Blackwell Public Library patrons may join millions of others around the globe in reading an historical fiction thriller ebook and audiobook during 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 from their public library. Blackwell Public Library readers can solve the mystery from home – with a valid library card and no waiting – by visiting okvirtuallibrary.overdrive.com or downloading the Libby app. readers can then discuss online at discuss.biglibraryread.com.

BIG LIBRARY READ is available in over 22,000 libraries around the world, including more than 90 percent of public libraries in North America, which has resulted in extensive online conversations during past programs. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines.

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 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.

See a letter from the author here.

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. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at discuss.biglibraryread.com. This free program runs for three weeks and only requires a Blackwell Public Library card to get started. If you would like to use the book for your local book club, find a discussion guide here.

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, iPads, Android phones and tablets and Chromebook without waitlists of holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle (US libraries only). 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 biglibraryread.com