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A Beautiful Blue Death Lib/E: 1 Audio CD – Unabridged, 27 September 2011
"A fine specimen of the genre...Particularly good is [Finch's] delineation of Lenox's cozy-but-proper relationship with Lady Jane."-- "Washington Post"
"Langton gives each of the book's prominent characters a distinctive voice, but his main success is the vocal personality he provides Lenox."-- "Publishers Weekly Audio Review"
"Langton's posh accent is well suited...and his narrative sparkles."-- "AudioFile"
"The best sort of historical mystery--clever, charming, full of period detail, and a delight to read."-- "David Liss, author of The Whiskey Rebels"
"Vividly capturing the essence of Victorian England, Finch presents us with a unique sleuth who combines the deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes with the people skills of Thomas Pitt. A sparkling achievement."-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
Vividly capturing the essence of Victorian England, Finch presents us with a unique sleuth who combines the deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes with the people skills of Thomas Pitt. A sparkling achievement.-- "Library Journal Starred Review"
About the Author
Charles Finch is the author of the USA Today bestselling Charles Lenox mysteries, including A Beautiful Blue Death, which was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal's Best Books of 2007. He is a graduate of Yale and Oxford.
James Langton, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and later as a musician at the Guildhall School in London. He has worked in radio, film, and television, also appearing in theater in England and on Broadway. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.
- ASIN : B08Y4MZT1S
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (27 September 2011)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200087990
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First, it's full of Americanisms. By halfway through I was so annoyed by them being used in the context of a London-based tale set in the mid-Victorian period, that I began to list them with their British 'translations':-
Sure you are (of course you are)
He took a left (he turned left)
How do you figure? (how do you work that out?)
Workingman (worker, labourer)
Too bad (what a pity)
Woodpile (coal scuttle - in London they would be burning coal not wood)
Wastebasket (waste-paper basket)
At the end of his rope (at the end of his tether)
Figure out (work out)
Fixing coffee (making coffee - except a man of his class would not know how. That's what servants are for)
I really wasn't much count (I really wasn't very good at it)
I'll go see him (I'll go and see him)
Came by the house (called)
Say... (I say...)
Hickory (not a British tree)
Hands-on (far too modern a phrase, he'd have said something like "involved with the day-to-day running of the business")
Cuffs of his pants (his trouser turn-ups)
All of this is very distracting and irritating to the British reader. Why set a book in Victorian England if you're not going to write in the idiom of the country and period you've chosen?
Second, the social setting is inauthentically portrayed. Our hero and his aristocratic lady friend are far too chummy with their servants. A maid would most certainly not be taken on in a house where her fiancé worked. A gentleman would not keep spare clothes in his library and change into them himself: he would go to his bedchamber where his valet would assist him. His handmade leather boots would not have let in the wet. And if he replaced them, they would be leather-soled, not cork (Trollope wrote a whole comedy episode about Lady Glencora buying cork-soled shoes - just not good enough quality for the aristocracy!) So much just didn't ring true.
And finally, the book was just too tedious to finish. It dragged on and on and never seemed to get anywhere. I gave up three-quarters of the way through from sheer apathy.
So all in all, a very disappointing read. It really rates a 1.5 star. I don't hate it, but it's not ok either.
Well if he is that well off , he really would not have such poor footwear and no need for the protracted story line about the efficacy of galoshes . This story is actually quite interesting but , as in the typical cosy genre , the various friends are always just so amazingly wonderful and just too too willing to put themselves out and help at the drop of a hat .
Another annoyance is the deplorable interview lack of technique that Charles employs , it really does not fit with the idea that this is an intelligent , socially adept gentleman who is made out to be so superior to the duffer Inspector Exeter .
It qualifies for 3 stars only because the mystery is well handled but this is not a series or writer that I will be following in the future .