Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
Inspector Ian McFergus had not been satisfied; not in the least satisfied. He had inspected Marley's body using all the due processes and checklists upon which the police division insisted and in which he had been trained. And he was not satisfied.
Marley's body had been found at the bottom of the stairs, dead as a doornail (McFergus wondered where that expression had come from). The inspector had walked around the body as required and had drawn a sketch as required. And however much it looked as if the old guy had simply tripped, Inspector McFergus had not been satisfied at the time and had been no more satisfied after the coroner had hauled the corpse, clothed in a shabby nightgown, away.
The next day he was told by his superiors that there were other things he should be working on, so he tried to forget about the incident of Jacob Marley.
Seven years later….
“Remember the Marley case?” Amy asked. “Nobody else seemed to think his death was suspicious. Just a careless man falling down a flight of stairs.”
“Ah, my dear. Nobody else on the force was warned in advance.”
The former inspector smiled. “A week before his death, I was told by a snitch that someone was going to kill Jacob Marley. of Scrooge and Marley. It would probably look like an accident, the fellow said.”
Retired police inspector Ian McFergus, haunted by the mysterious death of Jacob Marley, walks the streets and underworld of Victorian London looking for the truth, just before Christmas. He meets with a number of characters, including Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Fagin, the Artful Dodger, and Bill Sikes. And he consults with a youth who would, of course, deny any resemblance to a person named Sherlock.
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List of Completed Works by Lenny Everson
(As of November, 2014, over 36,000 copies of Lenny's works have been downloaded.)
•Death On a Small, Dark Lake. 67,700 words. Our hero snags a body in a remote lake.
•Death on a Rocky Little Island 71,500 words. Our hero convinces a friend to take a canoeing trip to the 30,000 islands.
•Mount Moriah 50,000 words. A strange sequence events involves a priest, a poet, a CSIS agent, a space alien, four horny teens, among others. My most fun fiction.
•Last Exit to Pine Lake. 45,000 words. A dying writer goes back into the bush to off himself. Grimly literary. My best fiction.
•Granite and Dry Blood. 9,700 words. Our hero wants to write a book on Massassauga Park. Various people would prefer that he didn’t.
•Death on a Foggy Spring Portage. 11,800 words. One member of a paddling group is found dead on a muddy portage.
•Murder on a Foggy Spring Portage. One member of a paddling group is found dead on a muddy portage.
•Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. Ghosts of the two Métis leaders meet in today’s world to remember their lives. A short (20-minute) play for two actors.
Full-Length Poetry Books
•The Minor Odyssey of Lollie Heronfeathers Singer. A middle-aged woman tries to connect with her aboriginal ancestry.
•In The Tavern of Lost Souls. Four poets meet at a grungy bar once a month to give their poetic answers to random questions.
•Love in a Canoe. A set of five chapbooks and a songbook about the love of canoeing. With illustrations.
•Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont are Dead. Ghosts of the two Métis leaders meet in today’s world to remember their lives. Includes the play.
•Encounter in a Small, Old Cemetery. Autumn. Midnight. Poet visits a small, old private graveyard. Best poem I ever wrote.
•Fire and Ashes. Poems about life’s flames and regrets.
•The Empty Tarmac of a Long-Abandoned Airport. Poems about having a midlife crisis.
•Love Poems A compilation
•Pray for Me: 22 Poems Probably Slandering God and Jesus
•Ballads from an Unlucky Fisherman: Poems from a fisherman
•Tweetable Limericks. 60 limericks small enough to be tweets
Co-Authored Poetry Chapbooks
•Who Would Be a God? Susan Ioannou and Lenny debate the merits of being a god.
•How to Dance Naked in the Moonlight. Katherine L. Gordon (Celtic pagan) and Lenny (skeptic) confront the ceremony.
•Cats and Dogs. With I. B. Iskov
•For Ko Aye Aung: A Plea for His Release from Prison. For Amnesty International, with other poets.
•If You Condemn Gays: The Bible on Homosexuality and Other Items.
•The Architecture of Suburban West Kitchener. A light look at house styles.
•The Architecture of The University of Waterloo. A light look at the campus buildings.
•Making Tourist Attractions for Towns and Small Cities. Advice.
•Technological Solutions to Global Warming.
•Hyphens: A Guide for the Early Twenty-First Century.
•Colons and Semicolons: A Guide for the Early Twenty-First Century.
•How to Review Draft Technical Writings
•Rebecca’s Trail (Grand River Trail) in Winter
•7 Temples to Bill Gates: a modern mystery
•The Great God Pan - or Not
•Two in a Tent: Camping Humor.
•Why Haven't Aliens Contacted us?
•Dance Songs for Weddings Available on Smashwords
•Canoe Songs. part of a set of six chapbooks about the love of canoeing. With illustrations.. Available on Smashwords
•18 Dingbat Songs for Kids Available on Smashwords
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was a fun premise to explore. Unfortunately, it felt more like I was reading a second draft in college writing, rather than a professional and polished tale. There are some continuity errors and more than a few glaring issues with poor grammar. That said, I enjoyed it well enough, and I believe other readers will too, provided the author beefs up his editing. In all, still a bit unrefined but with good potential.
I like the premise of the book but it was very diffucult to get into the book.