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Tom-All-Alone's Paperback – 20 December 2009
A necessary eye for squalor, meticulous research and deft plotting, as well as the ability to handle the difficult God's-eye-view narration with aplomb...you'll be guaranteed to enjoy. ― The Guardian
It s a highly compelling, immaculately written 19th-century murder mystery. ― Independent on Sunday
A grisly period detective story with a light-hearted literary conceit ― The Times
Beautifully written..Shepherd has perfectly caught the tone of voice, ranging from the lawyer Tulkinghorn to Esther Summerson and Inspector Bucket, and describes the horrors of nineteenth century slums more candidly than any Victorian novelist ever could...an absorbing read ― Literary Review
An intelligent, gripping and beautifully written novel which sparkles with bibliophilic glee ― The Scotsman
I can think of no better way to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens than to recommend Tom-All-Alone's. This terrific Victorian mystery begins in dense fog, like Bleak House, and has an unemployed detective reluctantly obeying a summons to the rat-infested London churchyard of Tom-All-Alone's. The corpse of a newborn baby awaits him, marking the start of a case whose Dickensian horros are twinned with a sophisticated understanding of nature of sexual predation. -- Joan Smith ― The Sunday Times
a gripping thriller. ― Woman & Home
A joyful pastiche of the 19th-century novel. Set in 1850, it occupies a fictional space between Bleak House and The Woman in White. An omniscient 21st-century narrator hovers in the manner of John Fowles in The French Lieutenant's Woman. This is very much a crime novel, with some very nasty crimes indeed, but it's also a witty, literate entertainment that lets the reader play Spot-the-Reference. -- Andrew Taylor ― The Spectator
There has recently been a rash of crime novels that are sequels or adaptations of classic fiction, mostly leaving long-dead authors turning in their graves. Shepherd's ingenious riff on Dickens's
Bleak House is an exception, a clever and playful mystery stuffed with references to the works of several eminent Victorians.
- Publisher : Corsair; 1st edition (20 December 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 178033169X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1780331690
- Dimensions : 17.4 x 2.4 x 19.9 cm
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Oh Wow I absolutely loved it, I have read lots of Victorian era books, about all sorts of subjects, but this one for me just is the best so far.
The descriptions of the Characters, Places and the atmosphere surrounding them is incredible, you are there with them down the dark alleys and beyond.
Charles Maddox is a wonderful character and I hope Lynn will write more about his life and the mysteries he comes across..
I highly recommend reading this book, it would make a terrific Film.