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In the seventh book of Finch’s bestselling series of Victorian mysteries, a case of mistaken identity has Charles Lenox playing for his highest stakes yet: the safety of Queen Victoria herself. On a spring morning in London, 1875, Charles Lenox agrees to take time away from his busy schedule as a Member of Parliament to meet an old protégé’s client at Charing Cross. But whe In the seventh book of Finch’s bestselling series of Victorian mysteries, a case of mistaken identity has Charles Lenox playing for his highest stakes yet: the safety of Queen Victoria herself. On a spring morning in London, 1875, Charles Lenox agrees to take time away from his busy schedule as a Member of Parliament to meet an old protégé’s client at Charing Cross. But when their cryptic encounter seems to lead, days later, to the murder of an innocuous country squire, this fast favor draws Lenox inexorably back into his old profession. Soon he realizes that, far from concluding the murderer’s business, this body is only the first step in a cruel plan, many years in the plotting. Where will he strike next? The answer, Lenox learns with slowly dawning horror, may be at the very heart of England’s monarchy. Ranging from the slums of London to the city’s corridors of power, the newest Charles Lenox novel bears all of this series’ customary wit, charm, and trickery—a compulsive escape to a different time.


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In the seventh book of Finch’s bestselling series of Victorian mysteries, a case of mistaken identity has Charles Lenox playing for his highest stakes yet: the safety of Queen Victoria herself. On a spring morning in London, 1875, Charles Lenox agrees to take time away from his busy schedule as a Member of Parliament to meet an old protégé’s client at Charing Cross. But whe In the seventh book of Finch’s bestselling series of Victorian mysteries, a case of mistaken identity has Charles Lenox playing for his highest stakes yet: the safety of Queen Victoria herself. On a spring morning in London, 1875, Charles Lenox agrees to take time away from his busy schedule as a Member of Parliament to meet an old protégé’s client at Charing Cross. But when their cryptic encounter seems to lead, days later, to the murder of an innocuous country squire, this fast favor draws Lenox inexorably back into his old profession. Soon he realizes that, far from concluding the murderer’s business, this body is only the first step in a cruel plan, many years in the plotting. Where will he strike next? The answer, Lenox learns with slowly dawning horror, may be at the very heart of England’s monarchy. Ranging from the slums of London to the city’s corridors of power, the newest Charles Lenox novel bears all of this series’ customary wit, charm, and trickery—a compulsive escape to a different time.

30 review for An Old Betrayal

  1. 4 out of 5

    C

    For me, reading a Charles Lenox mystery is like seeing an old and cherished friend—it provides both joy and a sense of comfort that is bone deep. In a world of flashy, often gruesome, story writing, Mr. Finch offers the reader a respite, a place to escape from the maelstrom with a good story and a cast of main characters whose lives are interesting enough to keep you engaged page-to-page and who are also people genuinely likeable, even loveable. Charles Lenox, an imperfect man of gentle yet stea For me, reading a Charles Lenox mystery is like seeing an old and cherished friend—it provides both joy and a sense of comfort that is bone deep. In a world of flashy, often gruesome, story writing, Mr. Finch offers the reader a respite, a place to escape from the maelstrom with a good story and a cast of main characters whose lives are interesting enough to keep you engaged page-to-page and who are also people genuinely likeable, even loveable. Charles Lenox, an imperfect man of gentle yet steadfast dignity, is a timeless ray of hope—the type of gentleman we like to think exists in every generation of civilized man. The simple quietness of these novels is vastly appealing to me. Obviously, one goal of an author is to create an atmosphere of anticipation for the next book in a series by enticing the reader to become emotionally invested in the characters—to want to know what happens next in their lives, and I believe that Mr. Finch has achieved this goal with the Lenox mysteries. An added bonus for me, as an avid Anglophile and lover of historical fiction, is the Victorian setting and accompanying vernacular. For me, having my trusty Oxford dictionary at my side to look up a few of the more obscure references is an intellectual delight.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate Baxter

