Charles Dickens turns detective in new novel by Cumbrian author

Charles Dickens turns detective in new novel by Cumbrian author
Jean Briggs

Jean Briggs

In 1906 a biography was published about Charles Dickens by G.K. Chesterton in which he described the great writer as ‘a sort of poetical Sherlock Holmes’. Dickens also wrote many accounts of his outings with the London Police service.

These factors created the backbone for fascinating new series of murder mysteries with Dickens himself as the protagonist, solving mysterious deaths in the foggy, dark streets of
Victorian London.

The author says ‘The discovery of Chesterton’s comment seemed serendipitous as did the observation by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley in her 2012 biography that Dickens ‘had a secret desire to be a detective’. Those two discoveries made me believe that I was definitely on the right lines with my idea’.

About the book:
London, 1849. When a boy is found drowned in the River Thames at Hungerford Stairs, novelist Charles Dickens and Superintendent Jones of Bow Street are mystified to discover that the child is not the missing youngster for whom they have been searching. But when two more boys are brutally murdered, the trail leads them on a hunt for a serial killer in a complicated case that tests their abilities to the limit.

J.C. BRIGGS is a retired English teacher. She has a degree in English Literature and taught in Hong Kong and in an English Boarding school before retiring in 2011. Her first book, The Murder of Patience Brooke, was published in 2014. She lives in Cumbria.

‘The pages keep turning, and the evocation of foggy Victorian London is excellent’ – Historical Novel Society on The Murder of Patience Brooke

‘This is an extremely quick and engaging read that fans of Lynn Shepherd’s novels are sure to enjoy … Jean Briggs is proving herself to be a crime writer to watch out for’ – 5-Star Review, Crime Fiction Lover on The Murder of Patience Brooke.

Death at Hungerford StairsDeath at Hungerford Stairs
Charles Dickens & Superintendent Jones Investigate
J.C. Briggs
20th August 2015
£8.99
Paperback ISBN 9780750964173