Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Audrey Rose is interested in a very macabre subject: human dissection. Under the direction of her uncle, Audrey Rose is learning how to dissect the human body and perform autopsies. When Jack the Ripper begins his killing spree, Audrey Rose becomes interested in the investigation, especially when the clues start pointing to the people she loves. With the help of the annoying and devastatingly handsome Thomas Cresswell, Audrey Rose uses her fledgling investigation skills to find and stop Jack the Ripper before he can kill again.

I quite liked this book. Most of that was because I really enjoyed Audrey Rose. I found her interest in autopsies interesting, and while there was a touch of “not like other girls” to her narrative, it never became overbearing. I liked her relationship with her uncle and I especially liked the flirtation between her and Thomas. The mystery was pretty easy to solve, although I did second guess my initial prediction and let myself be led astray. Overall, it was a satisfying read.

Four out of five stars

Top Ten Tuesday – Things that Make me Pick up a Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week, she posts a topic and you can respond to it by listing ten (or however many) things that fit that topic. Rules and upcoming topics are here.

This week’s topic is things that make me pick up a book.

  1. The title. If the title sounds interesting, I’ll pick it up.
  2. The cover. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But a good cover is there to attract a reader, and I’m no exception. If it’s a pretty or intriguing cover, I’ll pick it up.
  3. The summary on the back. I hate it when there is no summary on the back or inside the front cover. If all there is are quotes praising the book, I put it back. I want to know what the book is about, not what other people think about the book.
  4. A female protagonist. I am more likely to pick up a book with a female protagonist than male, unless it’s a romance novel. I overwhelming prefer to read about women, but for some reason, like romance about men.
  5. It’s a retelling. I’ll take any retelling, but I always am looking for Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood, and King Arthur. The last two, I’m especially interested in books about Marian and Guinevere. (And, yes, I’ve read Sherwood by Megan Spooner; it was exactly what I want in a Robin Hood retelling.)
  6. The author. There are some author’s I auto-buy, but generally I look for authors whose work I’ve enjoyed before.
  7. The genre. I love m/m historical romances, paranormal YA, and historical mysteries. There are other genres I’ll try, and I’m coming around to YA fantasy, but I’ll try almost any book in those three categories.
  8. Hype. I never would have picked up Daisy Jones and the Six or Six of Crows had they not gotten so much hype. If people like it, I’ll check it out.
  9. Sister recommendations. I read a lot of books my sister has recommended or loans me.
  10. The first few pages. I’ll skim the first few pages and see how I like it. If it clicks, I’ll take it. If it doesn’t, I’ll put it back and move along.

Those are things that make me pick up a book. What about you?