A Burial at Sea

A Burial at Sea

Book - 2011
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"Agatha Christie meets Patrick O'Brian in Finch's accomplished fifth whodunit set in Victorian England (after 2010's A Stranger in Mayfair ), the best in the series to date."

--Starred Review, Publisher's Weekly 9/12/2011



Charles Lenox, Member of Parliament, sets sail on a clandestine mission for the government. When an officer is savagely murdered, however, Lenox is drawn toward his old profession, determined to capture another killer.

1873 is a perilous time in the relationship between France and England. When a string of English spies is found dead on French soil, the threat of all-out war prompts government officials to ask Charles Lenox to visit the newly-dug Suez Canal on a secret mission.

Once he is on board the Lucy , however, Lenox finds himself using not his new skills of diplomacy but his old ones: the ship's second lieutenant is found dead on the voyage's first night, his body cruelly abused. The ship's captain begs the temporarily retired detective to join in the hunt for a criminal. Lenox finds the trail, but in the claustrophobic atmosphere on board, where nobody can come or go and everyone is a suspect, he has to race against the next crime--and also hope he won't be the victim.

At once a compulsive murder mystery, a spy story, and an intimate and joyful journey with the Victorian navy, this book shows that no matter how far Lenox strays from his old life, it will always come back to find him.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9780312625085
0312625081
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,22 cm.

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kellianderson55
Mar 23, 2017

I would like for the library to obtain a CD of this book.

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maipenrai
Dec 07, 2016

(The fifth book in the Charles Lenox Mysteries series)

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lbeast
Nov 07, 2016

Charles Finch is a favorite author of mine, and I've read most of his work (I think). I've never had much interest in tales at sea, no matter what century, and was unsure about this one. But it is a great read. The mystery and the depiction of life on a sailing ship together make for a fascinating and engrossing story. I recommend it.

hgeng63 Jul 01, 2013

This is actually the 2nd time I've read this, & it's still diverting. I could not guess who was the murderer. However, I'm not going to buy my own personal copy. There is a recurring tic throughout--for example, on page 32: "What he couldn't know, of course, was that the first murder was less than a day away." On page 123: "Only the next morning did he hear that the first breath of that most dreaded movement had been whispered on board: mutiny." Annoying!

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