The Fleet Street Murders
Reviewed by- linda (2010/11/02, 06:59 PM)
Similar to his previous books, this is a very agreeable historical mystery to simply while away some time. The plot is simple; the pace is leisurely, cozy and quaint. Once again I loved reading about the charming characters and Victorian London. The writing style and interactions between the characters gently combine forces to give the reader a real taste of this era and itís class structure . Two subplots unfold concurrently. In one, Charles tests his armature detective skills trying to solve the murder of two well know journalists. Itís a very satisfying mystery, with well-plotted clues and steady tension. The other follows him as he runs for Parliament, a lifelong desire of his. I especially loved reading about the campaign tactics of 19th century England. Itís interesting that although money still played a role, the process feels more hands on and intimate than todayís politicking and the motivation more altruistic and less avaricious. The highlight of the book though and that which keeps you wanting more is Charles, his wonderful friends and his elite world. I recommend this book to those who love a good cozy mystery or enjoy books with memorable and very likable characters. A must read for Charles Finch fans.Back.

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