Sherlock Holmes Society of London
"A lively and captivating tale in which Holmes and Watson assist Inspector Lestrade in investigating the stabbing to death of a man in the East End. The story is set against the backdrop of the Great London Dock Strike of 1889 and draws cleverly on the rising tensions between the dock owners and dock workers at that time.
The characters in the tale are well drawn and I particularly liked the inclusion of Scotland Yard’s Inspector Edmund Reid, the real-life detective who helped to investigate the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888. There are some nice nods to the history of the dockland locations in which the action is set and great use of some East End colloquialisms! And despite the grim nature of the crimes committed, the novel is interspersed with well-judged humour throughout. All in all, an enjoyable and neatly paced pastiche."
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