I love Peter Ackroyd, I really do.Books like this are part of the reason why. Making use of the famous figures of Dan Leno (no, not Jay Leno), Gissing, and Marx among others, Ackroyd weaves a mystery unlike very few.The story is told though different voices and different prespectives, and the ground always shifts slightly for the reader. And that is the really important thing about Ackroyd, he trusts the reader. He does not treat the reader like an idiot, does not talk down, and inspires curiousity without being annoying.The book opens with the trial of Elizabeth Cree, who is charged with the murder of her husband. It is not this crime that takes the focus but real murders that according in the Limehouse section of London. In some ways, this book is like Ackroyd's The Clerkenwell Tales, but with a stronger sense of self.The question at the heart of the book is who the murder of Limehouse is? A golem? Something or someone else? The murders are similar to the Ripper killings which will occurs years later and like the previous Ratcliffe Highway killings (see The Maul And The Pear Tree).