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Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster by Karen Lee Street
Published by Point Blank, 14 September 2017. ISBN:
Very cleverly the author has made
C. Auguste Dupin Edgar Allan Poe's friend instead of his creation as the great
We meet Poe on board ship bound for
London from Philadelphia in 1840, and he is recovering from a bout of
seasickness and rather too much to drink. He has told his wife Sissy he is
travelling on business, but he is actually bound to discover the truth behind
old letters that suggest his grandparents are behind the actions of the London
He meets his friend Dupin as
arranged who has agreed to help him solve the mystery.
Interspersed between the narrative
are the letters which were written by his grandfather Henry and his grandmother
Elizabeth between 1788 and 1790. Poe is determined to prove they had nothing to
do with The Monster who slashed ladies' dresses cutting through to their
As they delve deeper into who can
be responsible for the former crimes, someone seems bent on making Poe pay for
his predecessors supposed atrocities. There are several attempts on his life
and he has many narrow escapes which make exciting reading.
More and more letters are
surreptitiously delivered to Poe and the later ones tell of a Rhys Williams
being arrested and sent to prison for the crimes. Can he really have been
responsible and not Poe's fore bearers? Why is someone making sure Poe receives
all these old letters and what do they hope to gain by his death?
It becomes a frantic race for Dupin
and Poe to discover his tormentor before he or she is successful in their quest
to kill him.
A beautifully written book with a
clever concept making Dupin Poe's friend.
It is interesting to read from the
Author's Note that the London Monster did actually exist and was thought to
have carried out over fifty attacks on attractive young ladies between 1788 and
I love the dialogue between the
characters, it gives a real feeling of the 1800's. Recommended for lovers of
historical London with plenty of crimes thrown in!
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Karen Lee Streetwas
born in Philadelphia, but has lived in London for most of her adult life, and
currently resides in Newcastle, Australia. She is the
author of Writing and Selling Crime Film Screenplays (2013), short story
collection Tattoos and Motorcycles, and Edgar Allan Poe and the
London Monster (2016), the first in a Poe/ Dupin mystery trilogy. Edgar
Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru will be published in May 2018. Karen has a
PhD in Writing from the University of South Wales and has worked for many years
in the European film industry.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.