Mr. Timothy

Mr. Timothy

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Welcome to the world of a grown-up Timothy Cratchit, as created by the astonishing imagination of author Louis Bayard.

Mr. Timothy Cratchit has just buried his father. He's also struggling to bury his past as a cripple and shed his financial ties to his benevolent "Uncle" Ebenezer by losing himself in the thick of London's underbelly. He boards at a brothel in exchange for teaching the mistress how to read and spends his nights dredging the Thames for dead bodies and the treasures in their pockets.

Timothy's life takes a sharp turn when he discovers the bodies of two dead girls, each seared with the same cruel brand on the upper arm. The sight of their horror-struck faces compels Timothy to become the protector of another young girl, the enigmatic Philomela. Spurred on by the unwavering enthusiasm of a street-smart, fast-talking homeless boy who calls himself Colin the Melodious, Timothy soon finds that he's on the trail of something far worse -- and far more dangerous -- than an ordinary killer.

This breathless flight through the teeming markets, shadowy passageways, and rolling brown fog of 1860s London is wrought with remarkable depth and intelligence, complete with surprising twists and extraordinary heart.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2003]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780060534219
Branch Call Number: FIC BAYARD
Characteristics: 384 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Mister Timothy


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Now twenty, his crutch long ago jettisoned thanks to the largess of a generous - and eventually penniless - Scrooge, the no longer “tiny” Timothy Cratchit battles his own demons, haunted by the memory of his saintly father. A chance at redemption presents itself when a fiendish pedophile ring sen... Read More »

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Jan 25, 2015

The basic theme of this book is Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' 20 years later. Tiny Tim Cratchit has grown up. He is in constant contact with the lower classes but is comfortable, thanks to the largesse of his benefactor. His 'uncle' is never named as Ebeneezer Scrooge, but it is clear that he is the still generous person that he became years ago. Tim finds himself in the middle of more than one hair raising adventure after the other, very reminiscent of Dickens' habit of cliffhangers that caused crowds of people to wait on the docks of New York to await the ship carrying the next installment. An excellent read and every bit as addictive as the original author's.

multcolib_rachaels Jul 13, 2014

Excellent historical fiction, very dark.

Nov 12, 2011

I am taking the time to write a comment to this based on the other being so bad! I picked up this book at a sale somewhere which is why I own it. I enjoyed it the first time and in fact would likely place it among the top 25-50 books I have ever read. And unlike the other commenter - I haven't enjoyed the other Louis Bayard books I have read that much - although they are readable--to me not "must reads". Mr. Timothy however I have actually read twice since the first time and the re-reads are always over the Christmas season. This is why I looked the book up - I'm looking for Christmas connections books to borrow over the holidays and hoped there would be a good subject keyword. I guess no one really connects this with a Christmas read and it is only because of the lead character. Dark? yes but then so is the Chrismas Carol - and I read that original every few years as well. If I were organized, I'd syncronize my readings of these two. In anycase, this is a thrilling read. If you like your mysteries with a little thrill and based in a past reality, you will really enjoy this book.

Oct 09, 2011

My 3rd and least favorite of what I've read from Mr Bayard. I didn't seem to settle in as well with the imagery he was trying to create. I also couldn't find my footing with the story. I also found it strange at first that his dialogue wasn't marked with apostrophes. I got used to it after awhile but still awkward for me.


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