What the Dickens?
The novel is the fourth in a series of Victorian-era murder-mystery novels by Palmer, a Charles Dickens scholar at Purdue.
The mystery, set in Oxford at Christmastime, involves a complex conspiracy that is composed of murder, seduction, blackmail and revenge. One of the characters who figures prominently in the story is Queen Victoria.
Palmer's first novel, "The Detective and Mr. Dickens," was a main selection of the Literary Guild, the Mystery Book Club and the Doubleday Book Club in 1990. The second book in the series, "The Highwayman and Mr. Dickens," was an alternate selection of the Book of the Month Club in 1992. Palmer is also the editor of Modern Fiction Studies, and his most recent academic book is titled "Dickens and New Historicism."
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"The Dons and Mr. Dickens: The Strange Case of the Oxford Christmas Plot," by Purdue English professor William J. Palmer, was published this month by St. Martin's Minotaur.