My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s not often you stumble upon a book that totally sucks you in and ticks all of the right buttons straight away. The List of 7 did that for me.
Sherlock Holmes – TICK
Occult themes – TICK
Victorian setting – TICK
Jack the Ripper – TICK
Egyptology – TICK
Spiritualism – TICK
Zombies, vampires and other monsters – TICK
It felt that this book was written for me – I’m such a selfish reader.
The basic premise is that Arthur Conan Doyle’s life is threatened following attendance at a seance; invited by a woman who wants his help. Jack Sparks rescues Doyle and warns him against the dark forces that are stalking him. What unfolds is a manic rush around the country escaping ‘the grey hoods’ and trying to solve the mystery of the 7.
If you know anything about the era, Conan Doyle, Sherlock or Jack the Ripper some of the ‘revelations’ in the book will not surprise you, but you will feel quite canny in solving some of the riddles.
The only thing that really irked me while reading this book was the American spellings of words. A book that is so steeped in English culture and history should be written using the English spellings. I know, this is really picky, but I’M really picky!
Other than that – if you enjoy a good romp, love Sherlock Holmes and enjoy your mysteries to have an esoteric edge read this. You won’t regret it.