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Lestrade and the Ripper (Sholto Lestrade Mystery #6)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  93 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Go back in time to 1888. London is horrified by a series of brutal killings. Dead prostitutes are turning up all over Whitechapel. But these aren't the only murders to perplex the brains of Scotland Yard. In Brighton, another body is discovered. It falls to the Yard's Inspector Sholto Lestrade to look into these killings.
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Gateway Editions (first published 1988)
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Amy Sturgis
I have mixed thoughts about this one.

On the one hand, the writing style didn't work for me. For my personal taste, a little humor goes a long way, and M.J. Trow's novel reads like one extended, often tortured pun. I found the unabashed tongue-in-cheek tone to be a particularly uncomfortable fit with the subject matter, namely the Jack the Ripper murders. While I appreciated the completely different take on Sherlock Holmes and John Watson (neither of whom has much of a clue, literally or figurati
Jul 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Boring and very cheesy. Lestrade is a bumbling idiot, Holmes is a crazy person, and Watson is a weak and useless character. I wanted so much more from the characters. There are two mysteries, one of which is the Ripper which is not wrapped up at all (granted, that is reality. But this is fiction which encourages a bending of reality to make a good story). The second is school murders which alternates as an afterthought to the whole story. Very disappointed.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The subject being as campy as it can possibly be, the novel delivers an entertaining, and reasonably unpretentious take on the story - if you buy into it, that is. It's a detective's novel, though, not Alan Moore's postmodern musings on a godless world, as "From Hell" maybe was: This means that, between Holmes and Lestrade, the sulking darkness of the tale will ultimately be overcome.
D.L. Morrese
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lestrade is clumsy, unsophisticated, only marginally educated, and not overly bright. He's also inadvertently hilarious at times. This Victorian murder mystery is, as the title suggests, about the Ripper murders...sort of. Mainly it's about Lestrade bumbling around trying to figure out who done it. He is, despite his shortcomings and somewhat unbelievably, apparently one of the best men Scotland Yard has. The Victorian, or possibly mock-Victorian prose and references can make the reading a bit c ...more
Rena Sherwood
Sep 14, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the pre-quel to the first book in the series. It's best if you read the first book before reading this. Has some nice puns and humor just for Sherlockians and Holmesians but gets difficult to follow in places.
Rita Marcella
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a humorous and despite the subject lighthearted read.
Les Wilson
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really am enjoying this series. The little bits of humour gives it that little extra.
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Meirion James Trow is a full-time teacher of history who has been doubling as a crime writer for seventeen years. Originally from Ferndale, Rhondda in South Wales he now lives on the Isle of Wight. His interests include collecting militaria, film, the supernatural and true crime.
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