Author(s): Karen Lee Street
Summer, 1840. Edgar Allan Poe arrives in London to meet his friend C. Auguste Dupin, in the hope that the great detective will help him solve a family mystery. For Poe has inherited a mahogany box containing sheathes of letters that implicate his grandparents in some of London 's most heinous and scandalous crimes those committed by the so-called London Monster who, for two years, terrorized the city 's streets, stalking attractive, well-to-do young women, slicing their clothing and their derri res.
Unable, or perhaps unwilling, to accept that his grandparents actors who struggled to make a living on the London stage led a clandestine and nefarious double life, Poe and Dupin set out to prove the missives forgeries. But as they delve deeper into the city 's secrets, and past horrors emerge, they start to suspect that they too are being watched and preyed upon. And if they are, might their stalkers be connected to the London Monster'
'Delightfully entertaining...a fascinating portrayal of London [in 1840]...with strong characterisation, a well-crafted plot and engaging dialogue'. New Books 'Street's impressive first novel cleverly pairs Poe with his fictional creation, the Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin... Street maintains atmospheric suspense throughout.' Publishers Weekly 'Delightfully entertaining...a fascinating portrayal of London [in 1840]...with strong characterisation, a well-crafted plot and engaging dialogue'. New Books 'Deliciously morbid...The prose has a lush, sumptuous rhythm to it...Street is fully in control of her material and the sheer exuberance of her writing ensures that the story never once tips over into parody or pastiche...This is a dark, highly satisfying mystery combining beautiful writing with suspense and unease.' Ripperologist
Karen Lee Street was born in America, but has lived in London for a lot of her adult life. She recently moved to Australia. Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster is her first novel.