    This seventh installment of this superlative series is deliciously devious, masterfully murderous and cleverly crafted. In London, 1875, our former detective now parliamentarian, Charles Lenox, is asked to step in for his ailing former detection protégé, Lord Dallington, for a meetup with a potential client. The meetup gets messed up when that client is startled by the arrival of a gentlemen and she flees from the premises. Lenox is at a loss, tracks down the gentleman, who then gives his name a This seventh installment of this superlative series is deliciously devious, masterfully murderous and cleverly crafted. In London, 1875, our former detective now parliamentarian, Charles Lenox, is asked to step in for his ailing former detection protégé, Lord Dallington, for a meetup with a potential client. The meetup gets messed up when that client is startled by the arrival of a gentlemen and she flees from the premises. Lenox is at a loss, tracks down the gentleman, who then gives his name as that of someone else. A dead body surfaces, presumably of that someone else. Then the impostor is found dead. The woman is the key to this puzzle and Lenox is committed to springing open the lock. As previously mentioned, if you enjoy smartly written historical mysteries, then the Charles Lenox Mystery series may be just the one for you. Finch writes prose exquisitely with an eye to every detail. It is a pleasure reading his scenic descriptions as much as delving into the details of the mysteries themselves. The banter among characters is absolutely delightful and it eases the tension of the grizzly parts of the stories. There are so many twists and turns in this story that just when you think you got all the facts in order another twist is introduced. I do so enjoy the author's cleverness, depth of research and delightful writing style. As much as this book can stand stand on its own in spite of being part of series, you won't want to miss out on all the work leading up to this moment - the groundwork which is laid out in the previous six books. Synopsis (from publisher's website) : In An Old Betrayal, the seventh book of Charles Finch's bestselling series of Victorian mysteries, a case of mistaken identity has Charles Lenox playing for his highest stakes yet: the safety of Queen Victoria herself. On a spring morning in London, 1875, Charles Lenox agrees to take time away from his busy schedule as a Member of Parliament to meet an old protégé's client at Charing Cross. But when their cryptic encounter seems to lead, days later, to the murder of an innocuous country squire, this fast favor draws Lenox inexorably back into his old profession. Soon he realizes that, far from concluding the murderer's business, this body is only the first step in a cruel plan, many years in the plotting. Where will he strike next? The answer, Lenox learns with slowly dawning horror, may be at the very heart of England's monarchy. Ranging from the slums of London to the city's corridors of power, the newest Charles Lenox novel bears all of this series' customary wit, charm, and trickery—a compulsive escape to a different time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sharla

    I almost gave this one a five star. I thought it was the best of this series so far and I've liked them all. I love the characters, the period in history and all the historical details. The plot was good with a nice twist at the end. I couldn't find fault with it. The way I rate books the five stars are the ones I think are over-the-top great but honestly, this one came close.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Evgeny

    First things first: I need to mention I received this book from Goodreads giveaways. Second thing I need to mention: the blurb for it contains huge spoiler, so read it at your own risk. London, 1875; Charles Lenox is a former private detective who works in Parliament. His protege John Dallington asked him to help with his new case: Dallington received an anonymous message asking him to meet its author at certain place and time, but the detective fell ill. Charles goes in his place and completely First things first: I need to mention I received this book from Goodreads giveaways. Second thing I need to mention: the blurb for it contains huge spoiler, so read it at your own risk. London, 1875; Charles Lenox is a former private detective who works in Parliament. His protege John Dallington asked him to help with his new case: Dallington received an anonymous message asking him to meet its author at certain place and time, but the detective fell ill. Charles goes in his place and completely botches the job. His curiosity about the identity and purpose of massage's author leads all the way to Buckingham palace. The main thing I realized after reading this book is that I miss short mystery stories - Sherlock Holmes style. The main plot and two subplots are very good and interesting, but they would work much better in short story format; there is too much filler material which can be skipped without any impact on the overall plot. Some things made me chuckle; I do not think it was author's intention, or was it? As an example people in Parliament were complaining about London traffic - we are talking the year 1875 here; I guess the traffic problem has always been. I would imagine in came to Europe the moment the evading barbarians settle down. As I mentioned above the short story format of this book would get an easy 5 star rating from me; as it still worth 4 stars as it is now.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is the 3rd book I've read by this author. This book falls into the historical fiction - crime/mystery genres. And because it takes place in the latter 1800's, it doesn't have the action and the fast pace that I'm used to in more current books with the crime/mystery genre. But I still enjoyed this. There were many things to like. I enjoyed the sense of place, the MC, the manners, and the dialogue. I was completely immersed into this time period and I always love when that happens. Everyone is This is the 3rd book I've read by this author. This book falls into the historical fiction - crime/mystery genres. And because it takes place in the latter 1800's, it doesn't have the action and the fast pace that I'm used to in more current books with the crime/mystery genre. But I still enjoyed this. There were many things to like. I enjoyed the sense of place, the MC, the manners, and the dialogue. I was completely immersed into this time period and I always love when that happens. Everyone is so polite. It's a wonder people are even murdered in such a polite society.

