Death at Whitechapel
In this sixth book by husband-and-wife writing team Robin Paige, detectives Sir Charles Sheridan and his wife, Kate Ardleigh, are plunged into the world of Jack the Ripper. Their friend, Jennie Jerome Churchill, is being blackmailed with evidence that her late husband was in fact the notorious Ripper. She begs the Sheridans to help her before the scandal breaks and ruins the political aspirations of her son, Winston.
There can be little doubt as to the depth of the research. Victorian England springs to life with the smallest details sprinkled adeptly into the narrative. The characters, primary and secondary, are well drawn, engaging and entirely human.
Paige has fashioned a well-integrated plot; however, at times some aspects fall too easily into place for Charles. More successful is the sleuthing of Kate and Jennie, as they venture into the depths of London’s East End, dressed as servants to remain inconspicuous. While the first few chapters drag a little, once Jennie discusses her dilemma with the Sheridans the pace picks up. Though not a perfect read, Death at Whitechapel provides enough mystery and history to please most readers of the genre.