Sherlock Holmes looks on idle and infuriated from the sidelines while evil has Whitechapel in the grip of fear, evil which bears the infamous name of Jack the Ripper, a name set to raise the hackles on people's necks for generations to come. A fearful officialdom has declared Sherlock persona non grata but is suffering the wrath of public opinion for its failure to bring the murderer to justice. Sherlock suspects there is more to this ritual of death being performed on London's darkened streets and makes plans for his own inquiry after an ancient brotherhood makes contact. Stanza by stanza, the listener is stirringly swept along as Allan Mitchell s rhythmic rhymes carry Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson toward their electrifying encounter with the "Menacing Monk".
I don't know whether this tale is good or bad, but the writing sure stinks. I love poetry, but this even stinks as poetry. And if that weren't enough, the whole first chapter is a discourse on Holmes literature and the Holmes and Watson characters. I don't need a lecture to read a book, and I would prefer to be warned that the "story" is actually a poet's attempt at relating a tale.
Any additional comments?
I thought this was a novel. Instead I had to listen to a most irritating ryming verse which got annoying very quickly.If your expecting a normal audio novel forget it!Returning this one !
1 of 2 people found this review helpful