  6. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    First Sentence: The long green benches of the House of Commons were half-deserted as the evening session began, scattered with perhaps a few dozen men. Charles Lenox’ life is full, with wonderful wife, infant daughter and a seat in Parliament. Although it is a very busy time in Parliament, Charles Lenox agrees to meet with a former colleague’s client. But it’s the murder of a country squire that returns Lenox to his former profession of investigation, at least part time. Lenox finds this to be m First Sentence: The long green benches of the House of Commons were half-deserted as the evening session began, scattered with perhaps a few dozen men. Charles Lenox’ life is full, with wonderful wife, infant daughter and a seat in Parliament. Although it is a very busy time in Parliament, Charles Lenox agrees to meet with a former colleague’s client. But it’s the murder of a country squire that returns Lenox to his former profession of investigation, at least part time. Lenox finds this to be much more than a simple murder. Instead, it’s a case which could impact the nation. Finch opens with a very good introduction to the main characters, providing both background and a clearly established sense of time and place. There is also an unusual set up right from the start that adds just a touch of humanity and humor to the story. Asking about the outfit worn by an 18-month old child, Lenox says “I have never understood this strange tradition that has us dress our small boys in martial clothing. This one seems to be wearing a regimental jacket.” Rather than describing the details of the season, he has Lenox equate Spring, not with nature, but with the events and posturing of the London Season. That’s not to say his traditional use of description is not evocative, for it assuredly is. Finch’s details on the period, both in appearance and in conveying the spoken, and unspoken, rules of society are exacting. “…Toto burst into tears, burying her face in Jane’s quickly encircling arms. In a woman of slightly lower birth it would have been a distasteful spectacle. Rules soften toward the top, however.” He includes wonderful bits of historical detail, such as how Charing Cross obtained its name and the etymology of “hogwash.” The dialogue also contributes to the sense of time as it reflects the speech of the period. There are actually historical figures deftly woven into, and critical to, the plot. Again, the details are very impressive although I do suspect some liberty was taken with Campbell’s Soup being available in England during that time. What was rather fascinating was watching Finch, and ergo Lenox, balance both the investigation, the demands of his personal life and those of Parliament. The mystery keeps one involved and provides wonderful twists along the way with a motive clearly linked to actual events in history. “An Old Betrayal” is a very good read and entry to a wonderful series which should be read in order. AN OLD BETRAYAL (Hist Mys/Lic Invest-Charles Lenox-England-1875) – VG Finch, Charles – 7th in series Minotaur Books, 2013

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Another fantastic book in this amazing series. Just when I think that I cannot like the series any more than I already do, I read another one and it just elevates this series even higher in my estimation. And even though I know Charles Lennox is a fictional character, the integrity and caring and compassion he shows must be indicative of just how those attributes must be a part of the authors life - one cannot write such a character without imbibing some of those very characteristics themselves. Another fantastic book in this amazing series. Just when I think that I cannot like the series any more than I already do, I read another one and it just elevates this series even higher in my estimation. And even though I know Charles Lennox is a fictional character, the integrity and caring and compassion he shows must be indicative of just how those attributes must be a part of the authors life - one cannot write such a character without imbibing some of those very characteristics themselves. Perhaps that is what makes these books so freaking fantastic; the fact that there is a bit of the author in every single story of Mr. Lennox. Whatever it is, Charles Lennox and all of his supporting characters are magnificent and these books are well worth your time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kip Brailey

