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Lestrade and the Ripper [Kindle Edition]

M J Trow
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In the year 1888, London is horrified by a series of brutal killings. All the victims are discovered in the same district, Whitechapel, and all are prostitutes. But they aren’t the only murders to perplex the brains of Scotland Yard; in Brighton, psychical researcher Edmund Gurney is also found dead.

Foremost among the Yard’s top men is the young Inspector Sholto Lestrade and it is to his lot that the unsolved cases of a deceased colleague fall; cases that include the murder of Martha Tabram, formerly a prostitute from Whitechapel – and the death of Gurney.

Leaving no stone unturned, Lestrade investigates with his customary expertise and follows the trail to the minor public school of Rhadegund Hall. It is his intention to question the Reverend Algernon Spooner. What he finds is murder.

As the Whitechapel murders increase in number, so do those at the school. What is the connection between them all? To add to his troubles, Lestrade is hampered by the parallel investigations of that great detective Sherlock Holmes. Who is the murderer of Rhadegund, and is he also the man they call Jack?

‘Barrowloads of nineteenth century history… If you like your humour chirpy, you’ll find this sings.’
Daily Telegraph

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    About the Author

    M J Trow is a crime writer, historian and biographer who for many years doubled as a history teacher. Now retired, he is the author of three successful crime fiction series – Lestrade, Maxwell and Kit Marlowe, the latest written in collaboration with his wife. He lives in the Isle of Wight, and as well as writing lectures on cruise ships has appeared many times on television in historical and crime documentaries.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 470 KB
    • Print Length: 266 pages
    • Publisher: Thistle Publishing (7 May 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CP63X1K
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    M J Trow (the 'M' as most people know by now stands for Meirion, a Welsh name few can manage, so he writes as M J, is known by all and sundry as Mei, rhyming with 'my') has been writing for many years, with his first book - The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade - being published in 1984 by Macmillan. More Lestrades followed and then some true crime and somehow it all snowballed so now he has many historical biographies and two other crime series (Maxwell and Marlowe, the latter written with his wife, writing as Maryanne Coleman, though her name is Carol, actually!) to his credit. He claims to be retired, but that's just from teaching. In fact he has never been busier and is a sought after 'ghost' these days as well as historian and novelist, with many different subjects' stories having been told through him. He has recently started collaborating on fiction projects (with someone other than his wife, that is) and finds it a really exciting and pleasurable experience.

    To relax he ... actually, that's a bit tricky, as he doesn't really ever relax. He has been known to garden, he is a keen cook and artist and likes to travel. This is rather easier these days as he is a popular speaker on cruise ships - in fact his profile picture was taken on a very gusty day in Cape Town this February, setting off on a long voyage home to Southampton through some of the scariest seas he and his wife have had the pleasure to meet! It really was the calm before the storm, despite being a Force 9 just leaving the Bay.

    Family is important and he is very proud of his wife, Carol (aka Maryanne Coleman) for her own books and also the ones they write together, the Kit Marlowe series. His son, Taliesin, known as Tali, is a writer who has written a biography of the Tudor explorer Martin Frobisher as well as collaborating with Mei on several biographies. An exciting series is in the melting pot at the moment and will hopefully be appearing soon; remember where you heard it first. Tali is also a musician, playing various instruments with some acclaimed bands from the alt-bluegrass of the fabulous Coal Porters, through the classic acid folk of Lords of Thyme to the ethereal melodies of Fawn. His crystal vocals enhance everything he does and it's just as well someone in the family can sing, as it is the first thing anyone asks a Welshman!

