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Summer, 1840. Edgar Allan Poe sails from Philadelphia to London to meet his friend C. Auguste Dupin, with the hope that the great detective will help him solve a family mystery. For Poe has inherited a mahogany box containing a collection of letters allegedly written by his grandparents, Elizabeth and Henry Arnold.The Arnolds were actors who struggled to make a living on tSummer, 1840. Edgar Allan Poe sails from Philadelphia to London to meet his friend C. Auguste Dupin, with the hope that the great detective will help him solve a family mystery. For Poe has inherited a mahogany box containing a collection of letters allegedly written by his grandparents, Elizabeth and Henry Arnold.The Arnolds were actors who struggled to make a living on the London stage, but the mysterious letters suggest that the couple has a more clandestine and nefarious lifestyle, stalking well-to-do young women at night, to slice their clothing and derrieres.Poe hopes to prove the missives forgeries; Dupin wonders if perhaps they are real, but their content fantasy. Soon Poe is being stalked by someone who knows far more about his grandparents and their crimes than he does. And then he remembers disturbing attacks made upon him as a child in London—could the perpetrators be connected?...

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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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  • Raven
    2019-04-09 18:21

    With my nom de plume and love of Mr Poe how could I resist this one? Despite my usual hesitation in reading historical crime fiction, I though this was marvellous. Clever, knowing, witty, and wonderfully researched with not only its reimaging of the salient details of Poe’s life, but also the repositioning of Poe’s relationship with his finest creation Dupin, banding together into a pretty damn effective detective team. Their are tricks, hints and allusions to Poe’s literary oeuvre, which add a layer of reader participation as the book progresses- no, I don’t think I spotted them all- and the use of the infamous real life case of the London Monster adds another layer of interest to the book. It’s beautifully constructed, alive with the feel of the period, and all the darkness, violence and treachery one would expect of any case involving Poe. An intelligent literary crime thriller that will keep you guessing throughout. Recommended.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-04-04 13:51

    EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE LONDON MONSTER (Poe & Dupin: #1) Written by Karen Lee Street2016, 384 Pages (Pegasus Books)Genre: mystery, suspense, literature, detective, based on true events, historical mystery, fiction, true crimeRATING: 3.5 STARSSummer, 1840, London - Edgar Allan Poe sails from Philadelphia to meet up with his friend, C. Auguste Dupin. Poe is hoping that his friend can solve a case for him- a personal family mystery. Upon the death of his father, Poe is given some letters that were supposedly written by his grandparents. The letters show that his grandparents, Henry and Elizabeth Arnold, were actors struggling to make a living in London. The letters seem to suggest that two were involved in stalking and assaulting women. Are these letters real and if so were what the couple discussing imagined or real? As Poe and Dupin get deeper into the mystery, they soon find themselves being stalked and maybe in danger.The story about the London Monster is true, but Poe had nothing to do with the case. I have only read a few short stories and poem by Poe, but I do know Dupin is a character that Poe created. I will say that because I am not well-versed in Poe I probably missed many little details or "easter eggs" that Street that would have endeared me more to this novel. I enjoyed the way Street used a real case and re-imagined it with Poe being directly involved. And, having Poe's own character, Dupin as a friend is really interesting. It makes me want to pull out the Dupin stories and see where all the connections are. I respect the amount of research that went into this novel. I did find that at times the novel did lag with too much information. And, Street starts ideas but does not explore them fully so they seem like cluttered threads. There is supposedly a sequel in the works so maybe this will be clearer in the next book...which I will read.My Novelesque Life

