Wednesday, April 14, 2010
3 out of 5
I am beginning to think that Charles Finch put way too much effort into this somewhat lacking second addition to the Charles Lennox saga.
What begins with intrigue slowly muddles down into too much description of the colleges that make up Oxford in 1866 and by doing so, puts the murder mystery beyond the backburner.
When Lady Annabelle Payson shows up in Lennox's front hall she presents him with a rather dubious mystery. Her son George has gone missing. Lennox doesn't usually take on something so mundane, but how do you turn down a lady in distress whom had already lost a husband under mysterious circumstance in war and now her son too may possibly be dead.
With unique clues and the mysterious September Society, a secret society made up of gentlemen that served in the 12th Suffolk 2nd, Lennox must now risk his life to untangle two very similar webs and hopefully bring answers to those that felt the truth would always be beyond them.
As time wore on, I found myself having to write down characters names with little descriptions of exactly who they were and how they fit into the story. Though new characters have been added that should spice up future books, I don't find myself running out to get the next book so quite so quickly.
After the first book, which I loved, this one was a bit of a let down. I don't want to be completely negative, there are some good parts, but unfortunately, you have hack your way to the end to get there.