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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,739 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lyndsay Faye Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

In Dust and Shadow, Sherlock Holmes hunts down Jack the Ripper—the world’s first serial killer—with impeccably accurate historical detail and without the advantage of modern forensics or profiling. Sherlock’s desire to stop the killer who is terrifying the East End of London is unwavering from the start, and in an effort to do so he hires an “unfortunate” known as Mary Ann Monk, the friend of a fellow streetwalker who was one of the Ripper’s earliest victims. However, when Holmes himself is wounded in Whitechapel attempting to catch the villain, and a series of articles in the popular press question his role in the crimes, he must use all his resources in a desperate race to find the man known as “The Knife” before it is too late.

Penned as a pastiche by the loyal and courageous Dr. Watson, this debut signals the arrival of a tremendous talent in the mystery and historical fiction genres.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “At long last, an author of rare talent combines a thorough, enthusiastic knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes canon with truly rigorous research into, and respect for, the Jack the Ripper killings.”

    Caleb Carr, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Lyndsay Faye’s depiction of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and their world is exceptional in Dust and Shadow, an exciting and grimly vivid tale that confronts the murderous Jack the Ripper with A. Conan Doyle’s immortal detective better than ever before.”

    Conan Doyle Estate

  • “Following in the footsteps of such crime writers as Ellery Queen and Michael Dibdin…the author uses a convincing Watsonian voice to present versions of Holmes and his chronicler faithful to the originals…Sherlockians will hope to see further pastiches of this quality from Faye.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Faye displays a superb grasp of the known facts about the murders, and she effectively captures the vibrancy and squalor of the underclass in late nineteenth-century London…She knows how to unfold a tale of murder and mystery.”


  • “Sherlock Holmes is Jack the Ripper’s mortal enemy, and never more so than in Lyndsay Faye’s Dust and Shadow. This first novel has bags of atmosphere. With a great deal of skill, the fictional Holmes and Watson are carefully woven into the weft and woof of the true-life Ripper story.”

    Donald Rumbelow, coauthor of Jack the Ripper: Scotland Yard Investigates

  • “Fans of the Sherlock Holmes stories recorded by his faithful friend and biographer, Dr. John Watson (especially those depicted on public television starring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes) will love this audiobook…Simon Vance’s fully-voiced narration is excellent here. His ability to capture the essence of each character is superb, each readily identified by tone, accent, tempo, and intensity of voice. Great reading of an intriguing mystery.”


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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beryl | 2/15/2014

    " If you are a dyed-in-the-wool Sherlock Holmes fan, this one is terrific! It is extremely authentic, true to period and exquisitely detailed. I was very curious to see how Faye would resolve an historically unsolved crime, and she did it beautifully. Hope she is writing more SH adventures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim N | 2/9/2014

    " Holmes pursues Jack the Ripper in this excellent pastiche by Lyndsay Faye. I listed to the audiobook, read by Simon Vance, whose reading and voice characterizations greatly enhanced the experience. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Simon | 1/29/2014

    " for a Holmes pastiche this is pretty enjoyable, even if Faye does occasionally infect Holmes and Watson with a little too much modern emotion. What betrays its American origin is the use of words like morgue when a Victorian Britain would be far more likely to use the word mortuary and hep poor sense of London's geography outside of the well researched environs of the East End. Someone from Whitechapel would not be sent to the workhouse at Lambeth, its in a different parish and on the wrong side of the Thames! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maria | 1/26/2014

    " I really, really enjoyed this book. I have never read anything about Sherlock Holmes & I was totally engrossed. I also was very intrigued by the storyline of Jack the Ripper & the way this author used her imagination to solve the murders. Very good from beginning to end. "

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