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I’m pleased to share with you the starred review The Darwin Affair received from Publisher’s Weekly below: Mason, author of the YA novel The Last Synapsid, makes his adult debut with an audacious historical thriller. In 1860, Chief Det. Insp. Charles Field, the inspiration for Inspector Bucket in Dickens’s Bleak House, is part of the added security […]

The Darwin Affair has received a rave review from Kirkus! Read below: The real-life Victorian police detective who was the inspiration for Charles Dickens’ Mr. Bucket serves as the main character in a fast-paced historical mystery. Although this is Mason’s debut novel for adults, he’s an accomplished playwright. Those skills are evident in the crisp dialogue […]

It All Began in Oxford

by | May 29, 2019

I didn’t realize it at the time, but this is where The Darwin Affair started for me, age 21, studying in Oxford.

Barnes & Noble includes The Darwin Affair in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers, Summer 2019 list. View the list here. The Darwin Affair is available June 11th. Pre-order Now!

Body For Sale

by | January 8, 2019

The Victorian Era was a blizzard of societal change, an avalanche, a cascade, a tsunami. We look on the age as prim and tightly buttoned-up, but perhaps it had to be because so many things were unraveling at such a rapid pace.

Mr. Bucket

by | August 3, 2018

When I moved to New York City in 1980, I was on my own. What would I do? How would I make a living? How would I make a life? One afternoon I walked into a bookstore, feeling a bit lost. I searched the shelves for something that might offer firm ground on which to […]