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While Charles Lenox is making a name for himself as a member of Parliament, thanks in part to his secretary and former butler, Graham, he misses his old life as a detective. So when his former colleague and protege, John Dallington, is ill and asks his help in meeting a prospective client in distress, Lenox is happy to oblige. The client is a secretary to Queen Victoria, who's being blackmailed for her less-than-reputable past, and the case turns into one based on long-festering revenge, leading to murder and touching the monarchy itself. Lenox also must look into his wife's concern that her dear cousin's husband is straying with a flirtatious young widow, meanwhile considering what to do about malicious rumors besmirching Graham. The seventh in this series proceeds at a leisurely pace suitable to 1875 London, dealing with betrayal in both the case at hand and in parliamentary politics. But Lenox's instincts as a sleuth are keen and his wit is sharp as he handles adversity in an eminently satisfactory fashion. A fine addition to this impressive series.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Still a Member of Parliament, Lenox once again takes up detecting when he learns that Queen Victoria might be in danger. The seventh entry for the gentleman sleuth (after A Death in the Small Hours). (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.