  • Dale
    2019-04-05 13:55

    The mysterious case of the letters from the past!My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my advance reading copy of this book. You ladies rock!SPOILERS POSSIBLE BUT NOT ON PURPOSEHistorically speaking, the London Monster was an alleged attacker of women in London between 1788 and 1790. Using various sharp weapons, he would slash at women’s derrieres, ruining their clothing and causing wounds that were mostly superficial. He was never apprehended, and some say there was more than one…It is 1840 and Edgar Allan Poe has traveled to London where he is to meet his friend, C. Auguste Dupin. Poe is somewhat embittered, as his adopted father has died and his second wife has seized all of his property. However, she has sent Poe a mahogany box with an amethyst amulet and a series of letters. She tells Poe that this is his inheritance, and the letters seem to be about the London Monster.Once safely in his hotel in London and reunited with Dupin, Poe is astonished to receive even more samples of letters. They also are written by the two people who penned the ones sent by his stepmother. Poe fears that he comes from a shameful inheritance…This book is classic Poe, with many references to Poe’s actual stories like so many hidden Easter eggs hidden within the text! The pace is sometimes slow, sometimes almost frantic, but always underlined with a dread that is somehow felt more than seen. Ms. Street does a wonderful job of channeling the voice of the Master of the Macabre!Poe is fighting his usual battle with alcohol, but has made major effort to win. The story winds through the streets of London, the halls of time itself, and in and out through Poe’s dreams and nightmares. People, places, and objects from Poe’s stories play major roles in the unfolding story.Many questions have to be answered before the tension breaks and the mystery stands stark and revealed! Who are the writers of the mysterious letters? What connection does Poe really have with the crimes of the London Monster? Who is sending these letters, and how did they acquire them in the first place? Does Dupin himself have a dark secret he would rather not have revealed?Read and find out! I give the book five stars…Quoth the Raven…

  • Dmitry Starkov
    2019-04-15 16:16

    I translated this book to Russian recently. It was a task full of pleasure. Yes, it is historical detective novel, but how it was made! Karen Lee Street made a great job connecting Edgar Allan Poe with The London Monster story and building astounding live image of old London populated with astounding live characters. Yes, it is fictional, but still completely real, from top to bottom, from Mr Charles Dickens's raven Grip to the condoms advertising from 18th century.

  • Thomas Todd
    2019-04-21 13:56

    2 1/2 stars here for me. Book had an interesting concept about Edgar A Poe traveling from Philadelphia to London in 1840 to try and solve a family mystery that may or may not have involved assaults with knifes committed by his Grandparents. I battled to finish this book which ends trying to convince the reader they must get the next novel to see what may happen next. Just couldn't get into this book and the author, in my opinion, could have done so much with this storyline concept but just never did.

  • D. Norman
    2019-04-02 15:00

    Not my kind of book. Too hard to read, too hard to follow, and ultimately didn't care enough to read the last 50 pages. I don't feel like I missed anything except the time spent reading it.

  • Kate Mayfield
    2019-03-27 17:00

    Author Karen Lee Street summons Edgar Allan Poe and his fictional character C. Auguste Dupin to London in this imaginative, clever and atmospheric tale. Brilliantly realized, the author sets the two sleuths on a dangerous path to unravel Poe’s family mystery. The narrative is convincingly balanced between the Georgian era when the London Monster was terrorizing the city and the early Victorian period wherein Poe and Dupin engage in their detective work. In beautifully written and entirely believable scenes that I relished reading, Poe and Dupin face their demons, which are brought to the fore and to their ultimate, deliciously twisty conclusion. Poe fans will love the finely layered references to his most famous works. A highly enjoyable debut.

  • Stella
    2019-04-05 10:00

    I'm not sure I've ever read a book quite like this. I am aware of Edgar Allan Poe, some of his work and some of his life but this fiction-based-in-fact is not only lovingly crafted and well written it is also simply unputdownable. I really enjoyed the way that Poe with Dupin set out to solve the mystery of the London Monster, the letters carring the narrative and suspense through the book, the descriptions of not only London but Margate (both places I know well) and the tone of the novel allowed me to be utterly submerged in the world of Poe. Since reading I have endeavoured to find out more about his life, his novels and even Grip the raven, Charles Dicken's pet. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • 4cats
    2019-04-05 13:05

    A complicated, literary crime novel featuring Edgar Allan Poe and C. Auguste Dupin(Poe's fictional creation, Murders in the Rue Morgue). Poe has come to London to investigate whether his grandparents were involved in a scandalous crime from late 18th century London. The London Monster terrorised women attacking them with a knife, he was captured but there has always been questions as to whether they caught the wrong man. Full of vivid historical description, Poe and Dupin encounter the likes of Madame Tussaud in their quest for the villain who haunts Poe.

