The Death Collector - Justin Richards
This is one of those books I picked up on the strength of its blurb, given that it sounded somewhat like the Montmorency series and various other young adult stuff set in Victorian times.

The whole story of The Death Collector focusses on the British Museum whose Department of Unclassified Artefacts is something like a Victorian X Files, whose job it is to investigate the unexplainable. George Archer has been working at the museum for some time and is about to be recruited into that other Department, even though he has no idea what he's letting himself in for.

George's first mission involves some diaries, the last of which contains a mysterious secret - when the diaries are burned and George is only able to rescue a mere fragment, even that is enough to get him into trouble. And he's not alone, since the fragment was in his wallet and a child pickpocket was unlucky enough to choose George as his latest target.

It's an engaging enough story for anyone who likes Philip Pullman's similar books, though none of the characters in The Death Collector really stand up that well to scrutiny as three-dimensional characters. It's a standalone novel, however, at the moment so that isn't a major issue...