The once arm chair detective, Charles Lenox, has now successfully made the big shift to being in ‘trade’ with his detective agency and partners. Things seem to be going well for Lenox, Dallington, and Polly….they have after all hired a ‘staff’ of detectives to help with their work load, but their rival LeMire also threatens to take away some of their business.
All of London is buzzing with the disappearance of a famous German pianist….everyone is speculating that the Yard will call in a consulting detective firm….Lenox hopes it’s his. While he waits to hear if he will be brought in, his brother Edmund is grieving the loss of his wife and asks Lenox to come to Sussex to help him get re-adjusted to his house and being alone on the estate.
Lenox gladly accepts, he hasn’t been home for an extended visit in ages and when the news comes that LeMire has been called in as the consulting firm….Lenox gladly goes to Sussex.
Literally 24 hours after arriving, a man shows up at Lenox House seeking a conference with Lenox about a case. There has been a series of break ins in this town and the country market has also had some thefts recently. The town is hoping that a big city detective can solve the case while he is in residence. Lenox and his brother are intrigued and agree to look into the thefts.
While they are tracking the would be thief, Lenox gets word from London that a number of his clients have left the firm and are now with LeMire. The only way to save the firm from bankruptcy is to find the missing German pianist before LeMire does. Torn between his small town case and the big city necessity….Lenox hopes to solve both cases.
I have been a big fan of Charles Lenox since I read the first book. What I love about the Lenox mysteries as they are easily read as standalone’s, they aren’t overly complex, the mystery seems like it should be obvious but it rarely is, and Lenox is a logical and likable detective who always makes sure the reader is keeping up with the mystery.
That said, some of the mysteries have been better than others. For me personally, I like when the mystery is set in London and there is only one big mystery going on. In this book I felt like Lenox was spread a little thin with the missing German and the country thefts. I kept waiting for the two mysteries to some how be connected, but they weren’t. I just felt like there were one too many cases happening for my liking.
This mystery was just ok for me. I wanted to see more of Dallington (who is one of my favorite secondary characters) and see how his relationship with Polly is progressing. I also missed some of the regular characters such as McConnell and I wanted more Jane. I was surprised that Edmund played such a role in this book. At first I was kind of ‘meah’ about his involvement but by the end I was happy to see that he had his own unique detection talents so I thought that was an nice touch.
While I may not have liked this one as much as the others, there was plenty to keep me reading. I was really intrigued by the whole chalk drawing and how that fit in the mystery…..I also liked the resolution of the country mystery. It was much different than some of the other Lenox mysteries that I had read. I like that it put Lenox in kind of an ethical dilemma.
I think that every mystery series has a few novels that are better than others but in the end, you love the characters so much that you would keep reading no matter what and that’s what the Lenox series is for me. Not every book is a 5 star mystery but they are consistently well written and interesting and I love the characters so I will gladly continue reading regardless of how many stars each book got!
Side note…..can I just say what a lovely cover designer Finch has? Every single Lenox book has beautiful, eye catching covers! I love them all….I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover…..well in this case you can, the covers are colorful and engaging…..not to mention interesting. I’ll be honest…..one of the main reasons I decided to read the book series…..was because of the covers!
Book:Home by Nightfall (Charles Lenox Mysteries #9) by Charles Finch
Kindle Edition, 304 pagesExpected publication: November 10th 2015 by Minotaur Books
- Review copy provided by: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review
This book counts toward: NA
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- Books for Challenge Completed: NA
Recommendation: 3 out of 5
Genre: historic fiction, Victorian lit, detective novel, mystery, gaslight fiction
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