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Stalking Jack the Ripper Hardcover – September 20, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Audrey Rose Wadsworth spends most of her time in her uncle's laboratory, studying science and medicine through the dissection of cadavers. Although she has confided in her conceited brother regarding her studies—which are questionable at best for a young girl of her station—she has kept her time away from home mostly secret from her overprotective father. But when her work with a series of gruesome murders pulls Audrey Rose into a serious criminal investigation, she may not be able to keep her double life from her father, or from society at large, much longer. With help from her uncle's second apprentice, Thomas Cresswell, the protagonist is determined to find answers, for herself and the murdered women, even if those answers are closer to her own sheltered life than she'd like. Set in 1888, this seamless blend of history and fiction places its characters directly in the middle of the Whitechapel murders attributed to Jack the Ripper. The heroine is strong-willed and independent, and her sassy and Sherlockian protégé, Cresswell, adds a satisfying romantic element to the work. While this offering is thoroughly researched, some liberties have been taken to further the plot; these are outlined in an author's note at the end of the book. Grisly period images set the mood, and strong language is included throughout. VERDICT An entertaining debut full of twists and turns, perfect for fans of historical fiction and mystery.—Maggie Mason Smith, Clemson University R. M. Cooper Library, SC
Praise for Stalking Jack the Ripper:
"An entertaining debut full of twists and turns, perfect for fans of historical fiction and mystery."―School Library Journal
"Maniscalco has created a serious, sharp-minded, and forward-thinking protagonist in Audrey Rose, whose fearlessness will endear her to readers looking for an engaging historical thriller. Abundant red herrings and a dash of romance round out this gruesome but engrossing story."―Publisher's Weekly
"Audrey Rose Wadsworth prefers breeches to ball gowns, autopsies to afternoon tea, and scalpels to knitting needles. Though her father, Lord Edmund, has forbidden it, Audrey covertly studies forensic medicine...while "the Ripper" remains two steps ahead, lurking where Audrey least expects....Maniscalco's portrayal of scientific invention in a newly industrial era will serve as a fine first foray into Victorian classics."―Booklist
"*A marvelous yet somewhat gruesome mystery...The Ripper scenes are visceral, and the plot dovetails with history perfectly. An unexpected twist makes the ending worth the wait. A must-have."―School Library Journal, starred review
"Audrey is a young woman eager to use her brains and willing to flaunt society's rules....This mystery pays homage to classics like Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [and] will satisfy those readers looking for historical mystery, a witty heroine, and a little romance."―School Library Connection
"This is a book that will keep you up at night and haunt you during the day."―Beth Revis, author of the New York Times bestselling series Across the Universe
"With ample knowledge of Ripper lore, Maniscalco creates a steadfast and headstrong heroine who is as comfortable in gloves of blood as she is in watered silk. Filled with plenty of gory details, and no shortage of possible suspects, Stalking Jack the Ripper conveys the panic, paranoia, and fascination of 1880s London with a madman on the loose."―Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and Three Dark Crowns
"Kerri Maniscalco paints a picture of nineteenth-century London that lives and breathes in wonderfully sinister fashion. You won't want to put this book down."―Renee Ahdieh, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Wrath and the Dawn
"Dark and suspenseful...this book kept me guessing until its final, terrifying scenes."―Anna Carey, author of the EVE trilogy
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1888 was when Jack the Ripper was terrorizing London and the victims found their way to Audrey Rose's uncle's lab. She became determined to discover who the killer was. Her lab rival and potential love interest is Thomas Cresswell. She finds him, by turns, fascinating and vastly annoying. Together the two continue to investigate after Aubrey Rose's uncle is accused of being the Ripper, arrested and taken to Bedlam.
Aubrey Rose soon develops a pool of suspects including Thomas, the police inspector involved in the case, and ... her own father. I really enjoyed the Victorian setting and the creepy atmosphere of the story. The authentic Victorian photographs that were part of the story added to the creepy atmosphere. Descriptions of medical practice of the day added more layers of detail to an already detailed story - and to the creepiness too.
Fans of historical mysteries will enjoy this story.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Audrey Rose Wadsworth is interested in learning science and helps her uncle research on dead bodies. She is not your typical female, especially for her time period....which is during the Jack the Ripper murders. She wants to help her uncle catch the murderer but might get more than she bargains for in doing so. This book had a great mystery plot that kept me guessing, interesting characters, some romance between Audrey and Thomas and an ending that made me immediately pick up the sequel. I recommend it for high school and adult readers.
Stalking Jack the Ripper captured my attention the first moment I saw another blogger post about it when it released. How could it not with that gorgeous cover and a title mentioning stalking one of the most notorious serial killers ever? Even though I was able to predict the ending very early on and the book didn't blow me away, I still enjoyed this adventure. Audrey is a brave and snarky heroine during a time where women were not encouraged to think independently or do anything more strenuous than sip tea or perfect their needle point. As much as I liked Audrey, Thomas was my favorite character. His comical banter and flirting with Audrey made this book for me.
I definitely enjoyed this book and will be picking up the next book to see what's in store for Audrey and Thomas. I hope it will be just as good as this one.
In this story we follow Audrey Rose, a high-born lady in Victorian London who scoffs at the perception and expectations of women at this time. Rather than throw lavish tea parties and educate herself in proper lady-like behavior, Audrey prefers to spend her time apprenticing for her Uncle, who is a local mortician.
When women of ill-repute start being murdered viciously and ending up on her uncle's autopsy table, Audrey Rose is determined to solve the murder, especially after her Uncle becomes the prime suspect and she notices several connections between the victims and her family. . With the help of an annoyingly charming and arrogant peer named Thomas Cresswell the two, not unlike that of Sherlock and Watson, take it upon themselves to solve the murders and clear her uncle's name.
This book was such a painfully slow burn. Though it wasn't very long at all, just 318 pages, it felt immensely longer. This, in my opinion, likely could have been shorted by 75 pages and would have been much better, especially since I was able to guess who the perpetrator was right around that 250 page mark. Maybe even before. So basically, there was a slow build only to provide a fairly predictable ending. I am not sure if I will read the next one.
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