The Inheritance

The Inheritance

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"A mysterious bequest of money leads to a murder in this new novel in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series whose last installment The New York Times called "a sterling addition to this well-polished series." Charles Lenox has received a cryptic plea for help from an old Harrow schoolmate, Gerald Leigh, but when he looks into the matter he finds that his friend has suddenly disappeared. As boys they had shared a secret: a bequest from a mysterious benefactor had smoothed Leigh's way into the world after the death of his father. Lenox, already with a passionate interest in detective work, made discovering the benefactor's identity his first case - but was never able to solve it. Now, years later, Leigh has been the recipient of a second, even more generous bequest. Is it from the same anonymous sponsor? Or is the money poisoned by ulterior motives? Leigh's disappearance suggests the latter, and as Lenox tries, desperately, to save his friend's life, he's forced into confrontations with both the most dangerous of east end gangs and the far more genteel denizens of the illustrious Royal Society. When someone close to the bequest dies, Lenox must finally delve deep into the past to uncover at last the identity of the person who is either his friend's savior - or his lethal enemy"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250070425
1250070422
9781466880207
Branch Call Number: FICTION Fin
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 25 cm

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gina51
May 29, 2017

The best of finchs books, imo. I particularly love his writing skill and his use of imagery . I also love the way he makes us remember the the things we take for granted were new at one time. He is nostalgic,too,for his childhood and it comes out in the hero's story. The mystery is secondary in this book about friendship. 5 stars.

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anndubois1
Apr 18, 2017

The tenth in the Charles Lenox series. A comfortable read, as always. Lenox is getting a little older, but is mentally as acute as always and has his well established cast of characters and cozy routines around him. In this book his chum of 30 years ago seeks his help after arriving in London to settle an unexpected bequest and then being set upon twice by thugs who seem to want to murder him. This mystery is settled about two thirds of the way through and I was left wondering what was going to happen in the remainder of the book. But, twists and turns await.

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andromeda943
Apr 16, 2017

I do agree that this is the best of the Charles Lennox series with a feel good story in between and an unexpected turn of event to one of the main characters.I love the fact that I can finish reading a book with a warm and fuzzy feeling.

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dougslater
Apr 04, 2017

I liked this Charles Lenox (#10) detective murder mystery set in Victorian London. This series is an easy enjoyable read and always well written with interesting characters.

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jeffreyochsner
Mar 30, 2017

I have enjoyed this series, and I think the books have become more interesting as the series proceeds. This is one of the best ones so far. I really enjoy the ongoing characters, and I love the parallels between today and the Victorian era of these books. The Victorian era was also a time of great technological change and disruption, as the former village-centered agrarian economy became more urban and industrial. Charles Lenox's old school friend who was such a misfit in school has become a famous scientist, and opinions about the value of science (and belief in science) vary greatly. In Parliament there are ongoing arguments between those who think regulations are essential for health and safety, while others argue that the regulations are too great a burden on industry and will cut into profits. Sound familiar? There are also many small insights into common sayings, like "by hook or by crook."

When the series started, I thought the writing was amateurish, but either it has improved or I have come to appreciate its human touch. Reading these books is a pleasure; I feel like I am visiting with old friends.

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lbeast
Dec 12, 2016

Decent, but not up to the quality of some of the preceding books.

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jenniferrabbit
Nov 30, 2016

Absolutely splendid book, intelligent and witty, with passages that give us incidental historical information, for instance, why the US drives on the left and England drives on the right. (Which has to do with the size and the age of the countries.)

This is the eleventh in the Charles Lenox mystery series, set in early to mid 19th century England. Charles is contacted by a childhood friend who has been told he's received a large inheritance but must return to England to claim it. Leigh finds this a bit odd, and although they have not kept in touch he knows Charles, once a member of Parliament, is now a successful private detective. In school Charles and Leigh tried to discover the Mysterious Benefactor responsible for paying Leigh's tuition, and wonders if this can be connected.

It turns out that Leigh has become famous in the scientific world and when he returns to England is feted by the Royal Society; we learn interesting things about the accelerating state of 19th century science as backstory to this novel . Murder, assault, espionage, betrayal and a bit of romance make The Inheritance an excellent, engaging read. Spoiler alert: incidentally to the main plot line, they do track down the MB and I was, in the vocabulary of the times, gobsmacked.

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