The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian
Portrayed as a Sherlock-Holmes like story, the Mangle Street Murders is a Victorian murder mystery, set in London, and featuring a lead character who is cool. calculating, observant, and brilliant. Sidney Grice is London's premier detective, and his new ward, March Middleton (although at 19 years old, I never did quite figure out why she had to be someone's ward...), shows detective talent of her own.
In the course of an investigation, March accompanies Sidney to London's East End, where her bag is stolen. Her bag is found a brief time later, but in the arms of a boy who has been brutally murdered. March learns that this boy's murder is not the first to occur in a similar manner over the last few weeks. Sidney and March begin investigating, and soon the murderer is sending them notes, leading them on a wild goose chase through the city as he continues his murder spree.
Full of twist and turns, The Mangle Street Murder is an exciting and fast-paced murder mystery. The crime was well planned and the solving of it was interesting and engaging. I do, however, greatly dislike the character Sidney Grice. He's supposed to be like Sherlock Holmes, but lacks Holmes's redeeming qualities, leaving you only with an irascible unlikeable irritating character. He may solve crimes, but I wouldn't want to know or work with him. Of course, with a Sherlock character and a young female protege, I couldn't help but compare this book to the Mary Russell series, which is one of my favorite murder mystery series of all time, and found this one to come up quite short. It's not terrible, and I will probably read the next book in the series to give it another chance, but it's also not amazing. If you enjoy Victorian murder mysteries, you should give this series a shot and see what you think.