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Summer Blog Challenge – Day 1

Day 1 – Favourite book you read last month

So I didn’t get much reading done last month simply because reading is a little hard when your home alone with a newborn baby but I did get some reading done. Out of everything that I did manage to read I did have one favourite for June.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
I’d heard a lot about these books but was never sure if I was going to enjoy them. They’re almost murder mystery but still in the YA category so I was a little sceptical.

As usual, I was pleasantly surprised.

Audrey Rose is her uncle’s apprentice, working on cadavers to understand and research the inner working of the human body. Her uncle, who often works for the likes of Scotland Yard on murder cases, teaches her how to perform autopsies on cadavers, gather samples of the organs, and identify the cause of death in most circumstances. A most peculiar activity for an upper-class lady to be partaking in. That’s why it’s kept a secret. She attends his lectures on anatomy at the University dressed as a boy which is where she meets Thomas Cresswell who instantly sees through her disguise. Thomas, an intelligent and witty young gentleman, becomes one of Audrey’s uncle’s apprentices and begins working alongside her.

All is well until the bodies of women start turning up around London, mutilated in ways only someone who understands the inner workings of the human body could do. Eyes turn towards Audrey’s uncle who is known for his controversial methods and scientific questionings and he is arrested, to be trialled for the murders of the deceased women. They believe him to be Jack the Ripper.

Audrey and Thomas work together to solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper, using their combined knowledge and talents for sneaking about London’s underworld to figure out just who is committing such horrendous acts.

The truth was not what they were expecting.

Stalking Jack the Ripper is followed by a few other books- Hunting Prince Dracula, Escaping from Houdini and Capturing the Devil (which will be released in 2019)- and follows the adventures of Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell.

It honestly wasn’t what I was expecting in terms of plot but I did enjoy very much how it was a big screw you to the society of the time, with Audrey Rose fighting hard to be her own person and follow her interests rather than become another simple housewife.

Thomas Cresswell is full of sarcastic banter and constantly challenges Audrey Rose, pushing her out of her comfort zone and challenging her intellect.

I really did enjoy this book and I look forward to Hunting Count Dracula. I hope for some more substantial relationship development between Audrey and Thomas. If you are looking for something a little different or enjoy a little historical fiction with a dramatic twist then this is a definite read. Or if you just fancy a sarcastic, well-dressed man with a certain mystery about him then this is definitely a book for you to enjoy.

Until tomorrow.

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