Inspired by the murders committed by Jack the Ripper, Maniscalco has you traveling back in time to 19th century London. Audrey Rose Wadsworth hails from high-society. She’s the daughter of a lord and as such, she should behave like a lady. Audrey has other plans, caring more about forensics than afternoon tea. Under the supervision of her uncle, Audrey gets to examine the dead bodies that are brought in. When gruesome dead bodies of women show up more frequently, Audrey is determined to solve the mystery and end the horrendous killing spree that encompassed London.
Audrey doesn’t have to solve the Jack the Ripper case alone. While pretending to be a man so she can see her uncle’s university lectures, Audrey meets Thomas Cresswell, a fellow forensic scientist who can easily see through the disguise. Thomas becomes fascinated with the girl who can match his intellect. Maniscalco did an excellent job of depicting 19th Century London. Her ability to delve into the historical aspects of the story was great, and it really added to the overall plot.
No review would be complete without mentioning Thomas Cresswell, who may or may not be our new book boyfriend. Thomas and Audrey had the best witty banter, and it was great to see Audrey knock him down a peg or two during their arguments. Thomas is your typical overconfident, charming male love interest and Audrey is a brilliant, sarcastic lead. They make for quite the YA couple! We can’t wait to see their relationship continue to grow in the next novels. And yes— this is a slow burn romance, but trust us, its worth the wait!
This murder mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat until Audrey ultimately discovers the culprit. Maniscalco did a great job with the ending, which felt resolved and still left the reader wanting more. She hid little clues about the murderer throughout the novel while still leaving an air of mystery. As a reader, we could tell that Maniscalco did her research into the Jack the Ripper story— all the details were woven together very nicely and felt realistic.
This book is difficult to put down, so read it when you have a big block of free time. If you scare easily, sleep with a nightlight because there are still three more books in the series— and trust us, you won’t find yourself wanting to skip on these. We can’t wait to read the second book in the series, Hunting Prince Dracula, where we follow Audrey on a new adventure to Romania! Plus more Thomas Cresswell? Sign us up!