Tuesday, June 3, 2014

#BookReview The Shrewsbury Murders

About Author Alan Shaw:

From the UK, Alan is an ex many things: accountant, civil servant, infanteer, Regimental Paymaster, Communications Manager, trainer, and PR type. He tends to hang on to friendships and regularly has boozy sessions with people he first knew in the 70s. He is also loyal, and manages to avoid most of the Seven Deadly Sins, at least on Sundays.

About The Shrewsbury Murders

Towards the end of the 10th century a famous and revered Archbishop is finally laid to rest in Glastonbury, England. A few private possessions are buried with him. Later, when his body is being relocated to Canterbury, some of these artifacts are stolen.

In the late 16th century two friends meet in an ale house in London, and their conversation leads them to embark on a journey together. As a result they make a life changing discovery, but later become bitter enemies. 

Years afterwards in Prague, a city steeped in blood and mystery, a man close to death finds a small book deceptively easy to understand.

Nearly 300 years later in Whitechapel, London a series of brutal murders begins in August 1888. They are perpetrated by a killer known only as Jack the Ripper, who is never identified or caught. He is afterwards regarded as the first serial killer. Inexplicably his crimes endure in the public consciousness up to the present day.

In 1906 in the CafĂ© Royal, London the arrogant and ill-mannered occultist Aleister Crowley – whose sinister presence and power permeates 'Project Overkill', the first Mike Ambrose novel - resents the comments of friends more successful than himself. And then a sudden chance encounter leads to a horrifying revelation.

In Wales, following a German air raid in 1941 the lives of each generation of a family line are marred by severe bouts of depression and dread. 

In the medieval town of Shrewsbury, England in December 2011 Mike Ambrose, his partner Marcia Strickland, and their very close friend Claire Osbourn are hosting a Christmas party. An inexplicable occurrence at the end of it stays in Mike’s mind. 

Soon they encounter Cassie, a penniless young woman who desperately wants to work. They discover they believe in her, and decide to help. 

Months afterwards a series of gruesome murders begins in Shrewsbury. The killer leaves a note signed ‘Jack the Ripper’. It emulates the style of notorious letters received by the police in 1888. 

Amidst the ensuing terror, happily fuelled by press, radio, television, and social networking Mike and those closest to him are themselves threatened. Eventually they realize they have no alternative but to take matters into their own hands.

In doing so, they discover a secret even more chilling than the murders themselves. 

Something created centuries before, and then unleashed by blood red ambition.

Like its predecessor, The Shrewsbury Murders pulls no punches as it joins up the dots between apparently unrelated historical events. 

What emerges is both shocking and terrifying - the sinister reasons why a series of horrifying murders committed in Victorian London now threaten the people of Shrewsbury at the beginning of the 21st century. 

Eventually Mike Ambrose learns there really are times when Life is for Taking. 

Review by Author K. Meador:

I love murder mysteries. When I read this one was about Jack the Ripper I wondered how it would differ from other books I have read about this person. I loved how this story came about; from the beginning to the manifestation and on. A unique version is being weaved and told. Several times, I thought the story might end but knew it couldn't because there was a lot of book to continue, and that is when I learned of the next twist in this well thought out, well planned, and well executed book. This is sure to be one to add to your reading list. I will definitely be recommending this to others.



  1. I LOVE the sound of this wide sweeping historical novel. I too, am a sucker for a new take on Jack the Ripper.

    I'll upload a sample and if the style suits, I'll buy and review. Thanks for pointing this out to me, K-trina. :)

    1. You are welcome Kerry. I enjoyed the book and it was an unusual approach which was great. Have a good day and thanks for stopping by!


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