Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper Series #1)

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper Series #1)


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Stalking Jack the Ripper 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by this storyline from the very beginning. This was a very cleverly written twist on the Jack the Ripper murders. The book moves at an excellent pace, never leaving you bored. I loved the forensic science element and the realism of the post-mortem examinations of bodies. The details really made the time period come alive where this type of science was fairly new and those who practiced it to be looked on from society with an air of suspicion. I applauded the inclusion of a very strong female character in Audrey Rose. Her tenacity and excitement to expand her mind during a time when girls were groomed only to catch a husband was truly refreshing. I cheered for her from the first to the last! Thomas Cresswell was a wonderful addition as Audrey's sometimes aggravating but always charming friend, partner and love interest. He never looks down on Audrey Rose whom he affectionately and professionally refers to as "Wadsworth" as anything less than an equal and encourages her to pursue her love of science and himself. There's great chemistry between both characters and lots of flirting which I personally loved. The only thing I wished this installment had more of was romance. Albeit, it is a story revolving murders but what we do get is nicely balanced. I cannot wait for more adventures from Audrey Rose and Thomas! Highly recommended!,
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WhatsBeyondForks 6 months ago
Jack the Ripper will most likely always be a mystery to us, and this book filled in the gaps of what we don't know quite well. There was a lot going on within this story, and hardly a dull moment. I was surprised at how much enjoyed it. Stalking Jack the Ripper was a little Sherlock Holmes-ish with some girl power. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book!
Stardust_Fiddle 7 months ago
This book was a mixed bag for me. I really wanted this to be a five-star read, but it just didn’t quite do it for me. The protagonist, Audrey Rose Wadsworth, seemed difficult to connect to. On the one hand, she was a paradigm for early women’s rights and an example of how a woman’s intellect could match a man’s, even when it came to studying medical science and cadavers. However, she was also annoyingly brash and obtuse on many occasions, and the romantic angle only added to this and led to a good deal of eye rolling during my reading. The mystery itself was, in some ways, not as unique as I had hoped. The identity of the killer became fairly clear despite scattered red herrings due to process of elimination and clues dropped here and there. Part of the ending did offer a nice twist, though. This is definitely not a novel for the overly squeamish, as it contains details that one would expect from a story about Jack the Ripper. A few illustrations enhanced the reading experience and further developed the mixture of history and fiction.
a_bookworms_nook 10 months ago
This review is originally posted on my blog ( Hey, guys! So I recently read the book Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco I really loved this book so let us get this review started!! Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege, stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. 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. Now let’s get on to this review, shall we? I was one day early last month browsing audible and I found jack the ripper on the site. And I had been wanting to read the book since I saw it on other bookstagramers accounts. I had an extra credit so I thought why not. Boy, i should have gotten this book sooner. This book is a great historical read that takes us back to London during the reign of Jack the Ripper. Audrey Rose is a get female character. She is a very strong person, strong in character and well just everything. Yes, she is human but is facing with things like she was I as a reader and fellow female was so thrilled and honored to be of the same stock as Audrey. Now because of these points and just honestly the amazing writing style and mystery I have to give this book a 5-star rating. Now I can admit that I did guess who the killer was but the one thing I could not figure out was why. This book will keep you on your toes. And if you don’t want to get the physical copy, go and get the audible one. You will fall in love with the talented Nicola Barber. So I guess what I am saying is you need to go and get a copy of this book and possible pre-order this book and if you do it now…you can go on to you can leave a note and you can get it signed. Now … who doesn’t want a signed book? I know I do. Until next time I hope you check this book out. E.
bjdoureaux More than 1 year ago
In 1888 London, Audrey Rose Wadsworth defies her father and society, and secretly tutors under her uncle doing autopsies. Through her studies she comes face-to-face with the victims of Jack the Ripper. She feels compelled to figure out who the Ripper is and bring him to justice, but the investigation may lead to dark secrets better kept hidden. This debut novel by Maniscalco and the first YA novel in James Patterson's "Jimmy" imprint, fell flat for me. The premise caught my interest, and the first chapters were a nice set up, but the pace soon slowed. The title is a bit misleading, as most of the "stalking" is done through forensic investigation and autopsies. The middle sags, and the climax picks up with more action, though the true identity of Jack the Ripper was a bit predictable. Because Audrey Rose wants to practice man's work in the late 1800's, I was expecting a bit of feminism in the book. Obviously, this character was breaking through barriers. The amount of it, though, seemed unnecessary as the character reminds us in almost every scene that she is capable though she is a woman. It also, at times, seemed that Audrey was using feminist arguments just as a means to do whatever she wanted, which was often foolish and dangerous. There's a romance between Audrey Rose and her classmate, Thomas, that's more love-at-first-sight than depth of feeling. There were a couple of times I almost stopped reading, but I kept going because of Thomas, though it wasn't necessarily that I liked his character. The more we see of him, the more he reminded me of Sherlock Holmes; from his way of deducing to his arrogance, right down to the dog named Toby that he borrows and he declares is smarter than half of Scotland Yard (a close paraphrase from the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle). The likeness and references were so obvious to me that I thought it was have been intentional and I wanted to see where it went. It didn't go anywhere. Even in her Author's Notes, Maniscalco makes no mention of Doyle or Holmes, which seems odd since the character felt heavily borrowed from Holmes. I can't say that I enjoyed much about this novel. I was able to finish, but just barely and only out of curiosity surrounding Thomas.
