A Burial at Sea
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A Burial at Sea


Charles Lenox, Member of Parliament, sets sail on a clandestine mission for the government.  When an officer is savagely murdered, however, Lenox is drawn toward his old profession, determined to capture another killer.

1873 is a perilous time in the relationship between France and England.  When a string of English spies is found dead on French soil, the threat of all-out war prompts government officials to ask Charles Lenox to visit the newly-dug Suez Canal on a secret mission.

Once he is on board the Lucy, however, Lenox finds himself using not his new skills of diplomacy but his old ones: the ship’s second lieutenant is found dead on the voyage’s first night, his body cruelly abused. The ship’s captain begs the temporarily retired detective to join in the hunt for a criminal.  Lenox finds the trail, but in the claustrophobic atmosphere on board, where nobody can come or go and everyone is a suspect, he has to race against the next crime—and also hope he won’t be the victim.

At once a compulsive murder mystery, a spy story, and an intimate and joyful journey with the Victorian navy, this book shows that no matter how far Lenox strays from his old life, it will always come back to find him.


“Agatha Christie meets Patrick O’Brian in Finch’s accomplished fifth whodunit set in Victorian England (after 2010’s A Stranger in Mayfair), the best in the series to date.”
—Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly 9/12/2011

Title:A Burial at Sea
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

    A Burial at Sea Reviews

  • Cherie
    Jul 16, 2014

    I really like Charles Lenox! Have I said that before? Yes, I am sure I have. The advertisement for this story was “Agatha Christie meets Patrick O’Brian”. I don’t think it was quite either, bu...

  • LJ
    Jan 07, 2012

    First Sentence: He gazed out at the sunfall from an open second-floor window, breathing deeply of the cool salt air, and felt it was the first calm moment he had known in days.Charles Lenox’s life h...

  • Burgundy Rose
    May 19, 2013

    I loved this very much, as usual with Charles Finch. I found it quite intriguing that he should step into new territory (a tale of the navy) - I have yet to read Patrick O'Brian's books so this story ...

  • Laurel Hicks
    Sep 29, 2016

    Murder! Madness! Mutiny! Spies! Nevertheless, a bit bland....

  • Barb in Maryland
    Nov 29, 2011

    I have long enjoyed this understated series and A Burial at Sea may be the best of the lot.Several years have passed since the action of the previous book (A Stranger in Mayfair). Charles is now a 'ri...

  • Helen
    Feb 07, 2012

    Excellent, excellent, excellent. Let's hope that Charles Finch is home writing at this very moment.Charles Lenox has always been an armchair traveller. But now, in his capacity in Parliment, he is set...

  • Kathy Moberg
    Aug 31, 2012

    I wish I could give this 3 1/2 stars. I'm really close to saying what the heck and giving it 4... The novel is very well written and I learned an amazing amount about the 18th century British navy and...

  • Michael
    Oct 18, 2012

    This is now my favorite of the Charles Lenox series. A considerable portion of the book takes place aboard ship, and Finch researched sailing vessels of the period in order to get the details correct....

  • Mary
    Aug 12, 2012

    It's just very refreshing to read about these nice people in 1870's england and, this time, at sea in a chevron with steam power. Lots of information about the British navy. Plot was well worked out f...

  • Elizabeth
    Apr 08, 2017

    This book was disappointing to me, because it is a far departure from the series. Lenox takes a voyage on a British Naval ship, introducing an entirely new cast of characters.It was "macho" and gory, ...