As the December nights grow long and cold in Victorian London, the Christmas geese are getting fat—as are the pockets of ambitious young moneylender Ebenezer Scrooge.
In his Cheapside counting house Ebenezer receives an early-morning visit from his old mentor, Reginald Fezziwig. Not that strange, except that Fezziwig claims to be dead. Murdered, in fact. And his ghost predicts other victims will follow—including Scrooge himself—unless Ebenezer finds the real culprit.
Aided by an unconventional female clerk named Adelaide Owen, the two mingle with some of the city’s most colorful characters—the Artful Dodger, Fagin, even a wily young reporter named Charles Dickens. But the truth is murkier than the Thames at twilight, and one misplaced word, one glance askew, and the ever-thrifty Scrooge and his fellow detective will be forced to pay the ultimate price. . . .
“In Scrooge, L.J. Oliver has conjured a sharp amateur sleuth with a delightfully venomous wit who grapples with a cunning masked murderer, secret societies, and even undead spirits—long before Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. No humbug here. The world of Dickens comes alive in this compelling whodunit. L.J. Oliver’s first Ebenezer Scrooge mystery is a pleasure to read.”
—Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries