SpoilersThe Fleet Street Murders
by Charles Finch
This is one of the rare Detective novels where I actually like knowing about the detective's life more than I care about the mystery. There are two stories at hand here, Charles Lenox is trying for the Parliament seat of a smaller town but the draw of his detective work is hard to resist so he becomes involved in trying to solve two murders back in London. There's a bit of a twist in both stories that I found to be rather predictable but the way the book is written, I didn't really care. It's really easy for period novels (set in England, in particular) to be really stuffy and static (my mostly unread Complete Volume of Sherlock Holmes grumbles from the book shelf at my insolence) and this one, set in 1866 but written in 2009, managed to avoid that. I was really engaged and spent a night staying up late to read it.
I bought this one at a Borders going out of business sale so I didn't realize it was part of an established series so I'm kind of >:( about it but mystery novels are pretty good about being standalone so I didn't realize I was missing anything until I looked it up online later.
I've started/stopped a few other books since but my mind is elsewhere lately and of course, tv premiere month kicks off this week so we'll see what happens there.