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Charles Lenox is an independently wealthy, private investigator in 1876–a time when the profession is still young. In previous books, he has always been very successful at whatever efforts he turns his attentions toward. This book takes an interesting turn, in that it shows him struggling professionally for much of the story.
He and several of his longtime friends and associates have decided to open an investigation agency together. And to his astonishment and embarrassment, he not only does not receive a lot of requests for his help at first, he actually is getting some bad reviews in the press. Puzzled and unable to figure out what has happened, he suddenly gets a case when a man from Scotland Yard he has worked with for many years is murdered. Immediately he is back in his familiar territory—searching for a killer.
This is a pretty good series, one I’ve read over the years and enjoyed. I’d say one of the best parts of this books is the cleverness of the plot, but there were parts that were a bit slow (not too many,mostly in the beginning). The story gets quite involved and interesting, especially in the second half. The narration is good, and the various voices are easily identifiable. Recommend!
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What made the experience of listening to The Laws of Murder the most enjoyable?
Charles Lennox is one of the nicest, kindest fictional characters I know. He and his world are always interesting in book version already, with this reader, they are even better.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The plot was gripping and the characters appealing.
What about James Langton’s performance did you like?
He is a very good reader, who suits Charles Lennox' character and the story's mood.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me think...
Any additional comments?
I highly recommend the book and Charles Finch's other books, less for being kept on the edge of the seat while reading/listening, more for overall thoughtfulness and interest.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful