As one who has read and loved all the classic Sherlock Holmes stories and novels, and also who has read a good deal of the factual information about the Ripper killings, I was very doubtful about this novel, though compelled to try it. I'm very glad I did. Its really excellent, even inspired. Very tightly written even down to the clever foreshadowing. The narration is everything you could wish. I hope Faye writes something else soon.
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
I thought it was very true to the Holmes legacy, had well developed characters, the plot line moved quickly, and the reader was very good. I really can hardly stand the wait for her next novel!
The story, involving the attempt of Sherlock Holmes to track down and apprehend Jack The Ripper, was probably the best non-Doyle Holmes story I have read. There is mystery, a long and drawn out investigation, the chance that Holmes himself might be arrested for the killings and the final resolution of the mystery, all well done. The author even managed to tie up why no final announcement of The Ripper's capture was ever done. All in all, a good job.
I have not generally cared for non-OEM Sherlock Holmes stories as they never really seemed to be in the spirit of the originals. I know some are very popular but I, like many others, "discovered" Sherlock Holmes as a young boy and fell in love with the whole idea. In the end I became a devoted fan and read most, if not all, of the originals and watch occasional TV and movie interpretations. Unfortunately many portray characters that are very different from those in the Doyle books and thus never seem real to me. This are much better.
An interesting story, characters that fit into the mold of those in the original stories, an interesting mystery and a satisfying resolution. Hard to beat.
The story is good and the narrator is excellent. I'm not a big fan of Sherlock Holmes stories (unless it's Benedict Cumberbatch) but I do love history-related stories. This one moves at a good pace and I couldn't wait to find out the identity of the killer. A great listen.
The narator is fantastic but the actual Ripper character comes off more intelligent and resourceful then Sherlock, Watson, and Moriarty working together. It ruins the suspension of disbelief.
Disclaimer: Haven't read more than one Holmes story. That said, I am very familiar with this era of writing.
However, this story was just meh. I wasn't blown away. I felt the ending was anticlimactic.
I LOVE her Gotham series, so I will happily try the second Timothy novel in her other series.
He's a solid Watson, and he spoke very clearly (which is important for some of these longer conversations with even longer trains of thought).
I did download the Sherlock Holmes collection from Audible for $5!
I would recommend it, but don't expect to be overly wow-ed.
Faye's story of Sherlock Holmes chasing down Jack the Ripper reads as though it had been written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was well-written and expertly narrated by Simon Vance. Highly recommended for fans of either Holmes or Ripper stories.