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56. A Burial at Sea – Charles Finch

The sixth installment in the Charles Lenox series, a period mystery series.

Charles, recently elected to parliment, is tasked by his elder brother, to travel on a British Navy ship, and visit the Suez Canal and write up a report for Parliament on how Britain can outwit France in regard to the canal. He’s also given a secret mission, to make contact with a British spy and learn what he has found out about France’s intentions.

His nephew is assigned to the ship as he begins his military service and Charles is happy to keep an eye on the young man for his father as well.

But since it is Charles, of course the sea journey proves to be the most dangerous part of the mission, when shortly after leaving port, a crew member is found dead.

I enjoyed Charles having to get out of his comfort zone.