I'm in a festive mood this week since I'm reading The Humbug Murders by L. J. Oliver.
This is the first in a new series that features Ebenezer Scrooge as the main character. Oh, and one of the supporting characters? A young reporter named Charles Dickens. I'm not as far along as I had wanted to be today, but that's just because I haven't had the reading time I'd envisioned. I'm definitely enjoying it and the references to A Christmas Carol, one of my favorite Christmas stories.
For example, there's this opening:
Fezziwig was dead to begin with. Had I known that, had I been among those first few to discover his bloodied corpse and seen the brutal, rage-fueled manner in which he'd been murdered, I would have been far more alarmed when he walked through the door to my office only a few hours after his demise.
On page 56, Scrooge is being held captive by the heads of a criminal gang. One of them is speaking, and we get this great quote:
"We've heard so much about you, Mr. Scrooge. You're what some call a legend in the making, you are."
I should point out that this book is Scrooge in his 30's, so before Dicken's classic tale. And, obviously, it makes a few tweaks to the original, but it's fun to see someone reinvent the character like this.
Hope you have some reading time in the middle of the crazy month that is December.