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Stalking Jack the Ripper
Kerri Maniscalco

Jimmy Patterson Books
September 20, 2016/ ISBN 978-0316273497

Reviewed by Jan Fields


As the daughter of a Lord in 1888, Audrey Rose Wadsworth is expected to be demure, delicate and decorative. Instead, she is endlessly curious, especially about forensics. Her sneaking around to learn from her uncle puts her right in the middle of the investigation to find Jack the Ripper. But as Audrey Rose digs herself deeper into the case and the clues, she soon realizes the Ripper may be closer than she ever thought. He may be someone she loves. With a fascinating premise and the fantastic addition of a Sherlock-ian assistant, the book has a lot going for it. As with any mystery, playing fair with the reader runs the risk of the clues ultimately making the killer and the ending a bit predictable, and that was one weakness in this book, but it's hard not to love a mystery about Jack the Ripper. The story does conform really well to the real-life Ripper killings, with the "historical and creative liberties" restrained. The author's note at the end adds some interesting information as well. The characterization for Audrey Rose felt a bit uneven, leaving her occasionally frustrating, but overall, this is a novel that anyone with a love for Victorian England or an interest in the Ripper should be sure to catch.

Reviewer Janis Fields is the author of over two dozen books for children and adults including Threads of Deceit, Ghost Light Burning, Wellspring of Magic, and Emerald Dragon.
Reviewed 2017