I read a library copy and listened to the library's audiobook copy obtained through Overdrive. Having both options allows me to complete the book even when I am busy doing other things such as driving or cross-stitching.
From Charles Finch, the critically acclaimed author of A Beautiful Blue Death and A Burial at Sea, comes A Death in the Small Hours--an intriguing new mystery in what The New York Times calls "a beguiling series"
Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. His days of regularly investigating the crimes of Victorian London now some years behind him, he plans a trip to his uncle's estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops: broken windows, minor thefts, threatening scrawls.
Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley. Now, with his protege, John Dallington, at his side, the race is on for Lenox to find the culprit before he strikes again. And this time his victim may be someone that Lenox loves.
I enjoy reading this old-fashioned mystery series set in Victorian England. It seems like something that would have been written decades ago. What is so nice about it being current is that there are still new books in the series being written. Joy!
You must start with the first book though. All series must be read in order or you spoil the whole thing. The first book is "A Beautiful Blue Death". Even if your local library does not have it, have your librarian find a copy for you. (It's okay, it's a librarian's job to do so and they quite often enjoy the search.)
For those of you who may be wondering, this is my cross-stitch WIP (work in progress):