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Charles Finch

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Biography
Charles Finch was born in New York City. He majored at English and History at Yale and then went on to get a Master’s in Renaissance English Literature from Oxford, where he lived until he moved to Chicago. He has also spent time living in France. He enjoys reading and walking his dog and, of course, writing. His writing influences are mostly literary and mystery fiction authors including George Orwell, Dick Francis, Anthony Trollope, P.G. Wodehouse, Jonathan Franzen, Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Philip Roth, and Henrik Ibsen, to name a few. In addition to novels, he has also written book reviews for the Chicago Tribune and USA Today as well as writing periodically for the New York Times.

What he writes: Finch is the author of the British “gentleman” sleuth Charles Lenox series of historical mysteries. His first Lenox mystery, A Beautiful Blue Death, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007, one of only five mystery novels on the list. His first contemporary novel, The Last Enchantments, was published in 2014.

 

List of works
 
Charles Lenox series
  A Beautiful Blue Death (2007) - CD - eAudiobook
  The September Society (2008) - CD
  The Fleet Street Murders (2009) - CD
  A Stranger in Mayfair (2010) - CD
  A Burial at Sea (2011) - CD
  A Death in the Small Hours (2012) - CD
  An Old Betrayal (2013)
     
Short story
  An East End Murder: A Charles Lenox Short Story (2011)
   
Other works
  The Last Enchantments (2014) - CD
   

Awards

A Beautiful Blue Death was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007.

The Fleet Street Murders was nominated for the Nero Award in 2010.

 
What the critics say
"An absolute delight... Finch vividly brings 1860s London to life [and] effortlessly inhabits his compassionate hero." - USA Today
"Readers of Anne Perry should be snatching up Finch’s books and clamoring for more." - Library Journal
"Reminiscent of Ruth Rendell and Elizabeth George,,, one hopes to see more of Lenox and Lady Jane." - Booklist
"The upper-class amateur sleuth, an endangered species even in historical mysteries, is very much alive in Charles Finch’s charming Victorian whodunits." - The New York Times Book Review
"An absolute delight... Finch vividly brings 1860s London to life." - USA Today

Regarding A Beautiful Blue Death...

"A fine specimen of the genre…. Particularly good is [Finch’s] delineation of Lenox’s cozy-but-proper relationship with Lady Jane." - The Washington Post

"Vividly capturing the essence of Victorian England, Finch presents us with a unique sleuth who combines the deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes with the people skills of Thomas Pitt. A sparkling achievement." - Library Journal (starred review)

"Finch's impressive debut introduces an appealing gentleman sleuth... Finch laces his writing with some Wodehousian touches and devises a solution intricate enough to fool most readers." - Publishers Weekly

Regarding The September Society...

"Even the most astute reader will be guessing to the end. Another triumph." -Library Journal (starred review)

Regarding The Fleet Street Murders...

"Beguiling... Character is very much at the core of these whodunits." - The New York Times Book Review

Regarding A Burial at Sea...

"The murder mystery that Finch weaves keeps readers guessing." - The Associated Press

"Agatha Christie meets Patrick O’Brian in Finch’s accomplished fifth whodunit set in Victorian England (after 2010’s A Stranger in Mayfair), the best in the series to date." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A rousing nautical adventure... Finch’s descriptions of life at sea are so fascinating it’s a shame Lenox must bring this case to an end." - The New York Times

"The murder mystery that Finch weaves keeps readers guessing...an intriguing read on several levels." - The Seattle Times

Regarding A Death in the Small Hours...

"Superb . . . 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." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The sixth in Finch’s steadily improving series develops the congenial continuing characters further while providing quite a decent mystery." - Kirkus Reviews

Regarding An Old Betrayal...

"Engaging...the combination of a simpatico lead and old-fashioned detection will appeal to golden age fans." - Publishers Weekly

 

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