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Publisher's Summary

Charles Lenox, Member of Parliament, sets sail on a clandestine mission for the government. When an officer is savagely murdered, however, Lenox is drawn toward his old profession, determined to capture another killer.

©2011 Charles Finch (P)2011 Tantor

What the critics say

"Agatha Christie meets Patrick O'Brian in Finchs accomplished fifth whodunit set in Victorian England, the best in the series to date." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Joanne
  • 2013-04-03

My favorite Charles Lenox mystery

Where does A Burial at Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was a fun mystery with a favorite character as always. But it also provided excellent historical context of what it was like to be at sea as the naval sailing vessels were about to become obsolete. As usual, we received a detailed portrayal of class differences and how "gentlemen" actually lived. It was very enjoyable and I was so glad it was a bit longer and more involved than the earlier mysteries.

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  • Desert Crone
  • 2019-12-07

The Best So Far

I loved this book. The change of environs was interesting and stimulating. Research needed to bring this to life was SO WORTH IT. The book can stand alone, anyone interested in sea stories will enjoy it. I kind of hate to go back to London and pick up his life in Parliament again. Maybe Charles will learn to love it and maybe I will too. But the truth is, I'm pretty turned off with politics these days. Instead of continuing the series I just picked up "Vanishing Man", a prequel which follows "Woman in the Water".

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  • Tina Toren
  • 2019-07-30

My Favorite book series!

Simply the best series out there! Fantastic narrator!
I can't recommend this enough to people who enjoy historical murder books.

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  • CMArmy wife
  • 2018-10-07

Not the best one

I’ve read all of these (or listened to them) so far and by far this was the weakest one. Less about a murder and more politics. Still entertaining through

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  • LCNanny
  • 2016-12-17

Fully Developed, wonderfully Narrated

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've listened to the 1st book and this one, and by far like this one best. Navy and/or sea tales are not of significant interest, so had no real expectations for this book; and was I wrong. It is delightful, has a steady pace and I didn't get lost within the many characters. I would highly recommend this book. There is a twist that took me by surprise at the end, and I enjoyed his nephew's character amongst the other mature, gruff men.

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  • Rare Reviewer
  • 2018-01-25

Best So Far

I've been listening to the Charles Lennox series in order. Like them all but this may be the best. Great story a bit of history and seamanship.
The swimming part maybe a bit overdone.