When gruesome murders begin happening in Whitechapel, Audrey's uncle is called in to consult. Also hanging around is her uncle's irritating know-it-all student, Thomas Cresswell, who Audrey finds herself disgusted by and drawn to at the same time. Will they be able to figure out who this psychotic killer is before the body count piles up?
I don't read a lot of books set in the 1800's, but when I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. I love reading books about serial killers and anything to do with true crimes will totally peak my interests. I don't think I LOVED this book, but my like-factor was pretty high. It reminded me of Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger without the technology.
I loved the mix of historical fiction (and the way it felt real to the time period), mystery, slight-Steampunkery, and horror. I was hot and cold on the romance. I started off annoyed at yet another arrogant love interest that the m/c says she can't stand, but in her head it's totally obvious she's into him. On the other hand, Thomas grew on me because he became playful and funny and less over-the-top asshole-ish as the book went on. I really started liking his inappropriateness, especially for the time period. I don't think it was common for a man to talk to a lady of such high class the way Thomas did, and I started to find it really adorable and funny.
I did figure out who the killer was early on, and I think it will be super obvious to most people who read a lot. In that aspect it felt like it followed a certain mystery formula that I've read before. But in saying that, I don't think it mattered that much that I wasn't shocked by the big reveal. I still liked seeing them get to that point and seeing the WHY of all of it.
I know this is a series, but I'm not really sure what else there is for Audrey Rose to do in future books. I guess other crimes that aren't quite as famous as the Jack the Ripper case will pop up?? Whatever she'll be doing, I'll be reading it and hoping to see more of Thomas's inappropriate nature.
OVERALL: A creepy, interesting fictional look at the Jack the Ripper murders in the late 1800's. I loved reading about life in that time period, and while the mystery wasn't that "mysterious" for me, the book and it's characters were strong enough to overcome it. I definitely recommend this because it's different and cool and atmospheric.
Date Published: 9/20/2016
How I got this book: BEA- Thanks to Little, Brown & Company and Jimmy Patterson books for allowing me to read and honestly review this book.
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
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This Book Contains:
- Violence and gruesome descriptions
- Historical photographs
- Aristocratic life
- Fashions of a lady of quality
- Autopsy practices of the 1800's
- Barnum and Bailey Circus
- High tea
- A psychiatric hospital for criminals
- Drug use
- A look at poverty and class difference in that day
- The beginnings of forensic science
My Rating: 4/5
Character: Audrey Rose Wadsworth
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- Evie O'Neill and Audrey have so much in common. They both do work for their uncles doing unconventional things. They're both trying to catch a psychopath and end up inserting themselves into the crimes. For their time periods they're both pushing boundaries. I think Audrey would pos-i-tute-ly adore Evie.