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The Resource The inheritance, Charles Finch, (text large print)

The inheritance, Charles Finch, (text large print)

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The inheritance
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The inheritance
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Charles Finch
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eng
Summary
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
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  • It’s been years since Charles Lenox last heard from Gerald Leigh, his former Harrow schoolmate, but then, surprisingly, Leigh writes and asks for help. A misfit who was expelled from Harrow but has since become a renowned scientist living in France, Leigh is in London to accept a mysterious inheritance when he’s attacked with deadly intent. When the solicitor who contacted Leigh about the inheritance is murdered, Lenox joins forces with Inspector Timothy Frost to investigate the case and protect his friend. At the same time, Polly Buchanan and Lord John Dallington, partners with Lenox in their detective agency, are looking into an apparent break-in at Parliament, which seems a simple case of a lovers’ tryst but leaves Dallington, who suspects something more, working alone with disastrous results. The detailed relationship between Lenox and Leigh as teens provides pleasure, and the details of Leigh’s work with microbes add substance to this tenth entry in Finch’s series set in late nineteenth-century England. Notable for the evolving relationships among members of the cast of well-developed characters, this is a fine historical mystery. -- Leber, Michele (Reviewed 10/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 3, p29)
  • 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. Agents: Kari Stuart and Jennifer Joel, ICM. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/05/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 36, p)
  • Victorian-era gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox, first seen in 2007's A Beautiful Blue Death, an LJ best mystery and Agatha Award nominee, is working as Parliament's house detective when he receives a letter from an old school friend about his mother's suspicious death. To determine what really happened, the two must join forces to identify an anonymous benefactor whose generosity dates back 30 years. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 06/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 10, p67)
  • In the 10th installment of this Victorian-era series, a Member of Parliamentturnedprivate detective gets the chance to solve a 30-year-old mystery that involves his boyhood friend.Charles Lenox hasnt seen his Harrow school[7] friend Gerald Leigh[2] in many years, ever since Leigh got happily expelled and set off for a life of travel and, eventually, scientific inquiry. But hearing from Leigh generates an extra sense of excitement when his letter reveals that his return to London is related to his mysterious benefactor.[76] Lenox and Leigh started an unusual friendship at school when Leigh explained that his tuition was paid by an anonymous friend, whose identity he desperately wanted to figure out. It was Lenoxs first mystery, and it still hasnt been solved. It becomes clear that this is much more than childs play when Leigh goes missing from the Collingwood Hotel[3] and Lenox must track him downand once he does, Leigh reports that attempts have been made on his life. The descriptions of the attackers are at once familiar to Lenox, who recognizes the pair as Anderson and Singh[284], part of the notorious Farthing gang. Who could possibly order this traveling scientist dead? This is when Leigh reveals that the mysterious benefactor has recently left him a rather large sum, enough to make him rich by any standardsand enough to make people risk killing for it. While in London, Leigh is also persuaded to speak at the Royal Society, which has been encouraging his visit for a long time. To Lenoxs surprise, his old friend has become quite the sensation. But when Leighs solicitor Ernest Middleton[212] is found murdered, Lenox is reminded that the target is still very much on Leighs back. Its time he consults his agency partners Lord John Dallington[20] and Polly Buchanon[244], who have been working a break-in case at Parliament, keeping watch there overnight and, to Lenoxs extreme interest, becoming closer with each passing day. The tension continues to rise as an element of deceit clouds the entire investigation and events take surprisingly sinister and twisting turns.Finch impressively raises the stakes of this tale between tea settings, and his character development is top notch.(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1900)
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10528172
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Finch, Charles
Dewey number
813/.6
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no index present
LC call number
PS3606.I526
LC item number
I54 2016
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
The Charles Lenox series
Series volume
10
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  • Lenox, Charles (Fictitious character)
  • Private investigators
Target audience
adult
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The inheritance, Charles Finch, (text large print)
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Originally published: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Center Point Large Print edition.
Extent
384 pages (large print)
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large print
Isbn
9781683242802
Lccn
2016048759
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • 961098620
  • (OCoLC)961098620
Label
The inheritance, Charles Finch, (text large print)
Publication
Note
Originally published: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Center Point Large Print edition.
Extent
384 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781683242802
Lccn
2016048759
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • 961098620
  • (OCoLC)961098620

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