Victoria Simpson
Miracle of miracles, my lovely reader...

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, reading a mystery series out of order is a no-no.  It was nominated for an Agatha Award, so you know it's worth your time if you're into the mystery genre like I am.  

This novel, like its predecessor, is about gentleman detective Charles Lenox in Victorian England (so, naturally I'm all over this stuff).  Here's a blurb from Goodreads:

"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 Lady Jane and his other devoted friends in London's upper crust, must race to discover the truth before it comes searching for him, and dangerously close to home.

I found the novel very entertaining.  Charles Lenox is like the functional Sherlock Holmes.  However, I can't lie and say that it was fast-paced.  It wasn't.  It was dreadfully slow in the beginning.  So. Slow.  I was getting a bit antsy because I love Charles Lennox, really I do--probably because I picture him looking like the picture below:

But really, all joking aside, I do love him.   He's very brilliant.  And I love the characters.  But they were stuck a plot that ran like a slow molasses.  And then Dallington comes along and all is fine.  JUST HOLD ON FOR DALLINGTON!!!!

But really, it is very well written and very enlightening.  I liked his first one better, to be honest, but I still really enjoyed this one.  I got a nice education on Parliament which is very helpful, I must say.

The setting takes place in Oxford and London--the descriptions of both are fantastic.  

I give it 3 and a half out of 5.  

I wish this was better written, but alas, my dear reader, certain packing duties and a bubble bath are calling to me.  It will be my very last luxury, you know, before I head out to perform my summer duty at a camp.  I leave you Victoria and shall return as:

...well, hopefully not. 

Adieu, dear reader!  That's quite a parting image I left you with, eh?
Victoria Simpson
Dear reader,

I must apologize for my absence.  My real job plus life in general has demanded much of my attention.  However, I've felt rather negligent so I thought I'd give you a taste of what was coming up (because I have been reading and seen some movies in the midst of my whirlwind).  Dear reader, I am on the verge of writing a rather biting review of Gregory Maguire's Lost, sharing with you the joys of the reemergence of my love for Mr. Mister, telling you why The Prince of Persia is entertaining enough for at least one viewing, and, this is the most exciting for me, a Shutter Island double feature--you get the book and movie review.

Reader, I do hope this makes up for my absence.  I apologize in all sincerity.  If I can swing another blog post between now and Sunday (the day I depart for medical duties at a camp for a week as Nurse Simpson), then I shall.  Please don't get you're hopes up though.  When I return, which I shall, I will definitely post more often.

Please forgive me.

Always yours,

Victoria Simpson
Dear reader,

This is going to be a really quick review.  There's not much to say about it.  Iron Man 2 was okay.  I'd give it a 3 out of 5.  ScarJo was pretty awesome.  Robert Downey Jr. is still a big crush for me--though I like him better as Sherlock Holmes.  There's not much to say.  It was an okay movie.  It's entertaining but not fantastic or groundbreaking.  I'd wait until it came out on DVD or something.   It's the movie you'll watch on TBS one day.  But it was still funny.  And, if all else fails, ladies, Robert Downey Jr. is still nice to look at.... I love his smile.

Up next: Lost: A Novel, The Prince of Persia, Letters to JulietThe September Society (Charles Lenox Mysteries), and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles).

Suggestions for things you want reviewed?  Questions?  I'd love to hear your opinions.