KivoxEnder More than 1 year ago
I had heard such great reviews of this book and have been wanting to pick it up for a while. i’m glad I finally did! I really enjoyed this story and even though I gave it a 4 out of 5 on goodreads, I’d say it’s more a 4.25. In case you don’t know, there’s a young woman apprenticing with her uncle in mortuary sciences. You get to see the trouble our main character goes through because during that time period it was not the type of thing a “proper” lady would do. This is a story about her journey to help find out who the real Jack the Ripper was (with a few companions). At times I got a really big Sherlock feel. Not saying it’s a bad thing! I loved that aspect of it. I also had the audiobook version and would switch back and forth between physically reading the book and listening to it. This book is set in the late 1800’s and I found that the narrator for the audiobook was the perfect voice for this character. I really enjoyed most of the characters in this book including the two main characters. The plot was also good in my opinion. Then again I don’t know much about the Jack the Ripper murders. there’s an author’s note at the end of the book explaining the things in the story that she kept accurate and which characters she made up for the story. There were definitely things that happened in the book that i didn’t see coming. I also really enjoyed the writing style of this book and felt it was fairly accurate to the time period the author was writing in. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for her book Hunting Price Dracula which features at least a couple of the characters found in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book read at a good speed but the climax was very steep. Not what I expected but over all a decent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book while on breaks at work. A fun, exciting, and at time funny story. You won't expect the ending!
Amy_Jo More than 1 year ago
For being so graphic in the depictions of violence, this was surprisingly boring. The relationship was also strangely built. The girl was way too obviously blind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book .can't wait for the next one. It's a really good read. The history Jack the Ripper always fascinated to read a book that has the history and a new take on it. Is what got me to buy it. I love the main characters Audrey rose and Thomas. They are funny and cute together. While reading the book I was hoping they would have a romance. But I won't say any more on that. You will just have to read the book. The story camper see you put you in that time frame so it feels like you're the one that's running down the street trying to figure out who Jack the Ripper and who his next victim is. The hold time I was trying to figure out who the killer is the story is well written that it draws you into it. I can't wait to read the next book. So if you like mystery romance history. You will like reading this series
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: This book absolutely had me interested from the moment I read the title. What had me a bit hesitant to read this book however was the forensic science aspect. Truly the detail and continual reference to human anatomy and the clues that can be found in corpses was one of the most winning and impressive aspects of this book, but as I’m squeamish I admit that it is this same delving into gore that had me occasionally skimming or detaching from the book. If you’re not squeamish like me though then you really ought to give this book a try because gore aside it was very good. STALKING JACK THE RIPPER sends chills down your spine and ignites intrigue in your smile as it delivers determined forensic sleuths, gruesome murders, a whiff of romance, and autopsies aplenty. Taking one of the most infamous serial killers in history and dogging his steps with a fresh twist, Maniscalco writes a story that is equally thrilling and horrifying. Read my FULL review on my Wordpress blog: Pooled Ink
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
This book was cute, and interesting if somewhat predictable. I like the romance, and I thought the banter between Thomas and Audrey Rose was very fun. The historical pictures were a great touch to the book as well. Overall it was a fun mystery, with some gore, but a mostly light predictable story. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Karileah More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I could not put it down! Highly recommend great read!!
WinterFairy More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I enjoyed that it was based during the Victorian era. I think the main character (Audrey) was very likable. I loved that she was into forensic science and helping her uncle in the morgue. I NEVER expected the ending and I love that! Plus the ending of this books sets it up perfectly for book #2! I can't wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a real page turner and kept me interested the entire time. Love it.
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18876111 More than 1 year ago
There were things that I enjoyed and things that I didn't. I found some of the characters to be annoying. I couldn't stand Audrey's brother, I thought he was annoyingly creepy, her father was okay, and I really couldn't stand Audrey's Aunt. There were times when Audrey came across as a selfish brat. Speaking of Audrey, I did love how she went against the female rules of society. The plot was interesting, it kept me reading along with wanting to know who the real killer was. Overall it was an interesting fast-paced read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book so excited that it's going to be a series. It grabbed you from the start and kept you enthralled to the last page. I enjoyed seeing the character development and there's a nice twist at the end. Really loved it.
