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17/01/2020: BOOK REVIEW: Interpreting the Ripper Letters by M J Trow

I don’t quite digest as voraciously as I once did books on the subject of the Ripper murders, probably because I feel that where reference works are concerned on the matter there are far too many circumstantial theories. Too much is being published with commercial interest only without credibility, value or true belief. M J Trow’s book sits outside of this trend in fairness and brings an alternative view on the nature and purpose of the correspondence involved. It’s written with a few too many colloquial phrases in places for my taste, but that is a subjective view and others might like this turn of phrase. I liked the overview of the murders at the start and the view point on dubious Ripper artefacts on the market. The profile of how the press of the day worked and how they gained access to the letters is informative to the modern Ripper student, as is the mention throughout of some of the key suspects.

The book is to the point and not rambling and that is a great attribute when there are so many books available not just on the murders, but also on just the letters alone. If I were developing a ‘Ripper’ library from scratch, this would be a good book to add to cover the subject of the infamous Jack the Ripper correspondence. Recommended read.

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