A Beautiful Blue Death (E–pub Free) Ô Charles Finch


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    A Beautiful Blue Death (E–pub Free) Ô Charles Finch Let me first make a few disclaimers I did not finish this book I almost always believe that reviewers who do not finish the book should not be leaving reviews with stars I am going to make an exception with this book as I have with only one other This time I am making the exception because I hope to spare someon

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    A Beautiful Blue Death (E–pub Free) Ô Charles Finch I am very sorry to say that this book suffers from three major faults which I was unable to ignore First it's full of Ameri

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    A Beautiful Blue Death (E–pub Free) Ô Charles Finch Alas suckered in yet again by a beautiful cover and really good title The title however is pedantically explained away very uickly in the book – and that is pretty much how the rest of the writing runs as well Repetition and a strong case of the “Captain Obvious is obvious” make up the dominant style here the first chapter is spent largely on explaining how Our Hero Lenox has just come home and it’s cold and he doesn’t w

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    A Beautiful Blue Death (E–pub Free) Ô Charles Finch This will be short cause I really loathed this book It took me two days to get through If not for the fact that a

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    A Beautiful Blue Death (E–pub Free) Ô Charles Finch Charles Finch ¸ 3 read & download characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ¸ Charles Finch I’m just a little bit in love with Charles Lenox the hero of Charles Finch’s charming debut Victorian mystery Lenox is s

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    A Beautiful Blue Death (E–pub Free) Ô Charles Finch I'm trying to immerse myself in this series of a noble Victorian armchair sleuth and a Watson esue butler and I just can't get into it This is the first book in the series and I've since read two seuels and they were just progressiv

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    characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ¸ Charles Finch A Beautiful Blue Death (E–pub Free) Ô Charles Finch Rating 35 of fiveI submerged into 1865 London with surprising ease in this debut mystery I was irked by lots of little picky detail boo boos but charmed by the characters of Charles Lenox and Lady Jane Grey who should be c

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    read A Beautiful Blue Death Charles Finch ¸ 3 read & download A Beautiful Blue Death (E–pub Free) Ô Charles Finch For some reason this book didn't grab me the way I expected It could mean that my first and only reading slump isn't over or that this was simply a miss for me which is strange because I like this genre Whatever the reason I found the characters' conversations annoying and some of ordinary things the protagonist does are way too detailed having tea breakfast and such Still take this with a grain of salt For now it was simply an

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    read A Beautiful Blue Death A Beautiful Blue Death (E–pub Free) Ô Charles Finch characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ¸ Charles Finch This is not a highly suspenseful mystery but rather a uiet Victorian armchair detective type bookI liked Charles Lenox the main character and his ruminations on the oddity of Victorian culture and the impossibility of getting properly made boots I do think that some of the minor characters most notably servants and those of lesser class weren't sketched out fully but it seems appropriate given the mindset of the era that a gentle

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    A Beautiful Blue Death (E–pub Free) Ô Charles Finch characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ¸ Charles Finch uite a charming little who dun itAmateur sleuth enad with parliament and the architecture of the Victorian period has money to throw around and lots of confidantes to spy for himHigh class mannersDeals with titles and servants I recommend for a light read or a break from the regular routine

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Charles Finch ¸ 3 read & download characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ¸ Charles Finch read A Beautiful Blue Death Servants is dead of an apparent suicide But Lenox suspects something far sinister murder by a rare and deadly poison The grand house where the girl worked is full of suspects and though Prue had dabbled with the hearts of than a few men Lenox is baffled by the motive for the girl's death When ano. I m just a little bit in love with Charles Lenox the hero of Charles Finch s charming debut Victorian mystery Lenox is smart decent upstanding and oh so devoted to the delightful Lady Jane The two join forces to plumb the truth behind a young maid s death Finch writes with confidence and verve drawing us into Victorian London without resorting to cliches The plot moves along smartly the resolution satisfies completely Curl up with a cuppa you re in for a treat

