Introducing Author Spotlight Charles Finch

We introduced our Author spotlight in our last post, and now I’d like to introduce our other spotlight author, mystery novelist Charles Finch.

Charles is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries set in Victorian England. His first novel, A Beautiful Blue Death, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007—one of only five mystery novels on the list. Charles will be releasing his first contemporary mystery, The Last Enchantments, in January.

I’m personally excited about Charles mapping his scenes because they are set in a historical context, and play into the difference between setting and place—which is a subject I’ve discussed in the past on this blog. Many places exist over time, between eras, and change greatly in appearance, function, name and community impact. No doubt Charles will be discussing this topic as he maps the scenes throughout November.

Not surprising, Charles is also mapping some of the Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. We tend to think of Holmes and Dr. Watson as Victorian England mainstays, but the scenes that Charles has mapped span across the globe in India, Burma, the U.S. and Australia.

I urge you to check back often throughout the months to check on Charles’ status and his thoughts about place in literature. For more updates, please follow Charlie on Facebook.


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