If you love Sherlock Holmes and the tale of Jack the Ripper, this is a great story! I love the BBC series Ripper St and this book led me down so many of those streets! The reader was great, too!
Book was excellently done. Classic Sherlock Holmes.
Excellent with voices. Great at adding attitude or emotion in each voice.
The story was good. With Sherlock Holmes books it is about the ride and his way of seeing things.
I wouldn't seek her but if it was on sale or......
He did a good job.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end – – it was one of the best things I listened to in 2015. The author has Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson running down Jack the Ripper in 1888 London. The story seems faithful both to the Holmes books and to the facts of the ripper case. It was fast-paced and well read by Simon Vance. I'll be looking up more books by this author, and I hope she writes more Holmes novels.
Loved the entire caper! Added bonus of wicked humor. Mr Vance's characters were easy to follow. I felt like I was watching a play
All in all Lyndsay Faye's "Dust and Shadow" is a great story featuring two most iconic British personages, one fiction and remarkably adept at observation, the other unfortunate history and diabolically monstrous. Faye has done a wonderful job amalgamating these two figures of British lore with excellent and detailed attention to the historical facts of the Whitechapel cases. Her treatment of late 19th century England, a la Holmes is remarkably believable. While the Holmes retinue seems pulled directly from the pages of Conan Doyle himself, the other characters are remarkably well developed. Faye has knitted a fascinating yarn (excuse the pun) worthy of Holmes aficionados and Ripperologists alike. While a bit predictable at points, the overall tenor of the book is one of suspense and hard to put down.
If you are a Holmes fan you will delight in Faye's presentation of him; if a Ripperologist she will intrigue you with her weaving of the details into a plausible albeit fictitious conclusion to the case. If you are a fan of historical fiction, once again, you will be delighted as Faye transports you back to London of the 1880s.
Absolutely delightful read.
This is my first book by Lyndsay Faye, but shan't be my last. Her work is well worth another go.
And the narrator? What can I say? I could listen with rapt attention to Simon Vance reading the phone-book. Excellent, as always.
The Wolf Posse
In the top ten.
I liked the Miss Monk character. I loved how the author brought this "unfortunate" into the role of an accomplice to Holmes' detective work. She was intelligent and resourceful as well as courageous and Holmes and Watson recognized these characteristics and hired her to assist in the investigation. It changed her life.
There are so many but the scene when Watson, Monk and the journalist, went into the editor's office to pull a prank is probably my favorite.
When Holmes risked his life to save Miss Monk.
Excellent story. I've always been fascinated with this time period in East London and the Ripper murders. Having Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as fictional investigators in this historic case was especially compelling. Great narration also.
Entertaining story that revisits the famous characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. The plotting is a bit thin, but the great narration by Simon Vance makes it interesting.
I was pleasantly surprised by this, my first post-Doyle Sherlock Holmes novel. I was hoping for the best, but feared the worst.
The story was a very nice mixing of the historical "Jack the Ripper" and the fictional Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The author did a good job of using the Ripper case to build a story that had a plausible, if somewhat 20th century, solution to the unsolved crimes.
This last point has been raised in other reviews. While the author writes almost like Doyle, there are enough modern points of view, nomenclature, etc., to give this story away as a modern creation. This is minor criticism and doesn't detract form the story at all.
As always, Simon Vance performed spectacularly, and his particular accent and cadence greatly complements this work.
Highly recommend for the Sherlock Holmes veteran and neophyte alike!
If you enjoy the classic Sherlock stories then this would be good to add to your collections. That said, the author's portrayal of Sherlock leans a tab towards arrogant.