Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spoilers –

Fun read- Desperately needs a new back cover

A YA murder mystery set in Victorian London sounds like a dream come true for a girl like me. As Stalking Jack the Ripper has a little bit of everything, forensic science, romance, family issues and historical tidbits.

Audrey Rose is a high society woman secretly undertaking a forensic pathology apprenticeship with her Uncle’s guidance. Her father still overly protective after the untimely death of her mother and a brother meandering from one study to another.

I had so much fun reading this novel and blew through it pretty easily, Audrey Rose was a great character, a girl torn between tradition and her own passion for science. She doesn’t look down on other girls for their pursuits and seems to find the good in everyone, sometimes stories like this can be a little manic, pixie dream girl.

There’s so many awesome moments whether it’s at a tea party or dissecting a body I find myself completely enamoured with the story. And although I’m not an expert in the Jack the Ripper murder it hit all the marks I know about the case including the letters.

And Thomas Cresswell, her partner in crime (so to speak) is the perfect romantic partner for our modern day audiences. Sarcastic with a Sherlockian edge he’s exactly whom you want to meet down a dark alley way. All the character so to speak are super fun and for a time everyone is a suspect.

Only the who-dunnit portion of the book is dampened due to the ‘girl who loved the ripper’ line of the back cover. There are a couple of moments you think it might be Thomas all lines of inquiry are trained on her father. For a second you think that the ‘loved the ripper’ line is a different type of love until you realize it’s probably not him and thus there’s only one person left.

If it wasn’t for this I might not have guessed the killer so early so please I implore you, on the next print just delete that one bit.

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