The Inheritance by Charles Finch is set in Victorian England and continues this historical mystery series that I've enjoyed for several years.
When private investigator Charles Lennox receives a message from Gerald Leigh, an old school friend, he is eager to see him, but when Lennox tries to get in touch with his friend, he finds that he has disappeared. After finally locating Leigh, Lennox learns that the reason for his friend's disappearance is that someone has tried to kill him.
The novel contains many reminisces of Lennox and Leigh's friendship as adolescents at Harrow and the mystery the two tried--and failed--to solve about who was funding Leigh's expensive education.
Leigh, now a prominent scientist, has returned to England, summoned by a lawyer who is handling a large, anonymous bequest left to Leigh. Lennox and Leigh want to discover if this is the same benefactor who paid for Leigh's schooling at Harrow and what the inheritance has to do with someone trying to murder him.
read in July; blog review scheduled for Oct. 10
NetGalley/St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books
Historic Mystery. Nov. 1, 2016. Print length: 304 pages.