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An Extravagant Death: Charles Lenox Mystery Series, Book 14
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In what promises to be a breakout in Charles Finch's bestselling series, Charles Lenox travels to the New York and Newport of the dawning Gilded Age to investigate the death of a beautiful socialite.London, 1878. With faith in Scotland Yard shattered after a damning corruption investigation, Charles Lenox's detective agency is rapidly expanding. The gentleman sleuth has all the work he can handle, two children, and an intriguing new murder case. But when Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli offers him the opportunity to undertake a diplomatic mission for the Queen, Lenox welcomes the chance to satisfy an unfulfilled yearning: to travel to America. Arriving in New York, he begins to receive introductions into both its old Knickerbocker society and its new robber baron splendor. Then, a shock: the death of the season's most beautiful debutante, who appears to have thrown herself from a cliff. Or was it a suicide? Lenox's reputation has preceded him to the States, and he is summoned to a magnificent Newport mansion to investigate the mysterious death. What ensues is a fiendish game of cat and mouse. Witty, complex, and tender, An Extravagant Death is Charles Finch's triumphant return to the main storyline of his beloved Charles Lenox series—a devilish mystery, a social drama, and an unforgettable first trip for an Englishman coming to America.

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In what promises to be a breakout in Charles Finch's bestselling series, Charles Lenox travels to the New York and Newport of the dawning Gilded Age to investigate the death of a beautiful socialite.
London, 1878. With faith in Scotland Yard shattered after a damning corruption investigation, Charles Lenox's detective agency is rapidly expanding. The gentleman sleuth has all the work he can handle, two children, and an intriguing new murder case.
But when Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli offers him the opportunity to undertake a diplomatic mission for the Queen, Lenox welcomes the chance to satisfy an unfulfilled yearning: to travel to America. Arriving in New York, he begins to receive introductions into both its old Knickerbocker society and its new robber baron splendor. Then, a shock: the death of the season's most beautiful debutante, who appears to have thrown herself from a cliff. Or was it a suicide? Lenox's reputation has preceded him to the States, and he is summoned to a magnificent Newport mansion to investigate the mysterious death. What ensues is a fiendish game of cat and mouse.
Witty, complex, and tender, An Extravagant Death is Charles Finch's triumphant return to the main storyline of his beloved Charles Lenox series—a devilish mystery, a social drama, and an unforgettable first trip for an Englishman coming to America.

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        "A solid historical mystery that will change its hero's mind about life and death."

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      • source: The New York Times Book Review
      • content: "Entertaining... Finch effectively juggles the various plot threads."
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      • source: Seattle Times
      • content: "Smashing...That's the charm of Finch's style and [Lenox's] own manner of sleuthing -- a brilliant display of brainy deduction...classy writing and beguiling details."
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      • source: The Washington Post
      • content: "Atmospheric."
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      • content: "No mystery writer except perhaps Anne Perry is as successful as Charles Finch at evoking the atmosphere of Victorian London."
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      • source: Florida Sun-Sentinel
      • content: "Seriously satisfying."
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      • source: Mystery Scene Magazine
      • content: "Finch smoothly integrates the era's politics, fashion, culture and views, including how American issues have infiltrated British society. [He] also cleverly delves into Lenox's personality, which has fueled this beloved series."
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      • source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer
      • content: "A well-written mystery that moves quickly...[provides] insight into European politics vis-a-vis the United States just prior to the American Civil War."
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      • source: Bookpage
      • content: "Finch outdoes himself in the latest Charles Lenox mystery...[he] superbly weaves facts, interesting historical tidbits and emotions in a book so rich one hates to see it end."
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        December 7, 2020
        Set in 1878, Finch’s entertaining 14th mystery featuring Charles Lenox (after 2020’s The Last Passenger) finds Lenox, “probably the preeminent detective in all of England, professional or amateur,” dealing with the consequences of his exposure of three Scotland Yard chief inspectors being behind an armed robbery and numerous other crimes. The scandal imperils Benjamin Disraeli’s government, and the politician implores Lenox to travel to the U.S. during the trial and allow his testimony to be provided in written form to minimize press sensationalism. Lenox reluctantly agrees, but demands full access to the file on the case of Harold Wallace, who was stabbed to death in his home a few blocks away from Lenox’s own London residence. Lenox has doubts that the man charged with the crime, Wallace’s butler, is guilty. Upon the investigator’s arrival in the States, his skills are called upon by William Stuyvesant Schemerhorn IV of Newport, R.I., after an 18-year-old girl, whom his son had been courting, was found dead on a beach, apparently from a head wound. Finch effectively juggles the various plot threads. This is one of the series’ better recent entries. Agent: Elizabeth Weed, Book Group.

