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.
What's not to like? The story was clever and managed to weave in most of the facts about Jack the Ripper as dealt with by Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The narrator reminded me of the old Basil Rathbone movie version of Holmes. He managed the different British dialects convincingly and even sounded pretty good as a woman. Audiobooks live and die with the narrator no matter how good the story would be if read from the book, so it's nice to have this one read properly.
I am a huge Holmes fan, I have all audio, books, TV Series & movies. I am also very well read on Jack the Ripper. I was staggered to see how incredibly well the author has taken the facts form the Ripper case, including the description of the locations the main players in the real life crime & then mixed it with the Holmes I know & love. It is stunning the amount of research to know the Ripper case of 1888 so very well & then send Holmes in to investigate. Utterly brilliant writing. I would say it is worth watching a few documentaries on the internet about the Ripper case to add even more enjoyment to this wonderful book.
Dust and Shadows pits Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper. Clever concept with the greatest fictional sleuth of that era tracking one of histories worst villains of that time. Simon Vance is one of the premier narrators and he does an exceptional job in this fast paced thriller. The book appears to be well researched both from the historical facts of the actual case and also in the persona of the fictional characters. Strongly recommend this one.