Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper of Whitechapel
Author: M.K. Wiseman
Published on: 3rd November 2020
Genre: Mystery and Thrillers
Ripper and Whitechapel, I definitely do not think there is a need to introduce the killer. The (in)famous Jack the Ripper. How more interesting can it get when you have Sherlock Holmes solving the Ripper murders?
It is the August of 1888 and women are being killed in London. Murdered might be too mellow a word as the women are literally butchered. Their intestines pulled out, uterus removed and in some cases, faces disfigured. The Ripper sends a letter to the local newspaper and challenging the Scotland Yard to try and catch him. Inspector Lestrade goes to Sherlock Holmes for help.
Dr. John Watson is now happily married (almost a year since he and Mary tied the knot). He warns Sherlock not to take up the Ripper case but when Lestrade comes to Holmes for help, Holmes agrees. Soon, the rough sketch of the infamous Ripper is revealed – and his features match that of Watson. As if by coincidence, Watson too acts a little edgy. Holmes wonders if Watson is the Ripper.
Having read the whole Sherlock Holmes series (who hasn’t??), I was eager to read Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper of Whitechapel. Holmes and a real-life event is a mind-blowing combination. Kudos to M.K Wiseman for all the research she’s done in writing this book.
Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper of Whitechapel is a well researched and well written book. If you are a fan of Holmes, you must not miss reading this book. As I was reading through, the story felt like a movie playing in my head. I could imagine Jeremy Brett playing Holmes – and somehow there was a misconnection so the actor playing the role of Inspector Japp (Poirot series) was Lestrade. 😉 I know right, I have a very imaginative mind. Thank you very much.
The mystery kept me guessing until the end. We readers are not kept in suspense about the identity of Ripper. John Watson is the main suspect! Wow, did marriage really change the guy? (Ahem!) Or, was it the war? Coming to the identity of the murderer, Ripper in this case, without giving out any spoilers, I would say, this was a huge surprise. An unexpected and surprising revelation.
Though the suspense was well maintained throughout the story and this was no doubt, an engrossing read, the ending was a little hazy. I was expecting a better ending – the one in which Ripper and Holmes come face to face – the Reichenbach falls kind of scenario.
Nevertheless, Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper of Whitechapel is written in Conan Doyle style and does not fail to impress Holmes fans. Highly recommended read from me.
EXCERPT FROM SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE RIPPER OF WHITECHAPEL
25 Sept. 1888.
I keep on hearing the police have caught me but they won’t fix me just yet. I have laughed when they look so clever and talk about being on the right track. That joke about Leather Apron gave me real fits. I am down on whores and I shan’t quit ripping them till I do get buckled. Grand work the last job was. I gave the lady no time to squeal. How can they catch me now? I love my work and want to start again. You will soon hear of me with my funny little games. I saved some of the proper red stuff in a ginger beer bottle over the last job to write with but it went thick like glue and I cant use it. Red ink is fit enough I hope. ha. ha. The next job I do I shall clip the lady’s ears off and send to the police officers just for jolly wouldn’t you? Keep this letter back till I do a bit more work, then give it out straight. My knife’s so nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance. Good Luck.
Jack the Ripper
Don’t mind me giving the trade name.
Wasn’t good enough to post this before I got all the red ink off my hands curse it. No luck yet. They say I’m a doctor now. ha. ha.
Many thanks to Rachel for the blog tour invite.