A Burial at Sea by Charles Finch is the fifth book in the Charles Lenox series, which takes place in England in the 1870. Charles Lenox is a former private detective who now serves his country in Parliament. He has been asked by his brother, also of Parliament, to publicly go to Egypt to see the Suez Canal, but privately, he will also be investigating the death of several English spies.
Charles sets sail on the Lucy, on his first true sea voyage, and he is the only passenger. In the middle of his first night on board, a the well-liked second lieutenant is found dead on deck. This is truly a locked room mystery, and whoever killed the second lieutenant must still be on board. Everyone is a suspect, and it makes for a very tense voyage. Charles is determined to solve this murder, as well as trying to prevent any other incidents from occurring.
I found the hierarchy on ship to be very interesting, and the fact that Charles and other officers were able to bring their own food and drink was surprising to me. Mr. Finch did a wonderful job of describing life aboard ship, and the schedule that keeps everything shipshape is stringent, but with a strong purpose.
The story takes some excellent twists and turns, right up until the end. This is a mystery with a terrific adventure!
A Burial at Sea by Charles Finch, Minotaur Books, 2011, ISBN 9780312625085
This book was sent to me for review by Minotaur Books; no other compensation was offered or accepted for this review.