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Called absorbing (Publishers Weekly) and beguiling (The New York Times Book Review), The Fleet Street Murders finds gentleman detective Charles Lex investigating the mysterious, simultaneous deaths of two veteran newspapermen, while engaged in a heated race for Parliament. It's Christmas, 1866, and amateur sleuth Charles Lex, recently engaged to his best friend, Lady Jane Grey, is happily celebrating the holiday in his Mayfair townhouse. Across London, however, two journalists have just met with violent deaths one shot, one throttled. Lex soon involves himself in the strange case, but must leave it behind to go rth to Stirrington, where he is running for Parliament. Once there, he gets a further shock when Lady Jane sends him a letter whose contents may threaten their nuptials.In London, the police apprehend two unlikely and unrelated murder suspects. From the start, Lex has his doubts; the crimes, he is sure, are tied. But how? Racing back and forth between London and Stirrington, Lex must negotiate the complexities of crime and politics, t to mention his imperiled engagement. But as the case mounts, Lex learns that the person behind the murders may be closer to him and his beloved than he kws.
Charles Finch is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. He is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including 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 Oxford, England.