I’ve recently read Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalso and I truly enjoyed this Young Adult Mystery novel. Stalking Jack the Ripper is the first book in the series and it takes you back when Jack the Ripper was on his spree and you follow Audrey Rose Wadsworth as she tries to help her uncle solve the case.
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.
This is a page turning mystery that kept me reading as I wanted to find out what will happen. This book is set back in the Victorian-era, where it was unheard of women working, and especially to study in a laboratory about forensic medicine. Although she acts as society demands, she is fascinated with forensic medicine. We are introduced to Audrey as she attends one of her uncle’s lectures where she runs into Thomas Cresswell and she forms a low opinion of him. Throughout the novel, we see how her opinion changes as they work with her uncle to solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper. I enjoyed this changing dynamic.
While I was reading I had many theories of who Jack the Ripper, and the ending truely surprised me as I wasn’t expecting who it was. I definitely recommend this book to those who are looking for a good mystery novel.