Tuesday, December 31, 2013

An Inviting Victorian Mystery

Charles Lenox, formerly a detective now a member of Parliament, agrees to help an ailing friend, Lord John Dallington, with a case. Although Charles is making a name for himself in Parliament, he misses detective work. The note from Dallington asking for his help makes him realize how much.

To his chagrin, Lenox misses the client at Charing Cross, but continues to support Dallington, whose illness keeps him confined to his rooms. Assisting Dallington leads to his involvement in the murder of a country squire. The case at first appears straightforward, but as clues accumulate, Lenox realizes that the case could involve the highest levels of government and society.

The author does an excellent job of pulling you into the Victorian era. From the descriptions of London and Parliament, to the details of Lenox's house and the rules of society, you feel immersed in another time.

The characters are well drawn. You can't help but like Lenox when he marvels at his baby daughter. The secondary characters, detectives, homeless men, aristocrats and shopkeepers, contribute to the realistic background.

The plot moves rather slowly, but I found it enjoyable giving me time to savor the delights of Victorian London. However, if you like a fast pace and lots of violence this is not the book for you. If you like historical fiction combined with murder, you'll enjoy this book. I did.

I reviewed this book for the Amazon Vine Program.