Book Club Friday - The Last Dickens

This week I managed to get in one book.  I have just not been able to make myself read.  Hopefully I will do better next week.  ;0

Here is the summary from Goodreads:
In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history’s greatest mysteries. The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the bestsellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow.
Boston, 1870. When news of Charles Dickens’s untimely death reaches the office of his struggling American publisher, Fields & Osgood, partner James Osgood sends his trusted clerk Daniel Sand to await the arrival of Dickens’s unfinished novel. But when Daniel’s body is discovered by the docks and the manuscript is nowhere to be found, Osgood must embark on a transatlantic quest to unearth the novel that he hopes will save his venerable business and reveal Daniel’s killer.
Danger and intrigue abound on the journey to England, for which Osgood has chosen Rebecca Sand, Daniel’s older sister, to assist him. As they attempt to uncover Dickens’s final mystery, Osgood and Rebecca find themselves racing the clock through a dangerous web of literary lions and drug dealers, sadistic thugs and blue bloods, and competing members of Dickens’s inner circle. They soon realize that understanding Dickens’s lost ending is a matter of life and death, and the hidden key to stopping a murderous mastermind.

My thoughts:
This was the first time that I have read Matthew Pearl and it was due to it being a recommendation on Goodreads.  With that being said, I love historical fiction, although this is not a time period that I usually pick. 
The book started out a little slow for me in the beginning.  After the first chapter, I was hooked.  I even started reading to my self in an accent that reminded me of Sherlock Holmes.  ;0
I really liked it and would give it a B+.

I am linking up with Blonde, Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday.


  1. I've always wanted to read Pearl's books! Someday!!

    1. All of his book sounds very interesting. I think that I may try The Poe Shadow the next time I pick up one of his.


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