A Terrific Holmes Pastiche in “Whacked in Whitechapel”


Whacked in Whitechapel by Samantha Silver continues the wild saga of Cassie as she helps the brilliant Violet solve crimes. This time Cassie gets a text from Violet to come immediately to the hospital. When she arrives, panting, she finds out that Violet is no patient; rather, she merely wanted to know how long it would take an anxious person to get to the hospital. Instead a doctor found a nurse dead in a storage closet, and Violet has taken over the investigation. Soon Violet discovers that the samples of the Ebola virus in temporary storage at the lab in an effort to find a vaccine have been stolen, taken by this nurse, who passed the vials on to her boyfriend. So the race gets going to locate the vials and stop a potential bioterrorism attack.

This book continues a series of unique and creative Sherlock Holmes pastiches. I like the way the books reflect Holmes without ever referencing him. Violet clearly is a representation of Holmes, using his methods of logic and demonstrating his same arrogance towards lesser mortals. She also has her medical sidekick, Cassie, who was months, if not less, away from completing her medical residency as an orthopedic surgeon when a drunk driver caused her to lose 5% of the use of her hand and ending her surgical career. This reminds of Watson, who was injured in either the leg or shoulder, depending upon which story you read, as a doctor in the British Afghan war.

The plot of this really kept me attached to this book. I enjoyed the first two in the series, but this was even better, as they race against time and terrorists to stop an Ebola attack. Cassie really comes into her own here, as her medical knowledge helps out. Of course, when Violet credits Cassie with being instrumental in the case, she credits the fact that Cassie was so completely wrong in speculating that no one would be crazy enough to do a particular action, and that sparks the solution in Violet’s mind.

The characters truly delight, and we find ourselves really invested in them. We are happy to see that Cassie has a date with her pathologist friend and considers possibilities for her future, including going back to school to earn a different specialty as a doctor. She also thinks about turning to detection, which she is enjoying doing with Violet but isn’t sure she is good enough to do so. Violet comes across as someone with Asperger’s Syndrome, which is now just considered on the light end of the autism spectrum. She doesn’t really understand the feelings of others personally but views them clinically. Yet despite her demonstrations of inhumanity, Violet does have endearing features to herself, and we wish her the best success.

I really enjoyed the performance of Patricia Santomasso in the audiobook of Whacked in White Chapel. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of listening to this book, with the narration being effective at keeping my attention attached.

Whacked in Whitechapel proved to be a very fun book that kept me drawn to the plot and characters. I highly enjoyed this book and give it five stars.

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