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A Study in Red (The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper #1)

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A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper by Brian L Porter tells the story of Robert Cavendish, a modern day psychiatrist who is bequeathed a strange set of papers which purport to be the journal of the long-dead infamous Whitechapel Murderer whose crimes gripped the hearts and minds and instilled terror on the streets of Victorian London. As he begins to rea ...more
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Published January 1st 2008 by Double Dragon Publishing
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Stephen
4.0 stars. This book is well written and the premise is great. A psychiatrist, Robert Cavendish, is bequeathed what appears to be the actual journal of "jack the Ripper." Skeptical at first, Robert becomes convinced that the journal is authentic and that there may be a connection between the infamous mass murderer and his family. His obsession with the journal eventually leads him question his own sanity (and his own ability to control his own actions) and becomes a struggle between sanity and m ...more
Ann Keller
Jun 06, 2009 Ann Keller rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
A Study in Red begins with a mysterious warning, compelling the reader to read on. What follows is a horrific tale of butchery, bloodletting and madness, the tale of the secret journal of Jack the Ripper.

Page, by warm sticky page, Brian L. Porter compels us to follow as Robert receives a very old stack of papers upon his father’s death. Puzzled and curious, he begins to read the odd journal. Sleep eludes Robert and he barely eats enough to stay alive as the journal of Jack the Ripper engulfs his
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Martha Cheves
Mar 15, 2009 Martha Cheves rated it it was amazing
In reading A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack The Ripper, I came across a passage written by Porter that explained why I couldn't put this book down.... "there was a thrill attached to all the horror I was exposing myself to, not a pleasant thrill, but a thrill nonetheless." To me the "thrill" was wanting to know the full story. With the available resources for research today it just might be possible for a writer to compile all of the evidence and form a conclusion that wasn't possible ...more
Berk Rourke
Jan 07, 2016 Berk Rourke rated it it was amazing
How would you create a new approach to an old topic? How would you breathe new life into the story of a demented and murderous person who has been studied infinitely? In this wonderfully conceptualized story Brian L. Porter has breathed new life into the story of "Jack the Ripper." The author postulates a diary that comes into the hands of a psychiatrist in the late 1990's when his father dies in an automobile accident. And the diary consists of writings of the madman/murderer Jack. It also cons ...more
Paul Barton
Jun 19, 2016 Paul Barton rated it it was ok
This tale reveals the identity of Jack the Ripper through the pages of a diary handed down through the generations. The diary entries, somewhat stereotypical rants against whores, are interspersed with the musings of the reader. I can't say much more as there is scant plotting.

The premise is interesting but unfortunately the book gives the impression of having been rushed into print without the benefit of thorough copy editing. There are too many repetitions of pet words and phrases ("suffused",
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Eileen Thornton
May 29, 2009 Eileen Thornton rated it it was amazing
Beware! Jack the Ripper walks the streets again!!

When Robert Cavendish inherits a strange set of papers from his father, he has no idea what he is about to discover. But when he begins to turn the age-old pages, handed down from generation to generation, he learns that what he now has before him is the secret journal of Jack the Ripper himself. As the story unfolds, Cavendish feels he is being drawn into the mind of the Ripper. Yet, frightened though he is, he can’t stop reading the journal, he
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Brian
Apr 23, 2008 Brian rated it it was amazing
As the author of the book I can't very well review my own work, but here a some of the customer reviews it has received so far, taken from the Amazon UK and Amazon.com websites: (As of 24th April 2008 the book is listed as the 17th best selling Jack the Ripper book on the Amazon UK website)

'A Thrilling Study in Red!!, 11 April 2008
By Mr. Michael Covell "Mike Covell" (Hull)

I was lucky enough to win this excellent book, otherwise I would have bought it anyway!! It grips you from the off slowly
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Barbara Watkins
Apr 27, 2008 Barbara Watkins rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who enjoys literature at its best!
Not since reading ‘Mister B Gone’ by Clive Barker had I felt such an enthusiasm of excitement with each turn of the page. ‘A Study in Red’ (The Secret Journal of Jack The Ripper) by Brian Porter ranks high at the top of the charts as a phenomenal work of horror and intrigue. Although set as fiction his depiction of the Ripper murders reads all too real. The author transports his reader back in time to 18th century London. Through his articulate choice of words, you will feel the cobblestone bene ...more
Vivian Zabel
Apr 23, 2008 Vivian Zabel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone older than 15 who is strong of heart, like horror
Recommended to Vivian by: The author
I picked up A Study in Red: The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper, the cover hinting at the dark secrets contained between the covers. But, the cover didn’t warn of the depth of travel into the mind of a mad man.

Brian L. Porter’s words grab the reader and won’t let go as he describes Robert Cavendish’s reading of the secret journal of the notorious Jack the Ripper. The man’s life changed as he discovered an ancestor’s place in Jack’s life, the workings of The Ripper’s mind, and the terror the ma
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J.F. Juzwik
Apr 18, 2011 J.F. Juzwik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book late afternoon on a Friday and completed it in the afternoon on the following day. Talk about not being able to put a book down! This is extremely well written, and the tremendous amount of research the writer did really shows. It is as if he got into a time machine and traveled back to that time with a tape recorder and took notes. The language, the locations, the details - frighteningly accurate.

This is a whole new perspective on the subject of Jack The Ripper, which incl
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Carolcares4u
Mar 05, 2010 Carolcares4u rated it it was amazing
Brian has now become one of my fav authors. It begins with the main character reading the real Ripper's jounal that was given to him by lawyers after his father's death. Notes from his gr. gr.grandfather, a noted psychiatrist and in between some pages giving his opinions. Then you find out something remarkable. I don't want to give anything away, but this reminds me a bit of O. Henry! Fascinating book. It is a POD, so order from B&N for free shipment. It has won awards.
Annie
Apr 22, 2012 Annie rated it liked it
A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper by Brian L Porter tells the story of Robert Cavendish, a modern day psychiatrist who is bequeathed a strange set of papers which purport to be the journal of the long-dead infamous Whitechapel Murderer whose crimes gripped the hearts and minds and instilled terror on the streets of Victorian London.
Deb
May 20, 2009 Deb rated it it was amazing
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It was so hard to put this book down. It was at the same time horrifying & wonderful. You wanted to turn away from the horrible murders but at the same time you wanted to see what happened next. A book like this doesn't come along too often!
Brian Kavanagh
A clever retelling of the Ripper story. Clever, but something bugged me and I think it was the fact that it was thin material and felt like short story padded out. A denser plot development would have helped.
Donald Kirch
Aug 09, 2010 Donald Kirch rated it it was amazing
Brian Porter has taken an old story, about some old crimes, and elevated it to become a great drama of horror and plausibility. This is a great book!
Alexander Wj
May 13, 2011 Alexander Wj rated it it was ok
Not quite predictable and yet, not at all thrilling
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