  • Elle Wild
    2019-04-11 14:20

    Two quills up! I loved this dark and witty descent into the cobbled back alleys of Victorian London with Poe and his sidekick, French detective C. Auguste Dupin, as they hunt the “London Monster” (a real-life criminal who attacked the derrieres of attractive, well-heeled women). Pleasingly macabre, complete with flickering candles, midnight spectral visits, ominous ink-splotched letters, and of course, a cameo from a wicked raven. Hold your candelabre high and watch your backside as you delve into this Poetastic tale.

  • April
    2019-03-28 13:09

    This was a pretty solid 4 star book. There were a few tidbits I found annoying, like the author's constant use of the word perambulation, and how often Poe was being hit over the head or passing out.But overall, I was entertained and would recommend the book.

  • Christopher Clark
    2019-04-16 15:04

    Little to no payoff after slogging through nearly 400 pages of Victorian English!

  • Roberta Biallas
    2019-04-03 12:21

    It's very rare that I find a book so bad that I have trouble finishing it, but this one was it. As a scholar who has studied the works of Edgar Allan Poe, I was very excited to find a work of fiction about the author that unites him with one of his greatest achievements, that of the detective August Dupin. The Introduction by the Author, Karen Lee Street, whetted my appetite even more when she mentions that there are references to many of Poe's works throughout the book as 'Easter eggs.' What I did not realize what they these 'references' to his works were no mere hints here and there. No, the author took WHOLE SECTIONS of Poe's works and inserted his person into them as the Narrator. When it was done once it was interesting, but after about the fourth or fifth time this plot device was utilized, it became rather tedious. Much of the action was contrived and predictable. Even, the ending (no spoilers) was not really an ending and was quite disappointing. It is written in such a way as to require the reader to buy the second book in the series. I, however, will not be doing so since one can only take so much poor writing.

  • Oismiffy
    2019-04-20 17:52

    4.5 stars. I bought this on a whim while waiting for a train, and I’m really glad I did. I’d advise potential readers to look up Edgar Allan Poe beforehand, as it will add to your enjoyment.Beautifully and cleverly written, incorporating good historical fiction along with EAP’s character and works into the fabric of the story. The mystery itself was a bit weak, with what I thought was a very obvious clue early on in the book, but still engaging. Looking forward to the next instalment.

  • Holly Ristau
    2019-04-08 12:56

    (Have not had time to read lately!!!!). What's not to love? Edgar Allen Poe! Historical Fiction! London! A truly mystifying mystery! Scary tombs and bathing houses? Who knew there were bathing houses? I just loved this book.

  • Laura
    2019-04-06 12:21

    This is a Gothic-styled mystery/ quite complex historical crime in that it essentially has two storylines, bouncing back and forth from 1840 to the late 18th century. The plot also includes references to Poe’s works, which was fun. I particularly enjoyed the atmosphere, London setting and Gothic set pieces. I liked Poe/ Dupin as a kind of Victorian odd couple, Poe's emotion in contrast with the (seemingly) overly cerebral Dupin. Also enjoyable was how Poe’s usual battle with alcohol is subverted. (Sorry if a spoiler… don’t think it is quite.) I adored Elizabeth and enjoyed the bombastic Henry. The main theme was compelling and tied the two storylines together well, with a chilling resolution to the mystery Poe sets out to explore. With respect to the main plot, the book “does what it says on the tin”, with a kind of 'Moriarty-element' for the forthcoming sequels. In my opinion, this novel is less likely to appeal to readers who primarily favor contemporary police series, spy stories, or serial killer-gore; it’s more mystery, with Gothic stylings and a touch of psychological horror as in Poe’s tales.