brittanysbookrambles More than 1 year ago
You guys, I honestly can't even think about Stalking Jack the Ripper without feeling giddy. When I first heard of this book, I wasn't sure how I would feel while reading it because I'm extremely squeamish. I thought that perhaps I'd be too much of a scaredy cat to handle all of the gory details. However, to my great pleasure and surprise, I was able to stomach the gruesome parts, though at times, it was difficult since they truly are masterfully written and incredibly detailed. Kerri Maniscalco is so talented! I could really go on and on about how much I adore this book—grisly details and all. Stalking Jack the Ripper is a Sherlock Holmes inspired-story. It follows our leading lady, Audrey Wadsworth (*cough*Watson*cough*) and her love interest—Thomas—who has amazing deductive skills, is insanely swoony, and has a know-it-all personality. Together, they are so freaking cute—I simply cannot get enough of them. My favorite thing about this book is how much female empowerment there is! It totally shatters the accepted gender roles in Victorian London, and the women in this story are absolutely marvelous and inspiring. This is easily one of the best books of 2016, so if you haven't read it yet, you need to remedy this immediately. Trust me, you won't regret it!
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the56yearoldgirl More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a book that I wasn't able to put down as much as this one in YEARS. I bought it on a whim just because I was drawn in by the preview on the back cover. The book, in my opinion, does not have a single dull moment - it keeps you on your toes and the characters are to DIE FOR. This needs to be developed into a film, and fast!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written mystery with a sweet romance. Enjoyed every aspect of this story, but be warned if you're at all queasy, the murders are written in graphic detail. Looking forward to the next installment!
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Stalking Jack the Ripper is a delightful murder mystery surrounding the infamous serial killer. Our protagonist Audrey Rose Wadsworth is more interested in forensics than being a lady - not that she doesn't mind wearing killer dresses and looking fabulous, but a girl's gotta have more ambition than for just tea parties. She is apprenticing under her uncle, who is a forensic doctor of renown, and because her father disapproves of her interests, she has to sneak around for it. When Jack the Ripper strikes, she and her uncle's other apprentice, the handsome Thomas Cresswell, who is the Sherlock to her Watson in this story, start investigating on their own. The stakes get higher when people close to her are also drawn in to the web of suspicion and Audrey is determined to find the killer before he strikes again. While romance is not really the main focus of the story, I found their chemistry humorous. Thomas and Audrey Rose have this flirty-bantering thing going on, where he is mostly flirting and she is bantering. She is a great character to read through - the way she reacts, her anatomical analogies give that little bit more to the book. The story itself is set quite close to the actual events, so it is an amazing historical fiction to try out, too. The mystery-solving duo chase down clues in dark alleys and amongst dead bodies, and while the mystery of the killer's identity was not really a shock to me, it came together is a well-written climax. I look forward to further adventures from the both of them.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of Stalking Jack the Ripper until I listened to Kerri Maniscalco talk about it at BEA 2016. I never would have picked up this book otherwise. I don’t read horror, and the last Victorian era book I read, Etiquette and Espionage, I really did not enjoy. But the things Kerri said about this book changed my mind. She wrote this book for her grandmother who always loved a good whodunnit. I have started enjoying mysteries more and more, so I was intrigued by this comment. She wanted to incorporate her love of forensic science into her book. Hmm. Even more appealing, I love science and during college I loved Robin Cook’s books about pathology and solving crime. What really hooked me though was when she talked about the main character, Audrey Rose, and her attempts to be true to herself (vs. finding herself which is a typical YA theme) in a society that did not want young women to do anything. I love strong female characters, and I knew I would love Audrey Rose. In Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose is an apprentice in her uncle’s forensics lab. They’re working diligently to discover Leather Apron (a.k.a. Jack the Ripper). Audrey Rose’s father has forbidden her to work with her uncle because their relationship is strained after her mother’s death, following a surgery her uncle performed. Her older brother is slightly more supportive, but he keeps warning her to be careful and not stray outside the house alone because a mad killer is on the lose. Audrey Rose defies them both and goes snooping around at night with her uncle’s other apprentice, Thomas. This book is more mystery and detective story rather than horror, which pleased me greatly. Some of the descriptions of the murder victims are a little gory, so if you have a weak stomach, this book may not be for you. The plot unfolds a little slowly, mostly because the writing is overly descriptive. Something I do not enjoy. I often felt like full paragraphs or pages even could have been removed. Along that vein, I was kind of wishing I was listening to this book on audio. Descriptions work better for me when I hear someone else read them. I did some skimming; I admit. But the characters more than made up for it, especially since this is book 1 in a series. Audrey Rose is fiercely independent and snarky. She and Thomas banter a lot, and I loved every second of it. Thomas is amazingly smart. He is able to see minute details and draw unbelievable conclusions from them. I was blown away by Kerri’s writing during these parts of the book. I am so glad I’ll get to read more about these characters in additional books. And speaking of this book being the beginning of a new series, don’t worry about being left hanging. This book wraps up quit nicely, while also setting the stage for the next adventure. It will leave you wanting more of the characters, but it won’t make you wish you’d waited for the series to progress further before starting.