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Posted November 22, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 23, 2012
"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!
Posted August 28, 2012
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
Posted June 26, 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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2012