This year I have spread my wings in regards to the classic literature I have chosen to digest. From Austen, to Brontë, to Carroll, I’ve expanded my literary tastes to not just include the modern classics. And yet, even with my classic favourites lists expanding exponentially, I still find the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to be some of my top picks.
I own a bind up collection of Conan Doyle’s work, but it’s a hard cover and it’s heavy and I really don’t feel like it’s the best book to carry around, so I decided to pick up The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The Ripper Legacy written by David Stuart Davies. Did Davies live up to the legacy left behind by Conan Doyle? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
When a child is kidnapped with no ransom note and an eerie connection to the Whitechapel murders of a decade before, who is Victorian London to call to solve the case? Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson return in a ‘Further Adventure’ novel to deduce the kidnapped child’s true heritage and the danger that lies with being connected to Jack the Ripper.
I don’t know about you, but when I am feeling like it’s a ‘three-pipe’ sort of day, I immediately reach for a tried and true story of the wickedness of people being sorted by elementary.
Though I haven’t read any of the ‘Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ stories, this one intrigued me based on the fact that it was to have something to do with another of Britain’s most famous characters, Jack the Ripper.
While reading The Ripper Legacy, I did forget that I wasn’t reading a story written by Conan Doyle. Davies was able to write in a way that was both faithful to the original but putting his own spin on the characters and I absolutely flew through this mystery.
With this said however, I do have two complaints about this novel.
One, if you are familiar with Conan Doyle’s more prominent Holmes stories then you’ll be able to figure out the mastermind behind the kidnapping plot. I’m not going to spoil it, but there is a specific story referenced and when it is the reader is able to outsmart Holmes in mere seconds.
Two, I know the reference to Jack the Ripper is only supposed to inform the reader as to why Holmes, Scotland Yard, and the British Parliament are interested in solving this case, but I felt as if Saucy Jack and his dastardly legacy could have been featured just a little bit more.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.