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Charles Finch ¸ 3 read & download characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ¸ Charles Finch read A Beautiful Blue Death Ther body turns up during the London season's most fashionable ball Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities Was it jealousy that killed Prudence Smith Or was it something else entirely And can Lenox find the answer before the killer strikes again this time disturbingly close to home. This is not a highly suspenseful mystery but rather a uiet Victorian armchair detective type bookI liked Charles Lenox the main character and his ruminations on the oddity of Victorian culture and the impossibility of getting properly made boots I do think that some of the minor characters most notably servants and those of lesser class weren t sketched out fully but it seems appropriate given the mindset of the era that a gentlemen would think of these types of people in broad sterotypes rather than specificsLenox s next door neighbor Lady Jane had formerly employed a maid named Prudence Smith who recently turned up dead Lenox s investigation into the death of Prue her current high ranking government employer Barnard and the other servantsguests in Barnard s house is interesting without ever approaching suspense A second death complicates matters and flusters Lenox because the second body was his main suspect for the first murderAll in all the sense of time in the book is very successful Finch has obviously done his research into the Victorian era There are just a few moments such as when Lenox is thinking about how beautiful the Parliament buildings are and how no one will ever care about Big Ben that you get a sense of the modern author peeking through and poking fun but mostly you can believe in Lenox s time and character

