The Case of the Ripper’s Revenge
The Case of the Ripper’s Revenge is an above-average, interesting, tight, and colorful little mystery set thirty years after the original Ripper killings. McCarver’s pseudo-detective Prof. John Darnell, an expert in the supernatural, is called to assist with the investigation. His wife Penny also lends a hand. The wily prostitute of Whitechapel begins to see a ghostly gentleman dressed in clothes of the previous generation. He simply vanishes into thin air! The first victim of this fiend, naturally enough, is a horribly mutilated prostitute–but here McCarver uses some imagination when more victims are discovered, a wonderful little plot tango to dance with his readers. I enjoyed the animated and varied characters, never dull or droll, and appreciated the author’s writing for its intelligence and clarity.
Quibble? Its conclusion is perhaps not the most plausible, but on the other hand it was original–a genuine twist in time and fate which kept me involved with the plot.