I’m so excited to be able to do a series review of the Stalking Jack the Ripper Series! I started reading this series earlier this year and I was fortunate enough to be able to read the entire from start to finish over the course of about seven months. I never expected to fall in love with this series. I picked up the first couple of books in the series at random because I found them for a couple of dollars at a used bookstore and a library book sale. Little did I know that they would be the books I would pick up whenever I was feeling anxious or stressed. Murder mysteries might seem an odd choice for the anxious or stressed out mind but the reason I gravitate towards this series is the main character, Audrey Rose. Audrey Rose’s thought process is similar to my own, she thinks in terms of logic but she doesn’t ignore her gut. She focuses on the facts, she’s observant, and she’s clever. Not to mention she also loves pretty dresses. I’m finally starting to get to back into fashion again so it’s nice to have a character of loves both science and fashion in literature. I felt a camaraderie with the characters every time I picked up a book in the series so it grew to be one of my favorites.
The Stalking Jack the Ripper Series follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth a young forensic pathologist in training during the era of Jack the Ripper. When Audrey Rose’s uncle is called by Scotland Yard to help them investigate the recent string of murders by examining the bodies he brings along one of his other assistants the dashing Thomas Cresswell who begins a partnership with Audrey Rose as they set out to discover the identity of Jack the Ripper.
Each book in the series follows a different famous or mythological character in history and the research is handled well. Although there are some creative liberties taken with the stories the author is well aware of what is fiction and what is not and she informs the readers in the authors note at the end of each book. Throughout the series it was interesting to see how the myths and research played into the murder mystery. The last villain in the series happens to be the one I know the most about partly because I watch procedural dramas and they all mention him at least once and partly because I’ve read pieces of “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson. The author, Kerri Maniscalco did such a great job handling the gray and unclear elements of the character to bring the series full circle.
The characters in the series are what make it so successful. The banter between Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell had me wishing that they were real people. It’s so well written that the characters come alive anytime they are together. The background character are also pretty amazing but I wish we had more information about their lives outside of the series. I think that there is a lot of potential for spin-off series in the future following any of the various side characters.
Overall I highly recommend if you are looking for a young adult historical fiction murder mystery series. I love that this series celebrates and shows a clever young woman as a scientist, which is something that is severely lacking in young adult literature. This series is fun and unique and I highly recommend picking it up if you are even slightly interested.