A Death in the Small Hours
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A Death in the Small Hours


From Charles Finch, the critically acclaimed author of A Beautiful Blue Death and A Burial at Sea, comes A Death in the Small Hours--an intriguing new mystery in what The New York Times calls "a beguiling series"

Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. His days of regularly investigating the crimes of Victorian London now some years behind him, he plans a trip to his uncle's estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops: broken windows, minor thefts, threatening scrawls.

Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley. Now, with his protege, John Dallington, at his side, the race is on for Lenox to find the culprit before he strikes again. And this time his victim may be someone that Lenox loves.

Title:A Death in the Small Hours
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

    A Death in the Small Hours Reviews

  • Cherie
    Jul 16, 2014

    I think the mystery in this book is my favorit part of the series, so far. I loved the setting, out in the country at Uncle Freddy's estate. Charles had been elected to give the opening speach in Parl...

  • LJ
    Mar 06, 2013

    First Sentence: Charles Lenox sat in the study of his town house at Hampden Lane—that small, shop-lined street off Grosvenor Place where he had passed most of his adult life—and sifted through the...

  • Laurie Ann Silberman
    Dec 17, 2012

    Didn't enjoy this book as much as previous books. There is a continuing theme that the main character misses his detective work but continues down the path of Parliament because he feels he owes it to...

  • Arianna
    Jul 26, 2013

    www.shelfnotes.comDear Reader,I was thoroughly charmed by this quintessentially English book. I don’t often read books which are part of a series, particularly not books which are several into a ser...

  • Jeanette
    Nov 20, 2016

    Charles and Lady Jane spend some time away from London and Parliament. They are in Somerset with Charles' cousin Freddy. This was a scrumptious adventure, filled with precise traditions, town peoples'...

  • Sharon
    Dec 01, 2012

    I enjoy this series a lot. It got off to a great start, but one or two in the middle were a little weaker. The one before this was better, and this one is back to being as good as the original. The c...

  • Villager
    Aug 22, 2014

    I remain a fan of this unique detective series featuring a culture and a hero that has absolutely nothing to do with my experiences as a Black man in America. The hero of these mystery novels is Charl...

  • Sophia
    Jul 13, 2014

    In this installment of the series, time has jumped forward a bit and Lennox is now a proud father, loving husband, settled MP and mentor to John Dallington's amateur detecting. He feels very blessed, ...

  • Deb
    Mar 06, 2016

    Charles Lenox is now a well-regarded member of Parliament, and has just been asked to deliver the keynote address at the opening of Parliament, an extremely great honor. When his uncle Frederick invit...

  • Tom Melcior
    Nov 19, 2013

    The lead character, Charles Lenox, is faced with a seemingly harmless bit of village tomfoolery that turns deadly. His unraveling of the mystery, while effectively managed, is not what made me keep tu...