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Charles Finch ¸ 3 read & download characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ¸ Charles Finch read A Beautiful Blue Death Charles Lenox Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer likes nothing than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea a roaring fire and a good book But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery Prudence Smith one of Jane's former. Alas suckered in yet again by a beautiful cover and really good title The title however is pedantically explained away very uickly in the book and that is pretty much how the rest of the writing runs as well Repetition and a strong case of the Captain Obvious is obvious make up the dominant style here the first chapter is spent largely on explaining how Our Hero Lenox has just come home and it s cold and he doesn t want to go out again He wants to stay by his fire with a book He would rather not go out in the cold again I say Graham it s cold out Graham the butler does not say Yes you bleeding twit you ve said that four times already And Lenox does go out and lo and behold it s coldAnd so onOne character McConnell whom Lenox brings in for medical advice is a drunken failure And oh he s a doctor And he drinks And he is despised by many as a failure Because he drinksAnd so onThere is a summary description of the downward spiral of the man s marriage with no emotion than the description of Lenox s study and no insight or empathy simply a list of eventsThere is no artistry to the writing Which in and of itself can be fine I don t expect or want every line to drip with poetry But some flair something to distinguish the style from a generic children s book or textbook might be nice something to indicate that the author actually has a reason to want to be an author rather than an actuary or arborist Instead much of it consists of a section of dialogue brought to a complete standstill by a paragraph or two describing a room minutely or talking about the history of the police force very much see Spot runThere is one sentence that stood out for me as a great example of why I just didn t enjoy this book You could have knocked Lenox over with a feather The narration constantly brings me into it you this and you that and it started feeling like a choose your own adventure novel And such a clich Personally I d work very hard to avoid such a stale chestnut Finch does notThere were small and not so small errors scattered throughout Example the description of a place with awnings up in midwinter A snowy midwinter That s not a good idea they wouldn t stay up for long Example Lenox is attacked by two men One of them has a very prominent tattoo a hammer alongside his left eye Earlier in the book someone made mention of a gang of roughs called the Hammer Hmmmm And yet Lenox never mentions the extremely prominent tattoo when he talks about the attack and he wonders and he ponders on whoever could have done it Small examples McConnell Lenox A toast but there isn t one And I ll use the old call a signal he and his brother used as children which consists of yelling his brother s name These boys and their cryptic private codes There are two threads running uite annoyingly through the whole blessed book Lenox has bad boots which leave his feet cold and wet and every meal or snack or beverage he partakes of is detailed Not even lovingly detailed just detailed It goes back to the feeling that this is a children s book and then Charles had four pieces of toast not an actual uote And for the love of Bob man you re rich and you live in London you have no excuse stop your whingeing and go get a decent pair of bloody bootsETA Speaking of food one sentence I marked was They ate very simple food cold sliced tomatoes mashed potatoes and milk ew ew ew ew ewIt seems to take forever to get through the solution of the mystery and then it finally ends But there is still a good sized chunk of the book left And then comes another ending And another The piecemeal wrap up and coda are painfulI find it a bit of a stretch to believe that this drunken failure of what used to be a good doctor remember him could take a five minute look at the corpse and pronounce it death by bella indigo repeatedly stressed to be a rare and expensive poison ETA thanks to a comment from Jocelyn below I thought based on a very cursory internet search that bella indigo was the same as nightshade It isn t apparently the author made up the poison Which I agree is cheatingHowever maybe the doctor intuits the real poison used because though a drunk he s just that awesome uote My own opinion is that one day even a single speck of something will tell us everything about it Really Gosh How perspicacious of youThere are several things that just don t feel right for the time period this is set in They may be just fine they may be down to Lenox s odd character or Finch s attempt to be uniue it all just felt very off Example Lenox a gentleman straggles down to breakfast and other meals in his robe and slippers Example Lady Jane promises Lenox the first dance at some shindig and then partners someone else I don t care if that someone else is the host I thought that was the height of bad manners Example People drink a great deal of water in the book which may be just fine but maybe I was thinking of medieval London when to drink water was to court some brand of dysentery I just found it very very odd that for example waiters were circulating about a ballroom with trays of glasses of water If nothing else I would expect something like that to prompt scandalized and shocked whispers about the host s parsimony and lack of hospitalityAnd one Lenox belongs to multiple clubs I went back and collected them The Athanaeum Club the Savile the Devonshire the Eton and Hammer the Oriental the Marlborough the Oxford and Cambridge and the Travelers Seriously eight clubs Maybe it s possible each of these is apparently slanted toward a different interest but in my limited experience with fiction of the period I ve never seen a character who belonged to than one That was kind of the point of a club I thought to belong for there to be a sort of pied terre or comfortable place away from home Eight boltholes seems a bit excessive especially for a man who loves his home and seems a bit of a homebody ETA I was wrong I ve noticed than one mention out there of than one club membership Not eight mind you but I was at least partly wrong about the oneNext door to Lenox lives his best friend called Lady Jane who brings him into the case He who was Richard points out in his review that really Lady Jane Grey is only called that to be cute Her husband had been Captain Lord James Grey Earl of Deere so she ought indeed to be Lady Deere or something This mistake does not boost confidence in the author but it does line up with other small mistakes like those above Jane is supposed to be feisty and independent and intelligent and I know this because I m told so This is the sum total of her characterization Now naturally a relationship such as Lenox and Jane have could easily be seen as inappropriate ie sexual but it s okay The author makes sure to hammer home the fact that they re just friends It s ok They have a special relationshipAnother special relationship for Lenox is that with his butler the aforementioned Graham In other reviews folks noted that Lenox is supposed to echo Lord Peter in some ways and I have to say I feel that that is pretty silly The closest point of comparison is this man manservant relationship but no The bond between Bunter and Peter was built over the course of the whole series of books with a revelation of their past here and a present day moment there and it was beautiful Here the whole past and present of the relationship is vomited out in one chapter Also Graham is no Bunter and I can t believe the universe even allows me to put Lenox and Lord Peter in the same sentenceCharles Lenox I m sorry he s just dull The single solitary real Lord Peter esue thing about him is that he s the younger son of a peer who investigates crimes as a whim But he s just such a schlub He plans exotic trips that never happen He muddles on very happily in a lovely city home and buys whatever he wants except a decent pair of boots The way Lenox treats his books did not endear him to me He repeatedly knocks piles of books off desks and whatnot and leaves them there Lord Peter would flatten his nose for himAnd his investigative skills There s the main reason that the Lord Peter comparisons make the hair on the back of my neck stand up Not out of fear or whatever but in the manner of a really pissed off dog s hackles rising He s not a smart man Lenox or at least he s not written as such though I think the reader is expected to think him ever so clever His method of interrogating suspects is to ask Did you kill her He seems convinced each time that he ll receive an answer other than an outraged No Oh and the initial crime scene Lenox mocks the pinch hitting detective for believing in a suicide but how can he think otherwise when a no one points out the pen thing which yes he should notice but almost no one did b he has no way of knowing for certain the girl was illiterate and couldn t have written a suicide note c most importantly Lenox took away evidence that was sitting there Lenox and McConnell also undressed and redressed the corpse This kind of tampering with a crime scene would be literally criminal if this book had been set in even a slightly later ageSo no the man is no Lord Peter He s no Sherlock Holmes either God knows although he plays at it making Sherlockian deductions based on observation The difference well the difference reminds me of Much Ado About Nothing And then they laugh at him and beat him Holmes disarms people and frightens some and impresses everyone when he tells them details he couldn t possibly know Lenox tries it a couple of times and just annoys peopleJust as he annoyed me

  • Paperback
  • 336
  • A Beautiful Blue Death
  • Charles Finch
  • English
  • 13 February 2019
  • 9781250000453