Book Review | Stalking Jack The Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Summary: 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.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts
: I absolutely loved this series. Audrey Rose had wonderful character development through the books, but keep in mind, she is only 17, and that shows in some instances (more on that later). Thomas is absolutely the best counterpart for Audrey Rose and their partnership makes these books even better.

I always love a good murder/mystery. Especially an entire series. These are YA murder/mysteries, but are still absolutely perfect for adults, as well. Book 2 (Hunting Prince Dracula) is my favorite of the series. Book 3 (Escaping from Houdini) is my least favorite.

In book 1 (Stalking Jack the Ripper), Audrey Rose and her partner, Thomas, are investigating the brutal murders of women throughout London. In this book we get a lot of backstory on Audrey Rose and get to see her in action. She is fiercely loyal to her family. This is also where we see the bond between Audrey Rose and Thomas start to form.

In book 2, we see both Audrey Rose and Thomas in a forensic study program. They start to grow closer, while solving more murders. I liked this one the best because it really showed how well Audrey Rose and Thomas work together. It also shows how strong Audrey Rose is after the ending of book 1. We also get more background about Thomas in this one.

Book 3 takes place on a ship with a carnival type show. This was my least favorite because I felt like it showed no character development for Audrey Rose. I didn’t like the decisions she made or how she had almost no regard for Thomas’s feelings.

Book 4 also kind of frustrated me. It was supposed to be about a killer in Chicago, but they don’t even travel to Chicago until over half way through the book. The first half or so was all about Audrey Rose and Thomas and really took away from the murder/mystery aspect.

Overall, great books and great series. Highly recommend for anyone who likes to read murder/mystery books.

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