I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan for longer than I care to remember. While not a classic Holmes yarn, the overall "feel" of this story was close enough for me. I thought the writing captured the flavor of Holmes and the England of his time. In addition to a very good story, the narration was outstanding. What a difference an excellent narrator can make.
This is an enjoyable bit of escapism. I enjoyed the evocation of time and place which the author creates. It has a few flaws but is well performed by the narrator. I would recommend this to Sherlock Holmes fans even though it is a little politically correct in the way in which its female characters are depicted and in this way rather anachronistic. A light book.
Faye does a great job of taking the Jack the Ripper facts and blending them into a plausible Sherlock Holmes tale. Even a plausible explanation of the Ripper phenomenon. Makes a long car ride go by in no time and you want to listen to the end when you get where you're going. And of course Simon Vance is an excellent reader.
Wonderfully written and expertly narrated. Ms. Faye nailed the tone and language of Doyle's Sherlock. Absolutely loved listening to this book.
I bought this because I'm a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, I've always been curious about the Jack the Ripper murders and I really enjoy narrations by Simon Vance so I expected to really enjoy this book I found this to be rather unsatisfying - lots of Holmes clichés ("Elementary, my dear Watson!") thrown in to the point that it got annoying, but with none of the depth of the character that I love.
Without spoiling anything, I found the resolution to be unsatisfying. If you're a hardcore Sherlock Holmes fan or Ripperologist, stay clear but if you want a fast-paced mystery give this a shot.
Very accomplished novel by a young writer. She evokes perfectly the sights and smells of turn of the century London and humanizes the Ripper's victims. Told from the perspective of Dr. Watson, this is an enjoyable, well-paced read. Highly recommended to Holmes fans and general crime fiction readers alike.
This is an excellent Sherlock Holmes adventure - as good as any of the "Non Doyle" written Cannon. In fact it would be very hard to distinguish this from Doyle- excepting that the subject matter and treatment would have been to gruesome for publication by Doyle (Faye sidesteps this by having "Watson" write and publish this in his very old age in the late 1930's as the World nears the Second War).
The feel, language and plot are vintage Holmes - but in a relaxed manner- it never veers into conscious imitation that can in turn become parody like. There are some inconsistencies- but that actually makes it seem authentic because as every Holmes fan knows Doyle would frequently change things about Holmes and his setting behavior that were at odds with previous stories and adventures. Oddly enough these minor inconsistencies (which are noted in Doyle's work by fans) work to make this seem part of the canon (the subject matter issue aside).
It also avoids the spectacular "Crown Prince or Consort" plot that bedevils some of the Ripper theories- and is Holmesian in its conclusion (a slight surprise ending but well done).
When I realized that this was the author's first effort I was even more impressed. A great investment and I actually plan (as soon as I finish other Audible Book series I have in the que) to try her series on Turn of the Century New York City Police.
Well done and well worth it if you are a Holmes fan or a mystery buff.
I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
Enjoyed this book...and the weaving of fact and fiction. The Sherlock and Watson characters are lovingly and beautifully drawn and the plot clips along at a good pace. It gets a wee bit silly at the end...but overall a good read. Wonderful narrator.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I appreciated this for its respectful adherence to the Conan Doyle tradition. For me, the success of any attempt by one author to 'adopt' another's style rests on whether or not the reader/listener can immediately recognize and accept the familiar characters as real.
Faye accomplishes this - and all while creating an exciting and interesting variation of the Jack the Ripper case. It is odd to be contemplating the investigation of a historical, actual (if, by now, largely mythologized) case by a fictional character. Kind of mind-bending when you think about it.
Great job by narrator Simon Vance. A bit graphic (one of the major updates and differences from Doyle and his Victorian sensibilities), but a lot of fun!
Addicted to books, both print and audio-.
I am not particularly a Sherlock Holmes fan, but I love Simon Vance and decided to try this. Lyndsay Faye writes very well, and this is a well-plotted book with a good deal of suspense and historical interest. Miss Monk is a terrific addition to the Holmes-Watson lineup. Vance is especially good here, giving full characterizations to everyone from Holmes to bit players. If you have any interest in the Holmes mysteries, you'll enjoy this tremendously, and even if you haven't, it's a very well done mystery. I'll definitely check out her other books.