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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Libraries Worldwide Investigate Conspiracies in Largest Digital Book Club

Global book club reads "The Darwin Affair" August 3-17 through OverDrive

York County Public Library patrons are joining millions of others around the globe in reading a historical fiction thriller ebook and audiobook during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From August 3-17, readers can borrow and read Tim Mason’s "intellectually stimulating and viscerally exciting" The Darwin Affair from the library’s OverDrive collection. Readers can solve the mystery from home with a valid library card and no waiting. Readers can then discuss online at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com.

Historical fiction novel The Darwin Affair takes place in London during June 1860. When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later, Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. 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. As he edges closer to the Chorister, Field uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden. Tim Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy.

Author Tim Mason is a playwright whose work has been produced in New York and throughout the world. Among the awards he has received are a Kennedy Center Award, the Hollywood Drama-Logue Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Rockefeller Foundation grant. In addition to his dramatic plays, he wrote the book for Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, which had two seasons on Broadway and tours nationally every year. He is the author of the young adult novel The Last Synapsid. The Darwin Affair is his first adult novel.

The Darwin Affair was published by Algonquin Books and can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” (US libraries only). The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. The Darwin Affair is the 22nd selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. This free program runs for three weeks and only requires a York County Public Library card to get started.

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read titles and download Libby, visit biglibraryread.com.

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