Once I read the description, any inhibitions I had to wait and read the other books on my shelf were thrown away. Sorry The Crucible. Sorry The Roanoke Girls. Sorry my monthly dose of Poe. Domino, Cain, and Wilson called my name.
Surviving in the gritty streets of Detroit, Domino and her friend live off of their wits. But when disaster strikes and Madam Karina, a mysterious woman with secrets of her own, offers Domino a position at her girls’ home, Domino has no alternative and accepts. It doesn’t take her long before she’s fighting her way up the ranks to gain Madam Karina’s approval and becomes the target or brutal bullying. Along with the help of her new friends, Cain and Poppet, she discovers the madam’s terrible secrets. Soon Domino realizes that she needs to escape, but how can she do that when the madam hates losing inventory?
Fast-paced and twisted, Victoria Scott delivers a snappy and whip-smart narrator. The story hardly slows down and the grisly secrets of Madam Karina’s Home for Burgeoning Entertainers come to light in the most chill-inducing ways possible. I felt like I was in an action/psychological thriller. Domino was the best narrator for Violet Grenade; she captured the horror of her situation and added needed humor and the right amount of sarcasm.
Like the last two books I’ve read, I rate this five out of five stars.
You better watch out,
You better hide.
You better run.
I’m telling you why,
Jack the Ripper is coming to town!
As you can tell from that little ditty I came up with above, I’m obsessed with Jack the Ripper. Well, not just him. I’m a big fan of unsolved crimes and the more sinister parts of history. So, it’s safe to say that when I stumbled upon Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper on Goodreads, I was ecstatic. Not only had one of my favorite authors, A.G. Howard, enjoyed it, but it had received a shower of positive tweets and reviews. After devouring this gem, I’ve come to the conclusion that the praise was not undeserved.
Audrey Rose Wadsworth is not a person to be trifled with. Determined to be both strong and elegant, she struggles to stand by her refreshingly modern ideals in an era where most wanted women to keep their mouth shut. Secretly apprenticed to her uncle in forensics, she and her fellow apprentice, Thomas Cresswell, combine their sharp wit and observational skills to uncover the identity of the infamous Jack the Ripper. Flirtatious banter are shared between the Audrey Rose and Thomas, not only in dark alleyways but over cold corpses, scalpels in hand.
But there is more to this case than meets-the-eye and romance is far from the only thing on their minds. All the clues are pointing to someone close to Audrey Rose. If only she can discover who the killer is before she becomes the next victim.
I am beyond pleased that this was the start of my 2017 reading challenge. It was a clever romp in the gritty streets of a Gothic and gory Victorian England. I can’t wait to read more of Ms. Maniscalco’s books. I rate this five out of five stars.