Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch (Charles Lenox)

Another successful installment in a series in which every book is a pleasant, congenial read, with a tantalizing mystery to keep you turning pages.

Yet again, Charles Finch uses his light touch to throw the reader into the boisterous, amusing, and yet not-to-be-taken-lightly world of an MP election in a small, northern English town. As always, he masterfully folded what must have been fairly painstaking research into a delightful and engaging narrative in such a way it doesn't occur to the reader how much they've learned until after they've finished the book. 

Fans of Graham will be a bit disappointed that he doesn't play quite as large a role in this part, but there are several other new characters that are just as engaging who, hopefully, will make appearances in future books. Of particular note is the local pub owner who is also Lenox's northern campaign manager. 

Meanwhie, Lenox is torn between working to realize his dreams of being an MP and solving the murder that keeps tugging him back to London. Making his absences from the City even more unbearable is some unexpected tension between him and Lady Jane when she asks to delay the wedding. 

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