Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
About: Stalking Jack the Ripper is a cross between A Taste for Monsters, Frankenstein, and Sherlock Holmes. Audrey Rose will not be held back by silly social ideals that women are meant to be prim and proper in the time of Victorian London. She wants to know everything about science, especially when it comes to finding a cadaver’s cause of death, and she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. With the help of her uncle, she learns how to tell when and how a person has died, so when more and more murders happen across the town she delights in finding their source. The town suspects Leather Apron, or Jack the Ripper, but there may be someone more sinister behind the handiwork. It is up to Audrey Rose to find out who is behind the slayings, no matter how close to home it may get.
Lauren’s Thoughts: Lately I’ve been on a serial killer kick and this book fits right in with the others. Much like A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby, this book takes place in Victorian London around the time of Leather Apron’s murders. Unlike the other women in her social circle, she has no qualms with the macabre, and gives a wicked slap in the face to societal expectations of her gender. Audrey is a fierce and fearless character to be admired by any reader, especially in a time like today when women are so empowered.