Hi all! It’s Becky. I absolutely love Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series so I was excited (and a little sad) when I sat down to read the final book in the series. I had incredibly high expectations for this book and it totally lived up to them. Here are my thoughts:
Summary: Victorian Lady/teen forensic investigator Audrey Rose Wadsworth has survived the nightmare voyage to the United States and now she and her love, Thomas Cresswell, must solve the mystery around the sudden string of murders in New York City. The case is ghastly and Audrey Rose and Thomas find themselves pulled into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that might result in their own demise.
Review: There are few things that I truly fangirl over (Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, pre-season 4 Veronica Mars) and all of those things are from my long ago youth but Kerri Maniscalco’s Victorian murder mystery series has made me into a huge fangirl. I love the books, I love the characters, I love the gory mysteries. I spent almost an hour waiting in line at BEA 2018 just to meet the author and get a signed copy of Escaping From Houdini. All of this is to say, that I had extremely high expectations for the final book in this series and I am happy to report that I was not disappointed. Capturing the Devil is everything I loved about the first three books all tied to together to create a satisfying ending to the beloved series. Audrey Rose is still an incredibly strong female protagonist who take control of her destiny and will do what it takes to solve the mystery and saved her loved ones. Thomas Cresswell is still the perfectly charming suitor and foil to Audrey Rose. Thomas is charming and dashing and he and Audrey Rose are shockingly steamy in this book…I just about loved it. Yet, the best part of the book is how Keri Maniscalco crafts her mysteries. The story very slowly unravels leaving just the tiniest trail of grisly details to lead the reader on the terrify and creepy trail to the final murder. Mansicalco can write, it’s as simple as that, the author is very skilled and she uses that skill to write ghastly and grotesque details of death and dismemberment in the most awesome way possible. I couldn’t put the book down and I devoured its over 400 pages of twisted murders, terrify mystery, and surprisingly sweet romance in less than a day and a half. The book truly is the perfect ending to an incredible series and I can’t wait to read the first book in Maniscalco’s new series.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5