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The Whitechapel Horrors (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Titan Books))

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  887 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Edward B. Hanna brings Sherlock Holmes stunningly back to life in this homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great creation. The Whitechapel Horrors, with its spellbinding story and atmospheric prose, is the best new Holmes adventure since Seven-Per-Cent Solution. Here Hanna imagines the characters anew, while maintaining the integrity of Conan Doyle's originals. Grotesque ...more
Hardcover, 395 pages
Published October 1992 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published 1992)
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Jun 12, 2015 F.R. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the most crucial elements in the original Sherlock Holmes stories is the narration. Having Watson present, witnessing events and then capturing the quicksilver genius of Holmes in his sharp and unfussy prose, is of course massively important to the success of the tales. (As proof of this, see those later stories which Conan-Doyle had Holmes narrate. They are amongst the weakest.) The good Doctor is of course a reader substitute, there to have these wonderful deductions explained to him ...more

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Whitechapel Horrors by Edward B. Hanna plays at "What If?" What if Sherlock Holmes were a real person? (Gasp! Who could doubt it?) And what if he had investigated the horrible murders committed by Jack the Ripper? For surely, the Great Detective would have been called in on such a notorious case.

There is no doubt that Hanna knew his Holmes. He was a long-time Holmes buff and a member of the Baker Street Irregulars. And he most definitely had done hi
I'm not really sure about this book. Oh, it was really well written indeed and well researched too. But for me there are far too many questions unanswered to be satisfied. Also the over 100 foot notes were much too distracting (as informative as they were).

If I read a fictional book about the Ripper accounts and one that features Sherlock Holmes I want the killer to be identified at the end (that's what's fiction is for imo). The third person narrative was also a little off putting for me.

So rea
That was a letdown.

But, I'm going to start with the things that I enjoyed about the book.

1. Very well researched. So many endnotes, and most of them were full of little facts that didn't pertain to the information, but were just a bit of backstory for things to come together, even though they weren't needed for your understanding of what was going on in the novel.

2. Weaving of fact and fiction. Hanna handled all the characters pretty well in my opinion. Clear understanding of Holmes and Watson a
Apr 16, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
Hm lets see. After a couple of non fiction books about the issue of Jack the Ripper and after a lot of re-reading Sherlock Holmes, I decided to choose one where both interact in the same story. For me , who I`m so into the history of the East End, of the Victorian area , the people, the surroundings, the living there and with my passion for Holmes, what could be better than read a story where the great dedective is hunting the most popular murder in the 19th century.
So I picked Hannas book.
Amy Sturgis
Edward B. Hanna definitely did his research, both about the Holmesian canon and the Whitechapel murders. (The 100+ endnotes are fascinating, and quite possibly my favorite part of the novel.) I particularly enjoyed the sense of historical context and the glimpses into Mycroft Holmes and his relationship to various figures of the time (Prime Minister Lord Salisbury, Lord Randolph Churchill, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, etc.) as well as his own brother. Hanna manages to make the tired Royal ...more
Riju Ganguly
Jun 22, 2011 Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it
Fusion of truth and fiction is fascinating for several reasons, foremost among them being the efforts on part of the author(s) to resolve the inconsistencies related to dates and events. Edward B Hanna's "The Whitechapel Horrors" is doubly fascinating because it brings together two of Victorian England's iconic figures: the beloved Sherlock Holmes and the hated Jack the Ripper! Although this particular brand of fusion has been attempted at in several previous works, beginning with Ellery Queen's ...more
May 05, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it
THE WHITECHAPEL HORRORS: A Sherlock Holmes Novel. (1992). Edward B. Hanna. ***1/2.
As you might guess from the title, this was a Holmes pastiche based on the ‘Jack the Ripper’ story. The author did a good job in his research and in his writing style to convey the reader to the appropriate scenes in Victorian London. After a while, it was easy to assume that this was another Conan Doyle story told as by Dr. Watson. The book departs from Doyle’s style in its length, however, which is one of the few
Michael Thompson
May 20, 2012 Michael Thompson rated it really liked it
Well written (although not in the traditional Watsonian narrative), well researched and compelling reading, but a little disappointing in the ending, although understandable and oddly appropriate. The author even explanins the disappointing ending as necessary and realistic. While I'm not an expert on Holmes or the Ripper, I go greatly respect the author's apparent knowledge of both.
Dec 19, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it
The author has obviously done extensive research into Arthur Conan Doyle's writings about Sherlock Holmes. I thought the book was very interesting.
Jan 24, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok
not *my* watson. read it for the jtr lore if you want, but this is not the watson from canon, and i read sh adventures because i love watson. don't make him a naive bigot!
I really really wanted to like this book but unfortunately it failed in every possible way a Holmes-pastiche can fail, in every way a fictional re-telling of Jack the Ripper's crimes can fail and in most ways a (historical) crime novel can fail.

First of all: The story is not told by Watson but by a third person-narrator with insight in the minds of Holmes and Watson. So the we don't only read about Watson being amazed by Holmes deductions, we also see Holmes being desperate, having no idea what
Oct 06, 2016 Georgene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Georgene by: Philip Wickstrand
Shelves: mystery
Sherlock Holmes as written by Edward B. Hanna. Not a bad entry into the Sherlock genre, but a bit over long.