    This series never disappoints. Each book is a detective story but also a historical romp through Victorian England. As a lover of historical fiction, I look forward to each book in this series both for what will happen to the characters but more for the picture Finch will paint of a world that has passed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Why on earth have I not picked up this series before now? An Old Betrayal, the seventh book in the Charles Lenox mysteries by Charles Finch, is a finely-crafted historical mystery, well-written and engrossing. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and can't wait to read the previous six books. Charles Lenox is a former private (consulting) detective, clearly gentry although untitled, who now serves in the House of Commons. But his interest in the art of detection remains, and when a puzzle presents itself, he Why on earth have I not picked up this series before now? An Old Betrayal, the seventh book in the Charles Lenox mysteries by Charles Finch, is a finely-crafted historical mystery, well-written and engrossing. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and can't wait to read the previous six books. Charles Lenox is a former private (consulting) detective, clearly gentry although untitled, who now serves in the House of Commons. But his interest in the art of detection remains, and when a puzzle presents itself, he is not at all reluctant to pursue it. In informal partnership with his former protege, Lord John Dallington, Lenox finds himself once again on the trail of a murderer, unraveling a plot which may involve Buckingham Palace itself. Lenox is an honorable and compassionate man, intelligent and capable of sudden insight or intuition, but without the cold brilliance of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Both he and author Charles Finch approach the other characters with respect regardless of their station in life, and with a certain reticence to say too much or become too personal. Nonetheless, we get to know some of the secondary characters fairly well, though always through Lenox's eyes (the story is told in third person limited.) Finch's writing style reflects the manners and formality of Victorian England's upper and professional classes without being either stilted or dry. He seems at home in both the era and its language; it's hard to remember that he is, in fact, American (though the American spellings do rather spoil the illusion.) He's also scrupulously fair to the reader, never concealing any clues which Lenox has opportunity to discover -- although it is up to the reader to pick them out. An Old Betrayal, and (I suspect) the entire series, should appeal to afficionados of the classic mystery, and particularly to fans of Conan Doyle, Christie, Sayers, and the like. I had no difficulty jumping into the series with book 7, but if you prefer to read your mystery series in order, you'll want to begin with A Beautiful Blue Death. As for me, I've already put the first few books on my wish list! Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard. FTC disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher/author/publicist. All opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    What one does for friendship! This story was all about rumors and non confrontations. Charles will not confront the doctor nor Graham directly, but still thinks only the best of both of them despite nasty rumors. He stands up for Lord John Dallington, will not listen to slander about Graham and even when the doctor stands him up, continues to think only the best of him. Things were looking bad during much of this story. Dallington was terribly sick and had to ask Charles to handle a meeting for What one does for friendship! This story was all about rumors and non confrontations. Charles will not confront the doctor nor Graham directly, but still thinks only the best of both of them despite nasty rumors. He stands up for Lord John Dallington, will not listen to slander about Graham and even when the doctor stands him up, continues to think only the best of him. Things were looking bad during much of this story. Dallington was terribly sick and had to ask Charles to handle a meeting for him. The meeting goes awry and when Charles is not busy with his Parliament business - which was most of the time, he continues to investigate and search for the woman he missed meeting with. It all came out right in the end and it was an interesting, if not convoluted story. I learned where the term "hogwash" came from, and I will never forget it! Lady Jane won the day and a not so nice politician "got his"! It sounds like a new Detective Agency is in the making and I cannot wait to hear what Charles is going to do next.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    This was a pleasant return to the Lennox novels for me. The detective and Parliament member wasn't as full of himself as I remember, and the addition of 'Miss Strickland' was fun, and should help the series. Lennox and Lady Jane are now parents to Sophia, and are about as interested in her as they might be in a neighbor's poodle they happen to be watching for a weekend. Thankfully little Sophia has a hired nanny who pays attention to her while Lennox plays detective and Jane throws a ridiculous This was a pleasant return to the Lennox novels for me. The detective and Parliament member wasn't as full of himself as I remember, and the addition of 'Miss Strickland' was fun, and should help the series. Lennox and Lady Jane are now parents to Sophia, and are about as interested in her as they might be in a neighbor's poodle they happen to be watching for a weekend. Thankfully little Sophia has a hired nanny who pays attention to her while Lennox plays detective and Jane throws a ridiculous party for a bunch of elite snobs. For me, Dallington is again the bright spot, even if he is bedridden for half the novel. Overall, good writing and a good old fashioned British mystery. I will read more from Mr. Finch.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jack Heath

