In An Old Betrayal, the seventh book of Charles Finch's bestselling series of Victorian mysteries, a case of mistaken identity has Charles Lex playing for his highest stakes yet: the safety of Queen Victoria herself.On a spring morning in London, 1875, Charles Lex agrees to take time away from his busy schedule as a Member of Parliament to meet an old protege's client at Charing Cross. But when their cryptic encounter seems to lead, days later, to the murder of an incuous country squire, this fast favor draws Lex 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, Lex 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 Lex vel bears all of this series' customary wit, charm, and trickery--a compulsive escape to a different time.
Charles Finch is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. He is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including The Fleet Street Murders, The September Society and A Stranger in Mayfair. His first novel, 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. He lives in New York City.