Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:
An Extravagant Death
A Charles Lenox Mystery #14
Minotaur Books, February 2021
From the publisher—
In what promises to be a breakout in Charles Finch‘s bestselling series, Charles Lenox travels to the New York and Newport of the dawning Gilded Age to investigate the death of a beautiful socialite.
London, 1878. With faith in Scotland Yard shattered after a damning corruption investigation, Charles Lenox’s detective agency is rapidly expanding. The gentleman sleuth has all the work he can handle, two children, and an intriguing new murder case.
But when Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli offers him the opportunity to undertake a diplomatic mission for the Queen, Lenox welcomes the chance to satisfy an unfulfilled yearning: to travel to America. Arriving in New York, he begins to receive introductions into both its old Knickerbocker society and its new robber baron splendor. Then, a shock: the death of the season’s most beautiful debutante, who appears to have thrown herself from a cliff. Or was it murder? Lenox’s reputation has preceded him to the States, and he is summoned to a magnificent Newport mansion to investigate the mysterious death. What ensues is a fiendish game of cat and mouse.
Witty, complex, and tender, An Extravagant Death is Charles Finch’s triumphant return to the main storyline of his beloved Charles Lenox series―a devilish mystery, a social drama, and an unforgettable first trip for an Englishman coming to America.
Why am I waiting so eagerly? This is one of my favorite historical mystery series and it features a gentleman of means but not excessive wealth in Victorian England who sets himself up as a private detective. This far along in the series, Charles is well-established and has gained the respect of society and those in positions of authority. This time, though, he’s making his first trip to America, a long-time dream, and he quite naturally falls into a case. I’m really anticipating this one because of the hurdles he’ll face in an unfamiliar setting.