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The Mystery Discussion* Group Meeting

Title to Be Discussed: The Beautiful Blue Death

Author: Charles Lynch

*{There is no fee, however, all titles selected must be purchased at Centuries & Sleuths to be part of the Discussion Group & voice your opinion on the assigned book.}


Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery.

Prudence Smith, one of Jane’s former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The grand house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prue had dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by the motive for the girl’s death.

When another body turns up during the London season’s most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence Smith? Or was it something else entirely? And can Lenox find the answer before the killer strikes again—this time, disturbingly close to home?

About the Author

Charles Finch is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. His first novel, A Beautiful Blue Death, was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007, one of only five mystery novels on the list. He lives in New York.

Praise for A Beautiful Blue Death…

“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)

“A fine specimen of the genre…. Particularly good is [Finch’s] delineation of Lenox’s cozy-but-proper relationship with Lady Jane.” —The Washington Post

“The best sort of historical mystery—clever, charming, full of period detail, and a delight to read.” —David Liss, author of The Whiskey Rebels

A Beautiful Blue Death: The First Charles Lenox Mystery (Charles Lenox Mysteries #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312386078
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Published: Griffin - July 22nd, 2008

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Chapter) Meeting

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Chapter) Meeting

Topic: MWA at Centuries & Sleuths will be participating with the MWA meeting being conducted in Cleveland, OH via WiFi. (Guess what? It's less than a week until Chicago's Printers Row Lit Fest June 9-10th.)

G. K. Chesterton Society Meeting

Title: St. Francis of Assisi

Author: G. K. Chesterton

This accessible spiritual biography by a phenomenally popular author
chronicles the beloved saint's calling, order, and influence. Its charm
and wit will appeal to even the most secular-minded readers.

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ISBN: 9780486469232
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Published: Dover Publications - November 24th, 2008

The Dickens Fellowship of Chicago Meeting

Title: Great Expectaions (Chapters 28-44)

Author: Charles Dickens

G.K. Chesterton Society Meeting

Title: The ManWho Was Thursday

Author: G.K. Chesterton

A fast-paced novel about a club of anarchists in turn-of-the-century London and a poet/sleuth who infiltrates their ranks. Inventive and ingenious
story becomes a vehicle for Chesterton's brilliant social, religious,
and philosophical speculations.


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ISBN: 9780486251219
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Published: Dover Publications - July 1st, 1986

Clio's Chroniclers: The History Discussion Group

Title: Queens Consorts

Author: Lisa Hilton

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ISBN: 9781605981055
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Published: Pegasus Books - August 3rd, 2010

The Dickens Fellowship of Chicago Meeting

Topic: Great Expectations (Chapters 13-27) by Charles Dickens

One of Charles Dickens’s most fascinating novels, Great Expectations
follows the orphan Pip as he leaves behind a childhood of misery and
poverty after an anonymous benefactor offers him a chance at the life of
a gentleman. From the young Pip’s first terrifying encounter with the
convict Magwitch in the gloom of a graveyard to the splendidly morbid
set pieces in Miss Havisham’s mansion to the magnificently realized boat
chase down the Thames, Great Expectations is filled with the
transcendent excitement that Dickens could so abundantly provide.
Written in 1860, at the height of his maturity, it also reveals the
novelist’s bittersweet understanding of the extent to which our deepest
moral dilemmas are born of our own obsessions and illusions. 

If you need a copy order it now. March will be too late for your Great Expectations!


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ISBN: 9780486415864
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Published: Dover Publications - August 1st, 2001

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ISBN: 9781451617245
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Published: Gallery Books - August 30th, 2011

G. K. Chesterton Society Meeting

Title: The Elusive Father Brown: The Life of Monsignor John O'Connor

Author: Julia Smith

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ISBN: 9780852446980
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Published: Gracewing - March 16th, 2010


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