The Darwin Affair

The Darwin Affair

Get ready for one of the most inventive and entertaining novels of 2019?an edge-of-your-seat Victorian-era thriller, where the controversial publication On the Origin of Species sets off a string of unspeakable crimes. 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 Detectipublication Get ready for one of the most inventive and entertaining novels of 2019?an edge-of-you...

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Title:The Darwin Affair
Author:Tim Mason
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1616206349
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Darwin Affair Reviews

  • Kirsten #EndGunViolence
    Apr 16, 2019
    Thanks to the good folks at Good Reads and Algonquin Books for sending me a free Advance Reading Copy of this book. I really enjoyed this historical crime novel packed full to the brim with actual historical figures like Prince Albert, Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens...
  • Matt
    Mar 27, 2019
    ?There was a cry and the crack of a whip, and the black-and-gold carriage lurched into motion once again, making a wide arc and turning back toward the palace, its royal passengers seemingly safe after yet another assassination attempt. [Inspector] Field was running in roughly the sa...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Jun 13, 2019
    London, 1860. Inspector Charles Field is convinced that the attempted assassination of Queen Victoria is part of a plot. He's not convinced that she was the intended target and that a killer is still out there hiding and planning something. He also suspects that there could be high ran...
  • Mary Robinson
    Apr 27, 2019
    Very well researched and written, The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason tells a story of intrigue, science and religion centered on protecting Prince Albert from would-be assassins. Concerned with the spreading of Darwin's new theory of evolution, powerful men are plotting to keep the theory...
  • Jacqie
    Jul 02, 2019
    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. So, this book was written by a screen writer, and it definitely feels that way. The author is good at setting the scene and having dramatic moments happen. There's a shooting! There's a mysterious sinister stranger! T...
  • Pamela
    May 30, 2019
    When a madman attempts to shoot into the open carriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and misses, he is immediately captured, but no one believes him when he says he wasn?t shooting at the Queen. Chief Detective Inspector Charles Field is present as the Queen?s carriage drive...
  • Maine Colonial
    Feb 15, 2019
    I received a free publisher?s advance reviewing copy. I finished this yesterday and I?m feeling more annoyed today that I spent time on it. As the book description says, an assassination attempt seemingly directed at Queen Victoria causes an investigation, led by Inspector Field...
  • Angie Boyter
    Jan 13, 2019
    A clever, intelligent, mesmerizing Victorian thriller See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3QEXL1... ...
  • Benjamin Thomas
    Mar 31, 2019
    London 1860. Charles Darwin has recently published his controversial treatise, ?The Origin of Species? and not everybody is happy about that. In particular, a man going by the name of ?The Chorister? is willing to do anything and everything to ensure Queen Victoria doesn?t bu...
  • Kathleen
    May 05, 2019
    Very interesting read and the amount of research that had to go into this book is almost staggering. The plot and the mystery in this a really well done, although I must say there was a lot of it and the pacing was a little jumpy for me with the chapters all being alternating subsets o...
  • Mark
    Jun 02, 2019
    Set in mid-nineteenth century London, this story revolves around an attempted assassination on Queen Victoria. Detective Inspector Charles Field is assigned to the case and quickly discovers a sinister conspiracy, involved high ranking officials and clergy, centered around Darwin's pu...
  • Paula Lyle
    Jun 10, 2019
    This is a big mess of a novel with real historical figures doing stupid and ridiculous things because of a made-up villain. The beginning is really more about sadism and child abuse than anything else, and it is described in detail again and again. When even American Typhoid Mary enter...
  • Anastasia
    Jan 24, 2019
    Do not begin reading this book on a Sunday night, if you intend to go to work on Monday. Do not read this book late at night, if you are alone. Do not read this book while catching on past seasons of PBS's "Victoria," unless you want to begin looking at all the actors with suspic...
  • Dindy
    Feb 21, 2019
    Thank you to Amazon Vine for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Wow! The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason is a true page turner! I made the mistake of picking it up to read at 3:00 in the morning when I woke and couldn?t get back to sleep, and I ended up staying ...
