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London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective...without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime - and promising to kill again - Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself.
The writer's first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islets in the middle of the Thames. With few clues to go on, Lenox endeavors to solve the crime before another innocent life is lost. When the killer's sights are turned toward those whom Lenox holds most dear, the stakes are raised and Lenox is trapped in a desperate game of cat and mouse.
In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, this newest mystery in the Charles Lenox series pits the young detective against a maniacal murderer who would give Professor Moriarty a run for his money.
©2018 Charles Finch (P)2018 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gail N. on 03-01-18

Satisfying prequel to this great series

I have listened to every book in the Charles Lenox Mystery Series and enjoy each one very much. To those unfamiliar with the series, I suggest you start with book 1 and work your way through them all before reading/listening to this one. So much of the pleasure of this book is its look back in time at the young Charles Lenox. A real treat is in store for devotees. This is a very entertaining and satisfying story and (I hope Charles Finch is reading this!) one can wish that it will be the prelude to many more stories from this period in the life and times of Mr. Lenox. Bravo Mr. Finch and Mr. Langton.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sigrid on 03-04-18

Finch has yet another winner!

If you are just starting the series do thus one first. For those of us who waited patiently for publication, it was worth the wait. Even rolling back the years worked, the one concern my friends and I had was that finch was aging our dear Charles Lenox too rapidly, but Finch h

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