Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog blitz for Sherlock Holmes And The Ripper Of Whitechapel. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book.
I am afraid that I, Sherlock Holmes, must act as my own chronicler in this singular case, that of the Whitechapel murders of 1888. For the way in which the affair was dropped upon my doorstep left me with little choice as to the contrary. Not twelve months prior, the siren’s call of quiet domesticity and married life had robbed me of Watson’s assistance as both partner and recorder of my cases. Thus, when detective inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard required a lead–any lead–I found myself forced to pursue Jack the Ripper alone and without the aid of my faithful friend. And all for the most damnedable of reasons:
Early on in my investigations, Dr. John H. Watson, formerly of 221b Baker Street, emerged as my prime suspect.
When I signed up for this blog tour, I was intrigued by the idea that one of the most famous detective would be involved in investigating one of the most famous killers. Wiseman puts these concepts together brilliantly and from the outset, I was keen to find out what the outcome would be.
I haven’t read any of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, but Wiseman’s style definitely feels authentic. The description is wonderful and I was transported to each scene as if I were investigating the case myself. Wiseman has clearly undertaken a huge amount of research and has used it to create a convincing and original story that had me hooked.
As the novel reaches its end, the tension increases as we piece together what has happened. I was fascinated as the outcome was revealed and the secrets that had been hidden came out in the open.
Sherlock Holmes And The Ripper Of Whitechapel is available from Amazon.