    5 Stars. MP Charles Lenox fills in for his former protege, John Dallington, at an appointment but he fails to see a real danger lurking beneath the surface. He should have noticed that this may not be just an ordinary case. His desire to continue detecting in one form or another is apparent to all; but is he rusty after years in parliament? Besides, isn't he neglecting his duties to his constituents and party? Can he find the threads in time before they threaten the life of Her Majesty Queen Vic 5 Stars. MP Charles Lenox fills in for his former protege, John Dallington, at an appointment but he fails to see a real danger lurking beneath the surface. He should have noticed that this may not be just an ordinary case. His desire to continue detecting in one form or another is apparent to all; but is he rusty after years in parliament? Besides, isn't he neglecting his duties to his constituents and party? Can he find the threads in time before they threaten the life of Her Majesty Queen Victoria and the stability of the Empire? Questions, questions. This one is a race. Most satisfactory. (August 2017)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I like this author's writing style very much and have enjoyed most of his other books in the series. I'm stretching to give this 3 stars. The mystery, to my taste, in this book is very weak. I feel that way, because the events are so implausible, including the involvement of the Royal Family and Palace staff. Another very weak point was finding a suspect on a hunch by going through editions of old school yearbooks.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Love these books. This one had a twist toward the end with a main character that I didn't see coming, but I can't wait to read the next one to see what happens. Mr. Finch is a genius when it comes to writing, in my humble opinion. His characters are well written, as is the plot. Everything in the historical fiction part is believable and the reader is transported back in time to Queen Victoria's reign with wonderful period detail. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the proceedings in the H Love these books. This one had a twist toward the end with a main character that I didn't see coming, but I can't wait to read the next one to see what happens. Mr. Finch is a genius when it comes to writing, in my humble opinion. His characters are well written, as is the plot. Everything in the historical fiction part is believable and the reader is transported back in time to Queen Victoria's reign with wonderful period detail. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the proceedings in the House of Commons, of which Charles Lenox is a member. Another excellent diamond in the crown for Mr. Finch; bravo, Mr. Finch, bravo!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy Lignor

