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It's the Christmas season, and Mr. Timothy Cratchit, not the pious child the world thought he was, has just buried his father. He's also struggling to bury his past as a cripple and shed his financial ties to his benevolent "Uncle" Ebenezer by losing himself in the thick of London's underbelly. He boards at a brothel in exchange for teaching the mistress how to read and sp ...more
Published September 22nd 2011 by Le Cherche-Mici (first published 2002)
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Cecilia Rodriguez As a miser, and as a "crutch." Timothy hates himself for needing financial support from Uncle N. He also sees Scrooge as an old man near the end of…moreAs a miser, and as a "crutch." Timothy hates himself for needing financial support from Uncle N. He also sees Scrooge as an old man near the end of his life.(less)
Cecilia Rodriguez This is actually very sound grief therapy. Writing thoughts down helps to resolve issues that were not addressed while the person was alive. It is…moreThis is actually very sound grief therapy. Writing thoughts down helps to resolve issues that were not addressed while the person was alive. It is more for the living, than for the dead. (less)
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Will Byrnes
Dec 09, 2015 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mr. Timothy of the title is Tim Cratchit, Tiny Tim as an adult, with Uncle Ebeneezer as his sponsor, offering an income in return for a visit now and again. Tim is not very settled in the world, even though he has overcome his infirmity to a point where he has merely a limp from a shortened leg to remind him of his past. He finds work in Mrs. Sharpe’s bordello, teaching the madame to read and write, helping keep the business’s books. One day he spies a young girl in the alley, a homeless chi ...more
Dec 24, 2014 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2014
Louis Bayard is a brave man. Not only did he take on the task of writing a sequel to one of the most beloved tales in English literature but he made it a murder mystery to boot!

Following the death of his father, “Tiny” Tim Cratchit is struggling to find his way. Panged by the constant guilt in greeting his benevolent “Uncle” Scrooge with an open hand, Tim cuts off the flow of money and takes up residence in a whore house where he accepts a job teaching the headmistress to read. During the eveni
Jan 13, 2015 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sheila by: Brandon
Shelves: 2015
This book was recommended to me by my new friend Brandon when I told him that I was looking for murder mystery Christmas stories. He hadn't started it yet, but told me that it was a 'sequel' to Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol - with Tiny Tim as the main character. Right away I was intrigued - I am a sucker for spin offs. I was glad that I picked this up. I was totally surprised and quite pleased. I was not expecting this book to be as well written as it was. I feel bad saying that - I had no pr ...more
May 28, 2011 Anjanette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, britain
After reading The Black Tower, I thought, "I have GOT to read some more of this guy's stuff!" His style in that novel was sparkling in the manner of Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and I was completely engrossed. Unfortunately I picked this book as a follow-up, and now I don't really want to read any more Bayard. To begin with, I simply don't understand the literary device of using a grown-up Tiny Tim as the protagonist. There is no point in it. It would have been just as good with any character - perhaps be ...more
MaritaBeth Caruthers
Jan 10, 2012 MaritaBeth Caruthers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Bought for me by my husband, as a gift, the subject matter and plot of this book are not really within my usual realms of interest. It’s really quite the thriller—a murder mystery, edge of your seat sort of story. I rarely choose to read (or watch movies, for that matter) about violence that occurs in a fictional setting. Some fantasies, like JRR Tolkein’s works are notable exceptions, but for the most part, if it’s not history … stories that are factual, not fictional … I don’t want the violenc ...more
I didn't really know what to expect from this when I picked it up. My friend Allison recommended it, but all she told me about it was that she liked it and that it was a story written about the character of Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol, but that he's an adult. Okay, so that part is true, but it doesn't make a whole lot of difference to the story that he's a well-known character - there's very little that we know of him from A Christmas Carol anyway, and while there is some mention of his fath ...more
Jan 17, 2014 Cindy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Child sex slaves, foul language, graphic sex (some violent/perverted), ends well but Dicken's character is portrayed as a fraud. He is nothing like the novel upon which he's, allegedly, based. Just not my kind of mystery, to be clear.

