Narrator: Sam Dewhurst-Phillips
Series: Heathcliff Lennox #2
Published by the author on December 18, 2019
Length: 8 hrs 10 mins
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Who killed Sir Crispin Gibbons? A wedding invitation and news of mischief that could be murder, take Lennox to The Earl of Bloxford's country pile. He soon finds himself in a world of purloined artworks, forgeries, and a priceless Bloxford Beauty. But who are the Bloxford Beauties? And why are they the focal point around which swirls death? Lennox must confront life-long friends, unscrupulous artists and dealers to finally unravel a plot so complex that even his Scotland yard friend Jonathan Swift, is befuddled.
I’m becoming rather fond of this series. This time around, Lenox visits another country house, this time the home of a childhood friend for her wedding celebration. There are several activities leading up to the wedding including a couple of operas performed in the theater on-site. (Yeah, several of the guests find this a bit odd, too.) During one of these performances, a man is killed when a trapdoor gives way under him. It’s considered an accident at the time, but the doctor thinks it’s fishy and asks Lenox to do a bit of investigating while he’s there.
Lenox is in the difficult position of helping Scotland Yard’s investigating, pursuing his own leads, and not disrupting the wedding party. I liked how everything wound together, the paintings, the various characters, the swords. I felt all the clues fell together well, although I’m not sure I actually liked who the culprit turned out to be. It made sense, but only up to a point.
Lenox is Lenox. A bit clueless about social situations, but smart and caring. This time around, he’s made friends with Swift from Scotland Yard and they worked well together as a team. There’s no romance for Lenox, but surprisingly Swift has a bit of luck in that department. The author also shows how although there are distinct classes of people, the lines and rules are starting to blur a bit.
The Black Cat Murders is a good mystery with a bit of a vintage feel. And it has an adorable dog and a new little kitten.