Book Review | Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper of Whitechapel by M.K. Wiseman

Goodreads’ Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This Sherlock Holmes story brings new insight into the inner workings of the most famous detective of all time.

What I Liked

The suspense starts strong and rises as the story goes on. I think any story with Jack the Ripper, real or fictional, automatically creates an air of anticipation. Still, when you put Sherlock Holmes on his tail, the suspense is elevated to a level that riveted me. I couldn’t stop reading as more and more clues came to light implicating friend and partner, John Watson, but could he be Jack the Ripper?

I love how the tone and pace are in keeping with the original Sherlock Holmes story. I immediately feel like I need to bring my A-game, as a reader, when in the presence of such an exceptional detective, and that is reflected perfectly in how the story is told. After all, I can’t let Sherlock make me look like I have subpar detective skills.

I found the unusual look into Holmes’s emotions surrounding his best friend and partner’s marriage and the resulting lack of time for their partnership fascinating. Sherlock Holmes always comes across as a man devoid of emotion. Everything is about science and facts. But faced with such a loss of a significant presence in his life, he is forced to deal with genuine and very human feelings of grief and loss.
Watching Holmes work through these feelings is the little extra that makes this rendition so unique.

To Read or Not to Read

Are you ready to have your mind blown? Then this is the right book for you as Sherlock uncovers the identity of the most enigmatic serial killer history has ever known – Jack the Ripper!

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on this blog tour.

About the Book

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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About the Author

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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9 Replies to “Book Review | Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper of Whitechapel by M.K. Wiseman”

  1. Great review, this sounds like an interesting read! Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes in the same story? Sign me up.

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  2. When you mentioned it earlier (last week?), I preordered it. Now that you reviewed it? I know I made the right choice in buying it. Can’t wait to read it!

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