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‘Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru’ by Karen Lee Street
Published by Pointblank, 3
May 2018. ISBN 978-1-78607-338-9
This is the second book about Edgar
Allan Poe and C. Auguste Dupin investigating a mystery. The combination
of the real person and the detective he invented! It is not necessary to
have read the previous book in order to enjoy this one. Here we have
Edgar and his wife, Virginia, living in Philadelphia with her mother,
Muddy. It is early 1844 and the city of Philadelphia is experiencing
serious tensions between the ‘nativists’ and recently arrived Irish
receives strange parcels containing mummified parts of birds and he worries
that they come from an enemy. He writes to Dupin in Paris because he
fears that there is a threat to Dupin too. Eventually Dupin’s response is
to travel to America. An acquaintance from London, Helena Loddiges, asks
Poe to find out about the death of her lover on a boat in the Philadelphia
docks. He does investigate but suddenly Helena is kidnapped so Poe and
Dupin must find her.
historical background provided of America in 1844 is excellent and the clever
utilisation of Poe’s own life. Virginia features as a co-investigator
with Edgar and Dupin but her fragile health is emphasised. The mystery is
exciting with South American explorations at the centre.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
The first book about Poe and Dupin was Edgar Allan Poe
and the London Monster.
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
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.