Stalking Jack the Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper

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A gothic murder mystery set in gritty Victorian-era London, where an intrepid society girl finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.
Trading in her embroidery needle for an autopsy scalpel, Audrey Wadsworth secretly apprentices in forensics. She gets drawn into the investigation of serial killer Jack the Ripper. To her horror, the search for clues leads closer to her sheltered world than she would ever thought possible.
Publisher: New York :, JIMMY Patterson Books/Little, Brown and Company,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316273497
Branch Call Number: Y Mystery
Characteristics: 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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A gothic murder mystery set in gritty Victorian-era London, where an intrepid society girl finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.
Trading in her embroidery needle for an autopsy scalpel, Audrey Wadsworth secretly apprentices in forensics. She get... Read More »

I enjoy forensic science which is what drew me to this story. It follows a strong young woman during the Victorian-era who engrosses her science knowledge and skills in the unconventional life of forensic investigations. - Danielle

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I loved this SO MUCH. Audrey Rose is such a badass, feminine, butt-kicking heroine, and Thomas Cresswell needs to be a real human in my life right now. I absolutely adored both of them and the dynamic between them was SO well-written; it never felt forced or artificial. I've always been fascinated by Jack the Ripper, and living in this world was so intriguing and actually had me clutching at the book and freaking out right along with Audrey Rose. Kerri's writing is so engrossing and her story is so well-thought-out - even though I guessed Jack's identity about halfway through, it did not make the ride there any less enjoyable, and that's definitely saying something.

Apr 03, 2020

Is it great literature? No. Did the love interest occasionally grate on my nerves because the author confused sexual harassment for witty banter? Yep. Was Audrey Rose occasionally too stupid in order to move the plot along? Yes. Was it obvious who the culprit was about 60% of the way through? Yep!

But man, I dunno, I had fun with this. The prose itself is good, and every now and then Thomas and Audrey had a good scene that wasn't Extremely Problematic/bordering on sexual harassment. Plus, I appreciated that the author was willing to get into all the gory details of things, and wasn't afraid to let Audrey get her hands dirty. There were some genuinely scary scenes, too. I do wish there had been less "oh I'm not like other girls" in the novel, but maybe that will be remedied in the sequels.

(I originally listened to the audiobook of this, and the narrator does an excellent job. I definitely recommend giving it a listen.)

LoganLib_Meg Sep 20, 2019

A well written historical mystery based on the infamous Jack the Ripper. The heroine Audrey Rose was strong minded and likable, as was the male romantic interest Thomas Cresswell.
As a forensic novel, some sections were definitely not for the squeamish. A good quick read in the Young Adult historical mystery genre.

Apr 10, 2019

The first book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco, Stalking Jack the Ripper revolves around Audrey Rose Wadsworth who is a genius at science who becomes enthralled in the famous serial murders committed by Jack the Ripper. This was a fascinating novel, especially for a debut author, and the plot line was incredibly intriguing as this was a true case that had happened years ago. It is executed fairly well and I grew to care for all the characters, especially the main heroine, and I thought this was a good mystery that was pulled off for a first time author. 5/5 Stars. @SeraphinaWilliams of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jan 08, 2019

This was actually pretty damn bloody good! I have found another fun series to read from! Can't wait till Hunting Prince Dracula becomes available on Scribd!

Jan 04, 2019

It's been quite a long time since I've enjoyed myself so much while reading a novel. I could be slightly biased here, since I've always been fascinated with the Jack the Ripper case. Maniscalco sticks mostly to facts, while inserting her own Conan Doyle inspired characters into the story. Audrey Rose and Thomas Creswell are delightful, and are refreshing enough that they don't hit the same notes that all YA characters seem to. Audrey Rose loves science and cutting up bodies- while wearing dresses and makeup. She also holds science above religion- my kind of girl. Thomas is intelligent, sarcastic, and doesn't hide his affection for Audrey Rose, like most YA/NA heartthrobs. He's honest and straightforward about his feelings for her- another quality I value. The two are immediately attracted to each other, and the angst is kept to a minimum, even while they are racing through the streets of London attempting to capture the notorious killer. Even though the reveal of who the killer was at the end didn't surprise me, I still had a great time with this book, and am already knee deep into the second.

