From the critically acclaimed and USA Today bestselling author Charles Finch comes The Vanishing Man, the second in a prequel trilogy to his Charles Lenox Victorian series, in which the theft of an antique painting sends Detective Lenox on a hunt for a criminal mastermind.London, 1853: Having earned some renown by solving a case that baffled Scotland Yard, young Charles Lenox is called upon by the Duke of Dorset, one of England's most revered noblemen, for help. A painting of the Duke's great-grandfather has been stolen from his private study. But the Duke's concern is not for his ancestor's portrait; hiding in plain sight nearby is another painting of infinitely more value, one that holds the key to one of the country's most famous and best-kept secrets.Dorset believes the thieves took the wrong painting and may return when they realize their error--and when his fears result in murder, Lenox must act quickly to unravel the mystery behind both paintings before tragedy can strike again....
|Title||:||The Vanishing Man: A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
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The Vanishing Man: A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series Reviews
The second prequel of the long-running Charles Lenox series after last year's The Woman in the Water shows the 26-year-old Lenox at somewhat of a career ebb. This ebb occurs after Lenox has solved a case that Scotland Yard could not. A summons comes from the immensely rich and powerful Duke of Dorset, "the third man in England". A painting has been stolen from the Duke's private study but not the painting the Duke might have expected; a small and unassuming portrait purported to be of William Sh ...more
I enjoy scholarly mysteries, and I loved the mystery in this novel. Charles Lenox is in good form, and there’s a certain amount of focus on how Lenox learned his trade. Lady Jane figures in the novel, as does Charles’ brother Edmund. (I absolutely wanted to hug Edmund at a certain point in the story...) But Lancelot very nearly runs away with whole show.
All in all I found this a delightful addition to the Charles Lenox arc.
We come to the second book in a trio of prequel stories in the Charles Lenox series that go back to the beginning when Charles is first getting started on his amateur detecting work. This latest mystery brings him into contact with the powerful Duke of Dorset's household, an old family trust involving the Bard, and the true challenge of not murdering his mischievous young cousin Lancelot who is visiting Charles during his school holidays.
The Vanishing Man is the second of a prequel trilogy. It c ...more
I've missed Charles so much!
Edit: 03.03.2019 - Sooo... I've listened to this book twice in a little over a week. I decided to restart the series and took the opportunity to relisten tothis title. SO GOOD!!!!!!!
I thoroughly enjoy the Charles Lenox mysteries, and this one was no exception. It is fascinating to get a sense of London in 1853, and to see a younger Charles Lenox. There's also a corking good mystery, with enough layers and twists to keep my happy and engaged. I enjoy the author's writing and look forward to the next Charles Lenox mystery.
Excellent second prequel in the Charles Lenox Mysteries series. It's marvelous to walk back through Charles' early life a young man, taking his first real case and learning to better hone his detective skills. Knowing how the future will pan out, it's fascinating to see how Charles, Graham, and lady Jane evolve into the exquisite characters who make this such a treasured Regency mystery series. A new character is such a breath of intrigue and mystery, I hope to see him in the story arc.
A few years back I read perhaps three or four Charles Lenox mysteries, the ones taking place in the 1860s, when Charles was already established as an upper-class private detective. Author Finch now is providing us with some prequels set in the 1850s, in which a younger Lenox is trying to establish himself as a sleuth for hire. This is the second one, following THE WOMAN IN THE WATER, which I confess to not having read.
Here we find Charles hired by the Duke of Dorset to recover a painting of one ...more