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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lestrade & The Ripper 7 July 2013
    By Gilli W
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    I absolutely love these books and just can't get enough of them. I first read them in book form but just had to get them again for my kindle. As far as I'm concerned MJ Trow is a genius! There are many laugh-out-loud parts to this story but the plot keeps you gripped from start to finish. I specially like the interplay between Lestrade, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Trow's writing makes you feel that you are part of that period in history when the story is set and there are quite a few historical references which I found very informative. I'm currently reading another book in the "Lestrade" series and I'm excited to read them all!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars God! I wish I found this book earlier! 11 July 2013
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    I love sarcasm, irony and British sense of humour. I'm an avid fan of 'Mock the Week' and 'Have I got news for you'. And now I became a follower of Inspector Lestrade. Trow writes in a simple yet amazingly engaging way, sparkling quips and comments aplenty. Lack of education becomes a source of wisdom and funny remarks. I laughed out loud more than once reading this book and had a stupid grin on my face almost all the time. Yes, I will definitely be buying other ones from the series.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lestrade and the Ripper 29 Jun. 2011
    By Ivor
    As a big SH fan I have avoided these books for some time. However I have always read SH books written by other authors than CD, having exhausted the originals long ago. Its got to the stage where almost all of them are rubbish, so I thought give this a go.I'm also big fan of anything to do with the ripper so I thought I cant go wrong. What I found was a very enjoyable read. There are a number of comical bits in the book which I think add to the enjoyment. Its another rehash of previous Holmes V the ripper theory, but with a different twist, but still very good. I will be ordering another of Inspectors adventures.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Teacher jokes and Ripperology 2 Jun. 2014
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    Not a bad read but not as good as the Maxwell series. there is a difficulty in expanding on someone else's characters and Trow has tried to make Lestrade something of his own by making him bumbling and loveable. The book was also full of terrible jokes (what my students used to call teacher jokes) and, as a retired teacher, I do not mind them but they are groan making and might be too much (or too little) for some readers. The Ripper material sticks fairly close to the generally received wisdom regarding the likely events in Whitechapel. Overall good fun but rather lightweight.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction At Its Best! 24 July 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Trow is a true expert on Victorian crime & times. He has a realistic approach to the ripper problem - we'll never know unless we borrow a tardis, but he is able to bring the world to life and write a page-turner. his reworking of Lestrade's character is brilliant and brings a fresh perspective to the story. Holmes is a flawed genius - a rebellious rich boy with a drug habit. Lestrade is a working class genius whose flaws are a lack of flexibility rooted in his bulldog tenacity and sense of justice. If I were the ripper I'd rather have Holmes on my case than Lestrade!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A very different slant on the Sherlock saga 12 Jan. 2014
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    This is a load of old tosh but I am thoroughly enjoying it. You could pick all sorts of holes in the story and it is very far fetched to say the least but that doesn't matter; it doesn't take itself too seriously (not at all in fact) and the story gallops along at breakneck pace. It utilises every Victorian crime cliche you can think of but it is very good fun if you don't take it too seriously.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Overall it was enjoyable 11 Mar. 2014
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    There were parts of this book I found distracting, and almost irrelevant, however I did enjoy the book overall. In fact, what saved he book was the main character who jumped off the page.

    So, overall an enjoyable read, and I may try some of the others in the series
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great story. 17 Jan. 2014
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    This was a great book dealing with the Ripper murders and murders at a boarding school. It used the real details of the Ripper murders/detectives working on the case to make a really good story.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    good funny book
    Published 4 days ago by melanie
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Ripping Yarn
    Comic detective capers - Lestrade is a gem of a character in Trow's hands. Sit back and enjoy... and down with Holmes and Watson!
    Published 10 months ago by G F SIGFRID
    5.0 out of 5 stars A ripping yarn!!
    Thoroughly enjoyable read. A real page turner. Not normally my type of book, but I'm hooked now, and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. Highly recommended.
    Published 10 months ago by olmangee
    2.0 out of 5 stars What were the publishers thinking of?
    The relentless thudding puns, anachronisms, and laboured playing on words make this book the hardest work imaginable.
    Published 11 months ago by Emmceepee
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lestrade
    Enjoyed this book.
    Published 11 months ago by MRS J P SARGENT
    5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend
    Brilliant book, funny and entertaining. Highly recommend
    Published 12 months ago by sarah-jane lea
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Published 12 months ago by kerrie jones
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
    Well written, enthralling and thoroughly recommended!
    Published 12 months ago by BABYWITCH
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love this book. One of the funniest I have read although a gripping mystery. Thank you Mr. Trow.
    Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Diane Randle
    1.0 out of 5 stars Awful rubbish
    I tried to give this no stars, and that would be generous.
    This is badly written dross, possibly the worst book I have read in ages. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by J. Leedham
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