With Baron Barlucci escaping London on his way to New York with Abigail Drake, Dr. Watson is certain they've seen the last of the Whitechapel Vampire; Sherlock Holmes isn't so sure. They soon learn the Animus Lacuna, barque of the now infamous Barlucci, was reported lost at sea and a longboat carrying the body of Abigail Drake was recovered by Newfoundland fishermen. But when Inspector Andrews of Scotland Yard arrives to retrieve her remains, the body suddenly disappears and Sherlock Holmes is called in to investigate. "Sherlock Holmes and the Body Snatchers" takes up the story of the Whitechapel Vampire in New York, where Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson meet, work with, and sometimes work against, New York detectives Mylo Strumm and Michael Murray. Holmes and Watson are on a quest to find the missing body of Miss Abigail Drake, while Strumm and Murray are investigating a string of unusual murders that bear a striking resemblance to the 'Ripper' murders in London. Fast-paced and well-researched, "Sherlock Holmes and the Body Snatchers" sequel to "Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire" takes the famous detective out of his familiar London environs and places him in 1888 Manhattan, a place of sin and vice, rivaling the worst London has to offer. Holmes chases his nemesis while he struggles with the enigma Barlucci presents.
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Sherlock Holmes and the Body Snatchers by Dean Turnbloom *** Possible Spoilers. I try, but the set up for the novel is what I try to give, not the full story. *** What has gone before: In the previous book, The Whitechapel Vampire, Holmes dealt with the evil of Baron Barlucci, a six-hundred year old vampire during 1888. The book ends with Baron Barlucci escaping aboard the Animus Lacuna, en route to New York City. With him is Sir Charles Warren’s niece, Abigail Drake… As this book opens, a lifeboat from the Animus Lacuna washes ashore on Newfoundland, bearing the body of Abigail Drake. There is no sign of Baron Barlucci, but from the amount of wreckage washed up on the shore the ship is assumed lost with all hands. This is later confirmed by Mandible Pierce who is from another ship that discovered the beached wreck of the Animus Lacuna. He has a wild tale of a devil which attacked his men who had landed at the wreckage to search for survivors. Attacked himself by this devil, he fires all barrels of his revolver setting off an avalanche that buries the wreckage, the bodies of his fallen comrades, and the devil. He barely escapes himself. The body of Abigail Drake is stolen from the morgue where she lay. The morgue embalmer is found stuffed into her coffin, being devoured by rats. Despite all the vicious wounds, the body has little to no blood. An Inspector Andrews of Scotland Yard has been sent to Newfoundland to retrieve the body. He tracks it to a ferry to New York City. On the trip over men are killed. Andrews takes the Police Ferry, and arrives in time to meet the ferry from Newfoundland. By now, local detectives Mylo Strumm and his partner Michael Murray are involved. With Andrews they search trunks on the ferry for the body. One is discovered empty, but big enough for it to contain the body. The trunk is the property of an unnamed upper-class foreigner. Abigail Drake’s twin sister Emily is checking on her sister’s missing body. Oddly enough, she takes a secluded house off Central Park. At times she displays very odd behavior. She arranges for Doctor Tremaine to have a stocked laboratory in her house. But she is seen in the daylight and cannot possibly be a vampire. Holmes and Watson are sent to New York to join the investigation into Abigail’s missing body. Inspector Andrews disappears and is found drained of blood and stuffed into a trunk… As with the previous story, this is just the set up for the novel. The true beauty lies in the game. As the body count rises, so of them are more and more brutal. Holmes and Detective Strumm pursue one dead-end clue after the other. They begin to realize that they just might have to change their thinking on what is possible… This book was certainly as good if not better than the first one. The many roads of misdirection make it a great read. I give it five plus stars. Quoth the Raven…