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Martha Wells

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I finished and did really enjoy The Dracula Dossier by James Reese. It's labeled as suspense and I think it was shelved as mainstream, but it's very much dark fantasy/horror. I always wonder if that's going to throw mainstream readers for a loop while preventing dark fantasy readers from finding a book they'd like. Though the title is probably a big a clue.

The parts that really grabbed me were the historical details about the period and the way he tried to fit the plot in around the actual Jack the Ripper evidence (and the torso killer stuff that happened around that same time and doesn't get nearly as much press), and the way he wrote Stoker. I've seen people try to write him as a scary figure, and it never quite works. Reese brings in all the weird stuff that only makes sense to the people who were there at the time (like the fact that Bram Stoker and Ellen Terry, the actress, jokingly referred to each other as mother and daughter).

This kind of book, where writers from earlier historical periods are the main characters, always make me wonder if a hundred years in the future people will be reading about Howard Waldrop and Joe Lansdale hunting vampires. (Of course, in Joe's case I can really see it.)

Other Jack the Ripperish books I recommend:

Chapel Noire by Carole Nelson Douglas. This is one of her Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler books, and it's my favorite of hers. Irene is called in by the Paris police to investigate a Jack the Ripper style murder taking place there. Irene and eventually Holmes try to use an early work on the psychology of sexual murder to figure how who is doing this and why. It does end in a cliffhanger, and the story is finished off in the next book Castle Rouge, which is more Dracula-ish than Jack the Ripperish.

Lestrade and the Ripper by M.J. Trow. This is not the book for you if you can't hear a word against Sherlock Holmes or Inspector Abberline, but I loved it. It goes into a lot of detail about the Ripper investigation, and is also funny without getting too wacky.

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I particularly enjoyed the bit in Chapel Noir where Holmes and Nell were working together and she was sharing her drawings. She was so precise! So efficient!

I loved all the interaction between Nell and Holmes, it was just fabulous.

Howard isn't fictional?

CND was at Fencon and on a panel with me where I got to tell her that the Irene novels are my favorites of hers...but I haven't read that one. Glad you mentioned it ;o)

::adds to wish list::

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