Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Burial At Sea-Charles Finch

A Burial At Sea

Charles Finch

Minotaur, Nov 8 2011, $24.99

ISBN: 9780312625085

By 1873, Lord Charles Lenox feels his sleuthing days are behind him as he has joined Parliament and his wife Jane is pregnant carrying their first child. However, war with France seems imminent when five English spies have been murdered on the French occupied Egypt Protectorate. Charles’ brother Sir Edmund, an adviser to Prime Minister Gladstone, asks his sibling to go to Egypt to investigate the homicides. Though he would prefer to remain with his spouse, duty calls.

The detective sails the Lucy on the Mediterranean with his nephew Teddy on board as a midshipman. Captain Jacob Martin requests Charles probe the brutal murder of Lieutenant Halifax before the superstitious crew reacts without reason. Once again believing duty calls, Charles investigates the murder.

The latest Lenox Victorian whodunit is a great locked ship mystery that effortlessly ties the inquiry with the daily on board activities. Charles understands that everyone is a suspect, but seeks someone with a powerful motive as the victim was viciously killed with no apparent witnesses. Fans of the series (see A Stranger in Mayfair) will appreciate this exciting at sea investigation.

Harriet Klausner

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