Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper series
Books: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Hunting Prince Dracula, Escaping from Houdini, Capturing the Devil
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson (Little, Brown and Company)
Synopsis for Stalking Jack the Ripper:
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
If you know me, you’ll know that I am one of the biggest fans of the Stalking Jack the Ripper books by Kerri Maniscalco. I read the series only a few months after the first book was released because as soon as I heard it was Victorian era murder mystery and Young Adult, I was sold. Id didn’t really need to know anything else because it was exactly the type of book I was craving. I’m so very glad that I picked the first book up because the series has become a firm favourite of mine.
I have been absolutely hooked on these books and despite the fact the last book of the series was released in 2019, I still can’t get enough. The books are just so addictive and I really love the historical settings, the characters, the mysteries and the writing. I know some mysteries can be sort of obvious or predictable, but Kerri did a really great job of leading us astray…or perhaps I am just stupid and oblivious! There was only one book where I’d worked out the murderer but I still had a lot of fun reading and waiting to find out if I was right!
There’s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romance.
I obviously love this series a lot and as you now have no excuses to pick this series up as it is now complete, I am here to convince you why you should pick up the Stalking Jack the Ripper series with no less than five reasons. Buckle up, friends because here we go!
1. These books are a fine mix of Historical Fiction and Murder Mystery
I know Murder isn’t a genre. Google actually says it’s horror but murder sounds more interesting, don’t you think?
Now I don’t know about you but I am an absolute sucker for YA murder mysteries but combined with historical fiction? I’m sold, give it to me right now, I need to read it immediately. If you’re looking for Victorian Gothic series featuring various murder mysteries, look no further because here it is. These books incorporate famous murderers such as Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes, and yes it’s murder so it might be a bit weird for me to say it, but it’s done so well. The intrigue and mystery is done so well.
Those who deserve respect are given it freely. If one must demand such a thing, he’ll never truly command it.
2. Audrey Rose is a fierce, feminist character.
I love Audrey Rose’s character and I just love seeing how her mind works. For the time period, she is advanced in her feelings and thoughts. She works alongside her Uncle, who is a Forensic Scientist, and regularly ends up investigating murders and dissecting bodies (something that I would definitely not have the stomach for). I do enjoy following her around on her various detective duties and her attitude in general is just what I need from a Victorian era lady. Basically Audrey Rose kicks ass and you know what? We love to see it.
I was determined to be both pretty and fierce, as Mother had said I could be. Just because I was interested in a man’s job didn’t mean I had to give up being girly. Who defined those roles anyhow?
3. Ok, I’ve got to give Thomas Cresswell a mention because who the heck would I be if I didn’t?
Thomas Cresswell is Audrey Rose’s Uncles assistant who we meet in the first book. I love the dynamic between him and Audrey Rose and how easily they banter with each other, bouncing off each other so well. The witty conversations between them is one of the many reasons why I really love their relationship and also Thomas Cresswell.
What is a man’s soul made of that a woman’s is not?
4. These books are somewhat diverse.
Whilst it is not the most diverse book series, Audrey Rose herself is biracial (her Mother is from India) and there is also a sapphic relationship between two characters from the second book onwards.
5. There is Romance and it’s done SO well.
I feel like this is one of the things that sticks out to me a lot with this series and it’s also something that I very much love about it. The romance spans throughout the whole series and I personally think that it is done so well. It is frustrating at time due to the pining and yearning but the fact that it spans over the series rather than being complete instalove is something that I like. A slow burn is how I’d describe the romance in this series.
Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.
I hope I have convinced you enough to make a start on this series if you haven’t picked it up already, or to carry on with it if you have. I was quite satisfied with the conclusion to this series, which is probably a bonus. I felt that everything was tied up nicely, although I did immediately miss the characters. Perhaps a re-read is on the cards.
If you’ve read this series and you’re looking to get a little bit more of Kerri’s writing, her next book Kingdom of the Wicked is coming out in October so be sure to look out for that! It’s been picked up in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton which is super, super exciting. I can’t wait! You can add it to Goodreads here.