Mr. Timothy (Louis Bayard)

This starts off with what seems to be the worst premise ever– “Tiny Tim, grown up, solves murders”. However, as loath as I am to participate at Readerville any more, they do come up with some cracking good recommendations– so I put in a loan request at the library.

The book turned out much better than that. It’s a period novel, but unlike, say, The Quincunx, it makes no moves to take the form or language of the period. The action sequences manage to be exciting and not just distraction from the plot. And the book, in the end, turns out to be about family– losing it, refinding it and rebuilding it.

It has the best ending of any book I’ve read for a while.

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