Scotland Yard: Background information when reading The Woman in the Water

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The Woman in the Water

A Prequel to the Charles Lennox Series

by Charles Finch

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The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch
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    Feb 2018, 304 pages
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Scotland Yard

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In Charles Finch's The Woman in the Water, set in 1850, amateur private detective Charles Lenox works closely with Scotland Yard to solve a pair of murders. At twenty-three, he is barely older than the law enforcement agency.

Sir Robert PeelEstablished in 1829 by an Act of Parliament introduced by then Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel, the London Metropolitan Police replaced an old system of watchmen and local police that primarily focused on preventing theft from the many docks along the banks of the River Thames. Colonel Charles Rowan and Richard Mayne, the first Joint Commissioners, were charged with the responsibility of organizing the nascent agency and set up their office in a private house at 4 Whitehall Place. The back entrance to the building was on Great Scotland Yard--which is believed to have got its name because, in past times, it was the location of a building that housed visiting Scottish dignitaries (essentially, a defacto embassy before such things officially existed). Later, this...

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