The Darwin affair : a novel / Tim Mason.

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      Summary: An ingenious mystery/thriller set in the mid-1800s in London, blending fictional characters and events with real characters, and featuring a detective intent on stopping a ruthless killer who has threatened the life of Queen Victoria.
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      MASON, T. The Darwin affair : a novel. [s.l.] : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 20 out. 2019.
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      Mason T. The Darwin Affair : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 2019. Accessed October 20, 2019.
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      Mason, T. (2019). The Darwin affair : a novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Retrieved from
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      Mason, Timothy. 2019. The Darwin Affair : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
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      Mason, T. (2019) The Darwin affair : a novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Available at: (Accessed: 20 October 2019).
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      Mason, T 2019, The Darwin affair : a novel, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, viewed 20 October 2019, .
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      Mason, Timothy. The Darwin Affair : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      Mason, Timothy. The Darwin Affair : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019.
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      Mason T. The Darwin affair : a novel [Internet]. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 2019 [cited 2019 Oct 20]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 May #2

*Starred Review* Detective Inspector Charles Field (widely believed by fellow Londoners to be the inspiration for Charles Dickens' popular Inspector Bucket) hunts the Chorister, a Faginesque killer determined to prevent Charles Darwin's controversial theory from destroying Britain's social order. While coordinating security for Victoria and Albert's latest public appearance, Field intercepts an assassination attempt stinking of conspiracy. His suspicions are confirmed when the would-be assassin and the pickpocket he hired to distract police are both found with their throats slashed and a single ear removed. Their killer's trademark mutilation leads Field and his partner to the murder of a student who claimed to overhear his Oxford dons plotting against Darwin, and, when they track the Chorister to a scholarly debate on evolution, Field's partner is killed. As the vengeful, determined Field closes in, the conspirators attempt to change their plans. But the Chorister refuses to be called off, launching an ambitious plot against the royal couple that hinges on his ragtag gang of terror-motivated criminals and on Tom Ginty, a young butcher's apprentice whom the Chorister has molded into a deadly disciple. Mason's Dickensian London, layered with gritty, horror-tinged period details and the imaginative interweaving of Typhoid Mary and the underworld's grave-robbing industry, provides a rare time-traveling experience for historical-mystery readers. The novel shares the edgy appeal of Caleb Carr's The Alienist (1994) and Louis Bayard's Mr. Timothy (2003). Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 April #4

Mason, author of the YA novel The Last Synapsid, makes his adult debut with an audacious historical thriller. In 1860, Chief Det. Insp. Charles Field, the inspiration for Inspector Bucket in Dickens's Bleak House, is part of the added security force for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert after several assassination attempts. One day, Field is guarding the route the royal couple's carriage is taking through London when he spots 18-year-old pickpocket Stevie Patchen, who appears to be holding a weapon. Field tackles Patchen, only to realize that the youth was a decoy. The actual gunman, Philip Rendell, a former bookkeeper, is able to fire only a few stray shots at the carriage before he's apprehended. In the ensuing confusion, someone cuts Patchen's throat and removes one ear, leading Field to suspect a conspiracy. The intelligent plot features prominent figures of the time, including Karl Marx, who may have a link to Rendell, and Charles Darwin, whose heretical theory of evolution has unsettled some very powerful men. Wry prose and vivid period detail help make Mason's speculations feel plausible. Agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman. (June)

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