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.
Haven't read many mysteries, so am glad to have started with this book. Lots of twists and turns. Couldn't put it down. Descriptions and narrative beautifully written.
Recommend to readers new to mysteries and to readers who are fans, already, of mysteries.
Though I correctly guessed the identity of the killer early on, it was still enjoyable to hear the story unfold; the author has a real knack for capturing the spirit of a Sherlock Holmes adventure, and the flawless choice of narrator only enhances it.
No. Because I only reread books I love.
A new Ripper possibility.
I dislike Sherlock imitations but I kept listening to hear the end.
I did not feel it was Sherlock et al. But it was a new ending to the Ripper.