#BookReview for Ripper Hunter: Abberline and the Whitechapel Murders by M J Trow #RipperHunter #FrederickAbberline @penswordbooks @penswordebooks

Who was Inspector Frederick Abberline, the lead detective in the Jack the Ripper case?

Why did he and his fellow policemen fail to catch the most notorious serial killer of Victorian England?

What was he like as a man, as a professional policeman, one of the best detectives of his generation?


I had this book on my wish list for a while, I have a passion for true crime reads and also am still intrigued by the mystery of Jack the Ripper and who he was, but I was intrigued by this book which is more about the most famous detective that was trying to track him down – Frederick Abberline.

The book is a fairly easy read and it gives an insight in to what it would have like policing in the Victorian period overall and then the most famous case he was involved in though his position as the lead detective in the Jack the Ripper case.,

Abberline himself was a bit of an enigma, there is not much known about him, there were limited detail around the time he was hunting the Ripper but after that there were a couple of cases and he left the police and went off to do some private detective work before going to Dorset and settling with his wife by the sea for the rest of his retirement.

I found the book interesting and I love this period of history and I think that the author did the best he could with the limited amount of detail available and it was a great insight into Abberline and I did like the details that were drawn from his own memoirs too.  It is 3.5 stars from me for this one, rounded up to 4 stars for Goodreads and Amazon!