Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Fleet Street Murders

The Fleet Street Murders
by Charles Finch

This Victorian era series has shades of Sherlock Holmes. Like Holmes, Charles Lennox walked the fog-shrouded streets of London. Holmes had the loyal Watson while Lennox had James Dallington. Both men dealt with unimaginative Scotland Yard detectives. Holmes bested Lestrade and Lennox outdid Exeter. That is where the similarities end. Lennox was a warm man with many personal relationships while Holmes was aloof and acerbic. The Fleet Street Murders opens with the near-simultaneous murders of two journalists who lived in opposite parts of London. Gerald Poole is suspected of orchestrating the crimes. His motive? The journalists wrote critical articles about Poole's father while he was on trial for treason. James Dallington is convinced that his friend, Poole, is innocent and compels Lennox to investigate the murders. Lennox agrees even though that means that he has to balance the investigation with his run for a parliamentary seat. [If you like this, you may also enjoy: The St. Just series by G.M. Malliett; the Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn; The Thomas Pitt series by Anne Perry; and The Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.] -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department

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