DCLteens Mar 29, 2018

Audrey Rose, a daring forensic scientist, works with her uncle's apprentice, Thomas, to discover the identity of London's infamous Jack the Ripper. This thriller will not only keep you up at night, but also keep you on your toes!
Reviewed by Emma, a Teen Library Council member

Apr 30, 2017

Loved this book! It's a creative take on Stalking Jack the Ripper, and while I thought the biggest "surprise" was a bit predictable, the main characters kept this story alive in the most creepiest, goriest, and hilarious ways. The banter cracked me up. Can't wait for the sequel!

Dec 16, 2016

I liked the beginning of this book. The concept was interesting and I liked Audrey Rose at the start but I felt she had little to no development. The mystery was predictable and I felt that after I had figured it out within the first couple of chapters the whole thing dragged for me. It also felt a little unrealistic and I didn't like the romance -- the lead boy is too wishy washy for my taste. It just felt very ordinary and the suspense was nonexistent for me. Not a very good mystery or story.

Nov 20, 2016

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In the autumn of 1888, seventeen-year-old Audrey would rather spend an afternoon with in the morgue with a corpse then at an afternoon tea. As she studies in secret under her uncle, a medical examiner, she finds herself thrust in the middle of a case that is sending shockwaves through her city; a murderer, calling himself Jack the Ripper, is brutally murdering and mutilating women. Using her wit and intelligence, Audrey must try to stop this madman as he terrorizes the city…or she could be next.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is a young adult historical thriller. I am a fan of historical fiction- so for me, a historical thriller is even better! I have always been fascinated by crime, in general, especially unsolved crime, so this play on the Jack the Ripper story caught my interest right away. This novel ended up being considerably refreshing for me. Absolutely different from anything I have been reading lately. It was macabre, witty and had a stellar twist at the end.

I took a Victorian Literature class during my undergrad in University and I wasn’t a huge fan. I couldn’t connect to any of the literature; I appreciated it for what it was and moved on. I loved how Maniscalco used tropes of Victorian gothic literature to set the stage and, yet, was still able to write a relatable young adult novel for the modern young reader. That’s a hard thing to do!

The novel opens with our protagonist, seventeen-year-old Audrey, with her hand elbow deep in a cadaver. We find out that she has been secretly studying alongside her uncle, who is a medical examiner. She attends classes in secret (dressed as a man) and is careful to speak only when spoken to so she does not draw attention to herself. She forms a friendship with another student, Thomas, and soon, they are all working together on the Jack the Ripper murders.

I really love the character of Audrey Rose as she fights to break any stereotype and traditional mold of the Victorian female. I think this is incredibly important, especially in a novel marketed for young adult readers. I also enjoyed watching the relationship blossom between Thomas and Audrey; they had considerably witty banter.

Another cool feature of this novel was the inclusion of photos. Maniscalco has a picture from the Victorian era at the beginning of each chapter; photos of leprosy, autopsied hands, and illustrations of human anatomy from Victorian doctors. This was a great touch and really helped to set the tone. The Victorian period was a huge time for medical advancement and Maniscalco makes sure you know it!

This novel did move slowly at times. I found myself feeling a bit of a lag in the middle. But then it picked right back up for the ending, which completely blindsided me! I also wish that this novel had been written for adults; I wanted more from the plot. However, for a young adult title, I did end up enjoying this one.

If you are a young adult reader who likes a bit of morbidity to your reading, then I would highly recommend. If you find yourself on the fence about this one, I would absolutely pick it up! However, if you are looking for something scary or to give you your intense crime fix, I would skip this one.

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Apr 03, 2020

Violence: Graphic and detailed murders Descriptions of autopsies

Oct 16, 2017

Other: A great book

Feb 14, 2017

Violence: Graphic & gory murders


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