A death in the small hours / Charles Finch.
Booklist Reviews 2012 November #1
Charles Lenox, the Victorian-era member of Parliament, doesn't think he misses his days as London's premier private investigator. He's too busy climbing the political ladder, and, anyway, his young protégé, John Dallington, seems to be doing just fine on his own, turning into a first-class detective. But when Lenox accepts an invitation to spend some time at his uncle's estate in the country, he has to admit it's not entirely because he needs peace and quiet to work on an upcoming speech: his uncle's tantalizing hints about a series of bewildering vandalisms in the village of Plumley tug at Charles' not-so-dormant investigative curiosity (and when vandalism escalates to murder, Lenox is hooked). The latest in Finch's veddy British mysteries is, like its predecessors, leisurely paced, with ornate Victorian dialogue that often comes oh-so-close to parody ("I find a walk after supper a eupeptic diversion") and plenty of richly detailed scene-setting description. Sure to please fans of the previous Lenox novels. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2012 November #1
Away from London this time, Victorian sleuth Charles Lenox finds a strange evil surging through the normally placid village of Plumley. Protégé John Dallington helps out in the series's sixth title (after A Burial at Sea).[Page 58]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PW Reviews 2012 September #2
Set in 1874, Finch's superb sixth mystery (after 2011's A Burial at Sea) finds former private investigator Charles Lenox now an influential member of Parliament. Lenox accepts the honor of giving the opening speech for the new parliamentary session, which could be the prologue to further government advancement. To prepare, he accepts his uncle's invitation to visit the uncle's estate in the village of Plumbley, which has been afflicted by bizarre acts of vandalism: someone drew a picture of a man hanging from a noose on the doors of two local merchants, and the Roman numeral for 22 was painted on the church door. The stabbing murder of a 19-year-old young man raises the ante. Lenox welcomes the chance to resume detecting, "his truest vocation." 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. Agents: Kari Stuart and Jennifer Joel, ICM. (Nov.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC