On a cold September evening, Dr. Watson receives an alarming telegram from the respectable Doctor Geoffrey Blake. A monster is loose in the normally quiet Essex town of Chilford – a fiend who had already not only murdered, but mutilated three of the town’s inhabitants in the bloody style of the infamous Jack the Ripper. And for no apparent reason.
The simple life of the villagers has been disrupted as a ripper lurks in the shadows, ready to pounce on his next victim. Despite the efforts of the young Constable Newton’s attempts to catch the wicked killer, Doctor Blake decides to take the matter upon his hands and visits 221B Baker Street to disclose the ghastly events and convince Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to uncover the dreaded mystery before the killer strikes again.
The dangerous journey leads them to a group of five ex-servicemen who guard a troubling secret with the intention of suppressing the truth that could shake the whole town. Holmes and Watson are forced to reconcile the dispute that has erupted between the residents as they carefully time their plan which will ultimately reveal the murderer’s identity.
Can the duo find the missing piece of the puzzle and expose the ripper before he destroys Chilford? Or will the ripper find a way to strike again?
Sherlock Holmes and the Chilford Ripper tells the story of the duo’s spellbinding journey set in the picturesque countryside with a dark twist.
Roger Jaynes has spent his entire life writing about a multitude of subjects in a variety of ways. As an award-winning sportswriter for the Miami Herald, Gannett News Service and the Milwaukee Journal, he was recipient of over 45 national writing awards including his being chosen as top ‘Sports News Writer of The Year’ in the United States by the Associated Press Sports Editors Association in 1977. After leaving journalism in 1988, Jaynes served as Director of Public Relations at Road America.Sherlock Holmes & The Chilford Ripper is the fourth book Jaynes has written.