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Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard Review

Title: Mr. Timothy

Author: Louis Bayard

First published January 1, 2002

416 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 9780060534226 (ISBN10: 0060534222)

Rating: 3.6


In Louis Bayard’s Mr. Timothy, it’s Christmas time and Timothy Cratchit has just buried his father. However, he’s not the virtuous child the world thinks he is.

He’s struggling to leave behind his past and financial ties to his “Uncle” Ebenezer by immersing himself in the seedy underbelly of London. Timothy teaches the mistress of a brothel how to read in exchange for a place to stay and spends his nights scavenging the Thames for dead bodies and their valuables.

One night, he discovers the bodies of two girls marked with the same cruel brand on their arms. Timothy vows to protect another young girl, Philomela, from the same fate.

This thrilling tale takes readers through the dark alleys, bustling markets, and foggy streets of 1860s London. With its unexpected twists and turns and a strong heart, this is a Christmas story that would make Dickens proud.

About the Author

Bayard is a talented staff writer for Salon.com. He has shared his writing skills with various publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Nerve.com, and Preservation.

Currently, he resides in Washington, D.C.

Editoral Review

Louis Bayards novel Mr. Timothy takes readers into the dark and dangerous streets of Victorian London. First published in 2002, this historical mystery novel is a thrilling follow-up to Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, featuring the now grown-up Tiny Tim as its protagonist.

Bayard, a prolific author of historical fiction, uses his expertise to craft a vividly eerie and believable world in Mr. Timothy. The narrative focuses on the life of Timothy Cratchit, now a young man trying to find his way in a world that is both familiar and unforgiving.

The novel is a work of historical fiction, but it also incorporates elements of mystery and suspense. Bayards writing style is remarkable in its evocation of 19th-century London.

He creates a vivid portrait of the city, capturing its squalid streets, its menacing alleys, and its forbidding buildings. Through Bayard’s prose, the city comes to life as a character in its own right, drawing readers into its shadows and mysteries.

The plot of Mr. Timothy revolves around the mysterious death of one of the citys most notorious prostitutes. Suspicion falls on Timothys father, Tiny Tim, who has recently passed away.

Timothy cannot believe that his father could have committed such a heinous act and sets out to find the real killer, venturing into London’s dangerous underworld. Throughout the novel, Bayard skillfully balances plot and character development.

The characters are richly drawn, each with their motivations and desires. Timothy, in particular, is a complex and compelling character, struggling with grief, self-doubt, and the need to find his place in the world.

Bayard expertly weaves Timothys journey of discovery into the larger mystery, keeping readers engaged from beginning to end. The themes woven into Mr. Timothy also make it a work of great significance.

Bayard tackles themes like poverty, class, and the role of women in Victorian society. He also explores issues of violence and morality in a world where justice is often elusive.

The books themes resonate strongly with current issues related to power, inequality, and social justice. Overall, Mr. Timothy is a masterfully crafted novel with much to offer readers.

Its vivid depiction of 19th-century London, engrossing plot, and well-drawn characters make it a must-read for fans of historical fiction, mystery, and suspense. The book’s themes are also highly relevant, making it an excellent choice for readers interested in exploring the complexities of power, inequality, and social justice.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars