Jun. 17, 2017

You knew that Holmes would have investigated this case…

Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Murders by Mark Sohn

My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my copy of this novel. Your business continues to set the standard for Sherlock Holmes fiction!

A spoiler warning is not needed but will help a few readers, no doubt…

It is the Autumn of Terror, London, 1888. Holmes becomes aware of the Jack the Ripper crimes with the investigation into the murder of Martha Tabrum. A person with power is pulling the strings that allow Holmes to be privy to the details of each murder, even examining the bodies.

Holmes may have the written permission that Scotland Yard cannot ignore, but Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Charles Warren is reluctant to discuss the case. Inspector Fredrick Abberline, who became famous for his work on the case, is a little more direct. He has Holmes and Watson arrested and held overnight just to prove that he can!

I must say that the suspect in the case puts forth a theory that is refreshing and new! I won’t spoil the surprise, but the case has never been viewed from this particular vantage point. There have been similar threads of thinking, but never as stated in this novel.

The pace drags at times which is the only complaint I have. Mark Sohn has found a new approach and he presents it well. I think he should be given kudos for originality at least! It even makes sense and covers some of the major problems in the case: The many differing descriptions, the difficulty of getting from Dutfield's Yard to Miter Square so quickly, and why the murders stopped so abruptly.

I give the book four stars, as it does drag a bit…

Quoth the Raven…

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