1st thoughts: It might turn around, one can hope. Flowery language can't cover up for one author's jealousy of another author's talent...the end will out, as the old adage says.
Joanne Moyer
Grown up Timothy Cratchit is no longer a cripple with a crutch, though his childhood has crippled him in other ways. He has just buried his father and is lost as what to do with his life. His 'uncle' Ebeneezer has continued to look out for him but Tim is determined to make it on his own. He currently lives in a brothel, teaching the madame to read for room and board and at night dredges the Thames for dead bodies and possible treasure with his friend Gully. After discovering two dead young girls ...more
Review from Badelynge
Louis Bayard's Mr Timothy rejoins Dickens's Tiny Tim when he is an adult. Timothy is something of a lost soul, drifting through the days waiting for the happy part of 'happily ever after' to kick in. Dickens didn't conclude 'A Christmas Carol' with that phrase but it was certainly implied. In this book the majority of the Cratchits are either dead or scattered, no longer a family but instead a remnant of one. Scrooge goes on though, locked forever in his embodiment of the sp
Dec 04, 2009 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was for one of my book clubs. We were looking for something vaguely Christmas related, and the title Timothy in this book is the character Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol all grown up. As seems to be the curse of this book club we once again picked a book that I didn't care for. I'm not really sure what the point of having the protagonist of this book be Tiny Tim was as it didn't really contribute much to the book. The main plot of the book revolves around Timothy getting caught up in ...more
Jul 13, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Mr Timothy is Tiny Tim Cratchitt from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – all grown up now and a very different being from the innocent, pathos-riddled child with whom readers might already be acquainted. Louis Bayard’s Big Tim is a creature of the night who dwells in a brothel and undertakes nocturnal work with a partner, plucking bodies from the Thames for the reward of what might be in their pockets and a finding fee from the authorities. Fortunately he has a stipend from Uncle Ebeneezer upo
Michael Alan Grapin
Ebeneezer Scrooge was as good as his word not only keeping Christmas in his heart but doing so all year round. He became an uncle to all of Bob Cratchit's children who began calling him Uncle Neezer or Uncle N. Mr. Timothy picks up the story with Tiny Tim now a twenty-three year old adult who has recently buried his father and is now haunted by the ghost of Bob Cratchit. His mother died years before and only two of his siblings are still alive, but Scrooge is still going strong and helping Timot ...more
Todd Stockslager
Jun 08, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The concept is so forehead-slappingly simple I was a bit skeptical going into this book: Tiny Tim (" . . . who did NOT die", and I hear Gonzo from the The Muppet Christmas Carol - Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition, for my money still the best adaptation) grows up! Doh, sure, that's too easy (hmm, why didn't I write that book first?), so I mentally subtracted a star from my rating of Mr. Timothy before turning the first page..

But the execution turned out to be more complex, both better and far di
Paul Patterson
Oct 31, 2009 Paul Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles Dickens, English literature's unmatched character creator, managed to conjure up the most romantic, sweetly sick, maudlin personality ever to poke his tiny head into our Christmas celebrations. The Cratchit dinner party with Tiny Tim's banal "What a goose, Mother!" is more than enough to turn the cranberry sour on us.

I imagine a much older Timothy Cratchit would cringe hearing the tiresome family stories of his infant self, as we all do when our parents, in a flush of narrative nostalgia
Dec 03, 2011 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited to finally read this book as I've been a huge fan of Charles Dickens for many years. This story is centered around Timothy Cratchit (Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol) who is now a young man. Louis Bayard does a fantastic job of recreating the atmosphere of a Dickens novel... the foggy, cobbled streets of Victorian England complete with the fake cheerfulness of the hypocritical aristocracy and the underbelly of society... the impoverished who are all but invisible to the rest of ...more
Jul 30, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must confess, I went into this novel with mediocre expectations. I looked forward to a mystery with perhaps a sincere but brief nod towards the Dickens spirit and the language of old England. I encountered, to my immense delight, something far better. I found myself involved in an immensely satisfying novel.

The book takes us into the confidence of A Christmas Carol's Tiny Tim as a grown man known in his later years as "Mr. Timothy."

A complex man with a decidedly interesting back story, is our
Jun 19, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Louis Bayard takes a long, hard look at the child character Timothy "Tiny Tim" Cratchit of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and constructs a fully realized and completely plausible adult version, complete with neuroses, uncertainty and the directionlessness of young adulthood. Mr. Timothy, as he is now known, lives a dissolute, aimless life on the fringers of 19th century London society, or at least he does until he repeatedly spots a young homeless girl who, for reasons he doesn't fu ...more
Mr. Timothy is a novel about "Tiny Tim" Cratchit, from A Christmas Carol, grown up. He still lives in London and is supported, to a large extent by Uncle "N," as Ebenezer Scrooge is called.

Bayard does a fabulous job in painting a portrait of London during that era and in creating wonderful, three dimensional characters with which to populate it. He has, in addition, crafted an excellent mystery plot in which these characters exist.

