Yes, I agree it's most about atmosphere and period detail. It's a window on another (disappeared) world- a world that is the precurser to ours historically, and yet it is different enough and far way in time enough to be exotic at the same time. Ahhhhh... flickering gaslight, rustling silk, cloak and dagger,horse drawn carriages and shadowy, winding streets!
Jack the Ripper is considered to be the first serial killer- but compare him with his contemporary counterparts, who seem mundane, sleezy and alot less mysterious, thanks to CSI, etc.
Whatever happened to the skulking poisoner?
Whatever happened to the sense of mystery? Everything these days has to be forensically analysed and explained.
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