Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampireby Dean Turnbloom
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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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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Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire by Dean Turbloom I should note two things here: 1) This is definitely non-canon. It isn’t even written by Watson, it is told third person. 2) It is going to seem like I give a lot of spoilers, but really this just sets up the story. I guarantee that you will have surprises waiting for you in the book itself! 1888. Two twenty-something friends, Carlino Gaetano and Vittorio Martini, buy passage to London aboard the cargo ship Lira. Also aboard is a rich family with their daughter, Gianette Rossini. Also aboard is the mysterious Baron Barlucci, who by his own account is a six hundred year old vampire. Aboard the ship, the rich Gianette falls for the darkly handsome but poor Carlino. They meet at night and soon are pledged to each other, even though Gianette is headed to England to man the rich man her parents have chosen for her. She is taken one night by the bloodthirsty Baron, and Carlino Gaetano is arrested for her murder. Meanwhile, on an unnamed case in France, Holmes and Watson are approached by Chief Inspector Renard. He has a current case of murdered prostitutes being dumped into the Seine. He also mentions that this is a recurring crime that goes back at least one hundred years. Holmes denies that the events could possibly be connected. He also refuses to listen to Renard’s tales of Vampires. Holmes is standing on science, and discounts vampires as just ignorant superstition. Baron Barlucci takes a home in London called Darthmore Hall. He engages the services of Doctor Alan Tremaine, a man who specializes in diseases of the blood. Doctor Tremaine agrees to work for the Baron, hoping to find a cure for Vampirism. Holmes takes the case of Carlino Gaetano at the request of his friend, Vittoiro Martini. The Baron takes an interest in Sir Charles Warren, The Police Commissioner of Scotland Yard’s niece Abigail Drake. Despite knowing what he is, aka a Vampire, she falls for him. Meanwhile, the vampire is hungry. This is Whitechapel, 1888. The year of Jack the Ripper… None of this is really a spoiler, as it is told right up front in the first small chapters of the novel. The fun for the reader lies in the chase, and what lies around the next bend. Much historical fact is told during the investigation in Whitechapel. The search for a cure for Vampirism is a tense scene, as the Doctor wants to cure the Baron. The Baron’s behind the scenes actions leave one in suspense as to whether he is going to make a bad slip-up and reveal his true nature. I found the pacing and mystery of this novel rather good, and as it is only volume one in a new series by Dean Turnbloom, we have more to look for in the future! I grant this amazing book five stars! Quoth the Raven…
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!
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.
"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!
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
"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.
If you like vampire books plus Sherlock Holmes this is the book for you. I couldn't put this book down. Highly recommended.