The Equivoque Principle: Book 1 of the Cornelius Quaint Chronicles

The Equivoque Principle: Book 1 of the Cornelius Quaint Chronicles

by Darren Craske




Dr. Marvello's Travelling Circus brings a touch of magic and wonder each time it comes to town, but when a series of gruesome murders coincides with their arrival the performers find themselves caught up in some rather sinister goings on. It falls to ringmaster and master conjuror Cornelius Quaint, ably assisted by his Eskimo valet Butter, to investigate the killings and to clear the name of the circus strongman who is being held on suspicion of murder. But Quaint soon finds that these seemingly random killings are inextricably linked and, what is more, that they all point back to a dark secret in his own past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781905548941
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Series: Cornelius Quaint Chronicles
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

This is Darren Craske's first novel and the start of the Cornelius Quaint adventures.

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The Equivoque Principle: Book 1 of the Cornelius Quaint Chronicles 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gaskella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First a word of explanation - Equivocation is the magician's art making an outcome seem intended when in reality there are several outcomes - but all of which are prepared for. The punter doesn't know this of course, and so is fooled every time when a card is forced on him, or his mind 'read'. Having checked this out, it was clear that we would be in for a twisty turny ride.It's 1853 and a serial killer is on the loose in London, and the murders happen to coincide with the arrival of a travelling circus run by conjuror Cornelius Quaint. Unfortunately Prometheus, the mute strongman picks the wrong pub to drink in and ends up in jail as the only suspect. Cornelius together with his valet Butter, and clairvoyant Madame Destine must find a way to free him. But from the moment they start investigating, it is clear that there are convoluted plots afoot involving events from Quaint's past and that the killings are no coincidence. Quaint is a striking hero - a magician in his fifties, a gentleman who has seen the world, yet is seemingly content for now to run the circus. He speaks in a way that reminds me of the late, great James Mason; he is ever the showman and also fiercely protective of his circus troupe. Prometheus, the strongman is also well-drawn, but I found it harder to engage with Madame Destine; it would also have been nice to see how the Eskimo valet Butter ended up working for Quaint - maybe in book two ... Now as this is a Victorian melodrama, we have a collection of bad-guys - ranging from the pantomime villain Bishop to the psychopathic murderer. Their actions keep the plot moving along at a rip-roaring speed, and all the twists and turns keep you guessing right the way through applying the techniques of the title. This debut novel is the first of a trilogy involving Quaint and although it has some rough edges, it was huge fun to read. The cover proudly proclaims as good as Boris Akunin or your money back - I've only read the first Fandorin novel, but fans of that will certainly enjoy the Equivoque Principle. Roll on book two.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book, but it was just awful. It did have a happy ending, but it's just really hard to like the characters. It is a totally disappointment that the main character in his 50s lives with and does everything with his 70 year old nanny. So weird, I strongly do NOT recommend this book. Can't imagine who would enjoy it.