Charles Finch

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Charles Finch
Born1980 (age 40–41)
New York City
Alma materYale University
Merton College, Oxford
GenreMystery novels
Literary fiction
Literary Criticism

Charles Finch (born 1980) is an American author and literary critic. He has written a series of mystery novels set in Victorian era England, as well as literary fiction and numerous essays and book reviews.

Life and career[edit]

Finch was born in New York City. He graduated from Phillips Academy and Yale University, where he majored in English and History. He also holds a master's degree in Renaissance English Literature from Merton College, Oxford. He is the grandson of American artist and writer Anne Truitt.[1]

His first published novel, A Beautiful Blue Death, introduced gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox. The book was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007[2] and was nominated for the Agatha Award for best new mystery of 2007.[3] The Fleet Street Murders came out in 2009 and was nominated for the Nero Award.[4] The Woman in the Water, released in 2018, is a prequel presenting the beginning of Lenox’s career in detection. The series is published by St. Martin's Minotaur, a division of St. Martin's Press.[5]

Finch's first contemporary novel, The Last Enchantments, was published by St. Martin's Press in early 2014.[6][7]

He has written for The New York Times and Slate[8] and regularly writes essays and criticism for The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, the Guardian, the Chicago Tribune and USA Today.[9][10] He was a 2014 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle's Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, losing to Alexandra Schwartz of The New Yorker.[11] He won the award in 2017.[12][13]

Finch serves on the curatorial board of the arts colony Ragdale[14] and the board of the National Book Critics Circle.[15]


Charles Lenox series[edit]

  • A Beautiful Blue Death, 2007 Hardcover ISBN 978-0-312-35977-5

Other work[edit]


  1. ^ Archives of American Art Interview with Anne Truitt retrieved February 10, 2010
  2. ^ "Best Books 2007". Library Journal. 2007.
  3. ^ "Agatha Awards". Malice Domestic. 2008. Archived from the original on January 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Nominations for 2010 Nero Award Announced". Mystery Books News. 2010.
  5. ^ "Charles Finch". Macmillan Books. 2008. Archived from the original on January 10, 2010. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  6. ^ "Meet the Authors: Susanna Gregory Interviews Charles Finch". Little Brown. 2012. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  7. ^ Curtis Brown - The Last Enchantments retrieved January 23, 2012
  8. ^ "Charles Finch". Slate. 2014.
  9. ^ "Charles Finch". USA Today. 2013.
  10. ^ "Charles Finch". The New York Times. 2015.
  11. ^ "Charles Finch". Newsday. 2015.
  12. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Award Announces Finalists For 2017 Award". National Book Critics Circle. January 21, 2018. Archived from the original on January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ John Maher (January 22, 2018). "2017 NBCC Awards Finalists Announced". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Curatorial Board". Ragdale. Retrieved August 19, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Board of Directors". National Book Critics Circle. Archived from the original on August 11, 2018. Retrieved August 19, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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