#ThrillerThursday: The Softer Side (11/13/14 Edition)

Victorian England’s amateur sleuth Charles Lenox has been compared to Sherlock Holmes and Dorothy L. Sayers’s Lord Peter Wimsey — his creator, Charles Finch, has been compared to Agatha Christie and Anne Perry. My dear librarian, why haven’t you dipped into this delightful series, yet?

A BEAUTIFUL BLUE DEATH

“Vividly capturing the essence of Victorian England, Finch presents us with a unique sleuth who combines the deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes with the people skills of Thomas Pitt. A sparkling achievement.”–Library Journal (starred review)

THE SEPTEMBER SOCIETY

“Even the most astute reader will be guessing to the end. Another triumph.” —Library Journal (starred review)

THE FLEET STREET MURDERS

“A beguiling Victorian mystery [with] an amiable gentleman sleuth cut from the same fine English broadcloth as Dorothy L. Sayers’s Lord Peter Wimsey.”–Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

A STRANGER IN MAYFAIR

“Readers of Anne Perry should be snatching up Finch’s books and clamoring for more.”–Library Journal (starred review)

A BURIAL AT SEA

“Agatha Christie meets Patrick O’Brian in Finch’s accomplished fifth whodunit set in Victorian England … the best in the series to date.”–Publishers Weekly (starred Review)

A DEATH IN THE SMALL HOURS

“Superb . . . Boasting one of Finch’s tightest and trickiest plots, this installment further establishes Lenox as a worthy heir to the aristocratic mantle of Lord Peter Wimsey.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

AN OLD BETRAYAL

“Engaging…the combination of a simpatico lead and old-fashioned detection will appeal to golden age fans.”–Publishers Weekly

THE LAWS OF MURDER

“Lenox’s eighth outing, after AN OLD BETRAYAL, is a solid addition to this much-lauded series.”– Booklist

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Charles Finch is a graduate of Yale and Oxford.  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. His first  contemporary novel, THE LAST ENCHANTMENTS, was published at the end of January.

 

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