Hunting Prince Dracula is the second book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco.
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.
We join Audrey and Thomas as they travel to Romania to study at one of the best schools of forensic medicine. From the beginning of the story, you can tell Audrey is still trying to cope at the discovery of who Jack the Ripper was and what she went through so she leaves London.
Although the escaped London, new murders occur at the school and Audrey can’t help investigate with the help of Thomas. I love that we are starting to explore the world and that the setting of the story is set at a castle and surrounding villages that are full of tales and superstitions that there is even a class taught at the school.
Thomas and Audrey’s relationship deepens as they continue to rely on each other to solve the mystery and some secrets that Thomas holds, are discovered in the end.
The story is very well written and there is twists and turns that make you not want to put the book down. I love that we have a sharp and forward thinking female protagonist in Audrey Rose and her fearlessness truely endears her to me, especially as she doesn’t conform to societies expectations in the Victorian-era.