Release Date: September 20th, 2016
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2
Genres: 19th Century, Historical, Law & Crime, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
Victorian Era Forensics
If I’m going to read a crime novel, it’s going to be a historical one! Victorian and regency eras in particular seem to be my favourites. As a fan of science, I love seeing how it’s used to solve things without modern advancements. The vet side of me also loves the autopsies and science things. I’m a cool person like that.
Banter and sass
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER has some of the best banter between characters I’ve ever read. It’s so witty and hilarious. Some was flirtatious banter, other was banter between mates. Not to mention the sass the characters would give each other. Especially Audrey when the men would go, “Oh but you’re a weak woman, you could not possibly handle this little bloody thing!”. She’d have the perfect comeback every time.
I got Sherlock and Watson vibes
Audrey Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell make a brilliant team and their dynamic is very reminiscent of the BBC Sherlock. Thomas is the incredibly observant one who distances himself from the scenes, making deductions and flamboyantly revealing his prowess while also having some questionable social skills. Audrey is as competent as Thomas is but she’s also the more the emotional one, open to the feelings and motives of people around her, more socially aware and not so detached. These two do have more outward and obvious romantic feelings also (WHICH NEEDS TO DEVELOP INTO MORE OKAY THE TENSION #ISHIPIT)
I’ve come to expect historical novels, even mysteries, to be slow. STALKING JACK THE RIPPER isn’t edge-of-your-seat suspenseful but it is very consistent in terms of pacing. Between character development, banter and plot revelations/ twists I found it to be entertaining the entire way through. I finished it in 24 hours. It’s well written and flows well, making it easy to read.
Once again I guessed the culprit…
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER wasn’t predictable per se, I’ve just played too many Nancy Drew games growing up. I managed to predict the culprit near the beginning (once you realise mysteries try and go with the least suspicious characters, you spot them quickly). I wasn’t disappointed with the reveal though, it did not end how I thought it would at all. That motive was creepy as hell.
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER is something I’d recommend for fans of THESE SHALLOW GRAVES and A MADNESS SO DISCREET. It’s a fantastic historical mystery with highly entertaining characters. I cannot wait to delve into more mysteries with Cresswell and Wadsworth.