Title: Stalking Jack The Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscale
Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1 of the Stalking Jack The Ripper Series.
I Got A Copy Through: Jimmy Patterson via NetGalley!
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Blurb Description: He’s the infamous killer no man has ever been able to find.
Now it’s a girl’s turn.
Groomed to be the perfect highborn Victorian young lady, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has a decidedly different plan for herself. After the loss of her beloved mother, she is determined to understand the nature of death and its workings. Trading in her embroidery needle for an autopsy scalpel, Audrey secretly apprentices in forensics. She soon gets drawn into the investigation of serial killer Jack the Ripper, but to her horror, the search for clues brings her far closer to her sheltered world than she ever thought possible.
If I’m being entirely honest, there were three things that made me want to read the Stalking Jack the Ripper:
1) THAT GORGEOUS COVER (!)
2) The Title (HOW CATCHY IS THAT)
3) (Surprisingly, most of all) THE HYPE!
I loved that everybody I knew was raving about HOW GREAT this book was, and I NEEDED to read it for myself.
And while it isn’t the best book out there, it was still REALLY REALLY GOOD.
Since this is a murder mystery/ historical romance, I’m just going to keep the storyline to myself, but there are still some parts I NEED to talk about.
1. Audrey Rose Wadsworth: Set in 1888, THIS GIRL IS SUCH A FEMINIST, I WANTED TO CRY. Here are some awesome quotes for you:
“I didn’t see any men running about, birthing the world’s population then going to make supper and tend to the house. Most of them buckled to their knees when the slightest sniffle attacked them.”
“Why must I either be docile and decent, or curious and wretched? I was a decent girl, even if I spent my spare time reading about science theories and dissecting the dead.”
SEE? She would give 21st century women a run for their money.
2. The Sherlock/ Watson Dynamo: Another thing that this book contained was the “I hate you so much, I might just love you” romance plot arc, and it was very endearing. MORE THAN THAT, Thomas Creswell and Audrey Rose had a Sherlock and Watson deduction game going on at all times, and their combined intellect made this all the more interesting.
“Thomas’s attention snagged onto mine. ‘Are you suggesting we stage a murder, Wadsworth? You planning on doing the slashing or should I handle that part?”
3. ALL THINGS INDIAN: Audrey’s deceased mother was half Indian, and I loved that there were ACCURATE references to Indian food and culture bring made. There was also a circus scene that I ADORED.
Unfortunately, there were also some things that I didn’t like:
1. Dialogue that was trying too hard: In some instances, the dialogue came off as forced, but QUOTES ARE SUBJECT TO MY ARC, so:
“I couldn’t imagine ever hating my brother that much and pitied them both for their animosity.”
2. The SUSPECTING game: This was fairly weak in the book, as Thomas and Audrey Rose placed all their suspicions on a particular person with something that could be NOTHING MORE that pure coincidence. And since there was a Sherlock-y vibe coming off the book, I just thought that a proper mental accusation should be fool proof.
All in all, a WONDERFUL book for the feminists out there.
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history, and is the first in a new series of gothic thrillers.
It will be available everywhere September 20, 2016.