Monday, July 27, 2020

FCPL Joins Libraries Worldwide to Investigate Conspiracies in Largest Digital Book Club

Forsyth County Public Library patrons can join millions of other readers around the globe by reading a historical fiction thriller eBook and eAudiobook during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club.

From August 3 to August 17, readers can borrow and read Tim Mason’s “intellectually stimulating and viscerally exciting” The Darwin Affair from FCPL's OverDrive service (or OverDrive's Libby app for Apple and Android devices) with no holds and no waiting. Readers can then discuss the book online at

About The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason

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.

About Big Library Read

Big Library Read is available in over 22,000 libraries around the world, which has resulted in extensive online conversations during past programs. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines. 

How to Participate

To read The Darwin Affair, use your Forsyth County Public Library card to check out the eBook or eAudiobook version from our OverDrive collection between August 3 and August 17.

The Darwin Affair was published by Algonquin Books and can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or 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.

If you'd like to participate in the global online discussion of the book, please visit


If you enjoyed The Darwin Affair and would like to read more thrilling historical fiction, we can help! You can look for novels with similar themes on NoveList Plus or request Personalized Reading Suggestions from our staff.

To learn more about the services and materials available to Forsyth County Public Library cardholders, please visit

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