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The Humbug Murders: An Ebenezer Scrooge Mystery    by L. J. Oliver order for
Humbug Murders
by L. J. Oliver
Order:  USA  Can
Pocket, 2015 (2015)
Paperback, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

What a fun murder mystery! Dickens fans, you are in for a treat. You'll be transported to Victorian London, just in time for the Christmas holiday, where your protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge, awaits.

A young Scrooge, just beginning his career in money lending, has a visit with Fezziwig, his former mentor. That is all fine and well, but Fezziwig announces to Scrooge he is actually dead! Perhaps Fezziwig is just a piece of undigested beef, playing tricks on young Scrooge's mind.

But then, after their visit, Fezziwig does turn up dead - murdered, in fact. And his ominous message to Scrooge leaves the latter trying to solve the mystery before more meet the same fate as poor Fessiwig. This is where, for me, the story gets really fun and interesting.

Aside from Scrooge and Fezziwig, other characters from Dickens' works appear. The Artful Dodger and Fagin, and even Mr. Charles Dickens himself put in a appearances in this intelligent, thought provoking murder mystery.

I really enjoyed the mashing of Dickens' works, blended in a style reminiscent of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series (after all, Scrooge is turned into quite the sleuth in this story). The characters of Dickens' imagination live on this imaginatively brilliant, enthralling read.

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