The Woman in the Water

The Woman in the Water

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London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective--without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime--and promising to kill again--Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself. The writer's first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islet in the middle of the Thames. With few clues to go on, Lenox endeavors to solve the crime before another innocent life is lost. When the killer's sights are turned toward those whom Lenox holds most dear, the stakes are raised and Lenox is trapped in a desperate game of cat and mouse.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250139467
1250139465
9781250139481
Branch Call Number: Fic Finc
Characteristics: viii, 292 pages ; 25 cm.

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IndyPL_AngieL Jan 29, 2020

This is a prequel to the Charles Lenox mystery series—and a fascinating look at how the Victorian gentleman/detective acquires his very first case. Things are rough for young Lennox at the beginning of his career (such as it is). He is made sport of by Scotland Yard, his friends are dubious of the whole enterprise (or worse, snub him entirely), and no detective work seems to come his way. At last, Lennox believes he can lend a hand to the police force when an anonymous murderer writes to the newspaper to say he has committed “the perfect crime”—and will strike again so long as this crime is unsolved. With very little to go on besides an unidentified young woman’s remains, Lennox and the police must solve this crime before the murderer lives up to his gruesome promise to kill again. This prequel also heralds Lennox’s growing infatuation for young Jane, the love of his life—but she is promised to another in this installment of the mystery series.

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maipenrai
Dec 21, 2018

I enjoyed this mystery very much. The relationship between Lenox and his faithful valet reminded me of the great Lord Peter Wimsey and his Bunter. Highly recommend this mystery which is kind of a prequel to the series. I am looking forward to more books in the saga. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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maipenrai
Oct 22, 2018

I enjoyed this mystery very much. The relationship between Lenox and his faithful valet reminded me of the great Lord Peter Wimsey and his Bunter. Highly recommend this mystery which is kind of a prequel to the series. I am looking forward to more books in the saga. Kristi & Abby Tabby audiobook available thru mnlink

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dubonnet
Mar 18, 2018

An excellent prequel. A very enjoyable read.
Charles Finch has a way of writing that allows the reader to be transported back in time to Victorian England! The Charles Lennox series of mysteries is well worth reading. All the characters throughout the series are well done, especially Charles and Graham. In this prequel he also has his first meeting with Dr McConnell who becomes one of his dearest friends in later books. Of course the author didn't forget Elizabeth/Jane, Charles' lady love!

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lmldelgado
Mar 15, 2018

Enjoyed reading a young Sherlock Holmes mystery can't wait to read the next one.

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