‘Jack the Ripper: Threads’ (2021)


Think you know Jack the Ripper? Think again.

In ‘Jack the Ripper: Threads’, Jay Hartley presents a compelling fictional exploration of the idea that the infamous serial killer was actually James Maybrick, a cotton merchant from Liverpool. Using a mix of fact and fiction, this historical crime thriller brings to life actual events and characters from the era in a way that will challenge everything you thought you knew about this unsolved case.

With gripping prose and meticulous attention to detail, Hartley paints a vivid picture of Maybrick’s life and his possible involvement in the gruesome murders that terrorised London’s Whitechapel district in 1888.

But the story doesn’t end there. Did one of Maybrick’s family members murder him in 1889, bringing an end to the Ripper’s reign of terror?

This debut novel will keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow the clues and try to piece together the truth behind one of history’s most baffling mysteries.

So if you’re ready to challenge your assumptions and dive into a world of intrigue and deception, ‘Jack the Ripper: Threads’ is the book for you.


Jay Hartley has written an intriguing novel which effortlessly fuses together the dark psychotic worlds of Jack the Ripper and James Maybrick. I was impressed by the level of factual detail Mr Hartley skilfully brings to his book without letting the research distract from the energetic and gripping narrative. The author’s preface, by way of a disclaimer, includes an honest and cautionary note reminding the reader that the story “…should not be regarded as a historical fact, for now.” I rather hope this means we can look forward to a follow up novel from Mr Hartley which fictionalises the extraordinary on-going thirty year real life modern investigation into the authenticity or otherwise of the diary of Jack the Ripper.

keith skinner
historical researcher & jack the ripper expert




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