    This is the seventh book in the extremely interesting series of Victorian mysteries starring Charles Lenox. In this new novel, Charles is investigating a case of mistaken identity. Following the path of the other stories, Charles’s life is effected by familiar characters fans have grown to love: His political secretary, Graham; his wife, Lady Jane; friend and now detective, Lord Dallington; and Scotland Yard’s Inspector Jenkins. Charles and Jane are now parents of two-year-old Sophia, and more t This is the seventh book in the extremely interesting series of Victorian mysteries starring Charles Lenox. In this new novel, Charles is investigating a case of mistaken identity. Following the path of the other stories, Charles’s life is effected by familiar characters fans have grown to love: His political secretary, Graham; his wife, Lady Jane; friend and now detective, Lord Dallington; and Scotland Yard’s Inspector Jenkins. Charles and Jane are now parents of two-year-old Sophia, and more than anything Charles wants to spend time with his girl. Hs favorite thought and saying to the world seems to be: “After a lifetime of polite boredom when confronted with children, he had finally found one whose companionship seemed a delight.” Charles is also getting higher up in Parliament as he is now a junior Lord of the Treasury. But even with all the politics, he really misses his job as Private Investigator. That passion sparks in his soul when Detective Dallington asks Charles to take his place at a meeting with a mysterious client. The client hasn’t given Dallington his name, only specific instructions to meet him at a certain place at a given time, and to look for a man carrying a black and white striped umbrella. The P.I. inside him takes over and Charles heads to the meeting in Dallington’s place. Unfortunately, this is where everything begins to fall apart. Charles is working hard in Parliament to pass a law concerning the rights of women; he needs to be back at work in order to complete his official tasks, but this new case takes over his life. Gone is the time with the child and the mission for Parliament as Charles heads down a much darker path that includes a dead body and a case that may just include the beloved Queen Victoria. The seventh is not as good as the first, readers. In fact, these mysteries are getting better and better as time moves forward.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway! Perhaps it is strange but mysteries are my comfort reads -- nothing like a murder to soothe nerves -- and Charles Lenox is among my favorite detectives. The series is a bit quaint, evoking a more pleasant side of Victorian England, but it's never prim or stuffy. Charles, of course, is the focus and he is practically perfect in every way: smart, caring, generous, and incredibly tolerant for his time. Here we find Charles back in the detection game. His I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway! Perhaps it is strange but mysteries are my comfort reads -- nothing like a murder to soothe nerves -- and Charles Lenox is among my favorite detectives. The series is a bit quaint, evoking a more pleasant side of Victorian England, but it's never prim or stuffy. Charles, of course, is the focus and he is practically perfect in every way: smart, caring, generous, and incredibly tolerant for his time. Here we find Charles back in the detection game. His old protege, John Dallington, is sick in bed, so Charles lends a hand and tries to learn more about the mysterious girl who has requested Dallington's assistance. Meanwhile, his Parliamentary career is flourishing quite nicely, though several wrinkles emerge in his personal life to complicate matters. A not-too-grisly crime, a tragic and sordid secret, the monarchy, subtle historical details about Victorian England, and even a reference to the Pallisers -- what's not to love? I really hope this series continues. (view spoiler)[And I hope Charles, Dallington, Polly, and LeMaire form that amazing partnership hinted at in the end. Because the only thing that could improve a series about a rich British gentleman detective is throwing in a French person with all his awesome Frenchy, continental ways. Hilarity is guaranteed to ensue. (hide spoiler)]

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnson

    How can you beat a mystery that Queen Victoria makes an appearance in? You just can't. Frankly, the Queen comes off pretty well in this novel and conveys the sense of fun that come through in this Victorian mystery. At one time, Charles Lenox muses that he is living in the futuristic time of 1875 and can't wait until 1900 comes along. That gave me a chuckle and shows that no matter when you live, it's an exciting time. Lenox appears in his seventh novel and is now a member of Parliament and movin How can you beat a mystery that Queen Victoria makes an appearance in? You just can't. Frankly, the Queen comes off pretty well in this novel and conveys the sense of fun that come through in this Victorian mystery. At one time, Charles Lenox muses that he is living in the futuristic time of 1875 and can't wait until 1900 comes along. That gave me a chuckle and shows that no matter when you live, it's an exciting time. Lenox appears in his seventh novel and is now a member of Parliament and moving up in the ranks. He has Prime Minister Disraeli over to dinner. He has a lovely wife and a cute as a button daughter. Life is going well for him when he gets dragged into a case by his friend and fellow detective, Dallington, who is too sick to pursue it. Lenox finds himself so interested that he continues to investigate while trying to do his daytime job. Along with the main mystery, there are several other ones that arise that keep Lenox hopping. One of them is to discover who is new lady detective that no one has seen? The other mysteries are quite interesting and add a real depth to the story. There are lots of characters who are fully developed and keep the story moving along. I highly recommend this book. It was an entertaining and fun read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tom Donaghey

