A knife in the fog : a mystery featuring Margaret Harkness and Arthur Conan Doyle / by Bradley Harper.
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- ISBN: 9781633884861
- ISBN: 1633884864
- Physical Description: 288 pages ; 21 cm
- Publisher: Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, 2018.
|Summary, etc.:|| "Physician Arthur Conan Doyle takes a break from his practice to assist London police in tracking down Jack the Ripper. September 1888. A twenty-nine-year-old Arthur Conan Doyle practices medicine by day and writes at night. His first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, although gaining critical and popular success, has only netted him twenty-five pounds. Embittered by the experience, he vows never to write another "crime story." Then a messenger arrives with a mysterious summons from former Prime Minister William Gladstone, asking him to come to London immediately. Once there, he is offered one month's employment to assist the Metropolitan Police as a "consultant" in their hunt for the serial killer soon to be known as Jack the Ripper. Doyle agrees on the stipulation his old professor of surgery, Professor Joseph Bell--Doyle's inspiration for Sherlock Holmes--agrees to work with him. Bell agrees, and soon the two are joined by Miss Margaret Harkness, an author residing in the East End who knows how to use a Derringer and serves as their guide and companion. Pursuing leads through the dank alleys and courtyards of Whitechapel, they come upon the body of a savagely murdered fifth victim. Soon it becomes clear that the hunters have become the hunted when a knife-wielding figure approaches"-- Provided by publisher.
"Physician Arthur Conan Doyle takes a break from his practice to assist London police in tracking down Jack the Ripper"-- Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 September #2
Holmesians dream the scene. It's 1888 London, and the police beg the detective's help in ending the Jack the Ripper murders. With Holmes on the case, we'd be in for some deductive dazzlement. Instead, Harper imagines Arthur Conan Doyle himself answering the call. Doyle insists that Dr. Joseph Bell, his teacher and the model for Holmes, be called in from his hospital post in Edinburgh, and we hear a delightfully familiar voice. We are dealing with a man . . . most likely not physically intimidating . . . probably at or below average height. They enlist another historical personage, left-wing reporter and novelist Margaret Harkness, as a guide through the reeking neighborhood. What follows is yards above the usual pastiche, told in flowing language that could almost be sung: Her accent declared an Irish heritage, and her age appeared to be around twenty-five. Holmes' fans will appreciate the glimpses, amid the action and the examination of social mores, of the elements that formed their hero. Here's Oscar Wilde advising Doyle on what some think is the key to the Great Detective: Write about justice. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
Bradley Harper is a retired US Army Colonel and pathologist who has performed over two-hundred autopsies and some twenty forensic investigations. A life-long fan of Sherlock Holmes, he did intensive research for this debut novel, A Knife in the Fog, including a trip to London's East End with noted Jack the Ripper historian Richard Jones. Harper’s first novel was published in October 2018 and was a finalist for a 2019 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel by an American Author.
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