  • Annette
    Apr 05, 2019
    Inspector Charles Field has risen through the ranks by solving some of the most notorious murders of his day. ?And then he?d been discovered by the wide-ranging novelist and commentator on London life, Charles Dickens.? Dickens had followed the inspector and ?recorded Field?s...
  • Lata
    Sep 20, 2019
    3.5 stars. I liked the historical details of the setting, and the idea of a nobility-based conspiracy amongst various gentry i?ve read about in other contexts. Main character and police detective Charles Field is dogged, while the serial killer is creepy as all heck and scary. I also...
  • Rachel
    Jun 01, 2019
    What a villain! Truly captivating story taking place in Victorian England. ...
  • Kayla
    Feb 24, 2019
    I'm usually not a big fan of historical fiction outside of WWII stories, but this was a delicious literary thriller with a serial killer, a policeman in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, and appearances from Charles Dickens, Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin, and many others! Darwin's ON THE O...
  • Rita
    Aug 10, 2019
    A Very Victorian Mystery The characters in this book include Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Charles Dickens. Chief Detective Inspector Charles Field interacts with them all. Dickens even has a character in one of his books, Mr Bucket, that everyone iden...
  • Mike Ryan
    Aug 09, 2019
    About one hour into my Audible listen, I started wishing I had chosen the Kindle version to read instead. The character development is so precise, the locations are so compelling and the story unfolds at such a hearty clip. This is one of my favorite books this year. How can you possib...
  • Tony Mistretta
    Aug 24, 2019
    This was a masterpiece work of historical fiction. Set in the time of Darwin's controversial publication about evolution and the Queen Victorian and Prince Albert era of Great Britain. There are attempts to assasinate the queen, and the lead character, a police detective, suspects that...
  • Meredith
    Aug 18, 2019
    3.5 stars The Darwin Affair is a gruesome historical thriller about a murder conspiracy fueled by the sensationalism of Darwin?s On the Origin of Species. 1860, London: When an attempt is made on the life of Queen Victoria, Chief Detective Charles Field puts the pieces toget...
  • Joan Happel
    Mar 18, 2019
    This exciting debut novel by playwright Mason, is a welcome addition to historical thrillers. Set in Victorian England, the main character, Detective Charles Fields, is the basis Charles Dickens ?Bucket?. He believes that there is a conspiracy to murder Prince Albert and must convi...
  • Sally
    Aug 30, 2019
    Loved the story, the characters, and the writing although the book felt a bit long. Historical references to Charles Darwin, Prince Albert, Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Thomas Huxley, and more play a big part. It seems that the main character, Chief Inspector Fields, was also based...
  • Kristin
    Feb 20, 2019
    I liked this book so much more than I thought I would! A young boy is taken, a murderer is on the loose, and someone tries to assassinate Queen Victoria. This takes place in the Victorian era and even has an appearance by Charles Darwin and his book On the Origin of Species, which has ...
  • G
    Jul 23, 2019
    Solid 4-star read. I picked up this book because the marketing kept comparing it to Shadow of the Wind. Pro tip: be very careful about comparing your book to something so spectacular; it's going to make your book pale in comparison. The Darwin Affair is about a police inspector who, af...
  • OLT
    Mar 24, 2019
    (2.5 stars) This reminds me greatly of a Penny Dreadful. It's historical fiction set in 1860. Many of the characters are actual historical figures, such as main character Chief Detective Inspector Charles Field of the Metropolitan Police (supposedly Charles Dickens' inspiration for his...
  • Marie Aitchison
    May 01, 2019
    This story had a lot of promise but I struggled to really get into it and found myself losing interest. Fans of books like The Alienist may enjoy this read. Although it wasn?t a favorite, I still found it interesting and liked that the author had a star-studded historical cast for th...
  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
    Jun 17, 2019
    A clever historical thriller, THE DARWIN AFFAIR opens on the streets of London as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are proceeding in a carriage toward the christening of a new public bath. All appears normal when shots ring out. Chief Detective Inspector Charles Field --- on whom Charl...
  • eyes.2c
    Jul 14, 2019
    A sterling read! Startling Victorian thriller featuring Chief Inspector Detective Charles Field supposedly the model for Dicken's Inspector Bucket character. Much to Field's chagrin. It's 1860. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are in danger. Prince Albert is much struck by the theo...