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The Eleventh Plague (Cornelius Quaint Chronicles) [Paperback]

Darren Craske
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4 Mar 2010 Cornelius Quaint Chronicles (Book 2)

The new Cornelius Quaint adventure. The thrilling sequel to The Equivoque Principle.

Picking up where The Equivoque Principle left off, The Eleventh Plague sees Cornelius Quaint embark on his most perilous adventure yet.

Bidding an emotional farewell to Dr Marvello’s Travelling Circus, Quaint leaves for Egypt with only fortune-teller Madame Destine by his side. Once in the land of the pyramids they must do battle with desert thieves, unearth long-buried secrets and attempt to foil the villainous Hades Consortium's plans to poison the River Nile.

With a whole new cast of characters this is a ripping Victorian adventure story featuring Cornelius Quaint - part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, part Harry Houdini.

The Times called The Equivoque Principle a 'boisterous comedy' with 'hairpin plot twists' and The Eleventh Plague follows in the grand tradition of Victorian serials.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project; Special Limited Ed edition (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190632185X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906321857
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 12.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

As a boy I visited a circus where a kindly old fortune-teller decreed that I would grow up to become an author & illustrator of quirky, comedy, adventure stories.
If I ever grow up, I'll be sure to let her know that she was right.

Below are the various ways of getting in contact with me:

* Follow me on Twitter: @DarrenCraske.
* Check out my blog at:
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* Mail me at:
* Direct Message me on

* Or if all that fails, you could always record a holographic message and store it inside an Astromech Droid that hijacks an escape pod to flee from a Rebel Cruiser under attack by an Imperial Star Destroyer, and thus successfully completing a million to one landing on the nearby planet just a short walk from my small house in the Jundland Wastes.

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Praise for The Equivoque Principle:

‘Marvello's Travelling Circus brings light and colour to the foggy streets of Victorian London, but you can't hang about in fictional Victorian London for long without a series of brutal murders. One of the victims belongs to the circus, and suspicion falls upon Prometheus, the strongman. The boss, a brilliant conjuror named Cornelius Quaint, turns detective to clear the giant's name… boisterous comedy and hairpin plot twists. ‘


About the Author

Darren Craske began his career writing comic books and lives in the south of England.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 21 Sep 2010
By J. Park
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed this book. It is not my "usual" type of read but thought I would give it a go after a recommendation from a friend. I have to say I really enjoyed it. From the first chapter you are drawn into the characters and the plot. The adventure of Cornelious and Madame Destine is a gripping ride and you are spurred on wanting to know more and more in the story.

I have not read the earlier book in the series but will definately be buying that now and I am chomping at the bit for the next installment following the Eleventh Plague..........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable 6 April 2012
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Started reading this book early last year but during a house move lost it in the mass of boxes. Having recently relocated the book I sat down for a good read.

Starting off where the first of darren's books ended I found myself back in Victorian England, then the adventure begins. The main characters are whisked off to foreign lands to battle an evil consortium that has planned a terrible deed that would kill thousands.

The book kept me engrossed until the end and I am now sniffing around amazon to get the next instalment

Thanks Darren
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining 28 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This installment of the Cornelius quaint adventures was a good read. I like the fact that chapters are jumping from one character to another and Cornelius and Destine have one adventure each.

Looking forward to start with a new one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One to buy! 12 July 2010
Reviewing The Eleventh Plague presented me with a problem, I received the book fully intending to make copious notes and give a thorough and page by page, chapter by chapter review. So what happened to all my plans, why am I sitting here working out a fancy way of saying, stop what you are doing and go by this book. Or more accurately stop what you are doing and go buy the first two books in the Cornelius Quaint Chronicles (as the Eleventh Plague is the second of the chronicles with The Equivoque Principle being the first).
Well, I'll tell you what happened, Cornelius happened. Cornelius has been described as a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Harry Houdini with a hint of Indiana Jones thrown in for good measure, and when you read the chronicles you can appreciate that description. He's not your traditional action hero, but he does have an element of Holmes given the era the books are set in and his cerebral approach to problems. Not that he thinks on the situation at hand as much as Holmes, nor does he have the drug issues ;-) Cornelius is every bit the showman Houdini was, and you'll just have to read the Eleventh Plague to pick up on the Indiana Jones element.
What does make these books a pleasant change from the norm is Cornelius' companion, he doesn't have the mindless dogsbody that can't think for himself, or the vacant headed bimbo that many seem to acquire. The companion for Cornelius in the Eleventh Plague is a rather mature fortune teller called Madame Destine, it's almost as if rather than take Dr Watson along Sherlock took his house keeper Mrs Hudson to meet the hound of the Baskervilles.
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