Ciao, amici! Those of you who know me well know I have a bit of an obsession with Jack the Ripper. So, it should come as no surprise to you that I snatched up this book when I saw it.
A New Jack Meets a New Breed of Detectives—Ripperologists
This concept promised a contemporary and interesting take on the most famous serial killer in history.
The story follows a few key players. One is the villain, a modern day Jack. One is the detective determined to stop him. And two are Ripperologists, authors who have written books on the original Jack the Ripper and can offer insight on the original slayings and therefore who the current killer may target next. Also, who the current killer may be. One of these authors was just dabbling in the “Ripper” world for a change in scenery while the other is a bona fide expert in the field and a former police officer himself.
I thought the characters could have been developed a little more, but this is very much plot-driven fiction, not character-driven fiction, so this is purely personal preference on my part. They were developed well enough to carry the story. And the story was well conceived. The clues to this mystery are competently laid out, and as a Ripper fan myself, I very much appreciated what the author did with the reveal at the end. But it was a reveal I saw coming. I have to say, as someone who reads mysteries because I like to guess the “whodunit” part of the “whodunit,” when I figured out where this was leading, I kind of felt cheated a bit. If you aren’t a Ripper fan, you won’t see it until the end. But you might not “get” it, either. I don’t know how non-Ripper fans will feel about it.
There was some head-hopping, punctuation, and formatting issues. I think maybe this could benefit from another pass by an editor. But all told, if you enjoy mysteries, especially Ripper-themed ones, it’s worth a read. I rate it 3.5 stars.