Immortalised to Death
by Lyn Squire
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Pub Date 26 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 31 May 2023
Death strikes England’s foremost novelist Charles Dickens, his latest tale only half told. Was he murdered because someone feared a ruinous revelation? Or was it revenge for some past misdeed? Set in the Kent countryside and London slums of 1870, Lyn Squire’s “Immortalised to Death” (Level Best Books, September 26th, 2023) reveals the ending to Charles Dickens’s unfinished “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, while diving deep into Dickens’ evolving and ultimately tragic double life.
Debut author Lyn Squire kicks off his electrifying Dunston Burnett Trilogy with legendary Victorian novelist Charles Dickens dead at his desk, pen still in hand. The mystery unravels as Dickens’ nephew and unlikely detective Dunston Burnett, tries to find the solution of his uncles’ unfinished novel. Convinced that the identity of Dickens’ murderer lies in the book's missing conclusion, Dunston becomes obsessed with investigating those closest to Dickens. A stunning revelation crowns this tale about the mysterious death of England’s foremost novelist, and the long-held secret hidden in his half-finished manuscript.
The deft plotting will remind readers of Agatha Christie and the evocative prose will have them questioning which parts of the book are fiction and nonfiction. Squire seamlessly reimagines Dickens’ untimely death and final unfinished story while tying it neatly into a thrilling whodunnit. Is Dunston Burnett, a diffident, middle-aged, retired bookkeeper, able to crack the case of his uncle’s murder, or does he only find buried secrets in his brilliant continuation to Dickens’ novel?
A Note From the Publisher
Lyn has always been an avid reader of whodunits and has reviewed scores of mysteries for the City Book Review (Sacramento, CA), but it was the thrill of solving Charles Dickens’s unfinished ‘Mystery of Edwin Drood’ that convinced him to put aside his development pen and turn to fiction. Finding a solution to the mystery has attracted massive interest since the author’s death in 1870. A 1998 bibliography lists over 2,000 entries, with continuations ranging from the obvious (a Sherlock Holmes pastiche) to the absurd (The Mysterious Mystery of Rude Dedwin). Lyn’s version of what happened to Edwin is revealed in his first novel, Immortalised to Death. The adventures of his protagonist, Dunston Burnett, a non-conventional amateur detective, continue in Fatally Inferior and The Séance of Murder, the second and third stories in The Dunston Burnett Trilogy.
Immortalised to Death’s ingenious solution to fiction’s most celebrated unfinished mystery holds the key to the secret life, and murder, of legendary author, Charles Dickens himself. This novel’s cleverly wrought combination of fact and fiction will grip fans of historical mysteries from the opening death scene to the last astounding revelation.
– Herta Feely, award-winning author of
Saving Phoebe Murrow and founder of Chrysalis Editorial.
“Lyn Squire mixes the novels of Charles Dickens with real events, adds a bit of his own fiction for a kick, and creates a true old-fashioned cocktail of a book that keeps the reader desperately turning the pages to find the resolution only to be met by yet another twist in the story. Dunston Burnett is the perfectly flawed protagonist who is continuously underestimated as he charges forward looking for the killer of Charles Dickens by piecing together the end of the legend’s latest novel, which was only half-complete when he died. Weaving fact and fiction together, the novel enmeshes you in the small-town setting and time of 1870 England. Immortalised to Death by Lyn Squire is a historical mystery that will keep the reader guessing until the last pages before returning to the present day and realizing that it was only a book, and not time travel, that they had just experienced.”
– Matt Cost, award-winning author of twelve histories and mysteries,
most recently, Velma Gone Awry