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On any given day in London, all Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, wants to do is relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist another chance to unravel a mystery, even if it means trudging through the snow to her townhouse next door.

One of Jane's former servants, Prudence Smith, is dead – an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prudence dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by an elusive lack of motive in the girl's death.

When another body turns up during the London season's most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence? Or was it something else entirely, something that Lenox alone can uncover before the killer strikes again – disturbingly close to home?

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A Beautiful Blue Death
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3.6 / 5
Victorian Cozy
September 26th, 2015
1865. While the US is enjoying the end of the Civil War, in London the Liberals take over Parliament in the form of Lord Palmerston, who died that same year leaving Lord John Russell as Prime Minister. And Lady Jane Grey has sent a note to her platonic love, Charles Lenox. Dearest, Would you come over before supper, perhaps at a little past six o’clock? Something has happened. Do come, Charles. Yours, faithfully, &c. Jane What follows is a tale of mystery, politics, society and the upper-crust formality for which the Victorian period is so well known. Lenox is no Lord Peter Whimsey – he is much more reserved, his intelligence sharp, but quieter and more reserved. This is very much a “Victorian Cozy” mystery, with interesting characters and a landscape that pulls you into the sights, scents and sounds of Victorian London. Honestly, I requested the book by mistake, as I wouldn’t normally read a historical (it simply isn’t my genre) but I still enjoyed it. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.
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Saga of the Fuddy-Duddy Sleuth
September 23rd, 2015
The fuddy-duddy sleuth investigates two murders based on a somewhat improbable motive. The characters are well-drawn and somewhat peculiar. The process of investigation is interesting and would be so much more enjoyable if the bulk of the narrative was not given over to vivid description of taking tea, lunching and supping. If I ate what Charles Lenox is described eating I would be bigger than a sperm whale. I have no objection to the detailed description of the life of the idle rich Englishman, but I wish the story itself offered more in compensation. Even a stir in the cold relationship between Charles and Lady Jane would have added interest. Definitely for the fans of Donton Abbey and those of a similar bent.
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A Beautiful Blue Death
February 12th, 2015
A wonderfully convoluted Victorian tale of intrigue: personal, financial and political. An excellent window into Society, both high and low, as well as in between. Clues abound, but how do they fit? Wait til nearly the end for the answer(s)! If you like Anne Perry, then you'll find yourself at home.
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A beautiful blue death
December 16th, 2013
Cozy mystery good bedtime reading
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