Imagine the history’s greatest detective and perhaps history’s most gruesome “unsolved” murders. In Dust and Shadow Dr. Watson retells the tale of his friend’s frantic search for Jack the Ripper. I have to admit (shamefully) to never having read one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels featuring Sherlock Holmes, but I feel that this work by author Lyndsay Faye gets me pretty close to the real thing. It is an interesting plot to pit Holmes, a fictional character, against a real maniacal killer who was never caught. Like all good “who-done-it” novels Faye provides many clues and as many twists to the tale.
If you are a fan of high-tech, CSI type mysteries this novel is probably not for you, but if you just like a very good mystery and good old detective work this is highly recommended. Based on my research about Jack the Ripper the author took great care in providing correct information which lends to the quality of the work. You’ll just have to pick up a cop if you must know whether Holmes solved the mystery.