Sherlock and Dr. Watson take on Jack the Ripper in this entry into the Holmes character. Lots of ins and outs in the story. Lots of detail. In the end, there is no reveal as to exactly WHO the Ripper was, which I found disappointing, even though I know that who the Ripper was was never discovered. Oh, well. Not a bad story.
Vadim Barva
Mar 24, 2014 Vadim Barva rated it really liked it
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Dec 16, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sherlock-read
As soon as I started to read this book, I was of the opinion that the idea of having the greatest literary detective of all time, investigating the greatest mystery of all time, was never going to fail. It truly is a concept that doesn’t disappoint in any way. From the off the seamless way reality is blended with fictional characters is evident to see. The narrative is also gripping, taking you on several different turns, you formulate countless theories as to the true identity of the infamous ...more
Jun 16, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jill Hutchinson
Feb 18, 2013 Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I always swear I will never read a pastiche where the main character is iconic....but I broke that resolution with this Sherlock Holmes book......and am glad I did. My only complaint is that Watson is not the narrator and the story in written in the third person. Regardless, that was not enough to spoil my enjoyment of this tale in which Holmes in engaged by his brilliant and extremely well connected brother, Mycroft, to track down the infamous Jack the Ripper. The reason for Mycroft's ...more
Mac Marland
May 11, 2016 Mac Marland rated it liked it
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Sep 09, 2012 Avril rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a lot of fun. While it sadly finishes without definitively identifying Jack the Ripper, the path it takes to its non-conclusion is an enjoyable journey. Perhaps the best part is the 'Notes'; 120 end notes that assume that Holmes and Watson are historical figures and so add historical references and explanations to the narrative. It's a little disappointing that the book is written in the third person, rather than by Watson, but since some of the action takes place while Watson is on ...more
Alan Brindley
I struggled to get into this at first but I eventually found this book enjoyable and worthwhile.

I may be being picky here but there are a few points that somewhat irritated me about this book hence it's rating.

Holmes impersonating a newspaper seller was very unlike him. His repeated use of the expression "yaas" was also baffling.

I found it highly surprising that Holmes was tired and wanted to go to bed after his initial investigation with Abberline. Anybody who has read other Holmes books will
Rena Sherwood
Oct 16, 2016 Rena Sherwood rated it did not like it
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Janet Higginbotham
Jan 10, 2013 Janet Higginbotham rated it it was amazing
Although it took more than a few chapters to begin to appreciate Mr. Hanna's story, the more I read, the more I enjoyed it. His references to The Canonical stories are expertly placed. The idea that Watson went to Dartmoor alone with Sir Henry Baskerville because Holmes was working on the Ripper case at the request of Queen Victoria had never occurred to me but it makes perfect sense. Have not yet finished it but I am looking forward to seeing what comes next. The footnotes are distracting, ...more
David Read
Jun 09, 2012 David Read rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable Sherlock Holmes story, one of the best I've read in quite awhile. In fact, I haven't enjoyed a Sherlock Holmes "pastiche" story as much as this one since I read The Seven Per Cent Solution all those years ago.

The Holmes and Watson characterizations were superb, in fact Mr. Hanna sacrificed some plot momentum in favor of developing the characters, which worked well in this story because, let's fact it, it had a foregone conclusion. Holmes and Watson felt very much like the
Holger Haase
Sherlock Holmes Meets Jack the Ripper.

The book follows the popular Royal Conspiracy Theory from the 1970s and by and large is quite accurate when it comes to the depiction of the Jack the Ripper investigation. As such it is also quite predictable if you are already familiar with those theories.

For some strange reason the book takes a completely different and ultimately unsatisfactory turn at the very end that ignores some of the clues that had for very good reason be deemed important before.

Apr 19, 2013 Kayla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sherlock
This wasn't my favorite re-telling of Sherlock Holmes. For me, I just couldn't get over the fact this wasn't told with Watson's point-of-view. Instead it was done in third person. I gave it two stars because there were moments in this book that I did enjoy. Small moments between Sherlock and Watson, or a moment that just made be smile. Also, I sort of rushed the end of this book. I felt like there was this build up to a great ending, and the book sort of just fizzled out. To the point I felt I ...more
Jan 16, 2013 Cris rated it did not like it
I didn't like The Whitechapel Horrors for the same reasons another reviewer criticised the story. Hanna chose third-person narration instead of Doyle's first person, and I don't think it worked well. I also disliked Hanna's depiction of Watson as stupid with some (unnecessary for the story) reactionary political views.

Overall, I think Dibdin's The last Sherlock Holmes story was more compelling. And I think Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye captured the tone and characters much better than Hanna.
Cat Sole
Jul 11, 2016 Cat Sole rated it did not like it
Honestly? This book is a waste of time. "Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper!" is such a fantastic premise and Hanna completely wastes it. The story strays from the Ripper about halfway through and focuses on minor characters you care little about. This would be excusable if their stories became relevant to the overall Ripper mystery. However, all you're left with at the end is frustration and wanting the past few hours of your life back. The point of a mystery novel is to solve a mystery, and ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is not much I can add with my review that hasn't been said better by someone else. So here is my gut reaction having just finished this book which took me MONTH S to muddle through. And I'm a long time Sherlock fan whether on the page, the big screen or the little one.

"This is totally crap-tastic! What a complete waste of my time! How dare Hanna not give a payout in the end. It doesn't matter what name is provided. I know it's fiction but to not be satisfied's crap."

I know,
Patrick Hayes
Dec 21, 2011 Patrick Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable book to read, that is thoroughly researched and footnoted by the author, but the ultimate solution kept me from giving this a five star rating. Hanna has written a book that entertwines classic Holmes' adventures with the horrors of the Jack the Ripper murders very well, and I couldn't put it down. Watson and Holmes' voices were true to their characters as were the other "notables" that appear. I just wish the solution for Jack's identity had been better...
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