Monday, April 6, 2015

The Ripper's Daughter - A Review

Title: The Ripper's Daughter
Author: Pamela Turner
Publisher: BlackWyrm Publishing, 2014
118 pages
ISBN-10: 1613181620
ISBN-13: 978-1613181621

From the cover:

Louisville, Kentucky 1898

Ten years earlier, Jack the Ripper terrorized London's Whitechapel District. Assigned to the case, Detective Inspector Nathan James discovered the Ripper's true nature, and made a decision that changed his life. but the murders stopped and the Ripper disappeared.

Now living in Louisville, Kentucky, Nathan runs a saloon, while trying to keep his relationship with his manservant, Stephen, secret. He's never forgotten his failure to stop the Ripper, and when murdered prostitutes start showing up, suspects the elusive killer stalks the city's streets. But is the Ripper responsible for these deaths, and will he reveal Nathan and Stephen's darkest secret?

I don't normally read vampire fiction, so when I started this novella I was ready to put it down. I have an aversion to most vampire tales because of their portrayal of the vampire as either a victim or a romantic. There is something of that in this novella, but the overarching storyline was what caught my attention and made me forget the vampire aspect.

The Ripper murders are a point of interest to anyone who likes mysteries. What would have been ignored today, in the early days of yellow journalism and 19th century morality became a huge news story. That the murders were probably not connected made no difference. That the Ripper might have been the invention of a particularly desperate newspaper editor was quickly passed over at the time. Instead, the result was a sensationalistic story that still fascinates to this day.

Pamela Turner has wisely sidestepped the details of the London murders and added a new slant to the story, a twist to who and what the murderer really was. That, combined with the investigation of a new and equally disturbing set of murders makes for a great story and a fascinating read for anyone who enjoys a good tale of love, betrayal, intrigue, and death.