As far as I can tell, not having lived in Mr. Timothy's London,
Jan 22, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Set in 19th Century London, Dickens character Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol has grown up, and finds himself embroiled in a nasty murder mystery.
There are some excellent characters and lots of seasonal atmosphere as Timothy Cratchit, now living in a house of ill repute, tries to outwit evil villains with the help of some very brave friends, including his 'uncle' Scrooge, who has remained his kind benefactor.
As the dastardly plot unfolds, and the true evil of what is taking place becomes clear,
Dec 28, 2015 Cheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheri by: Will Byrnes
Tiny Tim returns with a twist to Dickens tale, an older Tim Cratchit, "Mr. Timothy" picks up years after Dickens tale ends. The constant is the poverty that abounds in mid-Victorian London where little change has begun, most especially true for the poor.

A beautifully told thriller, Louis Bayard picks up Tim's life in his early twenties in a relatively seedy neighborhood where Tim periodically runs into his deceased father (at least in visions), add in a young boy who is bit of an "opportunist,"
Jun 17, 2014 Annemariem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What an awful, awful book. It was plugged as a Dickensian thriller, and the concept of the book is quite good: what happens when 'Christmas Carol's Tiny Tim is grown up and not so tiny anymore.
Well... it turns out Timothy is a somewhat antisocial nobody who is still under the (financial) spell of uncle Ebenezer, until he meets a girl who unlocks the door to a scandal of prostitution, murder and human slavery. Timothy of course attempts to rescue her. So far so good.
But the language, the lang
Jan 05, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very clever extension of the. Dickens classic. Interesting examination of a very different view of the famous character, and I found this version of "Tiny Tim" to be much more sympathetic than the treacly predecessor. Still the bleak, entirely Dickensian setting and heartbreak, but this mystery has true heart.
Liddy Barlow
Jul 10, 2007 Liddy Barlow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Dickens, and readers of Anne Perry mysteries
Bayard sets out to answer a question I'm not sure most people bothered to ask: what happened to Tiny Tim at the end of A Christmas Carol? Apparently, he was not nearly as smarmy as Dickens made him out to be; in Bayard's hands, Timothy is an interesting and complicated character. Not so, sadly, for any of the other characters in the book, who fall neatly into Victorian stereotypes: the cheeky orphan boy, the gruff riverboat captain, the evil aristocrat. The action sequences here were obviously w ...more
Fits onto the shelf with the rest of my Victorian London tales involving squalor and prostitution.
It started off well. The somewhat familiar Tiny Tim character was endearing and difficult to envision as a protagonist. But his character developed into a more purposeful hero while still not shedding his timid, limited physical veneer, once he'd met Philomela and Colin the Melodious.
It became engrossing and quite enjoyable up to the point when (view spoiler)
Wayland Smith
This is a book with a really odd concept. What if Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol grew up and ended up tracking a serial killer in London? I got curious enough to take a look.

Tim Cratchit is a young man with a lot on his mind. His father recently died, and he feels smothered by the generosity of his "Uncle" Scrooge. So he decides to go misbehave and find his way to the parts of London a proper young man has no business going to.

He finds adventure, thrills, and then two dead bodies. They're cut i
Aug 18, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
...and before you had even removed your scarf, you'd have launched your latest narrative.
--Oh, my dear, I must tell you what this boy of ours said. Right as we were passing the canal, we saw an old woman with a missing leg. And Tim said to me, "Father, I wish I could make my crutch a thousand times longer, so that I could share it with everyone in the world who needs one..."

It was a bit like a serialized novel. By which I mean that I was always eager for the next installment. What was it Tim had
Hailey Madelyn
May 28, 2014 Hailey Madelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is another book that I went blindly into and was splendidly surprised. I bought the hardcover for a dollar at a book thrift store, choosing it almost entirely because I liked the cover. I was completely unaware of the wonderful story it held and the superb characterization of an older, not so tiny Timothy Cratchit; a character I hadn't seen since my (and his own) childhood. I appreciated his sense of hummer and the realistic qualities of not only himself, but the world around him. No longer ...more
After Louis Bayard bowled me over with The Pale Blue Eye, I had to take his previous novel, Mr. Timothy, for a spin, and what a ride it is. The title character is familiar to nearly every reader of English literature: Timothy Cratchit, Tiny Tim of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Now 23 years old and living in 1860’s London, Timothy has fallen on hard times. His parents have died, as have several of his siblings. He’s living in a brothel, where he’s officially the bookkeeper but in reality te ...more
Terence Hawkins
Sep 04, 2015 Terence Hawkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's my elevator pitch: Remember Tiny Tim? From A Christmas Carol? Well, he's all grown up and living in a London whorehouse. He supplements his modest annuity from Uncle Ebenezer by rifling the pockets of corpses he's fished from the Thames.

The usual response is to ask whether I'm doing meth.

But from that premise Louis Bayard takes off into a detailed examination of mid-Victorian London--mostly its seamier side, obviously, with occasional forays into the precincts of the aristocracy--well, ok
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