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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Scrooge and Cratchit Detectives: The Dark Malevolence is a work of fiction in the mystery, suspense, and adventure subgenres. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Curt Locklear. Set following the events of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge and Cratchit team up with Sherlock Holmes to investigate a series of murders around London. When Jacob Marley visits Scrooge once again, he brings another ghostly friend to shed light on the situation. As the killings escalate and a pack of monsters starts prowling the night, the trio of detectives must find out who is behind the wave of crime overtaking the city.
What an excellent spin on the established characters from Victorian fiction to have them take on the mantle of detectives facing off against a mysterious mystical presence in the city. Curt Locklear’s descriptive prose is excellent, bringing Victorian London to life on every page and populating it with characters who feel vivid and alive. The storyline is dark and full of deadly twists and turns as Scrooge, Cratchit, and Holmes delve deeper and deeper into the otherworldly presence orchestrating murder and violence in their city. The Dark Malevolence is careful to never let the ground linger too long under the reader’s feet before moving forward through the exciting adventure. Scrooge and Cratchit Detectives is an original and well-realized direction for two of literature's most well-loved figures, quickly putting its stamp on them and telling a tale that makes the heroes their own. Overall, I'd highly recommend this book to all fans of the mystery genre.