Book Review: From Whitechapel, by Melanie Clegg

As Jack the Ripper holds London in the grip of the autumn of terror, three very different young women find themselves thrown together to solve the mystery of a mysterious letter. Little do they know that the letter’s contents will take them into the heart of Whitechapel and bring some of them face to face with the killer himself. In her novel From Whitechapel, Melanie Clegg deftly weaves these women’s stories together with the sordid events that occurred in Whitechapel during the autumn of 1888. Read More Book Review: From Whitechapel, by Melanie Clegg

What I Watched Last Night: Whitechapel

Whenever I’m sick – like I am right now with this ridiculous cold – there are certain shows that I like to watch just because they distract me from how crappy I feel. Yesterday, I chose to watch episodes five and six of series three of ITV’s Whitechapel. Whitechapel, which premiered in 2009, is your typical dark, British crime procedural. It details a team of homicide detectives in present-day Whitechapel who are tasked with solving homicides that very oddly resemble past cases in Whitechapel history, including the Jack the Ripper murders, the Kray twins’criminal syndicate, the Thames torso murders, and the Ratliff Highway murders. Read More What I Watched Last Night: Whitechapel

What I Watched Last Night: “Ripper Street,” Episode 1

Last night I was able to finally catch the first episode of the new BBC series “Ripper Street.” The period drama is set in London’s East End in 1889, six months after the last canonical Jack the Ripper murder. It follows a pair of detectives working in Scotland Yard’s H Division and the American former Pinkerton assisting them as they investigate homicides in London’s notorious Whitechapel district. Read More What I Watched Last Night: “Ripper Street,” Episode 1