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At last Penguin have decided to publish this legendary penny dreadful, believed to be co-written by James Malcolm Rymer who was also at the time still writing that other penny dreadful, 'Varney the Vampyre'. Sweeney Todd has now become so infamous that he has entered folklore and so it is hard to believe that he never existed. Although there is a sort of mention of such a character in 'Martin Chuzzlewit' and a similar mention in Paris this could just be an urban legend.

This edition is a nice size to slip into your pocket and so is ideal whilst you are commuting, and now that you have seen one of the many tv and screen adaptations produced over the years you will now be able to read the original tale. I think everyone must know by now of Sweeney Todd 'The Demon Barber of Fleet Street', who slashed some of his clients throats only for their remains to appear in the wonderful pies created in Mrs Lovett's pie shop.

Read how Todd kills a customer to get his hands on a string of pearls and how this necklace and the murder of the person is investigated. This is a great piece of sensational fiction that is fast paced and full of characters. Little did anyone realise that this tale would prove to be such a success when it was first published, and the legend of Sweeney Todd would still live on into these presents days.
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on 2 May 2011
Read this after reading Cross dressed to kill by Andrew Lucas, both had a grusome note but stiil somehow a fun read. Really loved the real people factor and the quirkyness of the romance. Cross Dressed to Kill
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on 15 January 2012
Though quite different to Sondheim/Burton's Sweeney Todd, a very good, well written story. You can really imagine everything very vividly (whether you want to or not!).

a good buy!
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