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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.
Finch fails to deliver on the promise of the intriguing setup of his 10th Charles Lenox mystery (after 2015's Home by Nightfall). In 1877, Gerald Leigh writes gentleman sleuth Lenox, his only friend at Harrow 30 years earlier, a vague letter stating that he's in some kind of trouble. Lenox's fears are heightened when he's unable to find Leigh at his former classmate's London hotel. Lenox eventually tracks the man down, only to learn that he recently survived two attempts on his life. Leigh, now a renowned scientist who has been living in France, returned to England after being contacted by a solicitor, who informed him that he's the heir to a large fortune. The solicitor refused to identify Leigh's benefactor. This revives for Leigh and Lenox the puzzle of who the mysterious person was who funded the former's education at Harrow. A subplot involving one of Lenox's partners in his enquiry agency dilutes the main action, which builds to an unsatisfying resolution.
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Very well written
It's like being reacquainted with old friends when reading the latest in this series. Kept me guessing. Cannot recommend this book and series enough!