Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard

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Welcome to the world of a grown-up Timothy Cratchit, as created by the astonishing imagination of author Louis Bayard.

Mr. Timothy Cratchit has just buried his father. He's also struggling to bury his past as a cripple and shed his financial ties to his benevolent "Uncle" Ebenezer by losing himself in the thick of London's underbelly. He boards at a brothel in exchange for teaching the mistress how to read and spends his nights dredging the Thames for dead bodies and the treasures in their pockets.

Timothy's life takes a sharp turn when he discovers the bodies of two dead girls, each seared with the same cruel brand on the upper arm. The sight of their horror-struck faces compels Timothy to become the protector of another young girl, the enigmatic Philomela. Spurred on by the unwavering enthusiasm of a street-smart, fast-talking homeless boy who calls himself Colin the Melodious, Timothy soon finds that he's on the trail of something far worse -- and far more dangerous -- than an ordinary killer.

This breathless flight through the teeming markets, shadowy passageways, and rolling brown fog of 1860s London is wrought with remarkable depth and intelligence, complete with surprising twists and extraordinary heart.

 

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Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 416 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Tim was sent to doctors to fix his legs, tutored to fix his mind, and, by 20, he’s a right little gentleman, though with few prospects and even less money (in an amusing turn, Scrooge, who’s given most of his money away in philanthropy, now devotes his time to his collection of fungi).

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Publishers Weekly

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Haunted by his failure to connect with his father, as well as by his father's ghost, Timothy has developed a thick skin to guard against the oppressive misery endemic to 1860s London.

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Book Reporter

In 1843, Charles Dickens brought us A CHRISTMAS CAROL and introduced us to Tiny Tim, a pitiable lad who stole our hearts.

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AV Club

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Bayard uses Tim Cratchit's voice to talk about what it feels like to be written into someone else's narrative: his father's, in Cratchit's case, and Dickens', in Bayard's.

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Entertainment Weekly

There isn't one throwaway sentence in the fabulous Victorian mystery Mr. Timothy, which reimagines Dickens' Tiny Tim Cratchit all grown up and free of braces, living in a London whorehouse and chasing down a murderous pedophile.

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Christian Science Monitor

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Reviewing the Evidence

MR TIMOTHY is described on the front cover as a Dickensian thriller and it lives up to both of these terms.

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