A Beautiful Blue Death is fantastic book title, and Charles Finch’s murder mystery lives up to the promise of its title. It is always wonderful to discover a new author who has written a series of mysteries with an interesting detective. A Beautiful Blue Death is the first in a series, and I have high hopes that the other books in the series will be equally interesting.
Charles Lenox is an English gentleman whose avocation is solving mysteries. In A Beautiful Blue Death, Lenox can’t resist getting drawn into the murder of a young housemaid. Lenox is an interesting man. He clearly longs for something else in his life and loves to plan exotic trips he is unlikely to take — he knows somehow that something will get in the way. All the book’s characters are well-drawn, and there is a potential romantic interest in the form of a thoughtful and content youngish widow. In addition to an excellent detective, fine characters and a complex plot, Charles Finch draws an excellent picture of Victorian England. The political context and the social order are an important part of A Beautiful Blue Death, and the book is the better for it. All in all, this series holds great promise. I’ve already ordered the next book in line.