8.8.13

A STRANGER IN MAYFAIR, by Charles Finch

4/series. Further adventures of now-married Charles Lenox and the beauteous Lady Jane Grey, this time as soon as they return to Chelsea from their honeymoon. A neighbor and casual friend of Charles' has a footman murdered in the alley behind his home, and no sooner does the neighbor enlist his help than he turns him off. Meanwhile, a usually-congenial Scotland Yard investigator is surly and threatening. Amidst the stresses of combining (literally, in this case) two households, Charles' new seat in the House of Commons, the birth of close friends' baby, and the confession of a friend of the murdered man, Charles has his hands full. This is a 4+, mostly because I just love historical mysteries with a gentle atmosphere. This is a very civilized series; Author Finch has created two sympathetic lead characters you'll enjoy following.