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Title:
Home by nightfall
Author(s):
Finch, Charles (Charles B.),
ISBN/ISSN:
9781250070418

1250070414
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
viii, 294 pages ; 25 cm.
Series:
Charles Lenox series

Charles Lenox series.
Abstract:
"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 to investigate this small accumulation of mysteries, Lenox realizes that something very strange and serious indeed may be happening--more than just local mischief"-- Provided by publisher.
Pub Date:
Minotaur Books, 2015.
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Summary

Summary

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 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.


Author Notes

Charles Finch is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. He is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries. 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 Chicago.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in the autumn of 1876, Finch's capable ninth Victorian mystery (after 2014's The Laws of Murder) takes gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox from London to Sussex, to try to console his brother, whose wife has died after a sudden illness, but he's soon distracted by a bizarre puzzle. Before a local insurance salesman, Arthur Hadley, entered his house one evening, he saw a face at his downstairs window, but no one was inside, and an unsettling chalk drawing of a young girl was sketched outside his front door. In a subsequent strange incident, a fake report of a fire in a nearby town lures Hadley away from his house. Back in London, everyone is agog at the seemingly impossible disappearance of a German pianist, Muller, from his dressing room, whose only exit was under constant observation. Despite Scotland Yard's lack of success in finding Muller, the police have yet to consult Lenox and his enquiry agency. Well-defined characters enhance the intriguing plot lines. Agents: Kari Stuart and Jennifer Joel, ICM. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Charles Lenox's London detective agency is thriving in 1876, so much so that he and his partners had to hire additional staff to keep up with the demand. When a family tragedy precipitates his return home to Sussex, Lenox finds his attention divided among his family, a series of mysterious incidents in the village of Markethouse, and the disappearance of a German pianist. While his team back in London investigate the pianist's whereabouts, Lenox probes the local petty thefts but is stumped by the possible motivation behind them. It is only when a more serious crime occurs that Lenox starts to put the pieces together. Verdict Lenox and his vast array of sidekicks make a welcome return in their ninth outing (after The Laws of Murder). It is to Finch's credit as a writer that none of the large cast of characters feels shoehorned into the story. While the family tragedy lends an aura of sadness to the tale, Lenox remains the delightful Victorian gentleman detective. Highly recommended for fans of the series. [See Prepub Alert, 6/1/15.]-Lynnanne Pearson, Skokie P.L., IL © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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