The Laws of Murder
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The Laws of Murder


It’s 1876, and Charles Lenox, once London’s leading private investigator, has just given up his seat in Parliament after six years, primed to return to his first love, detection. With high hopes he and three colleagues start a new detective agency, the first of its kind. But as the months pass, and he is the only detective who cannot find work, Lenox begins to question whether he can still play the game as he once did.

Then comes a chance to redeem himself, though at a terrible price: a friend, a member of Scotland Yard, is shot near Regent’s Park. As Lenox begins to parse the peculiar details of the death – an unlaced boot, a days-old wound, an untraceable luggage ticket – he realizes that the incident may lead him into grave personal danger, beyond which lies a terrible truth.

With all the humanity, glamor, and mystery that readers have come to love, the latest Lenox novel is a shining new confirmation of the enduring popularity of Charles Finch’s Victorian series.

Title:The Laws of Murder
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages

    The Laws of Murder Reviews

  • Charles Finch
    Mar 03, 2014

    Was four stars last week but I edited the hell out of it...

  • Julie
    Mar 03, 2014

    Another really excellent entry in the Charles Lenox mystery series. The last book was my favorite, so I wondered how this next one would compare. It compares beautifully. Mr. Finch has been able to ma...

  • Sharla
    Oct 26, 2014

    This series keeps getting better. I read this installment slowly, not because it was less than engrossing but because I wanted to savor it. I love the characters and the period detail and atmosphere. ...

  • Cherie
    Jul 16, 2014

    I'm done, and now I am crying. The story was great. The ending was touching. I'm trying to hold back the tears. How long will I have to wait.Until Charles completes the next?Please, Mr. Finch...Don't ...

  • The Lit Bitch
    Oct 09, 2014

    4.5 starsI am a big fan of this series. I have read the first four books and would have kept reading the next ones but I had to wait for the 5th book to come out and when it finally did, I couldn’t ...

  • Esther
    Aug 24, 2014

    This Victorian murder is different than the gritty, hard core thrillers I usually read. I found it very thoroughly researched and well written. Multiple murders, multiple suspects. It's fascinating to...

  • Jeanette
    Nov 22, 2016

    This is a solid Charles Lenox novel #8 taking place in 1876 London. It was fully 3.5 star for plot and details for manners and structures within/of the Victorian period. Although I rounded it up for t...

  • LJ
    Dec 04, 2014

    First Sentence: A late winter’s night in London: the city hushed; the revelers half an hour in their beds; a new snow softening every dull shade of gray and brown into angelic whiteness.Charles Leno...

  • Lelia Taylor
    Sep 29, 2014

    I’ve been a fan of this series since the very first book, A Beautiful Blue Death, came out in 2007. Somehow, I always know that I can count on Charles Finch to make the newest adventure just as fres...

  • C
    Jan 11, 2015

    4.5 stars. Perhaps the thing I most cherish about the Charles Lennox mystery series is that I find myself smiling each time I flip the last page and close the book. It is akin to finishing a cuppa Ear...