Published: June 26, 2007
Pages: 309 pages ☆☆☆
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Strengths: Fun, quirky characters
Weaknesses: Not strictly within the time period it's set in
Charles Lenox and his neighbor and lifelong friend Lady Jane have a very unique relationship for Victorian London. They're friends. And since their both adults who aren't courting for spouses, they seem to get away with a lot. Having not actually done a lot of research into the era, I'm not sure if it might be too much, but whatever. They're witty, and charming, and her insights even help him to solve crimes in his work as an amateur detective.
Lenox talks about solving an earlier case for Scotland Yard, but this is the first book in the Charles Lenox Mysteries series, so I assume we're just establishing his backstory. More books will certainly be amusing. He's a fun, aristocratic character with enough smarts, time, and other resources to show up the regular bobbies with his investigative prowess.
I'd give this book 3 out of 5 stars. It was quirky and amusing, even if it didn't feel entirely accurate as a historical mystery.