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The Last Passenger

The Last Passenger

A Charles Lenox Mystery

Charles Lenox Mysteries (Volume 13)

Charles Finch

Minotaur Books

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"Bravo, Mr. Finch, and keep them coming! More Lenox, please.” —Louise Penny, bestselling author of A Better Man

From bestselling author Charles Finch comes the third and final in a prequel trilogy to his lauded Charles Lenox series.

London, 1855. A young and eager Charles Lenox faces his toughest case yet: a murder without a single clue. Slumped in a third-class car at Paddington Station is the body of a handsome young gentleman. He has no luggage, empty pockets, and no sign of identification on his person. And putting together the clues to the mystery of the man’s identity only raises more questions, when Lenox discovers that the crime has a significant connection to America.

As he seeks to solve this impossible case, the young Lenox must confront an equally troublesome problem in his personal life. Kitty Ashbrook, beautiful and cultured, appears to be his soulmate—but love comes with obstacles of its own. In tandem, this fiendish early case and passionate, deeply felt affair will irrevocably shape the brilliant detective and thoughtful gentleman Lenox is destined to become.

Written in Charles Finch’s unmistakably witty and graceful voice, THE LAST PASSENGER is a cunning, thrilling, and deeply satisfying conclusion to this trilogy of prequels to his bestselling Charles Lenox series.

CHAPTER ONE


On or about the first day of October 1855, the city of London, England, decided it was time once and for all that Charles Lenox be married.

Lenox himself didn’t even necessarily disagree. He lived a happy life as a...

Praise for The Last Passenger

Praise for The Last Passenger:

“Avid mystery readers will enjoy Lenox’s thorough review of his sleuthing process…choose this if you revel in atmosphere.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This tightly plotted mystery…is rich in historical detail…[Lenox] coming into his own as a detective is a delight.” —Booklist

"Finch effectively integrates the politics of the time, including pre–Civil War tensions in America... a clever murder puzzle. Anne Perry and David Dickinson fans will be satisfied." —Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Vanishing Man:

“Fiction readers who crush on blue-blooded British detectives will fall hard for Victorian-era sleuth Charles Lenox.” —The Washington Post

"Finch's nimble prose, edged with humor, makes this twelfth in the Charles Lenox series a pure delight." —Booklist (starred review)

"Rich in period minutiae...unveils the frightening power of the uppermost classes."Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Woman in the Water:

"A cunning mystery."—The New York Times Book Review

"Finch is an elegant stylist...a persuasive portrait of Victorian England."—The Washington Post

“Finch does a wonderful job of re-creating the atmosphere of mid-19th-century England; his characters are crisply drawn and believable. It’s wonderful to see the neophyte Lenox develop the skills for which he becomes renowned in later books. An excellent addition to an already terrific series.” —Library Journal (starred)

“With its splendidly drawn characters and brisk, supple prose, this can … More…

Praise for The Last Passenger:

“Avid mystery readers will enjoy Lenox’s thorough review of his sleuthing process…choose this if you revel in atmosphere.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This tightly plotted mystery…is rich in historical detail…[Lenox] coming into his own as a detective is a delight.” —Booklist

"Finch effectively integrates the politics of the time, including pre–Civil War tensions in America... a clever murder puzzle. Anne Perry and David Dickinson fans will be satisfied." —Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Vanishing Man:

“Fiction readers who crush on blue-blooded British detectives will fall hard for Victorian-era sleuth Charles Lenox.” —The Washington Post

"Finch's nimble prose, edged with humor, makes this twelfth in the Charles Lenox series a pure delight." —Booklist (starred review)

"Rich in period minutiae...unveils the frightening power of the uppermost classes."Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Woman in the Water:

"A cunning mystery."—The New York Times Book Review

"Finch is an elegant stylist...a persuasive portrait of Victorian England."—The Washington Post

“Finch does a wonderful job of re-creating the atmosphere of mid-19th-century England; his characters are crisply drawn and believable. It’s wonderful to see the neophyte Lenox develop the skills for which he becomes renowned in later books. An excellent addition to an already terrific series.” —Library Journal (starred)

“With its splendidly drawn characters and brisk, supple prose, this can be either an inviting introduction to those new to Finch’s accomplished series or a winning addition to the canon for established fans.”Booklist (starred)

“Lenox has officially reached the big leagues—the conclusion waiting for him is nothing short of chilling. A case with enough momentum to recharge this series and grab new readers with its pull.” Kirkus Reviews

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Charles Finch

Charles Finch is the USA Today bestselling author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including The Vanishing Man. His first contemporary novel, The Last Enchantments, is also available from St. Martin's Press. Finch received the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. His essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Washington Post, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles.

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