Another close-knit community is shattered in A DEATH IN THE SMALL HOURS, by Charles Finch (Minotaur, 2012, $14.99), when a series of small incidents turns into a very large murder in the English coiuntryside. Ex-detective turned Member of Parliament Charles Lennox , visiting his uncle in the small village of Plumbley, while preparing his great speech for the opening of Parliament, is called in to investigate what looks like minor vandalism. Windows have been broken, strange notices have been posted on doors, there are odd noises in the night, and then, a strange body turns up! What does all of this have to do with the sudden appearance of forged coins in the neighborhood, or the surly behavior of a recent arrival, whose mistreatment of his wife is a source of gossip for the ladies of Plumbley? Lennox is diverted from his Parliamentary tasks to find out just what is going on. The answer lies under the floorboards of one of the town’s most venerable businesses. There are domestic issues afoot, too, and Uncle Frederick has a surprise at the end of the book that will lead Lennox and his family on yet another chase. There’s more to come for Charles Lennox!