The 63rd book I read for the challenge was A Stranger in Mayfair by Charles Finch, a Charles Lenox mystery. In this latest book in the series, Charles and Lady Jane have been married and have just returned to London from their honeymoon on the Continent. Charles is busy preparing to take his seat in Parliament. They are learning to adjust to married life and a combined household. Charles has decided to solve the two butler problem by asking Graham to serve as his secretary in his office in Parliament.
Then two things happen that throw life into somewhat of a sort of chaos. Toto gives birth to her child, a girl, and Jane spends much of her time with Toto and the new baby. And Charles is asked by Ludovic Starling to look into the murder of his footman, a young man of nineteen, which occurred in the alley directly behind his home. Of course, Charles calls young Lord John Dallington in to assist in the investigation as Charles is busy with his preparations for the opening of Parliament. However, Charles is still drawn toward the investigation even as young Dallington capably assumes more duties. Jane seems put out by Charles’ involvement in the investigation since it puts him in danger and she feels insecure about his safety, as is born out in events that occur. But Charles and Jane are drawn closer together, and Charles begins to feel that he really does belong in Parliament, even as he starts to relinquish some of his investigative duties as he and Dallington solve the mystery of the young footman’s murder. Sixty-three down, 37 to go.