Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye audiobook

Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

By Lyndsay Faye
Read by Simon Vance

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9.35 Hours Unabridged
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Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London. In Dust and Shadow, Sherlock Holmes hunts down Jack the Ripper—the world’s first serial killer—with impeccably accurate historical detail and without the advantage of modern forensics or profiling. Sherlock’s desire to stop the killer who is terrifying the East End of London is unwavering from the start, and in an effort to do so he hires an “unfortunate” known as Mary Ann Monk, the friend of a fellow streetwalker who was one of the Ripper’s earliest victims. However, when Holmes himself is wounded in Whitechapel attempting to catch the villain, and a series of articles in the popular press question his role in the crimes, he must use all his resources in a desperate race to find the man known as “The Knife” before it is too late. Penned as a pastiche by the loyal and courageous Dr. Watson, this debut signals the arrival of a tremendous talent in the mystery and historical fiction genres.

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Summary

Summary

An Audible.com bestseller

Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

In Dust and Shadow, Sherlock Holmes hunts down Jack the Ripper—the world’s first serial killer—with impeccably accurate historical detail and without the advantage of modern forensics or profiling. Sherlock’s desire to stop the killer who is terrifying the East End of London is unwavering from the start, and in an effort to do so he hires an “unfortunate” known as Mary Ann Monk, the friend of a fellow streetwalker who was one of the Ripper’s earliest victims. However, when Holmes himself is wounded in Whitechapel attempting to catch the villain, and a series of articles in the popular press question his role in the crimes, he must use all his resources in a desperate race to find the man known as “The Knife” before it is too late.

Penned as a pastiche by the loyal and courageous Dr. Watson, this debut signals the arrival of a tremendous talent in the mystery and historical fiction genres.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“At long last, an author of rare talent combines a thorough, enthusiastic knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes canon with truly rigorous research into, and respect for, the Jack the Ripper killings.” Caleb Carr, New York Times bestselling author
“Lyndsay Faye’s depiction of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and their world is exceptional in Dust and Shadow, an exciting and grimly vivid tale that confronts the murderous Jack the Ripper with A. Conan Doyle’s immortal detective better than ever before.” Conan Doyle Estate
“Following in the footsteps of such crime writers as Ellery Queen and Michael Dibdin…the author uses a convincing Watsonian voice to present versions of Holmes and his chronicler faithful to the originals…Sherlockians will hope to see further pastiches of this quality from Faye.” Publishers Weekly
“Faye displays a superb grasp of the known facts about the murders, and she effectively captures the vibrancy and squalor of the underclass in late nineteenth-century London…She knows how to unfold a tale of murder and mystery.” Booklist
“Sherlock Holmes is Jack the Ripper’s mortal enemy, and never more so than in Lyndsay Faye’s Dust and Shadow. This first novel has bags of atmosphere. With a great deal of skill, the fictional Holmes and Watson are carefully woven into the weft and woof of the true-life Ripper story.” Donald Rumbelow, coauthor of Jack the Ripper: Scotland Yard Investigates
“Fans of the Sherlock Holmes stories recorded by his faithful friend and biographer, Dr. John Watson (especially those depicted on public television starring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes) will love this audiobook…Simon Vance’s fully-voiced narration is excellent here. His ability to capture the essence of each character is superb, each readily identified by tone, accent, tempo, and intensity of voice. Great reading of an intriguing mystery.” SoundCommentary.com

Reviews

Reviews

by MissSusie 9/13/2017
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A Must Read!

I swear that Lyndsay Faye has channeled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this book felt so much like an original Holmes story that if I hadn’t known who the author was I would have just assumed it was a Doyle story. This book can stand up alongside the Holmes canon with no fear of recriminations this is the best non-Doyle Holmes story I have ever read!

Who better to finally solve the Ripper case than Sherlock Holmes? However before he can solve the case he is accused of being the Ripper himself! This story had some great twists and turns and just the right amount of actual Ripper facts to make this a very believable story combining these two iconic characters seamlessly. Yes, I know Jack the Ripper was real and Sherlock is not but this book was so well written that real and fiction blurred into one fantastic story, and I think Sherlock got it right, his explanation of who the Ripper was seemed to fit better with the evidence than a lot of other hypothesis I’ve read or heard.

There is a great “feel” of Whitechapel the author transports you into these dark alleys with their smells and people, the atmosphere was great you could almost hear the clopping of horses hoofs and see the mist and fog. She also brings everyone from the original Holmes including Mrs. Hudson, Inspector Lestrade, and Mycroft and brings a new character Miss Monk who is a woman of some ill repute but just the kind of woman who could help Holmes snare The Ripper, I enjoyed her she was a fun character.

As always Simon Vance’s narration is spot on, the differing voices of Watson & Holmes were great it had the feel of the old Basil Rathbone movies(which are my favorites) with Watson’s voice a bit more gravely than Holmes and Holmes’ smooth I’m better than you cadence of speech. I can’t think of anyone who could have done this book more justice than Simon Vance.

I highly recommend this book especially on audio! If you are a Holmes fan this is a must read!

5 Stars
by Jennifer (Literate Housewife) 9/13/2017
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Excellent listen!

A great, well written novel narrated by a master. The mystery and the dialog made this listen magical.
by Holly 9/13/2017
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Doesn't Disappoint

I'm an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, so I was afraid this novel wouldn't be up to par. I was wrong. Lyndsay Faye nails the characters and the setting. She matches Conan Doyle's tone and style very well. And Simon Vance is always a pleasure to listen to. I highly recommend this book.

Author

Author Bio: Lyndsay Faye

Author Bio: Lyndsay Faye

Lyndsay Faye is the author of critically acclaimed Dust and Shadow and The Gods of Gotham and is featured in The Best American Mystery Stories 2010. A true New Yorker in the sense that she was born elsewhere, she lives in Manhattan with her husband, Gabriel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English