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        December 1, 2020
        In 1878, a famous detective is encouraged to leave England for the good of the government. After former MP Charles Lenox uncovers corruption at Scotland Yard, Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli asks him to leave the country so he'll be able to give written testimony rather than testify in open court, which would surely embarrass some important people, throwing in a knighthood to sweeten the deal. Lenox's well-connected wife, Lady Jane, has recently given birth to their second child, and, unimpressed by honors, he's loath to leave home. But acting on his wife's advice, he sets off for New York, where he meets snobbish members of established families and nouveaux riches, all ruled over by Caroline Astor. Theodore Blaine, the scion of an immensely wealthy family with a desire to emulate Lenox as a detective, accompanies him on a trip to Boston that's cut short by a request from William Stuyvesant Schermerhorn, who invites Lenox to Newport to solve a murder. At length he's persuaded to take up the case of Lily Allingham, the season's reigning beauty, who's been found dead on the beach below the magnificent so-called cottages of the wealthy. The suspects are all of the highest pedigree. Lily was at the point of deciding between two well-heeled suitors, Schermerhorn's son and one of the Vanderbilts. Lady Jane's contacts allow him entree into the highest echelons of Newport society, including an invitation to Caroline Astor's exclusive ball, where money and power may shield a murderer from justice. A solid historical mystery that will change its hero's mind about life and death.

        COPYRIGHT(2020) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        January 29, 2021
        Gentlemen weren't supposed to become detectives in nineteenth-century Britain, but Charles Lenox, the hero of Finch's long-running crime series, has bucked that tradition, much to the delight of historical-mystery readers. Lenox's latest case, resulting in the indictment of three Scotland Yard chief inspectors for corruption, has dominated the headlines. Worried about the embarrassment the resulting trial might cause the Yard and the government, the prime minister asks Lenox to visit America until the trial ends. Reluctant to leave his family but gripped by a sense of adventure, Lenox agrees. Little does he know that, once there, he will become involved in one of the most difficult and tragic murder investigations of his career. After beautiful young socialite Lily Allingham's body is found on the beach in Newport, Rhode Island, playground of the elite, Lily's father hires Lenox to find his daughter's killer. Lenox agrees, knowing that he will need to balance discovering the truth against protecting the sensitivities and egos of the Newport blue bloods. Lenox' latest adventure has humanity, heart, and humor; it offers a captivating glimpse of America's richest citizens in the late 1800s; it delivers a gripping and cleverly plotted mystery; and, of course, Lenox remains a thoroughly charming lead character. A pleasure to read on every level.

        COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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London, 1878. With faith in Scotland Yard shattered after a damning corruption investigation, Charles Lenox's detective agency is rapidly expanding. The gentleman sleuth has all the work he can handle, two children, and an intriguing new murder case.
But when Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli offers him the opportunity to undertake a diplomatic mission for the Queen, Lenox welcomes the chance to satisfy an unfulfilled yearning: to travel to America. Arriving in New York, he begins to receive introductions into both its old Knickerbocker society and its new robber baron splendor. Then, a shock: the death of the season's most beautiful debutante, who appears to have thrown herself from a cliff. Or was it a suicide? Lenox's reputation has preceded him to the States, and...

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