Whole World Reading “The Darwin Affair” Thanks To Big Read Library (Now Through Aug. 17)

I had just finished The Last Days Of Night when I noticed a special promotion on Libby.  A digital book is being offered for instant download around the world (through August 17) in an effort to unite people at a time of pandemic when so many feel so isolated.  And the book is perfect escapism from the times we now find ourselves.


The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason is richly placed in London in 1860, with tones of Charles Dickens and layered with intrigue such as an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria.  Within the opening pages, a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments following the shots fired at the Queen. Chief Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Soon, his 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.  Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy.

You can read it too, and now!

Big Library Read, facilitated by OverDrive, is a global reading program that connects readers around the world with the same ebook at the same time without any waitlists or holds. This worldwide digital version of a book club is available for free through your local library or school and all you need to get started reading is a library card.

I have read the first ten chapters in about an hour, and am much enjoying the rousing adventure and like the idea that this book is being read at the same time in India and Seattle and even perhaps in my hometown!