    AN OLD BETRAYAL by Charles Finch is the seventh book in this fine series. Set in London just prior to the coming of a certain Mr. Holmes, we find Member of Parliament Charles Lenox doubling as a private investigator. He was detecting before his stint as an MP and he has been called back to assist his ailing student, Dallington. Unable to follow through on a request for assistance, he has called on his mentor to possibly assist him. Such is the beginning of this wonderful, atmospheric adventure AN OLD BETRAYAL by Charles Finch is the seventh book in this fine series. Set in London just prior to the coming of a certain Mr. Holmes, we find Member of Parliament Charles Lenox doubling as a private investigator. He was detecting before his stint as an MP and he has been called back to assist his ailing student, Dallington. Unable to follow through on a request for assistance, he has called on his mentor to possibly assist him. Such is the beginning of this wonderful, atmospheric adventure full of family secrets, blackmail, and revenge. As with all his stories, Mr. Finch has managed to produce a sordid, twisted yet very logical plot that sweeps up both our heroes and ourselves into the smoky mists of old London town. We are faced with a good friend of Lenox's who is possibly having an extra-marital dalliance, wives of the proper social order arranging for this years coming out of the young debs, and back-stabbing gossip among the members of Parliament. Throughout it all the author wraps us in the cloak of those years so long ago and makes us feel the damp of an evening, the stench of sewage and the point of a knife. It is almost like magic this ability of Mr. Finch to transport back to Victorian times and I want to be enchanted yet again, and soon.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is Book #7 in the Charles Lenox series, set in Victorian London, and the characters continue to grow on me. Charles is being kept busy with his Parliamentary duties and finding himself involved in mystery when he agrees to help his friend and protege, John Dallington. Mistaken identities and murders abound, and the mystery deepens, and soon Buckingham Palace is involved. Not only are the mysteries in this series good, but the characters become like real friends. The little touches in the st This is Book #7 in the Charles Lenox series, set in Victorian London, and the characters continue to grow on me. Charles is being kept busy with his Parliamentary duties and finding himself involved in mystery when he agrees to help his friend and protege, John Dallington. Mistaken identities and murders abound, and the mystery deepens, and soon Buckingham Palace is involved. Not only are the mysteries in this series good, but the characters become like real friends. The little touches in the story involving Lenox, his wife Lady Jane, his infant daughter Sophia, and their friends & acquaintances keep these stories among my favorites.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    We're up to the seventh book of this entertaining series. Now Charles Lennox is primarily a member of Parliament, hence his detectiving has gone by the wayside. His young friend Lord Dallington has basically taken over his investigation business. But wait! John Dallington has a bad bug--flu, cold, whatever, and it means that Charles must step in on one of his cases. A woman is very much in need of a private detective! There also appears to be a imposter on the scene also. And of course--a murder! We're up to the seventh book of this entertaining series. Now Charles Lennox is primarily a member of Parliament, hence his detectiving has gone by the wayside. His young friend Lord Dallington has basically taken over his investigation business. But wait! John Dallington has a bad bug--flu, cold, whatever, and it means that Charles must step in on one of his cases. A woman is very much in need of a private detective! There also appears to be a imposter on the scene also. And of course--a murder! Charles is in his glory!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Curtis Sawyer

    I have loved every one of the Charles Finch Lenox mysteries! I pre-order these as soon as I'm aware they are near release. I believe the period is captured well and I look forward to the complexities of the crime and its eventual solving. Excellent!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jayne

    I love this series and was thoroughly pleased with the latest book. I enjoyed the mystery and also liked the direction he is taking the characters for the future.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jen St

    Comfort reading during difficult times.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rog

