightfall: A Charles Lenox Mystery

Home by Nightfall: A Charles Lenox Mystery

Escrito por Charles Finch

Narrado por James Langton


Home by Nightfall: A Charles Lenox Mystery

Escrito por Charles Finch

Narrado por James Langton

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (29 valoraciones)
Longitud:
8 horas
Publicado:
Nov 10, 2015
ISBN:
9781501262661
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

A death in the family brings gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox back to the country house where he grew up-just in time to confront an odd, unsettling crime in a nearby village.

It's London in 1876, and the whole city is abuzz with the enigmatic disappearance of a famous foreign pianist. Lenox has an eye on the matter-as a partner in a now-thriving detective agency, he's a natural choice to investigate. Just when he's tempted to turn his focus to it entirely, however, his grieving brother asks him to come down to Sussex, and Lenox leaves the metropolis behind for the quieter country life of his boyhood. Or so he thinks. In fact, something strange is afoot in Markethouse: small thefts, books, blankets, animals, and more alarmingly a break-in at the house of a local insurance agent. As he and his brother begin to investigate this small accumulation of mysteries, Lenox realizes that something very strange and serious indeed may be happening, more than just local mischief. Soon, he's racing to solve two cases at once, one in London and one in the country, before either turns deadly. Blending Charles Finch's trademark wit, elegance, and depth of research, this new mystery, equal parts Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, may be the finest in the series.

Publicado:
Nov 10, 2015
ISBN:
9781501262661
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

Charles Finch is the USA Today bestselling author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including The Vanishing Man. His first contemporary novel, The Last Enchantments, is also available from St. Martin's Press. Finch received the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation 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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  • (4/5)
    This series has been sort of like riding a roller coaster for me. It's had its ups & downs. When I first started reading it, I loved it. Then when Charles Lenox started working in the Parliament I didn't like it all. Now that he's left Parliament and has his own detective agency, I love it again. I'm extremely glad that the author decided to go that route so Charles can freely detect again because the whole Parliament thing was tedious and boring!!

    In this book, Charles' brother Edward, goes through some major life changes so I'm curious to see what happens with him next. He's always enjoyed detecting with Charles so maybe he'll leave Parliament and start dabbling in detecting too. You never know... : )

    *I received this ARC from Minotaur Books and Goodreads Firstreads in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
  • (2/5)
    I was excited to be reading an English mystery, but that excitement quickly disappeared, and loathing entered the story. Charles Finch attempts to impress with eloquent language, but he missteps in his grammar during this endeavor. I spent too much time rereading sentences to figure the writer's intention and lost all enjoyment of the story. The story seems to have left my memory immediately after the final chapter. Nothing in the story remains to ponder. The journey into the English countryside provoked nothing but ennui.
  • (4/5)
    A wide-ranging plot makes this "Home by Nightfall" novel a labyrinth to navigate as a reader. Finch has so many villagers to bring in, and so many different challenges for his detective, Charles Lenox, that it becomes a chore to list them all. There is a leak in the Detective Agency, there is a requirement for doing a lot of stress remediation for the detective's brother Edmund, there is a horse thief, there are missing items stolen, recalcitrant school-skippers, raped assistants to the mayor in the country village of Lenox estate ... a virtual women's circle of victims, there are fraudulent insurance claims being dangled, stolen items from the insurer's home, a gardener who is willing to take the blame for his daughter's doings, chalk-sketched images of a truly suffering crying woman etched on doorsteps, a country cottage occupied by a wandering vagrant who is up to something, and a German pianist named Mueller hidden in London after being charged with murder. The book was written with vigor at a pace that mimicked the average day experienced in the NYPD instead of the events at a 19th Century homestead. This novel has a lot to recommend it, but I think I wish I could have taken on these rapid scenarios with a bit of nerve tonic. Not for the reader who likes to savor obvious straight line of plot development, or enjoy a cozy mystery.
  • (3/5)
    Great period detail and a meandering plot as Charles and his detective agency stay afloat. Charles is consoling his widowed brother and solving mysteries in his Yorkshire village as well as figuring out the disappearance of a German pianist in London. Afraid I lost the thread of what happened to the pianist.
  • (4/5)
    My favorite Charles Lennox mysteries. Finch takes a chance here by writing in two simultaneous mysteries happening a hundred miles away from each other. Nice job.
  • (5/5)
    It’s 1876. Our hero Charles Lenox is torn between two locales. In London, his detective agency is going through a rough patch, with a rival agency being asked to assist the London coppers in finding a missing pianist. But in Sussex, Charles’s older brother Edmund is grieving the sudden passing of his wife – and both his sons are away and unaware of their mother’s death. Charles decides to stay with his brother for a time in their childhood home, Lenox House, where Sir Edmund is lord of the manor. After all, Charles can stay in touch with his agency partners via telegraph and return by rail quickly if needed. In the village of Clavering, there are strange doings – nothing major, but the local cops are stymied. A local insurance agent knows someone has been in his house but he can’t find anything missing. But others in town are noticing thefts of small items. It’s a great opportunity for Charles and Edmund to bond and to have Edmund occupied with something other than thoughts of his late wife. So the brother-sleuths are on the case. Meanwhile in London things are going from bad to worse.This is a wonderful historical mystery series and Home by Nightfall may be the best one yet. Readers will be able to figure out what’s going on fairly early, but there are details to work out and that’s the fun of this book. Charles Finch has a knack for moving his hero around geographically, so he doesn’t get too tied to one place. One book was almost entirely set on sea with Lenox away from his family. Another was very family- and London-centered. Mixing it up like that makes sure the series doesn’t get stale.