The Eleventh Plague (Cornelius Quaint Chronicles, Book 2) Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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..........
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.Read more ›
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
Cornelius has left most of his beloved circus family behind, to travel to Egypt accompanied only by Madame Destine, the circus fortune teller and faithful friend of Quaint. In Egypt, Quaint has to stop a plan masterminded by the Hades Consortium to poison the River Nile and cause death to countless Egyptians. Along the way, he encounters desert thieves, has to deal people who are determined to kill him by any means necessary, and deal with long buried secrets which resurface.
Just as in The Equivoque Principle, this is an enjoyable romp, full of surprising twists and turns - a situation could turn on it's head very rapidly! - and like Quaint himself, the reader is never entirely sure who can be trusted. Our hero is again full of witty quips and smart asides, and I found myself rooting for him all the way through. He and Madame Destine actually find themselves separated for a large portion of the story, and the opportunity is taken for both characters to be explored further. (This was particularly welcome to me in the case of Destine, as she was the one character I found hard to warm to in The Equivoque Principle; I liked her a lot more when reading this book).
Initially I did think that I would miss some of the characters from Quaint's circus troupe, who he takes his leave of in the first few chapters. I especially hoped that his valet Butter might go to Egypt with him, but he was tasked with running the circus in Quaint's absence.Read more ›
Looking forward to start with a new one.
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Had wait a while for this brilliant sequel but worth the wait it was. Really struggled to put this book down as the plot twists and turns making you want to just read on. Read morePublished on 8 July 2010 by Devon book lover