The Darwin Affair begins with assassination attempt on Queen Victoria and Albert, the Prince Consort. Those in power believe this to be the work of one mentally ill man. Detective Inspector Charles Field sees it otherwise. Field begins to piece together a puzzle that leads him to a connection with Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, and involves some of the most prominent and power men in the Empire.
A great read!! This story grabbed me from the beginning, and had me racing right along with it. It was intricately plotted with multiple twists, but was never confusing. It also touched on many of the injustices and horrors of life in Victorian England, and did so in a way that made it integral to the plot.
The characters were fascinating. There are appearances by prominent real life individuals of the day, Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, and many other men of science, government, commerce, and religion. But it was the obscure individuals, the maids, mudlarks, butcher boys, and police sergeants who peopled the story that really kept me captivated.
Mr. Mason has written a story filled with striking period detail, riddled with dry humor, and several twists. I, for one, was riveted from the beginning, and think you will be too.
My thanks to NetGalley and Algonquin Press for the advance copy of this book for my review.