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Gone Before Christmas

Gone Before Christmas

A Charles Lenox Mystery

Charles Lenox Mysteries

Charles Finch

Minotaur Books

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In Gone Before Christmas, this delightfully absorbing short Christmas story in the bestselling Charles Lenox mystery series, Lenox must find a soldier who ran into a cloakroom for his hatand never returned.

Charles Lenox’s holiday preparations are interrupted when an officer vanishes at Charing Cross Station. Lieutenant Austen, by all accounts an upstanding member of the elite Grenadier Guards, disappears, and his friends, searching the cloakroom of the station where they had been waiting for their trains together, find only a spray of blood on the wall above a scattering of his personal items—his train ticket among them.

Scotland Yard is baffled. Has the Lieutenant, who had a hand in intelligence, been kidnapped by French operatives? Or is there some more personal grudge at work? The situation grows graver by the hour, and Lenox knows that he will have to work quickly and brilliantly to have any chance of discovering the missing soldier—and getting home in time for his own Christmas dinner.

Includes a sneak peek of The Woman In the Water, a prequel to the Charles Lenox series.

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Charles Finch

CHARLES FINCH is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including The Woman in the Water. The first book in the series, A Beautiful Blue Death, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007. Finch is a graduate of Yale and Oxford, and lives in Chicago.

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