Attention Historical Fiction Fans – This Big Library Read is for You!


Join millions of others around the globe in reading a historical fiction thriller ebook and audiobook during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From August 3 to August 17, you can borrow and read The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason with no holds or waitlists.

This historical fiction novel takes place in London during June 1860. When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later, Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Soon, Field’s 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 named the Chorister. As he edges closer to the Chorister, Field uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden. Tim Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy.

Can you solve the mystery before the Detective Inspector?  Find out by borrowing the book from or downloading the Libby app. It will be available with no holds or waitlists through August 17. Then visit to discuss the story with other readers.  

Please contact the library at 508-539-1435 or  if you would like help getting started with Overdrive or Libby.

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