  • Sheena
    2019-03-24 18:18

    I received a free proof copy. I like novels set in the Victorian period so was likely to enjoy this. I knew a little of Poe’s work and so also enjoyed spotting obvious future inspiration such as the raven, the pit and the masked ball which appeared later in the real Poe’s stories. However if the reader did not know Poe’s work this would go completely over their heads. I did not know C. Auguste Dupin Poe’s friend in this tale was the name of the detective used in Poe’s early mystery stories. It is quite a challenge to mix parts of Poe’s real life existence with a detective story knowing that Poe is thought to be the inventor of this genre. I think the author succeeds in the main though the plot does drift a little and the story become muddled at times. She manages to imbue the story with doom, death and dread. I think what let it down was the actual slightly kinky slashing of the flanks of women being the crimes committed by both of Poe’s grandparents. I couldn’t really buy into this although I suppose it had to be a serious enough offence for severe punishment if caught, something both males and females could carry out but not so heinous the reader would be unable to forgive. I thought it was a clever ending with Poe knowing his pursuers were tormenting him by waiting in the wings and funnily enough in real life he did eventually die in mysterious circumstances. No closure for Dupin though methinks another novel may be in the offing.

  • Jonathan
    2019-04-20 13:19

    It is evident from the very first page that Karen Lee Street has great respect for Edgar Allan Poe. Peppered with references to the great writer’s works throughout, this is very much a passion piece. The most amusing of these are the elements that refer to Ravens and Orangutans. There is a definite feeling that this may be the opening volume of a series and Street does this competently, but the overall sense is of a great concept not fully explored. The idea of taking a real life crime and then having it supposedly perpetrated by a member of Poe’s family is inspired and provides a legitimate explanation for his journey to London. The best idea for me is having C. Auguste Dupin as a companion. Using a character created by Poe is almost like an imaginary friend and helps to shows many different aspects of his own character. Despite a somewhat hurriedly resolved ending that disappoints slightly, the author’s meticulous research makes this an intriguing book and I will certainly return to this series in the future if more volumes were to be written.

  • Aliss
    2019-04-20 17:51

    Written in the style of Edgar Allan Poe, this is an enjoyable read which takes the reader on a journey as Poe, with the help of detective Dupin, meet in London to find out who is taunting Poe by sending him letters which his grandparents had written to each other, about the London Monster. The London Monster was a mysterious figure who attacked well dressed women in the streets of London. He soon became notorious for his crimes. But to what extent were Poe's grandparent's involved and who is Poe's mysterious tormentor?These questions, and the paciness of the novel, keeps the reader reading on, as well as the story's content being unique as a story. Another strength is how Poe's own torments are shown to inspire his own writing and we have an idea about how his infamous stories like 'The Tell Tale Heart' came to be written. The book has clearly been well researched and Madame Tussauds is one of the characters, bringing another unique element to the story.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-24 10:53

    I am not the right audience for this exercise. Very interesting concept, I thought, but I am a rather impatient old woman and I prefer to believe that once poisoned, a fella ought to use some measure of caution. But then I guess that would reduce the number of hallucinatory images? I respect the effort, but I did not enjoy this book. There is some measure of logic, I suppose, if you present a young boy willing to follow questionable ragbags down dark alleys that he would continue to do the same over and over throughout his life. I just don't want to sign up for it.

  • Margaret McCulloch-Keeble
    2019-04-01 18:06

    This is an intriguing, quirky book. I'd never heard of The London Monster at all. I'd love to know what led the author to link him/her to Edgar Allen Poe's grandparents. I wanted to knock Poe and Dupin's heads together at times! I liked the nods to Poe's actual body of work :I spotted the Murders in the Rue Morgue {how could I not?};the Fall of the House of Usher and the Raven. If you like Poe or gothic detective stories or just something out of the ordinary then you could do worse.

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    2019-04-13 18:03


  • Mary G.
    2019-03-31 17:12

    What an interesting tale. Well done.