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Stalking Jack the Ripper ~ Kerri Maniscalco (Jimmy Patterson Presents)

December 18, 2018

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Genre: Young Adult/Historical Fiction
Publisher: jimmy patterson
ISBN: 9780316273510
352 pages
Source: Unicorn Books (Turks and Caicos Island)

Murder mysteries, in general, have never really been my thing but when they’re done right, they are done well, they will have my heart forever.

I ended up picking out Stalking Jack the Ripper on a whim while on vacation, last month, and finally got around to it after the semester ended.

I think the time period has something to do with why the book landed so well with me. I’m in the middle of binge-watching Penny Dreadful which is set right around the same time and so much gorier that Stalking Jack seemed tame in comparison. Without cringing as much as I usually do with this kind of thing, I was able to focus on the suspense, character development, and historical detail, which was a delightful change.

I also fell in love with the banter and growing friendship between Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell, even though he (I’m sure intentionally, per the author) irritated me to no end. The two met while working for A. R.’s uncle (studying the early stages of surgical medicine) and end up swept away, doing exactly what the title of the story suggests.

To this day, there is still no real conclusion regarding the person behind the bloody mess that was Jack the Ripper. And I do love a classic cold case. With multiple hands (the two young people mentioned above, and Uncle Early American Surgeon, among them) involved in the fictional retelling of the investigation, it’s anyone’s guess as to how the story will unfold.

Maniscalco has a way of writing her characters in full detail. strengths, flaws, and all. Her sometimes fearless protagonist, Audrey Rose Wadsworth, embraces the strand of empowerment that ran through the day. While several reviewers have chided the book for being too forward in that regard, given the time period, it was really pretty accurate. Between the transcendentalists, abolitionists, suffragists, and the like, Audrey Rose’s gumption and medical interest (and tendency to run off to places proper ladies wouldn’t be caught dead) felt right in line, for me.

I’m super excited to get to the rest of the series and from what I’ve heard, the books only get better after this first one. If you’ve read Stalking Jack the Ripper or the following books, what did you think? Let me know below!

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