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The Sitting Room Looked As Familiar As The Back Of His Hand, And Immediately Lenox Took A Liking To The Young Man Who Inhabited It He Saw Several Small Artifacts Of The Missing Student S Life A Frayed Piece Of String About Two Feet Long Of The Sort You Might Bind A Package With, Half Of A Pulpy Fried Tomato, Which Was Too Far From The Breakfast Table To Have Been Dropped, A Fountain Pen, And Lastly, A Card Which Said On The Front The September SocietyIn The Small Hours Of The Morning One Fall Day In , A Frantic Widow Visits Detective Charles Lenox Lady Annabelle S Problem Is Simple Her Beloved Son, George, Has Vanished From His Room At Oxford When Lenox Visits His Alma Mater To Investigate, He Discovers A Series Of Bizarre Clues, Including A Murdered Cat And A Card Cryptically Referring To The September SocietyThen, Just As Lenox Realizes That The Case May Be Deeper Than It Appears, A Student Dies, The Victim Of Foul PlayWhat Could The September Society Have To Do With It What Specter, Returned From The Past, Is Haunting Gentle Oxford Lenox, With The Support Of His Devoted Friends In London S Upper Crust, Must Race To Discover The Truth Before It Comes Searching For Him, And Dangerously Close To Home

10 thoughts on “The September Society

  1. says:

    3.5The first book didn t quite work for me After reading this one, though, I am certain it was my fault A case of wrong timing I did recognize that at the time too, so there s that It happens I may revisit it some time in the future The September Society mystery part is very good It has its twists and turns, strange events and mysterious and bloody beginning This is not a spoiler since what starts it all is in the prologue itself The beginning of Lenox s case is in the distant past, in India The best part is that even though you might think you understand what is going on and even solve parts of the mystery yourself, the resolution probably won t be what you expected However, Charles Lenox is not in his element here He is distracted He has realized he loves his friend Lady Jane and, every now and then the story is interrupted with his thoughts on marriage, whether she will marry him, who is the man who is visiting her, about his life in general and so on It was so frustrating seeing all those interrupted opportunities to ask her to marry him I liked the story Even with the distractions, it s pretty good The September Society also introduces another aristocrat who wants to be a detective I wouldn t mind reading a Lord John Dallington series at all I hope he will appear in future books too.

  2. says:

    This was probably 3 stars, but I have to raise it one star for one specific reason This book felt comforting to me and I couldn t quite figure out why until I was half way in My high school years were a little turbulent I found some Sherlock Holmes books back then that I read and re read during those years For some reason, this book had that same effect on me This was a little nostalgic for me Now, this is not Sherlock Holmes but the clue finding and collecting was reminiscent of that I actually liked that I liked the MC, even though he was kind of needy Usually I don t like that trait, but it seem to work for him So I can t fault him for that.

  3. says:

    I liked this book a lot than the first, A Beautiful Blue Death, but still couldn t give it than 3 stars I like the main character, Charles Lenox, and I like the plots However, Finch s tendency to beat certain points to death makes it a little hard to get through sometimes in the first book, it was the stupid boots, and in the second, it was Lenox s love for Oxford, as well as his preoccupation with another matter that distracted him from the case If he can learn to present these ideas a little smoothly instead of constantly hitting me upside the head with them, I may eventually give him 4 stars.

  4. says:

    The second book in this Victorian mystery series Gentleman detective Charles Lenox is asked by Lady Annabelle to find her son George, who has gone missing from his room at Oxford While the mystery was interesting, I really enjoyed reading about Charles Lenox, his friends, and the day to day doings of Victorian British society The author is very good at descriptions, making the reader feel like they are right there with the characters The style and pace of the story also remind me of fiction written during the Victorian era, influenced by Anthony Trollope than Wilkie Collins An enjoyable read, if you re in the right mood.

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    I have time this day to write a review AND the writing bug has seen fit to bite me So, lovlies, let s look at The September Society by the incredibly talented Charles Finch Yale and Oxford, people He got the education that still haunts the misty corners of my dreams Without further ado, I present my much delayed review of The September Society.This novel is the sequel to the much beloved and praised A Beautiful Blue Death Charles Lenox Mysteries That novel must be read first Really, reading a mystery series out of order is a no no It was nominated for an Agatha Award, so you know it s worth your time if you re into the mystery genre like I am This novel, like its predecessor, is about gentleman detective Charles Lenox in Victorian England so, naturally I m all over this stuff Here s a blurb from Goodreads In the small hours of the morning one fall day in 1866, a frantic widow visits detective Charles Lenox Lady Annabelle s problem is simple her beloved son, George, has vanished from his room at Oxford When Lenox visits his alma mater to investigate, he discovers a series of bizarre clues, including a murdered cat and a card cryptically referring to the September Society Then, just as Lenox realizes that the case may be deeper than it appears, a student dies, the victim of foul play What could the September Society have to do with it What specter, returned from the past, is haunting gentle Oxford Lenox, with the support of Lady Jane and his other devoted friends in London s upper crust, must race to discover the truth before it comes searching for him, and dangerously close to home I found the novel very entertaining Charles Lenox is like the functional Sherlock Holmes However, I can t lie and say that it was fast paced It wasn t It was dreadfully slow in the beginning So Slow I was getting a bit antsy because I love Charles Lennox, really I do He s very brilliant And I love the characters But they were stuck a plot that ran like a slow molasses And then Dallington comes along and all is fine JUST HOLD ON FOR DALLINGTON But really, it is very well written and very enlightening I liked his first one better, to be honest, but I still really enjoyed this one I got a nice education on Parliament which is very helpful, I must say.The setting takes place in Oxford and London the descriptions of both are fantastic I give it 3 and a half out of 5.

