- Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: jimmy patterson; First Edition (stated), First Printing edition (September 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031627349X
- ISBN-13: 978-0316273497
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 342 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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First, let me tell you of the characters. Our MC is the lovely, intelligent, and ambitious Audrey Rose Wadsworth, lady of London’s high society. She’s sneakily studying with her uncle, Dr. Jonathan Wadsworth the practice of forensic science, dissections and all. This, of course, is not to the liking of her father Edmund or her brother Nathaniel who both think it’s improper for any lady, especially one of her status. Then there’s the clever, Holmesian assistant to Dr. Wadsworth, Thomas Cresswell. He’s a skilled assistant and is clearly interested in Audrey Rose for more than just her intelligence, though she doesn’t care to admit that she reciprocates. These are the main players in this literary game of CLUE, though we know where the body is and what weapon was likely used, it’s the WHO and the WHY that no one can figure out.
As an assistant to her uncle, Audrey Rose is drawn in to the Ripper, or Leather Apron, investigations in a very close-up way. She’s examining these poor, butchered women firsthand and everyone from the police to her family look at her askance, as if she herself is involved in something heinous for breaking society’s rules. Admittedly, her involvement probably wouldn’t have happened in this era, but it sure makes for a story that has such an element of empowerment.
First off, I want to praise the author's style. It pulls you in, from the very first page. It's rich and detailed, but not cluttered. It shows the author has done research before- and during writing this story. Plus, I know a thing or two about certain things mentioned in the book because I happen to have a best friend that went to med school.
Secondly, the heroine. Audrey Rose is a girl after my own heart. She's smart and stubborn and strong. She doesn't care for society and its idea of how a 'proper lady' should behave or what she should do. She doesn't care about getting married or having babies. All she wants is to assists her uncle, who happens to be a doctor. She wants to learn from him, even when everything and everyone is against it and her.
I rarely come across such an awesome heroine, nowadays.
The book, the story, is darker. As I said, it's detailed so even the gruesome scenes are written down without being sugarcoated. After all, it tells a version of the story we've all heard and know of. Jack the Ripper. An unknown man that killed prostitutes.
I loved the story Ms. Maniscalco has woven around this dark part of history. I love how she made all the characters fit in, including our mysterious and yummy hero, Thomas. By the way, I loved their back-and-forth, it cracked me up.
I loved that this story has it all. It has feels. The climax broke my heart and, even though I've had a hunch about who Jack the Ripper could be, I kept hoping I was wrong.
This has made the top of my fave books list - of all time - and I cannot wait to get my hands on Hunting Prince Dracula, for more Audrey Rose & Thomas adventures!
Definite reread, definite 5+++ star-rating.
I rated this book a 5 out of 5 stars, because it is written so well. The best way to describe the story is that it wants you to look at the murders as being a puzzle for a crime solving like a person in Forensic's would study a murder .I hope all of that makes sense but before I continue I also would like to point out that this book discusses in some detail Forensic science study of dead bodies. It is the process of a Doctor or Scientist receiving a dead body to study its organs as well as sometimes studying murders. But back in Victorian days it was Called being a Cadaver which was a way for doctors or scientist to get free bodies to study what cause a person death as well or use certain body parts . While this is discuss in the book, it is not extremely detailed to point of making someone feel sick. I am a sensitive person to these types of things and this detailed did not bother me. Now on to more details about the story itself. This story is not your standard Murder mystery in the sense that its all about the murder. This book is also about Audrey Rose becoming her own person. I also honestly couldn’t believe how funny this book was, mainly from Thomas’s point of view. Thomas tends to be the one who keeps Audrey Rose on her toes and really helps to get her to think about everything. He loves the fact that she is so well educated compare to most girls of her position and the age. He tends to use humorous flirty banter towards her whenever they are together. I can’t say enough about how much I love Thomas in this book. I also loved the cover on this book. This cover which is shown above of a woman holding a knife while wearing Steampunk victorian clothing is bloody beautiful, intriguing and inviting .I honestly can’t wait to start the next book in the series which is Hunting Prince Dracula, and it comes out in September 2017 for hardcover sell.
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