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The Abduction of Pretty Penny by Leonard Goldberg
Narrator: Steve West
Series: The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries #5
Published by MacMillan on June 15, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Length: 10 hours, 41 minutes
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Joanna and the Watsons are called in by the Whitechapel Playhouse to find Pretty Penny, a lovely, young actress who has gone missing without reason or notice. While on their search, the trio is asked by Scotland Yard to join in the hunt for a vicious murderer whose method resembles that of Jack The Ripper. It soon becomes clear that The Ripper has reemerged after a 28-year absence and is once again murdering young prostitutes in Whitechapel.
Following a line of subtle clues, Joanna quickly reasons that Pretty Penny has been taken capture by the killer. But as Joanna moves closer to learning his true identity, the killer sends her a letter indicating her young son Johnny will be the next victim to die. Time is running out, and Joanna has no choice but to devise a most dangerous plan which will bring her face-to-face with the killer. It is the only chance to protect her son and rescue Pretty Penny, and save both from an agonizing death.
I nearly missed the next release in The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries series. I really enjoy all these Sherlock Holmes style investigations and the setting in England. Plus the series is narrated by STEVE WEST.
After many years, Jack the Ripper is active again in Whitechapel. A special young women, a talented and beautiful actress has been taken and it is feared she will be his victim. The Watsons and Joanna are asked to look for Pretty Penny. Based on clues and deductions, they narrow down the suspects as deaths pile up.
The criminal is very clever and a real challenge to apprehend. A variety of strategies are employed with Johnny and Toby 2 getting in on the hunt. The Irregulars are tasked to acquire more information. Finally, Joanna herself acts as bait and still he slips away. The case is very dangerous for the Watsons, but he must be caught and stopped.
The narrator is my absolute favorite – STEVE WEST!!!!!! I loved listening to this story at my usual 1.5x speed. I appreciate his work with both male and female voices and he handles the English characters so well. Definitely, his narration enhanced my enjoyment, and I often chose audiobooks because he is the narrator.
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