A Burial at Sea

A Burial at Sea

Book - 2011
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In March 1873 aristocratic sleuth Charles Lenox undertakes a delicate espionage mission to Egypt, where five British agents have been killed, apparently by the French. But soon after Charles's ship sets sail, the captain calls on him to dust off his deductive skills when a crew member is murdered and left eviscerated on the deck.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312625085
0312625081
Call Number: M FINCH CH
Characteristics: viii, 310 p. ; 22 cm

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KBaxter301
Dec 26, 2020

Ah Mr. Finch, you do spin a good yarn and this one never disappointed.

Author Charles Finch infuses some fresh air into his Charles Lenox Mystery series by shipping his protagonist and Parliamentarian off on the high seas heading off to Egypt to survey the recently dug Suez Canal. Lenox is on a diplomatic errand to meet with khedive Ismail the Magnificent for some glad-handing and to survey the newest wonder of the world. This is a mere smokescreen for the clandestine meeting with Frenchman Sournois in an attempt to avert war between France and England. Oh, but riding the open ocean on Her Majesty's 1858 built corvette, "Lucy", is a thrill made more so with a sordid murder aboard ship. The ship's Captain Martin, well aware of Lenox's former detective career, asks Lenox to investigate the crime. So many suspects within such tight quarters. Does Lenox still have what it takes to identify the culprit before someone else succumbs to the murderer's evil ways?

The story was captivating with all its red herrings. The scene painting was exquisite as one could nearly hear the creaking boards of a ship in full sail. Be forewarned, there's a tremendous amount of nautical jargon around which to wrap one's mind. Yet all of Finch's vast descriptions of well-researched life aboard a British Navy ship are well worth the effort.

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kellianderson55
Mar 23, 2017

I would like for the library to obtain a CD of this book.

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maipenrai
Dec 07, 2016

(The fifth book in the Charles Lenox Mysteries series) This mystery takes place on the high seas as Charles Lenox is sent as an envoy to Egypt concerning the Suez Canal. The novel is good, but I miss the other characters in the series: Graham the butler / secretary and his wife Lady Jane Grey. In many mysteries series I enjoy the stories of the main characters as much as the mystery. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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lbeast
Nov 07, 2016

Charles Finch is a favorite author of mine, and I've read most of his work (I think). I've never had much interest in tales at sea, no matter what century, and was unsure about this one. But it is a great read. The mystery and the depiction of life on a sailing ship together make for a fascinating and engrossing story. I recommend it.

hgeng63 Jul 01, 2013

This is actually the 2nd time I've read this, & it's still diverting. I could not guess who was the murderer. However, I'm not going to buy my own personal copy. There is a recurring tic throughout--for example, on page 32: "What he couldn't know, of course, was that the first murder was less than a day away." On page 123: "Only the next morning did he hear that the first breath of that most dreaded movement had been whispered on board: mutiny." Annoying!

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