By Charles Finch
On any given day in London, all Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, desires to do is sit back in his inner most research with a cup of tea, a roaring fireplace and an excellent publication. but if his lifelong buddy woman Jane asks for his aid, Lenox can't withstand one other likelihood to resolve a secret, no matter if it potential trudging in the course of the snow to her townhouse subsequent door.
One of Jane's former servants, Prudence Smith, is lifeless – an obvious suicide. yet Lenox suspects anything way more sinister: homicide, through an extraordinary and lethal poison. the home the place the lady labored is filled with suspects, and even though Prudence dabbled with the hearts of quite a lot of males, Lenox is baffled by way of an elusive loss of rationale within the girl's death.
When one other physique turns up throughout the London season's most trendy ball, Lenox needs to untangle an online of loyalties and animosities. was once it jealousy that killed Prudence? Or was once it whatever else fullyyt, anything that Lenox by myself can discover sooner than the killer moves back – disturbingly just about domestic?
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But her voice was high and gasping, carrying a choking fright through the sound of the orchestra. The music stopped suddenly. Lights came on in the club, and at the nearby tables men and women jumped to their feet. I still didn't know what had happened to Stone. But I could see him clearly now, and I knew he was dead. A moment after the lights went on I was kneeling by him, my fingers searching for his pulse. I knew there wouldn't be any. There wasn't. " somebody cried beside me. " Satin stood almost touching me, staring down at Stone's body.