Summer, 1840. Edgar Allan Poe arrives in London to meet his friend C. Auguste Dupin, in the hope that the great detective will help him solve a family mystery. For Poe has inherited a mahogany box containing letters that implicate his grandparents in some of London's most scandalous crimes - those committed by the so-called London Monster who, for two years, terrorized the city's streets, stalking attractive, well-to-do young women, slicing their clothing and their derrières. Unable, or perhaps unwilling, to accept that his grandparents - actors who struggled to make a living on the London stage - led a clandestine and nefarious double life, Poe and Dupin set out to prove the missives forgeries. But as they delve deeper into the city's secrets, and past horrors emerge, they start to suspect that they too are being watched and preyed upon. And if they are, might their stalkers be connected to the London Monster?
‘Street's impressive first novel cleverly pairs Poe with his fictional creation, the Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin. Street maintains atmospheric suspense throughout.' (Publishers Weekly)
'Deliciously morbid. This is a dark, highly satisfying mystery combining beautiful writing with suspense and unease.' (Ripperologist Magazine)
Karen Lee Street
Karen Lee Street has extensive experience in script development in the European film industry; has a PhD in Writing from the University of South Wales; and has previously published a collection of short stories and a book on writing crime films. EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE LONDON MONSTER is her first novel and book I in a mystery trilogy that pairs sleuths Edgar Allan Poe and C. Auguste Dupin.