Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire

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Victorian Englands most famous consulting detective is hot on the trail of London's most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. But in Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire, Jack is a vampire and Holmes refusal to believe it could be his undoing as the two match wits in this delightfully original first novel.
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Overview

Victorian Englands most famous consulting detective is hot on the trail of London's most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. But in Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire, Jack is a vampire and Holmes refusal to believe it could be his undoing as the two match wits in this delightfully original first novel.
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Publishers Weekly
Given that others have tossed Holmes, Jack the Ripper, and Dracula together (e.g., Fred Saberhagen's The Holmes-Dracula File), Turnbloom doesn't even get points for originality with this tepid thriller. A thinly-disguised version of Stoker's villain, Baron Antonio Barlucci—"one of the wealthiest financiers in Europe, known internationally as the Pope's banker—" must sustain himself with frequent bloodsucking. In 1888, after killing a number of women and dumping their corpses in the Seine, the baron moves to London, where he continues his slaughter, covering up his telltale bite marks by slashing the throats of the prostitutes he kills (impelling the press to label the baron Jack the Ripper), and mutilating their corpses. Belatedly, the matter comes to Holmes' attention, and he is invited into the case by Scotland Yard. Meanwhile, the baron has fallen for the niece of the Commissioner of Police. The suspense is surface-level at best, and the writing is often sloppy—having Holmes remark, illogically, "Coincidence, my dear Watson, is the residue of design," doesn't capture the spirit of the originals, and characters' reactions are often implausible—the baron's beloved doesn't even bat an eye when he confesses he's a serial killer. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780921235
  • Publisher: MX Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/7/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

The seventh child of a southern Indiana coal miner, Dean was born in 1954. He joined the US Navy in 1973, where he served for thirty years. It was while he was in the Navy that he met and married a beautiful California girl, Nanette, and together they had three children.

Dean is also the author of a series of books published by Pelican Publishing Co., Inc., entitled, PRIZEWINNING POLITICAL CARTOONS and has editions in print for the years 2008, 2010, 2011, with the 2012 edition to be released in March 2012. In addition, his short stories have been published by L&L Dreamspell and by Death Head Grin. Dean currently resides in southern California with his wife of thirty-four years, their three children, two grandchildren, four dogs, two cats and a bird (not all in the same household).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    I'm not much into vamipires like Twilight, so I was glad this wa

    I'm not much into vamipires like Twilight, so I was glad this was not one of those. Mr. Turnbloom really brought the characters to life for me. I had hoped there would have been more of Sherlock Holmes in the beginnng, so the first part appeared to drag a little, but the richness of detail and the research he must have put into the book more than made up for that. Once Holmes and Watson arrived in earnest, the book really took off. I would be inclined to read more books by Mr. Turnbloom. I hope there's a sequel!

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    I enjoyed this book very much! I liked how the author weaves tog

    I enjoyed this book very much! I liked how the author weaves together Sherlock Holmes and the myth of the vampire and the perpetrator of the Ripper murders.  The book moves along at a pretty good pace and keeps the reader interested throughout.  The parts concerning Sherlock Holmes I found more interesting than those of the vampire however, and I am a fan of both genres.  There were quite a few typos in the book, which took away from reading it a little, but overall I found it very enjoyable.  I received this book as an ARC, free through GoodReads.

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  • Posted December 23, 2012

    "Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire" is an en

    "Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire" is an enjoyable read. When I began reading the book, I expected the usual Holmes pastiche. To my delight, I found something much different.
    There are only a few drawbacks to the book. The grammar could be tweaked a little and the style is a bit repetitive. I felt the ending was a tad bit rushed, though true to certain Sherlockian standards. It did not detract from my enjoyment of the story, however.
    I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan for over 27 years, and though a little rigid in my ideal portrayal of Holmes, I am flexible with the pastiches. If you are a purist, you will not enjoy this book. To me, this book was less like the Sacred Writings and more like a Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce movie. When I was reading the book, (Which is in third-person narration rather than first-person) I couldn't help but see Basil and Nigel. The way the two characters interacted and spoke to one another, plus the hilarity that ensues from the predicaments that Watson finds himself in, were true to Rathbone and Bruce. I loved it! I could just imagine the two facing down the Draculaesque character. I wish they were alive so that they could make this novel into a motion picture!
    The attention to historical detail enthralled me. I am also versed in Ripperology and it was a thrill to see that Turnbloom tied up all of the loose ends with actual facts. I enjoyed his mention of the Ripper letters and the famous "writing on the wall". I also enjoyed how he stayed true to Sherlock's character (as portrayed by Rathbone). It was wonderful!
    Give this book a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    This is a first novel by an author new to Sherlockian fiction wh

    This is a first novel by an author new to Sherlockian fiction who has
    undertaken to unite two of the most popular Sherlockian pastiche
    subjects into a single volume. The Database of Sherlockian pastiches,
    parodies and related fiction lists ninety five efforts to have Sherlock
    uncover the identity of ‘Saucy Jack.’ Further, the database also lists
    fifty five efforts to tell of Sherlock’s efforts to cope with Vampires.
    Two of the listed items combine these themes. A short story, “The
    Children of the Night” and the current volume are the only combinations
    of these themes, in so far as I know. This book also combines two
    investigations. Holmes is convinced that an Italian immigrant, accused
    of the murder of a young Italian lady on the ship that brought them from
    Italy, is innocent. Holmes’ efforts to ‘clear up’ this case lead him
    into the investigation that Scotland Yard are bungling in front of all
    the world. Prejudice, sloppy investigative techniques and an inability
    to look for a bloodthirsty murderer outside the lower classes have
    hamstrung the Yard’s investigation. Holmes’ investigation is meticulous
    and revealing. It is also unwelcome to ‘the powers that be.’ The
    cooperation he receives is spotty at best so the final resolution of the
    ‘Ripper killings’ is left clouded and uncertain. Holmes solves his
    problems, has the Italian immigrant released and finds employment and
    new lives for him and his brother-in-arms. The prostitute murderer
    disappears from history, we hope. The book is reasonably well-written,
    with only minor editing errors. The investigations are well covered and
    the characters are sharply drawn. The book is not to my personal taste,
    but it is an interesting and well conducted effort. The science aspects
    are imaginative and the settings are well done. Reviewed by: Philip K.
    Jones, August 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    "Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechaple Vampire" is a must read!

    "Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire" is a must read. I couldn't put it down. Dean Turnbloom has an acute knowledge of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. A great summer read. I hope to see many more books by Dean Turnbloom. J Cromwell, reader at large.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Great book

    If you like vampire books plus Sherlock Holmes this is the book for you. I couldn't put this book down. Highly recommended.

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