The time is 1874, the place is Victorian England, and the story is that of a former detective who now is a Member of Parliament. He is married and very happy to be a new father. As it goes in Parliament, a new member is called upon to deliver a very important speech at the beginning of the new session. Everyone in the political world knows that Charles Knox is exceedingly nervous, but honored to give a memorable speech.
"Charles Finch has laid out a sterling conundrum in A DEATH IN THE SMALL HOURS. His characters are finely limned, the narrative moves apace, and his deft hand at creating drama and suspense comes th