Join the Big Library Read, August 3-17: The Darwin Affair

Beginning August 3, OverDrive's Big Library Read is back with the eBook and eAudio formats of The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason.

The Darwin Affair

London, June 1860. When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later - and only a block away - Chief Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Was Victoria really the assassin’s target? Are those closest to the Crown hiding something? And who is the shadowy figure witnesses describe as having lifeless, coal-black eyes?

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. 

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Easy Reading

During the Big Library Read, the eBook and eAudio is available to all library customers to download for free, with no need to be on a wait list. The Darwin Affair can be read or listened to on major computers and devices. Like all of our eBooks and eAudios, it will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. 

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