A really interesting twist on "A Christmas Story." It was a very fast read and very enjoyable.
The mystery is action packed and Timothy's analysis of his relationship with his father and ultimate acceptance of his death is poignant. Very enjoyable
It's another take on a Dickens character. More in-depth, more saucy, more intriguing. If you want to feel like you're back in Dickens' London, this is the book for you. Timothy Cratchit is all grown up and solving crimes.
Normally I'm not a fan of books where authors co-opt a famous literary character, but I enjoyed this book. (Tiny) Tim spends a lot of time trying to speak to his dead father and deal with the fact that his siblings have drifted off into their own lives. The author displays a real affection for nineteenth century language.
It's the Christmas season, and Mr. Timothy Cratchit, not the pious child the world thought he was, 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 loosing himself in London. A different kind of Christmas story!!
Wonderful mystery. Begins when you least expect it!
I tried several times to read this book but I just couldn't get into it, from the back of the book it sounded like a great read. To me it seemed to jump around and didn't flow very well I only read the first 100 pages or so and had to throw in the towel.
Did you ever come to the last page of a book, close the covers, sigh, and wonder what happened next to an unforgettable character or two?
Louis Bayard did. And he now shares his imaginings with the rest of us about, "Whatever happened to Tiny Tim?"
It's the Christmas season, and 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, to save her from the fate the others suffered at the hands of a dangerous and powerful man.
A different kind of Christmas story, this breathless flight through the teeming markets, shadowy passageways, and rolling brown fog of 1860s London would do Dickens proud for its surprising twists and turns, and for its extraordinary heart.
A New York Times Notable Book--finely crafted; great writing and complicated but wickedly enjoyable murder mystery and 3 wonderful main characters: Timothy, Colin and Philomena. What a romp! 2/3 of the way through I couldn't put it down and had to keep reading until my eyes got blurry:)
This book was so much better than I thought it would be! And the scrapes that Tim got into! Tho I have to warn a person, it is NOT the innocent little book you might expect! Oh no, it shows the gore and messyness of the backstreets of London of the 1850's and is quite honest about it!
As a sequel to A Christmas Carol, I wouldnt really call it that, its as if Dickens had Oliver grown up (of Oliver Twist) and what his life would be like as an adult. Very well written, you get sucked up into the story quite quickly and it is hard to let it go.
An interesting exploration of the possible continuation of Timothy Cratchit from A Christmas Carol. I found it interesting to see the back story and Tim's complicated relationship with his father. His pursuit of the mystery in the story serves as a secondary backdrop to the other characters who are reasonable facsimilies of Dickensian characters but none of them have quite the depth of pathos that Dickens was such a master of. Still an interesting read.
I really enjoyed this book, it did take me awhile to get into it but it was so worth it. If you like the Dicken's style of writing you will come to really like this book. Story has lots of substories within each of the characters you meet. Stay with it and you will be rewarded with a great thriller.
Fast paced tale about illegal activities investigated by grown Tim Crachit. As convoluted as Dickens, but I found some of it too violent/macabre/far-fetched to believe. A good tale, but not as enjoyable (to me) as the Black Tower or School of Night by same author.