Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche novel by Lyndsay Faye which pits Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper. The book was Faye's first novel, and was written with the blessing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's heirs.

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  • Watson mentions that Sir Charles Warren once attempted to relieve a hero of his, Major-General Charles Gordon, when he was surrounded by the enemy at Khartoum.[1] Watson's admiration for Gordon is a reference to The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, where Watson hangs a newly-framed portrait of the general on his wall.
  • When Lestrade questions Holmes' interest in the Tabram case, he muses it would be just as useful for Holmes to investigate the Drebber case.[1] This is a reference to Enoch Drebber, the victim in A Study in Scarlet.


  • Mary Monk's nonsensical assertion to the police that Jack the Ripper is really Prince Albert Victor is a reference to a popular theory for the murders first printed in 1962.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Faye, Lyndsay (2009). Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 1-4165-8330-1. 
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