The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper, uncovers clues as to "Why the Dog Did Not Bark in the Night." Sherlock Holmes concluded that it was because the intruder was known to the dog. Madsen’s new mystery questions whether the identity of one of the greatest criminals of all time, Jack the Ripper, was deduced by Conan Doyle. Conan Doyle was already famous with his popular Sherlock Holmes stories when Jack the Ripper struck London in October 1888. Why was Conan Doyle silent about this case? Find out in The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper.
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Did Conan Doyle Identify JTR? My thanks to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my review copy of this book. May all of your endeavors be rewarded! DD McGil is an investigator who works for the Chicago firm of United Insurance. She is on a stakeout when she receives a call from her friend Tom Joyce. Tom owns a bookshop and is known as a Sherlockian of high ranking. As a result of his expertise, he has been chosen to appraise the book collection of the David Joyce Grange estate. Mr. Grange had been a friend of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. That alone makes his collection of Sherlock Holmes material invaluable. But as Tom breathlessly tells DD, he has discovered a diary in the desk of Mr. Grange. It lies in a hidden compartment and contains references to the original manuscript of Doyle’s The White Company. Better still, it states that the manuscript contains Doyle’s notes on Jack the Ripper… Then Tom gives a frightened gasp that someone is trying to kill him and the phone goes dead… There are really two mysteries in this book. DD McGil and Tom Joyce are trying to find the missing manuscript and who tried to kill Tom. This sends them into danger time and again. Plans fail and effort misfires, causing mayhem with DD’s job, Tom’s health, and life in general as the two pursue their quarry into Wisconsin to an exciting and explosive climax! Then there is the case of the actual notes by Doyle. Does it actually give the identity at long last of Jack the Ripper? And who will the notes name if that is true? And will evidence known about the Ripper match the suspect named? How much of a chance is there that the notes will be correct, and the serial killer exposed for the devil he was? (SPOILER ALERT) It should be noted that Dr. Joseph Bell, friend of Conan Doyle and the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, was given the evidence collected by the police for real. He shared them with “a friend who likes puzzles” whereupon they both wrote down their suspects name. The names were identical… I give this book five stars! Quoth the Raven…
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Diane Gilbert Madsen has given readers another winner in the DD McGill Literati Mystery Series. The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper is a marvelous tale of DD McGill who is an investigator for insurance fraud and her bookseller friend, Tom Joyce, who is asked to assess the value of the literary estate of a wealthy Chicago estate owner. McGill immediately alienates herself from those associated with the estate and Tom experiences a nasty fall down a flight of stairs. Even though the police believe the fall to be an accident, McGill is convinced it was an attempted murder. In a move to gather evidence illegally, McGill is discovered and arrested. Her antics don't end there as Tom convinces her to become even more involved in the estate owner's diary, which has now mysteriously disappeared. McGill's personality is so lovable that any reader will immediately forgive her illegal activities in the name of justice. And Tom's persistence in pursuing clues that might lead to the identity of Jack the Ripper is nothing short of pathological but in a charming way! The secret to the mystery just might lie in long-lost notes taken by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Neither McGill nor Tom will rest until things are set straight. The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper is a great mystery read by itself but Madsen's characterizations make the reader bound and determined to make this a one-sitting reading experience. This one has it all: a stalker, attempted murder, murder and a fire that threatens to undermine the two sleuths’ abilities to solve their own mystery.