    Actually, 3+ stars for my rating to Mr. Finch's "An Old Betrayal". This is my first book I've read by Mr. Finch and I was delighted. It reminded me of the dearly departed and sorely missed Dick Francis, another spinner of the easy going mystery in fiction. My wife and I will read some books out loud to each other. After I was 30% through "An Old Betrayal", we decided to make it one of our "audio" books. My wife is very much interested in Queen Victoria's reign and Finch's books about Charles Len Actually, 3+ stars for my rating to Mr. Finch's "An Old Betrayal". This is my first book I've read by Mr. Finch and I was delighted. It reminded me of the dearly departed and sorely missed Dick Francis, another spinner of the easy going mystery in fiction. My wife and I will read some books out loud to each other. After I was 30% through "An Old Betrayal", we decided to make it one of our "audio" books. My wife is very much interested in Queen Victoria's reign and Finch's books about Charles Lenox are set in the late 19th century when her majesty was setting the empire into the modern age. No doubt the recent PBS series had something to do with my wife's interest in Victoria. We like the characters created by Mr. Finch and his main character, the sleuthing Liberal member of Parliament, Charles Lenox. Mr. Finch entertainingly describes the period with a light hand that we find adequate. Every so often, Mr. Finch creates a very lengthy compound sentence that requires concentration to get through. Once in a while, there will be a sentence that causes questions about why it is there. In opposition to the typical murder mystery, the violence is minimal which suits fine for a read at the end of the day; less violence than the average Dick Francis tale.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Book #7, "An Old Betrayal" continues the adventures of Charles Lenox in the classical mystery vein of intrigue and suspense while exploring themes of loyalty, family, and friendships in the face of malicious rumors, doubts, and confrontations. Charles' character truly shines here when he steadfastly refuses to believe slander against his longtime friend, former butler now secretary Graham. Charles stands by Dallington despite the young lord's tainted reputation as a wastrel, and he keeps faith wi Book #7, "An Old Betrayal" continues the adventures of Charles Lenox in the classical mystery vein of intrigue and suspense while exploring themes of loyalty, family, and friendships in the face of malicious rumors, doubts, and confrontations. Charles' character truly shines here when he steadfastly refuses to believe slander against his longtime friend, former butler now secretary Graham. Charles stands by Dallington despite the young lord's tainted reputation as a wastrel, and he keeps faith with Dr. McConnell when the married doctor's behavior is the subject of scandalous gossip. It is now 1875 and Lenox and lady Jane are now the parents of two year old Sophia. Charles is besotted with his daughter and it is delightful to see this man bask in the wonder of Jane and Sophia. Lenox's subsequent decision, when given an ultimatum, to show his faith in Graham further cemented Charles Lenox as a many of gravitas. These characters, Lenox, lady Jane, Graham, lord Dallington, inspector Jenkins and even the dour butler Kirk, have become treasures for me and I am becoming anxious as I get closer to being caught up with the novels.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mkb

    I think I stopped reading this series because Lenox's wife Jane went from being a character I was into to being more like background material. I also missed his close relationship with his former butler in this one. I guess once you build the world and have lots of characters they can't all get their moment in the spotlight though. On another note, there was a character named Archie Godwin. Is this a shout out to Rex Stout's Archie? Not sure. But if this is a Miss Murple in the next book we will I think I stopped reading this series because Lenox's wife Jane went from being a character I was into to being more like background material. I also missed his close relationship with his former butler in this one. I guess once you build the world and have lots of characters they can't all get their moment in the spotlight though. On another note, there was a character named Archie Godwin. Is this a shout out to Rex Stout's Archie? Not sure. But if this is a Miss Murple in the next book we will know for sure! :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen Potts

    Really enjoyed this adventure of Charles Lenox & crew. Good character interactions with politics, family matters, even working for the queen herself. Lenox's decision regarding Parliament surprised & pleased me. The loyalty between Lenox & his long-time friend, butler now secretary is heart-warming. An extra-enjoyable story. Really enjoyed this adventure of Charles Lenox & crew. Good character interactions with politics, family matters, even working for the queen herself. Lenox's decision regarding Parliament surprised & pleased me. The loyalty between Lenox & his long-time friend, butler now secretary is heart-warming. An extra-enjoyable story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paula DeBoard

    I don't know why I love these books so much. They literally have nothing to do with my life, I can't particularly identify with the characters and yet, damn it, I really do love reading what's next in the life of Charles Lennox.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass

    Again, very slow to start. it took me and 3 hours to get into it but after that, I was enthralled! I love Lenox. ❤

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I just finished “An Old Betrayal” by Charles Finch. A Lenox who-done-it written in the victorian times. It was a great book. I really enjoyed it.

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