Drood is told in the4 voice of Wilkie Collins, it's about Charles Dickens, and the aftermath of the Staplehurst Rail Accident.
There are so many other books mentioned, authors, and references to prominent people of that age.
The Victorian age was one of great literary, and scientific discoveries. There was so much going on during Victoria's reign that Drood only skimmed the surface.
There is a statue of Victoria seated in the centre of Dalton Square in Lancaster, and I was astounded how many famous people there are depicted around it. All were around during Victoria's reign, many made changes or discoveries that changed the way of the country.
If you are ever in Lancaster, take time to hunt it out and look who is there.