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Cover photograph:“Covent Garden Labourers”by John Thomson
‘“I can’t THINK without thinking about you; I can’t BREATHE without thinking about you; I can’t LIVE without thinking about you,”’ quoted George. He glanced at me through suspicious, narrowed eyes and quickly came to the point. ‘It looked like your handwriting, Octavius.’
It was; not that I was about to admit it.
‘Was it signed?’ I asked, knowing full well it was not. Oh, why had Annie kept my note? Why had she hidden it where George was bound to find it? Surely she knew her brother pried?
‘No, but the writing was cursive like yours is,’ George persevered, ‘all spiky L’s and T’s. This is my little sister we’re talking about.’ He stressed the words little and sister again, then glowered at me some more.
He was angry, very angry—anyone could see that—so angry that it was distracting him from his purpose.
‘Concentrate, George. This is a crime scene, and we have precious few minutes before young Mr Badger returns with all the constables of N-Division in tow. Come, observe whatever may be observed, and tell me what you think.’
The big lad peered down at the body, which was sprawled across the broad octagonal space where the transepts and the nave met. Cool, early morning light filtered in through the church’s east windows, amply illuminating the corpse.
‘I think he’s dead,’ said George.
The well-heeled residents of Highbury have a problem: the Reverend Allaston Burr,
the rector who’s been foisted upon their congregation by an ancient yet legally-binding right known as an
advowson. When a final appeal to Queen Victoria—as the head of the Church of England—fails to remove him
from his post, they turn to Gooseberry for help.
Join fifteen-year-old Octavius Guy and his ragtag bunch of friends as they investigate the detested cleric, only to discover that someone has a far more permanent form of removal in mind.
Coming in 2018.
Find Michael Gallagher at michaelgallagherwrites.com.
“My favorite Victorian boy investigator sets off to solve a new mystery…Words cannot describe
just how much I enjoy Octavius.”
—Bethany Swafford (The Quiet Reader) Goodreads Reviewer
“In a locked room, everyone is a suspect...Once again Michael Gallagher creates a vivid, almost tangible
reality in Victorian England. That, with his rich character development, and engaging plot makes this book
incredibly enjoyable and downright fun!”
—Devon Lewis (The Pinkaholic) Goodreads Reviewer
“Thank you so much for writing these books, and for bringing these characters to life. I have a feeling they'll
always be lurking around in my head. Excellent, excellent, excellent!”
—Laura Brook LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“Historical fact is deftly combined with fiction that makes Octavius’s world a new form
of old London that I am eager to visit again. Pour some tea or a wee dram, put your feet up,
and enjoy cover to cover.”
—Gladread LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“Here is a sensational historical fiction who-dunnit that gives nothing away until the very end. To me,
it reads like an old time radio show. It leaves you breathless.”
—Connie A. LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“Octopus is a scholarly murder mystery without being staid…those who enjoy
television investigative series as varied as Leverage, Castle and Elementary
will be delighted with this series and want to devour more. It is a masterpiece
of misdirection and layers of creative storytelling. Trust me. Buy the books!”
—Dogsmom (Laura in Wisconsin) Amazon.com Reviewer
“Did I solve the puzzle - no, but I enjoyed every minute of Octopus’s investigations.”
—LizzieKillin (Liz Stevens) LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“[Gooseberry's] a pleasure to read about, and his world is filled with such detail that it's
easy to imagine it all in your head. Heartwarming and humorous, with lots of suspense, it kept me guessing
right through to the end.”
—Suzy Schettler Goodreads Reviewer
“As always Michael Gallagher is an excellent storyteller and writes a great murder mystery
set in Victorian times.”
—I ADAM LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“I love Victorian mysteries in general and Sherlock Holmes in particular…Gooseberry could
perfectly be the leader of the “irregulars” of Baker Street, the ragamuffins that helped
—Mrs. Hudson LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“Sometimes you see a book and just know you're going to love it…An absolute
treat for fans of Collins' novel and a successful novel in its own right.”
—Emma Hamilton buriedunderbooks.co.uk LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“When you read a book by Michael Gallagher be prepared for a total immersion—every bit of
scene setting, speech, character and historical detail is perfect. I highly recommend this
book for fans of The Moonstone who wonder what happened next.”
—Chris Keen LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“This is a delightful read for any age. I liked it so well, that I intend to read more in this
—Aleta Sullivan LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“…the mystery unfolded at a great pace. You can’t help but like Octavius/Gooseberry/Octopus
and his brother Julius and friend Bertha…Very well done.”
—CurlyQueL LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“What fun! The cast of characters is a wondrous mix of unlikely folks. Even a dog!”
—Libby Dodd Goodreads Reviewer
“The two detectives embark on an adventure that uncovers a larger mystery that only
the Great Octavius Guy can solve.”
—OtwellS LibraryThing Early Reviewer
“From exposing mediums to investigating murder and the veracity of an old man's will, you will
eagerly go on adventures with this amazing duo.”
—Liliyana Shadowlyn The Faerie Review, LibraryThing Early Reviewer