Join the Big Library Read August 3–17

Pima County Public Library readers are joining millions of others around the globe in reading a historical fiction thriller ebook and audiobook during the Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From August 3–17, readers can borrow and read Tim Mason’s “intellectually stimulating and viscerally exciting” The Darwin Affair online via OverDrive. Readers can then discuss online at Big Library Read.

Check our catalog for The Darwin Affair copies near you if you want to get started early.

Historical fiction novel The Darwin Affair takes place in London during June 1860. When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later, Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Soon, Field’s investigation exposes a shocking conspiracy in which the publication of Charles Darwin’s controversial On the Origin of Species sets off a string of murders, arson, kidnapping, and the pursuit of a madman named the Chorister. As he edges closer to the Chorister, Field uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden. Tim Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. The Darwin Affair is the 22nd selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. This free program runs for three weeks and only requires a Library name card to get started.

The Darwin Affair was published by Algonquin Books and can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also send to Kindle®. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read titles and download Libby, visit Big Library Read.