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This is book number 13 in the Charles Lenox Mysteries series.
Charles Lenox, easily the most civilised, charming, and delightful of British detective types, is back in the third of the prequel books written by bestselling mystery author Charles Finch.
In this tale we follow along as Lenox and his faithful sidekick Graham try to solve the crime surrounding the appearance of a very dead body on a train. Along the way, favorite regular characters such as Lady Jane and Lenox’s brother Edmund appear to fill out a thoroughly enjoyable, and I would argue best of the three prequels, tale.
For this novel, Finch draws on America a little to supply some of his characters, and the approaching civil war and issue of slavery are frequently discussed among the characters. As is the issue of Charles’ love life. If you have read the other books in the Charles Lenox series, you’ll know how this ends, but this knowledge does not prevent the attempts at society to marry him off to every eligible and willing woman from being a welcome and entertaining diversion.
If you have read the other books by Finch that make up the Charles Lenox series, you’ll definitely want to get this to fill out the prequel set and see it connect thoroughly to the series. If you are unfamiliar with Finch, get yourself The Woman in the Water and The Vanishing Man and read quickly so that you can be ready to go on publication date.— Hannah Reidell
“No mystery writer except perhaps Anne Perry is as successful as Charles Finch at evoking the atmosphere of Victorian London” - Washington Post
From bestselling author Charles Finch comes the third and final in a prequel trilogy to his lauded Charles Lenox series.
London, 1855. A young and eager Charles Lenox faces his toughest case yet: a murder without a single clue. Slumped in a third-class car at Paddington Station is the body of a handsome young gentleman. He has no luggage, empty pockets, and no sign of identification on his person. And putting together the clues to the mystery of the man’s identity only raises more questions, when Lenox discovers that the crime has a significant connection to America.
As he seeks to solve this impossible case, the young Lenox must confront an equally troublesome problem in his personal life. Kitty Ashbrook, beautiful and cultured, appears to be his soulmate—but love comes with obstacles of its own. In tandem, this fiendish early case and passionate, deeply felt affair will irrevocably shape the brilliant detective and thoughtful gentleman Lenox is destined to become.
Written in Charles Finch’s unmistakably witty and graceful voice, The Last Passenger is a cunning, thrilling, and deeply satisfying conclusion to this trilogy of prequels to his bestselling Charles Lenox series.
A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books
Praise for James Langton as Charles Lenox:
"James Langton offers a splendid narration...He makes the thefts, kidnapping, and murder a delicious puzzle for the struggling young detective and for listeners, as well." — AudioFile Magazine on The Vanishing Man
"James Langton's vocal interpretation of Lenox adds a layer of humanity to the reserved detective...Langton gives each of the book's prominent characters a distinctive voice, but his main success is the vocal personality he provides Lenox." — Publishers Weekly on A Beautiful Blue Death
Charles Finch is the USA Today bestselling author of the Charles Lenox historical mysteries, which begin with A Beautiful Blue Death. His contemporary novel The Last Enchantments, is also available from St. Martin's Press.
Finch received the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, from the National Book Critics Circle. His essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Washington Post, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles.