The Inheritance: Charles Lenox Mystery Series, Book 10
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A USA TODAY BESTSELLERA mysterious bequest of money leads to a murder in this new novel in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series whose last installment The New York Times called "a sterling addition to this well-polished series."Charles Lenox has received a cryptic plea for help from an old Harrow schoolmate, Gerald Leigh, but when he looks into the matter he finds that his friend has suddenly disappeared. As boys they had shared a secret: a bequest from a mysterious benefactor had smoothed Leigh's way into the world after the death of his father. Lenox, already with a passionate interest in detective work, made discovering the benefactor's identity his first case – but was never able to solve it.

Now, years later, Leigh has been the recipient of a second, even more generous bequest. Is it from the same anonymous sponsor? Or is the money poisoned by ulterior motives? Leigh's disappearance suggests the latter, and as Lenox tries, desperately, to save his friend's life, he's forced into confrontations with both the most dangerous of east end gangs and the far more genteel denizens of the illustrious Royal Society. When someone close to the bequest dies, Lenox must finally delve deep into the past to uncover at last the identity of the person who is either his friend's savior – or his lethal enemy.

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A USA TODAY BESTSELLER

A mysterious bequest of money leads to a murder in this new novel in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series whose last installment The New York Times called "a sterling addition to this well-polished series."

Charles Lenox has received a cryptic plea for help from an old Harrow schoolmate, Gerald Leigh, but when he looks into the matter he finds that his friend has suddenly disappeared. As boys they had shared a secret: a bequest from a mysterious benefactor had smoothed Leigh's way into the world after the death of his father. Lenox, already with a passionate interest in detective work, made discovering the benefactor's identity his first case – but was never able to solve it.

Now, years later, Leigh has been the recipient of a second, even more generous bequest. Is it from the same anonymous sponsor? Or is the money poisoned by ulterior motives? Leigh's disappearance suggests the latter, and as Lenox tries, desperately, to save his friend's life, he's forced into confrontations with both the most dangerous of east end gangs and the far more genteel denizens of the illustrious Royal Society. When someone close to the bequest dies, Lenox must finally delve deep into the past to uncover at last the identity of the person who is either his friend's savior – or his lethal enemy.

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        September 5, 2016
        Finch fails to deliver on the promise of the intriguing setup of his 10th Charles Lenox mystery (after 2015’s Home by Nightfall). In 1877, Gerald Leigh writes gentleman sleuth Lenox, his only friend at Harrow 30 years earlier, a vague letter stating that he’s in some kind of trouble. Lenox’s fears are heightened when he’s unable to find Leigh at his former classmate’s London hotel. Lenox eventually tracks the man down, only to learn that he recently survived two attempts on his life. Leigh, now a renowned scientist who has been living in France, returned to England after being contacted by a solicitor, who informed him that he’s the heir to a large fortune. The solicitor refused to identify Leigh’s benefactor. This revives for Leigh and Lenox the puzzle of who the mysterious person was who funded the former’s education at Harrow. A subplot involving one of Lenox’s partners in his enquiry agency dilutes the main action, which builds to an unsatisfying resolution. Agents: Kari Stuart and Jennifer Joel, ICM.

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        In the 10th installment of this Victorian-era series, a Member of Parliament-turned-private detective gets the chance to solve a 30-year-old mystery that involves his boyhood friend.Charles Lenox hasn't seen his Harrow school friend Gerald Leigh in many years, ever since Leigh got happily expelled and set off for a life of travel and, eventually, scientific inquiry. But hearing from Leigh generates an extra sense of excitement when his letter reveals that his return to London is related to his "mysterious benefactor." Lenox and Leigh started an unusual friendship at school when Leigh explained that his tuition was paid by an anonymous "friend," whose identity he desperately wanted to figure out. It was Lenox's first mystery, and it still hasn't been solved. It becomes clear that this is much more than child's play when Leigh goes missing from the Collingwood Hotel and Lenox must track him down--and once he does, Leigh reports that attempts have been made on his life. The descriptions of the attackers are at once familiar to Lenox, who recognizes the pair as Anderson and Singh, part of the notorious Farthing gang. Who could possibly order this traveling scientist dead? This is when Leigh reveals that the mysterious benefactor has recently left him a rather large sum, enough to make him rich by any standards--and enough to make people risk killing for it. While in London, Leigh is also persuaded to speak at the Royal Society, which has been encouraging his visit for a long time. To Lenox's surprise, his old friend has become quite the sensation. But when Leigh's solicitor Ernest Middleton is found murdered, Lenox is reminded that the target is still very much on Leigh's back. It's time he consults his agency partners Lord John Dallington and Polly Buchanon, who have been working a break-in case at Parliament, keeping watch there overnight and, to Lenox's extreme interest, becoming closer with each passing day. The tension continues to rise as an element of deceit clouds the entire investigation and events take surprisingly sinister and twisting turns. Finch impressively raises the stakes of this tale between tea settings, and his character development is top-notch. COPYRIGHT(1) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        June 1, 2016
        Victorian-era gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox, first seen in 2007's "A Beautiful Blue Death", an "LJ" best mystery and Agatha Award nominee, is working as Parliament's house detective when he receives a letter from an old school friend about his mother's suspicious death. To determine what really happened, the two must join forces to identify an anonymous benefactor whose generosity dates back 30 years. Higashino, Keigo. Under the Midnight Sun. Minotaur: St. Martin's. Nov. 2016. 544p. ISBN 9781250105790. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250105806. MYSTERY

        A murder in 1973 Osaka is never solved, and Edgar Award finalist Higashino shows the consequences for both the obsessive detective pursuing the case and the two people most touched by it: Ryo, the son of the murdered man, and Yukiho, the daughter of the prime suspect. Billed as much as grand social study as crime; the publisher makes comparison to "Les Miserables" and "Crime and Punishment", and the "South China Morning Post" brings in David Foster Wallace.

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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A USA TODAY BESTSELLER

A mysterious bequest of money leads to a murder in this new novel in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series whose last installment The New York Times called "a sterling addition to this well-polished series."

Charles Lenox has received a cryptic plea for help from an old Harrow schoolmate, Gerald Leigh, but when he looks into the matter he finds that his friend has suddenly disappeared. As boys they had shared a secret: a bequest from a mysterious benefactor had smoothed Leigh's way into the world after the death of his father. Lenox, already with a passionate interest in detective work, made discovering the benefactor's identity his first case – but was never able to solve it.

Now, years later, Leigh has been the recipient of a second, even more generous bequest. Is it from the same anonymous sponsor? Or is the money poisoned by ulterior motives? Leigh's disappearance suggests...

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