The September Society

The September Society

Charles Finch / Jan 21, 2020

The September Society 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

  • Title: The September Society
  • Author: Charles Finch
  • ISBN: 9780312359782
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 droppeThe 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 Society 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 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.

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      • Charles Finch

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name See this thread for information My name is Charles Finch welcome I m the author of the Charles Lenox series of historical mysteries, as well as a recent novel about expatriate life in Oxford, THE LAST ENCHANTMENTS I also write book reviews for the New York Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune and essays in many different places.Like most people on this website, I m a huge reader My taste is all over the place, though I tend to really like literary and mystery fiction Some of my favorite writers George Orwell, Henry Green, Dick Francis, Anthony Trollope, David Lodge, PG Wodehouse, Bill Bryson, Roberto Bolano, Jonathan Franzen, Shirley Hazzard, Leo Tolstoy, AR Ammons, Philip Larkin, Edgar Bowers, Laurent Binet, Laurie Colwin, Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Philip Roth, Henrik Ibsen, Geoff Dyer, the list could go foreverA bit about myself I was born in New York City, and since then I ve lived all over the place, in America, England, France the moment I m in Chicago, where I just recently moved I spend most of my time here writing, reading, walking my dog, and trying not to let my ears freeze off.You can find me on Facebook facebook charlesfinchauthor where my reader are always giving fantastic book reviews, or Twitter twitter charlesfinch which I don t like quite as much, though it s okay I ll also try to blog here Please let me know what I m doing wrong, since I have remedial skills


    194 Comments

    1. 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 I [...]


    2. 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 a [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. 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, rea [...]


    5. I liked this book a lot more than the first, A Beautiful Blue Death, but still couldn't give it more 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 id [...]


    6. 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 more of an understanding of the central characters was key for me here.


    7. 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 more 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 lef [...]



    8. 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 litt [...]


    9. 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 o [...]


    10. I had to look up where Charles Finch was as a student because this book has one of the warmest, most realistic accounts of what it feels like to study at Oxford that I've ever read. Sure enough, the author read English at Oxford (I'm guessing Balliol or Merton) and he currently resides in the city. I'll briefly mention that reading about a place you've lived and studied in is like coming home and nothing beats this feeling of comfort and move on to the plot and characters. I was first of all sur [...]


    11. I'm very much enjoying the Charles Lennox series becoming a fan as soon as I got engrossed in a Beautiful Blue death. September features more twists and turns than the previous effort. I found the book to be a little bit on the slow side at the beginning which is why I didn't rate it higher.Two murders nearly 20 years apart. The first in India among a group of dispatched English military officers, the second, 20 years later in Oxford University. What ties them together? A mysterious organization [...]


    12. Rating: 3.25* of fiveJesus God, Charles, MAN UP AND ASK HER TO MARRY YOU! I got very, very, very tired of his pussfied wishywashying about whether or not to ask this perfectly lovely long-term widow, who **moved next door to him** after her husband died, if she would consent to marry him. Dudee's been WAITING for you to do it for like ten years!! She's never even looked at another man! HELLO?!?Yeeesh.So he does, after yet another book's-worth of annoying shillyshallying, and she says yes (gasp), [...]


    13. 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 shoul [...]


    14. The definition of a cozy mystery.There must a dead body. There must be a murderer of said dead body.Also, you must have a smart, determined amateur detective with flaws.There must be clues and lots of questions that create suspense. Mix in a great setting that you want to go back to in a time machine and there you have The September Society by Charles Finch.An admirable page turner. I was guessing all the way to the end, but I wish that Graham the trustworthy valet wasn't left hanging around at [...]


    15. Ah, is there anything more sad than a lovelorn English aristocrat?? It's a good thing he had a missing Oxford student to look for!This series is as delightful as Lord Peter, but with all the meat of an Inspector Morse. (These poor benighted policemen. What would they do without aristocrats to solve their crimes among their betters?)Also, without footmen, doormen, and porters, how would they solve the crimes? Oh, well, on to find the next one.


    16. A pleasant diversion. Read via audiobook so it kept me entertained while doing mindless tasks. I hadn't loved the first book in the series and wasn't going to go on with it, but it was available at the library when I needed something to listen to. How's that for a hearty recommendation?



    17. This is the second book in the series by Charles Finch and the second book that I have read by him. I must admit that I loved this book more than I did the first one. I think the author became much more comfortable with the character's personality in this book and the writing just seems to flow much better. I promise that this story will keep you guessing until the very end. Every time I just knew that I had it figured out, I would discover that I was wrong! If you grew to love Lenox, Lady Jane, [...]


    18. This is the second book with Charles Lennox as the detective. I love historical mystery fiction and I like the author's detective and all the supporting characters of family, friends, and misfits that he has added. The descriptive information of the time and place appeared very accurate to me. The plots are twisted enough to make the solution hidden until the end.I recommend this author and this series wholeheartedly for someone who likes an English cozy read.


    19. Charles Lenox, wealthy member of Emglish society who has turned detective definitely grew on me on this, the second of Finch's books I've read. He is the stereotypical "proper Englishman," but has the knack of being able to work with all classes. His personal life is beginning to turn more positive, also. I hope to read more of this series.


    20. A dead cat and a missing college student almost get Charles Lenox killed. A very British and nostalgic look at Cambridge University school days. A surprise twist of identities and a sweet ending at the finish. On to the next!!


    21. The best thing about this mystery was the glowing and affectionate description of Oxford at the end of the 19th century.



    22. This second book in the Charles Lenox mysteries series was even better than the first book. In The September Society, our main character finds himself in a conundrum when he returns to his alma mater, Oxford, after he agrees to investigate a baffling disappearance and murder of a young attending that elite university. As a parent I could feel Lady Annabelle's anguish. This current murder occurs nineteen years after another murder that happened five thousand miles away in India. The connection be [...]




    23. Charles Lenox, an English aristocrat who has dedicated his life to the under-appreciated career of amateur detective, is faced with a puzzling double murder that began nearly twenty years prior and has reached into the hallowed precincts of Oxford. Though facing personal conflicts of the heart in his sudden need to reveal his love to his lifelong friend, Lady Jane, Lenox is intrigued by the case and agrees to look into it. Revisiting the beloved school of his youth, Charles is overwhelmed by his [...]


    24. This is the second book in the Charles Lenox series by Charles Finch. Lenox is an English aristocrat whose fortune enables him to work as an amateur detective without payment or taking credit away from Scotland Yard. When he is asked by a distressed woman to locate her missing son, a student at his alma mater Oxford, he agrees to make inquiries. When he visits George's room he finds some odd clues, including a dead cat and notes that make no sense. There is also card from some group called the S [...]


    25. Charles Lenox is asked to go down to Cambridge, to investigate the sudden disappearance of a student. His mother, Lady Annabelle, insists he is reliable and would always tell her if there was some reason he could not keep an appointment with her and it seems, he has just vanished into thin air. Charles takes on the challenge, although, he has other things on his mind, Lady Jane Grey. He has realized that he is in love with her and wants to propose marriage to her. Meanwhile, he enlists the help [...]


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