The title is followed by the statement - Charles Dickens and Superintendent Jones investigate. They certainly do so. The tale begins in November 1849 when the famous novelist, Charles Dickens, and his friend, Superintendent Jones are searching for a lost boy. The boy is Scrap and he himself has gone in search of a lost dog - Poll. There is some suspicion that a thief has taken Poll and intends to sell her or to ask her owner to pay a ransom disguised as a finder's fee.
Dickens and the superintendent find themselves investigating the murders of several young boys. Their search for the murderer takes them in to the slums of London and to Brighton and abroad. Always the sympathy of the two men for the unfortunates that they meet is palpable and in a number of cases they do offer help to the bereaved and lost.
This is a cleverly crafted story with magnificent period detail to flesh out the circumstances in large and small ways. All the characters whether major or minor ring true in this Dickensian London. The eventual solution is very satisfying.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer