The September Society

The September Society

Paperback - 2008
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In the small hours of the morning one fall day in 1866, a frantic widow visits detective Charles Lenox. Lady Annabelle's problem is simple: her beloved son, George, has vanished from his room at Oxford. When Lenox visits his alma mater to investigate he discovers a series of bizarre clues, including a murdered cat and a card cryptically referring to "The September Society." Then, just as Lenox realizes that the case may be deeper than it appears, a student dies, the victim of foul play.

What could the September Society have to do with it? What specter, returned from the past, is haunting gentle Oxford? Lenox, with the support of his devoted friends in London's upper crust, must race to discover the truth before it comes searching for him, and dangerously close to home.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312564940
Branch Call Number: MYS FIN
MYS FIN
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 21 cm

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1_Great_Book
Jun 27, 2017

On the fence. Got shifted to the bottom of my pile so many times because of other WOW books that took precedence.

Points in favour: I like Victorian settings for historical novels. I like the Oxford setting in the academic sphere for the context. I like the rather bizarre events that set off the whole crisis.
As with many things culturally British, you either like it or you don't.

Points against: nothing about the style or the plot really stands out to make this unique or to qualify for a top 10 list. Nothing keeps you up late, waiting to see what will happen next. By next week, you won't remember anything outstanding about this book to share at your book club or with anyone asking what they should read next.

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

With this installment of the Charles Lenox mysteries, Charles is approached by Lady Annabelle when her son George disappears from his dorms at Oxford. Events from India nineteen years ago add to the confusion and the mysterious September Society may know more than they are letting on.

I am enjoying these books. It's been a nice change for me from the action packed stories I typically read. The author does an admirable job of creating the atmosphere and society of the typical Victorian gentleman with a few of the grittier aspects thrown in due to the nature of Lenox's job. While the mystery seems a bit over the top, the rest of the story more than makes up for the melodrama.

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WinterOAE
Jan 22, 2014

I sarted with "A Beautiful Blue Death" and became interested in the characters. This author is easy to read although his run-on sentences detract somewhat from the flow of the story. I would classify this series as a Romance-historical-mystery, in that order. It is light reading and very English. Given the popularity of "Downton Abbey" at the present time, this insight into the mind of "upper crust" 19th Century London might hold some interest for "Jolly Auld England" fans..
Charles Finch promises more intensive research in his more recent works and since the characters are serialized, I will probably continue reading him. So far, his plots are intricate enough to be unpredictable and the ambience is worth the trip. I would recommend this as a good read, slightly short of a rattling good story.

TrishThompson Mar 11, 2013

Excellent! I am an instant fan of the Charles Lennox series. Well written book and it kept me guessing while I tried to beat Charles Lennox to solving it!

polar_bear Jan 15, 2012

Good period mystery and intricately plotted. I did have trouble remembering which character was which. The author doesn't develop them especially well. I liked the relationship with Lenox and Lady Jane Grey, but there wasn't a lot of interaction between them, other than some soppy romantic stuff. I'd have been happier to have more conversations between them. The mystery ended well, but the book ended sappily.

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