The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Narrator: Derek Perkins
Length: 11 hours 5 minutes
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 11th June 2019
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“London, June 1860: When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later—and only a block away—Chief Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Was Victoria really the assassin’s target? Are those closest to the Crown hiding something? And who is the shadowy figure witnesses describe as having lifeless, coal-black eyes?
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. As the investigation takes Field from the dangerous alleyways of London to the hallowed halls of Oxford, the list of possible conspirators grows, and the body count escalates. And as he edges closer to the Chorister, he uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden.
Tim Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy.“
My Thoughts & Review
The Darwin Affair was an unplanned read. It was the chosen book for The Big Library Read that took place between August 3rdto 17thAugust 2020. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this book as I knew nothing about it, in fact I had never even heard of it, but I ended up liking it so I’m happy.
The Darwin Affair this a historical fiction set in London in the 1860’s. It follows Detective Charles Field who investigates the attempted assignation of Queen Victoria, but as he delves deeper into the investigation he realises that it’s not the Queen they were trying to kill it was In fact Prince Albert.
Although the book was really interesting and well written I did feel like there were to many side plots stories to keep track of, and because of this I sometimes found it difficult to follow. However, my favourite parts of the book was the blood and gore. There was plenty of it, I loved the detailed descriptions of these especially at the beginning of the book.
I really found the large number of characters interesting I like how the author has intertwined fictional characters with real historical figures. The characters include Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Charles Darwin, and Charles Dickens. Among a few others. I knew some of these characters but there were a few I had to Google.
This was the first book I’ve read from this author but think I will be checking out what else he has written. All in all, a good read, especially as I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for.
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