Hi All! It’s Becky, again. Recently, I found myself in a little bit of a reading slump and I decided to revisit audiobooks that I enjoyed in the past. The first audiobook I listened to I relistened to was Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I have always loved this series but I didn’t enjoy the first book as much as its predecessors.
Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Other books in the series that I have reviewed: Hunting Prince Dracula, Escaping From Houdini, Capturing the Devil
Summary: Audrey Rose Wadsworth is always polite. Audrey Rose is always proper. Audrey Rose is just the daughter of a nobleman except Audrey Rose has a habit that is…unsavory. In secret, Audrey has been studying forensic science. She adores her lessons in her uncle’s creepy laboratory and she is beginning to adore Thomas Cresswell, her uncle’s student. However, everything changes when Audrey joins the investigation of a string of ghastly murders that our rocking the streets of London. Can Audrey find the murderer and help make London’s street safe?
Review: I originally read this book four years ago and, at that time, I wasn’t a big fan of mysteries however Maniscalco drew me in with the grisly tale. Audrey was the perfect sassy English heroine. She was smart, took care of herself, and didn’t let the menfolk boss her around. It was fun to revisit Audrey Rose on her first adventure and follow her as she found her footing in the dark and twisted world of serial killers. Thomas Cresswell was Audrey Rose’s perfect Mr. Darcy-like foil. He was charming without intending to be and romanced her through his sarcasm. Their flirty relationship is everything I love about a good Victorian England book and what gives the dark tale charm. However, after a second reading, I found myself having the same issue with the book as I did the first time which was that I felt the mystery was a little obvious. However, as with many mysteries, the answer to the puzzle is not the point of the story. The point of the story is the journey and Stalking Jack the Ripper is well written and engaging journey that is a beautifully crafted image of Victorian England filled with Julian Fellowes-worthy characters that is a must-read for fans of YA mysteries.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5