Bucket’s List
by Gary Blackwood

Introducing private investigator Charley Field, the true-life inspiration behind Charles Dickens’ Inspector Bucket, in an intriguing new Victorian mystery series.

December, 1853. Having found fame as the inspiration behind Inspector Bucket in Charles Dickens’ recent bestselling serialization, Bleak House, former Detective Inspector Charley Field has set himself up as a private enquiry agent – so far without success. Matters become personal however when the body of a local prostitute is found floating in the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Having often enjoyed Rosa’s company, Charley is disinclined to believe the official verdict of suicide. Convinced Rosa was murdered, he determines to track down the mysterious client who visited her the day she died.

But when he finally encounters the man he believes responsible for her death, Charley discovers that there’s more to Rosa’s murder than even a veteran sleuth like himself could imagine.


Blackwood turns from juvenile fiction to a new series starring a Victorian sleuth as good-hearted as he is shrewd.

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Gary Blackwood

Gary Blackwood was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He sold his first story when he was nineteen. In 1998, he published The Shakespeare Stealer, a historical fiction novel about an orphan, Widge, who is sent to steal Hamlet from William Shakespeare and The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. After it won the 1999 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Blackwood published two sequels, Shakespeare’s Scribe (2000) and Shakespeare’s Spy (2003). Since then, he has continued writing historical fiction, such as Around the World in 100 Days (2010), which the Smithsonian named a 2010 Notable Book for Children and Kirkus Book Reviews one of 2010’s Best Books for Teens. In 2017, he branched out into adult fiction with a Victorian mystery, Bucket’s List, and followed it with a sequel, Bucket’s Brigade (2019).

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