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This novel was enticing at first sight of the cover and title; the book description made me very hopeful of a good story. At the end of the reading I was very satisfied indeed. In the handling of setting, characters and theme the novel has a rather Dickensian flavour.
John Campbell is an excellent wordsmith, forging evocative narration with a wide vocabulary and sophisticated clear syntax. Through this language he thoroughly immerses the reader in the atmosphere and colour of London’s Whitechapel
A delightful murder mystery set in London of the 1920s, post WWI era. It’s well written keeping the pacing going throughout with suspense and intrigue left and right. The characters are well developed making connection to them easy. Even with the bits of hinted drama, I never figured out the story to the end. The descriptions of the locations and tense scenery tones were excellent, painting a great mental pic without dragging the story.
One or two elements, Crocker and Jack might have been integ