Readers looking for an escape from current events may want to join the Big Library Read, an international digital book club sponsored by Overdrive, provider of eBooks and eAudiobooks. From August 3 -17, readers can borrow and read The Darwin Affair, a Victorian-era thriller by Tim Mason. It is available with no wait list here. Online discussion of the book can be found at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/ through August 24.
Publisher’s Weekly calls The Darwin Affair “an audacious historical thriller.” The Wall Street Journal says it is “breathtaking from start to stop.” Booklist says author Tim Mason “provides a rare time-traveling experience for historical-mystery readers.” Readers should note the book does contain mature content.
The Darwin Affair takes place in London in 1860. When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later, Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Soon, Field’s investigation exposes a shocking conspiracy in which the publication of Charles Darwin’s controversial On the Origin of Species sets off a string of murders, arson, kidnapping, and the pursuit of a madman named the Chorister.
Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. The Darwin Affair, published by Algonquin Books, can be read on all major computers and devices. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.
“A thriller set in England more than 150 years ago may be just the entertaining escape readers are looking for these days,” said Holly Varley, Collection Development Director at Dayton Metro Library. “We hope readers enjoy access to this title and participate in the online discussion, too.”