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By: Philip Jones

Jack the Ripper?

Pages: 150 Ratings: 5.0
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Readers are transported to Victorian London and introduced to Inspector Doyle, a modern-day detective with eternal life, who discovers that he has been wrongly named as ‘Jack the Ripper’, the Victorian serial killer. Nobody wants that label at any time in history, so with the aid of time travel he returns to the year 1888 in an attempt to clear his name.

Another complication for Inspector Doyle is that his modern-day daughter, Flora, who he has left behind to travel back several centuries, is becoming increasingly suspicious of her father’s identity. This is after making her way into his Shrewsbury study, that she is forbidden to enter.

The only good thing about returning to 1888 is that Inspector Doyle is able to rekindle his relationship with daughter Alice and wife Eleanor, who he had to leave behind all those centuries ago. Alice can then only but marvel at her father’s abilities to answer a question that only he knows the answer to, because he has travelled into the future and back.

The story references many Victorian objects that have been meticulously researched and then used to tell a story that is only possible through time travel and a rather clever inventor who may or may not be still alive. Many elements of the original Jack the Ripper case are also detailed as are the horrors of Whitechapel.

Find out whether Inspector Doyle manages to clear his name by discovering who the real Jack the Ripper is, and expect a twist at the end that involves both daughters and a Victorian book that, unlike the rest of Inspector Doyle’s objects, is unable to exist in parallel between the two time zones.

The author, Philip Jones, lives in Shrewsbury, where he sets his debut play, The Lion Hotel. After working in insurance, accountancy, and hospital administration until middle-age, he took the decision to return to full-time education in order to pursue his creative passions, gaining a first-class honours degree in English at University Centre Shrewsbury. An interest in local history was rekindled when he spent his work-based learning placement at Shropshire Archives, discovering the Victorian entertainments bill that forms part of the play’s dialogue. He has since gone on to study for an MRes in Storyteling at the University of Chester.

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  • An intriguing time-travelling adventure

    I feel this is an intriguing time-traveling detective adventure; which as well as being a work of fiction, offers so much more with its inclusion of actual antique Victorian objects to punctuate the story. The book includes theories surrounding Jack the Ripper, Ripper suspects, and alleged victims as well as some interesting historical facts. It is clear that the subject matter has been well researched by the author: to fuse fact with fiction to create what is an engaging piece of work, and I think should appeal to readers interested in time travel, Victorian history, and indeed Ripperologists.

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