The Vanishing Man: A Charles Lenox Mystery (Charles Lenox Mysteries #12) (Paperback)

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What better way to banish the political woes than to drop yourself into a Victorian mystery novel? Finch has written a number of great stories about Charles Lenox, an amateur detective in the 1850s who drives Scotland Yard crazy by solving complicated problems. The first in the series was published in 2007 and they are delightful. This particular new mystery is the second prequel and takes us back to Lenox's first cases and sets you up for more. If you haven't tried them, start with this. Lenox has a neighbor, Lady Jane, who.....well, I won't spoil it. Lenox takes on a case of a missing painting, a vanished duke, and a shocking murder. He is helped by Graham, his valet, servant, devious assistant, and friend. Finch has a wonderful eye for period detail, which makes it all great fun to read. As Louise Penny says, "Bravo Mr. Finch, and keep them coming."

— Edie

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“Fiction readers who crush on blue-blooded British detectives will fall hard for Victorian-era sleuth Charles Lenox." —The Washington Post

From the critically acclaimed and USA Today bestselling author Charles Finch comes The Vanishing Man, a prequel 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. As the Dorset family closes ranks to protect its reputation, Lenox uncovers a dark secret that could expose them to unimaginable scandal—and reveals the existence of an artifact, priceless beyond measure, for which the family is willing to risk anything to keep hidden.

In this intricately plotted prequel to the Charles Lenox mysteries, the young detective risks his potential career—and his reputation in high society—as he hunts for a criminal mastermind.

About the Author


Charles Finch is the USA Today bestselling author of the Charles Lenox historical mysteries, which begin with A Beautiful Blue Death. His contemporary novel The Last Enchantments, is also available from St. Martin's Press.

Finch received the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, from the National Book Critics Circle. His essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Washington Post, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles.

Praise For…


Praise for The Vanishing Man:

“Fiction readers who crush on blue-blooded British detectives will fall hard for Victorian-era sleuth Charles Lenox.” —The Washington Post

"Finch's nimble prose, edged with humor, makes this twelfth in the Charles Lenox series a pure delight." —Booklist (starred review)

"Rich in period minutiae...unveils the frightening power of the uppermost classes."Kirkus Reviews

Praise for
The Woman in the Water:

"A cunning mystery."—The New York Times Book Review

"Finch is an elegant stylist...a persuasive portrait of Victorian England."—The Washington Post

“Finch does a wonderful job of re-creating the atmosphere of mid-19th-century England; his characters are crisply drawn and believable. It’s wonderful to see the neophyte Lenox develop the skills for which he becomes renowned in later books. An excellent addition to an already terrific series.” —Library Journal (starred)

“With its splendidly drawn characters and brisk, supple prose, this can be either an inviting introduction to those new to Finch’s accomplished series or a winning addition to the canon for established fans.”Booklist (starred)

“Lenox has officially reached the big leagues—the conclusion waiting for him is nothing short of chilling. A case with enough momentum to recharge this series and grab new readers with its pull.” Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250311375
ISBN-10: 1250311373
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: January 14th, 2020
Pages: 320
Series: Charles Lenox Mysteries