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Teacher jokes and Ripperology
on 2 June 2014
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.