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    This book barely deserves two stars I m being generous because I don t think any of the individual criticisms I m about to dish out are particularly damning on their own, but togetherProblems 1 The plot is unforgivably weak for a mystery, both in the way that it structurally unfolds and in its pacing As I was reading, I felt a strange sense of deja vu until I suddenly put my finger on it this book reads like a Victorian role playing game, where all the characters wander around with very little direction, and then whenever something does happen they consistently roll very low numbers for initiative If you have ever played DD or some equivalent, you will know what I am talking about If not, feel lucky 2 The reader is expected to feel a deep fascination for every minor decision made by our distinguished protagonist, to the extent that we are frequently treated to sentences like this one At the Athenaeum Club he had turkey on the joint with cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes heavy but sustaining in the weather, which continued cold and wet and read the Cambridge Journal of Roman History I suspect this entire sentence was an excuse to use the phrase which continued cold and wet in order to demonstrate the author s facility with authentic period language which I could complain about, as I find this facility only intermittently demonstrated, but I ll limit my whining 3 The characters are both unmemorable and unlikable Another reviewer said compared this to Sherlock Holmes style mysteries, but I strongly disagree Holmes jumps off the page as if a real and utterly fascinating person he is full of energy, flaws, and personal style The fact that this detective is Victorian gentlemen with a doctor friend who helps him solve crimes does NOT make this anything like a Sherlock Holmes mystery In fact, the author could have vastly improved the book by shortening it to the length of a typical Sherlock Holmes short story and telling the story from outside the head of the protagonist, so that we aren t given a play by play of the detective s fruitless musings and inability to make any progress on the case despite numerous clues I did enjoy the loving descriptions of Oxford Maybe that s what bumped this review up to two stars.

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    All right I saw the twist coming right at the beginning, but maybe that s just because I m beginning to be genre savvy with mysteries It took so long to actually arrive that I had persuaded myself I was wrong Still some issues with anachronistic language I think most egregious example it surely wasn t current idiom to say that real life kept you from going other things and telling rather than showing And awkward exposition.Oh, and needless cameos by famous dead guys This guy should take lessons from Caroline Stevermer It would helpOh And speaking of being genre savvy, this book suffers by comparison to Dorothy Sayers s Peter Wimsey in general, and Gaudy Night in particular.It s probably fair to ask why I keep reading these I suppose the answer is, I m a sucker for historicals, and also, they are somewhat entertaining if not perfect.

  8. says:

    The September Society is one of those books that has so much potential, but doesn t quite seem to live up to it The setting is well portrayed, Victorian England with a strong focus on Oxford The characters are fleshed out fairly well, but unfortunately Lenox is a bit lacking in likability Others add some color and make scenes bearable, but mostly the book is Lenox with his thoughts, which can be tedious.I ll also admit to not appreciating the wrapped in a neat bow ending that we re left with, where every question is answered perfectly and rather outlandishly in several cases and everything is settled perfectly for the main characters as well Very happily ever after Perhaps this is common in mysteries, but I prefer a bit ambiguity in my endings.

  9. says:

    THE SEPTEMBER SOCIETY Ama Sleuth Trad Mys Charles Lenox England Victorian G Finch, Charles 2nd in seriesSt Martin s Minotaur, 2008, US Hardcover ISBN 9780312359782First sentence The first murders were committed nineteen years before the second, on a dry and unremarkable day along the Sutlej Frontier in Punjab.Charles Lenox returns to his alma mater when the wealthy mother of an Oxford student appeals to Lenox to find her missing son, George Payson is missing Lenox finds one of George s best friends is also missing The common clue is a card on which is the name The September Society The biggest issue I had this with book was due to the apparent lack of a good editor There was a lot of repetition For me, it was distracting On the plus side is a cast of wonderful, realistic characters Lenox, his manservant and friend Goodman in particular I like that Lenox is taking on Dallington, the third, somewhat wastrel, son of a nobleman, as an apprentice and wonder whether this portends a shift in the series I learned a lot reading this book There is a wonderful blend of creating a sense of the story s time and place the book also made me hungry as Finch would describe the menu of most of the meals with providing historical information as well I didn t know John Wesley and his followers were named Methodists, originally a pejorative term, at Lincoln College, Oxford because of their dull, methodical ways as viewed by others The author also includes information on the beginning of ballistic analysis I enjoy Finch s style for interjecting brief parenthetical information or explanations on things the reader may have noted or wondered about i.e., On the train once that evening the trips were becoming tedious The climax was a bit abrupt, but the ending had a very good twist Overall, I certainly enjoyed the book and shall certainly read by Finch.

  10. says:

    Glad I gave this series another chance Enjoyed this second entry and will continue on through the series Lennox and friends appear to grow on you An interesting mystery and being led to of an understanding of the central characters was key for me here.