The September Society by Charles Finch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Ok, I think I'm done with this series. Our Detective, Charles Lenox, is not as engaging as the author seems to think he is and all that faffing about wondering what he will do with Lady Jane Grey, his childhood friend/possible future wife? So unnecessary. The mystery itself relies on one too many coincidences and convulutions to wrap itself up neatly, which I suspect came about because of all the romantic dithering. Speaking of romance, the secondary couple, the Doctor McConnell and his wife, are going through difficult times - but was mentioning it quite so frequently meant to show or tell?
The author excels at the travel writing part, describing Oxford and its pubs and colleges in great detail. Sadly, that didn't really advance the plot any; less "this pub served students since the 1500s" and more whodunnit would have been appreciated. Ditto the overexplanation of things that illustrate the class differentials in Victorian society. Trust me, we've got that part down.