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The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper

“The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper,” uncovers clues as to Why the Dog Did Not Bark in the Night.  Sherlock Holmes concluded that it was because the intruder was known to the dog.  Madsen’s new mystery questions whether the identity of one of the greatest criminals of all time, Jack the Ripper, was deduced by Conan Doyle. Conan Doyle was already famous with his popular Sherlock Holmes stories when Jack the Ripper struck London in October 1888. Why was Conan Doyle silent about this case?  Find out in “The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper.”

Diane Gilbert Madsen’s The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper was the best book I’ve read in a long, long time. I was hooked by page six and couldn’t stop reading. Spellbinding, intriguing and with a beguiling wit, Ms. Madsen delighted me to no end. –Catherine Lanigan, author, Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile, and Love Shadows.

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper paperback edition is available from all good bookstores including   Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in Amazon Kindle,  Kobo, Nookand Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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Review of The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper

“Diane Gilbert Madsen has given readers another winner in the DD McGill Literati Mystery Series. The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper is a marvelous tale of DD McGill who is an investigator for insurance fraud and her bookseller friend, Tom Joyce, who is asked to assess the value of the literary estate of a wealthy Chicago estate owner. McGill immediately alienates herself from those associated with the estate and Tom experiences a nasty fall down a flight of stairs. Even though the police believe the fall to be an accident, McGill is convinced it was an attempted murder. In a move to gather evidence illegally, McGill is discovered and arrested. Her antics don’t end there as Tom convinces her to become even more involved in the estate owner’s diary, which has now mysteriously disappeared.
McGill’s personality is so lovable that any reader will immediately forgive her illegal activities in the name of justice. And Tom’s persistence in pursuing clues that might lead to the identity of Jack the Ripper is nothing short of pathological but in a charming way! The secret to the mystery just might lie in long-lost notes taken by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Neither McGill nor Tom will rest until things are set straight. The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper is a great mystery read by itself but Madsen’s characterizations make the reader bound and determined to make this a one-sitting reading experience. This one has it all: a stalker, attempted murder, murder and a fire that threatens to undermine the two sleuths’ abilities to solve their own mystery.”

Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers’ Favorite

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper paperback edition is available from all good bookstores including   Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in Amazon Kindle,  Kobo, Nookand Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper hardback edition is available from all good bookstores including  Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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The Conan Doyle Notes is shortlisted for Best Suspense novel in the LOVEY Awards

The Conan Doyle Notes is shortlisted for Best Suspense novel in the LOVEY Awards

BEST SUSPENSE
Black Stiletto: Secrets and Lies / Raymond Benson
Once Upon a Crime / Evelyn Cullet
The Conan Doyle Notes / Diane Gilbert Madsen
Titania’s Suitor / C.L. Shore
The House on the Dunes / Nancy Sweetland
Murder Across the Ocean / Charlene Wexler

Winners will be announced at the Love Is Murder Conference in Chicago on February 7th.

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper paperback edition is available from all good bookstores including   Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in Amazon KindleKobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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New review of The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper

“Okay, not a traditional Holmes and Watson tale. As in… No Holmes… and no Watson. This story is all about one question — given that Jack the Ripper was on the prowl at the same time that Arthur Conan Doyle was having such success with his fictional detective, what would Conan Doyle have thought (or possibly done) about this real world case? Here’s the thing — it may not be a Holmes & Watson tale, but I was totally sucked in. Madsen makes a VERY good case that Doyle probably DID get involved and may very well have even had his own suspect identified.

The story is a fictional tale of a lost Conan Doyle diary that is rumored to contain the writer’s notes and research on Jack the Ripper. When the diary is stolen, insurance investigator DD McGil begins her own investigation while being pursued and having her life threatened. It’s speculative, of course, but Madsen provides some outstanding references used as she researched the story… and it does make you wonder. All in all, a very fun read.”

