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When we first encounter Timothy, during the Christmas season of 1860, he's vexed by the discovery of two dead 10-year-old girls, each branded with the letter "G"--one found in an alley, the other fished from the Thames River by Cratchit and a voluble old salt who makes his money by finding (and then robbing, of course) errant corpses. Timothy's concern leads him to protect a third possessively marked waif, the frightened and suspicious Philomela--who, he soon realizes, is being sought by a knife-loving former Scotland Yard inspector and a moneyed, malevolent voluptuary. When, despite precautions, Philomela is kidnapped by her pursuers, Cratchit--assisted by a shrewd warbling urchin known as Colin the Melodious--resolves to fulfill his "great calling" in life by mounting a rescue. However, this mission will force the habitually uncourageous Timothy to not only defend himself against sexual molestation charges, storm a well-guarded mansion, and solve the puzzle of a coffin-filled basement, but also engage in a nightmarish final chase along London's docklands.
Authors employing real-life characters as detectives are often hampered by their adherence to historical fact. Bayard suffers no such limitations in imagining what fates awaited Dickens's now-famous fictional figures. Under his pen, Scrooge--whose rooms are decorated for Christmas year-round--becomes an eccentric collector of fungi and host to an interminable stream of charity solicitors, while Timothy Cratchit strikes out beyond his lonely young man status to become the head of an unconventional clan. Bayard's appreciation for the lurid exoticness of Victorian London rivals that of John MacLachlan Gray (The Fiend in Human), while his lyrical prose subtly suggests 19th-century influences. Mr. Timothy is at once a compelling Christmas crime yarn and an audacious literary endeavor. No humbug there. --J. Kingston Pierce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The description on the back of the book tells you "Mr Timothy Cratchit, not the pious child the world thought he was..." and we're off. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Marion Stein
A griipping and highly entertaining novel. Marvelously well wriltten. I look forward to reading more by Louis Bayard -- a new discovery for me.Published 2 months ago by Lloyd Chapin
One of the best mysteries I've ever read. A wonderfully imaged tale of what happens to Dickens' TIny TIm when he grow up in Victorian London.Published 15 months ago by Michael Ryan
Iti is dull and dark. I'm into chapter 6 and not sure I want to finish it! There aren't many books that I don't finish.Published 16 months ago by Pete
Great writing from Louis as usual--he is one of the best EVER! And the narrator on these CDs is fabulous too!
I got no traction at all in this book. Was counting on a friend who also bought it and, sadly, his reaction was the same. I'm going to take another run at it.Published on January 22, 2013 by L. George Allan
Discs 6 and 11 won't play. Big damaged spots, you can see through the discs. Humbly request replacement or refund.Published on January 19, 2013 by Larry Keeter
I was expecting the author to continue with some Dickensian darkness and magical whimsey. The darkness was certainly delivered...and with heaping doses of vulgarity to boot. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by DSRbookworm