Friday, September 25, 2015

The Humbug Murder

Pocket Books invites you to join author(s) L.J. Oliver (the combined talents of Scott Ciencin and E.W.A. Wilson) as they present the first in a new series of murder mystery books: The Humbug Murders.

Infamous tightwad Ebenezer Scrooge has placed an advertisement for a secretary/office administrator.  He is slightly put off when a young woman: Adelaide, applies for the job.

Notoriously old-fashioned (the story takes place in 19th Century London) Scrooge is taken back by the young woman's insistence she is qualified for the job.

But, when the ghost of his former employer, Fezziwig, appears to both he and Adelaide, telling him of his recent murder and warning him that three more will die, including Ebenezer, Scrooge and Adelaide suddenly find themselves knee-deep in a murder mystery.

Under suspicion for Fezziwig's murder, Scrooge, with assistance of Adelaide, must clear his name and stop an insidious plot to devastate London and England.  Follow their quest as they ply the back alleys and dark corners of London amidst some of the most notorious riff-raff imaginable.

Filled with historical and literary figures (such as author Charles Dickens, the artful Dodger and other Victorian figures of fame) the book successfully sheds new light and insights on the early life of Ebenezer Scrooge and his acquaintances.

I was caught up in the story immediately and I can't wait to read more in the new series.