Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper of Whitechapel by M.K. Wiseman - Book Tour & Review

Sherlock Holmes & the Ripper of Whitechapel

I am afraid that I, Sherlock Holmes, must act as my own chronicler in this singular case, that of the Whitechapel murders of 1888. For the way in which the affair was dropped upon my doorstep left me with little choice as to the contrary. Not twelve months prior, the siren’s call of quiet domesticity and married life had robbed me of Watson’s assistance as both partner and recorder of my cases. Thus, when detective inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard required a lead—any lead—I found myself forced to pursue Jack the Ripper alone and without the aid of my faithful friend. And all for the most damnedable of reasons:

Early on in my investigations, Dr. John H. Watson, formerly of 221b Baker Street, emerged as my prime suspect.

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UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sherlock-Holmes-Ripper-Whitechapel-Wiseman-ebook/dp/B088P92XWC

US - https://www.amazon.com/Sherlock-Holmes-Ripper-Whitechapel-Wiseman-ebook/dp/B088P92XWC

My Review
Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper of Whitechapel takes two of my favorite things and puts them together in one intense novel. Told from Sherlock's POV, the story follows the renowned detective as he struggles to uncover the identity of the Red Fiend (aka Jack the Ripper). Originally asked by Watson not to investigate the murders, Sherlock is then brought in when Lestrade bandies his name about. It's only when the clues start piling up that Sherlock realizes the evidence is pointing at the least likely person he'd expect: Watson himself. 
Can Holmes and Lestrade uncover the truth before it's too late, or will the Ripper continue his killing spree, unencumbered and unchallenged. 
I really enjoyed this book. It's easy to get sucked right in, and trying to figure out the mystery along with Sherlock makes it engaging and exciting.
As someone who grew up obsessed with mysteries and found Sherlock to be fascinating, and as someone who was also obsessed with and fascinated by Jack the Ripper, this book made me ridiculously happy. Sure, it's dark, but I've always been a bit on the morbid side, drawn to the macabre.
I even once wrote a short story for my 9th grade English class about Jack the Ripper (and got an A on it!), so that should tell you something right there. I was also tempted to do the Jack the Ripper tour when I was visiting London in 2013, but, alas, I didn't get a chance to. Maybe one day...
Anyway... back to my review!
The ending is a bit surprising, but I won't spoil anything. I definitely didn't expect it to end the way it did, though.
If you're a fan of taut cat-and-mouse games, especially between well-known characters, you'll want to check out Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper of Whitechapel. 
4 stars!

Author Bio – M. K. Wiseman has degrees in Interarts & Technology and Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her office, therefore, is a curious mix of storyboards and reference materials. Both help immensely in the writing of historical novels. She currently resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

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