Reviewed by GeekDad

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper paperback edition is available from all good bookstores including   Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in Amazon KindleKobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper hardback edition is available from all good bookstores including  Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Review of The Conan Doyle Notes The Secret of Jack the Ripper

“Diane Gilbert Madsen has given readers another winner in the DD McGill Literati Mystery Series. The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper is a marvelous tale of DD McGill who is an investigator for insurance fraud and her bookseller friend, Tom Joyce, who is asked to assess the value of the literary estate of a wealthy Chicago estate owner. McGill immediately alienates herself from those associated with the estate and Tom experiences a nasty fall down a flight of stairs. Even though the police believe the fall to be an accident, McGill is convinced it was an attempted murder. In a move to gather evidence illegally, McGill is discovered and arrested. Her antics don’t end there as Tom convinces her to become even more involved in the estate owner’s diary, which has now mysteriously disappeared.

McGill’s personality is so lovable that any reader will immediately forgive her illegal activities in the name of justice. And Tom’s persistence in pursuing clues that might lead to the identity of Jack the Ripper is nothing short of pathological but in a charming way! The secret to the mystery just might lie in long-lost notes taken by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Neither McGill nor Tom will rest until things are set straight. The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper is a great mystery read by itself but Madsen’s characterizations make the reader bound and determined to make this a one-sitting reading experience. This one has it all: a stalker, attempted murder, murder and a fire that threatens to undermine the two sleuths’ abilities to solve their own mystery.”

Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers’ Favorite

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper paperback edition is available for pre order from all good bookstores including   Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository .

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper hardback edition is available for pre order from all good bookstores including  Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Review of The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper

“Here’s a new pastiche that keeps the genre of Jack the Ripper vibrant, but it’s a gentle cozy (of the slaughtered Ripper victims) with an intriguing plot in which the Chicago of Barack Obama and the contribution of local Sherlockians is promoted. It’s a Chicago of the Art Institute, Arthur Rubloff’s singular collection of paperweights, and the historical lumber barons who laid the plywood route for the Chicago Fire.

It bears telling that though Conan Doyle was a keen investigator of true crimes and wrongful convictions, this one apparently escaped his instinct and his pen.  Nor did Sherlock Holmes attempt to solve the Ripper’s identity.

Momentous it is it that Conan Doyle’s marginalia notes about the Whitechapel murders are apparently contained within an 1894 White Company manuscript. They are located, it is surmised by a Sherlockian, within a mansion in Obama’s Kenwood neighborhood of Hyde Park, Chicago. The author wisely avoids mentioning another distinguished Hyde Park resident/federal appeals court judge Richard Posner, who wrote evisceratingly of Sherlock Holmes devotees.

It is in this green and pleasant University of Chicago community that Sherlockian scholar, antiquarian book collector and BSI Tom Joyce alerts private investigator, Daphne December McGil, to the whereabouts of ACD’s secret papers in the Grange mansion. His expertise is so reliable and sacrosanct that D.D. rests assured hers is not an exercise in futility over forgeries.  The Ripper  events occurred during Conan Doyle’s early writing career and little, if anything, exists indicative of his interest in the East End perversities.

D.D. takes over the hunt when Tom is brutally assaulted and lapses into a coma. At this point, I note that the book appends a worthy bibliography.  Amongst the Sherlockian literati appears the late Richard Lancelyn Green. This itself lends a kernel of wry invention on the part of our author.  One of the characters competing in the heated enterprise to find the notes is the chillingly sly provocateur/collector Philip Green. The plot is both fact and fiction and this latter puzzle alone should pique a dutiful Sherlockian’s interest. The desire to amass rare Sherlockiana is inexhaustible and  possession can be a fighter’s quest but D.D. and Tom prove worthy competitors who live to tell the tale.”

 

Reviewed by Brenda Rossini, OCWW President

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper paperback edition is available for pre order from all good bookstores including   Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository .

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper hardback edition is available for pre order from all good bookstores including  Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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