Jack The Ripper
Victorian London’s East Side
Evil, Mystery, Adventure, and Love
Author Jennifer Wilde has created this story in London’s east side which in the reign of Queen Victoria was a hell hole, during the day it was relatively safe. At night evil reigned supreme, from young bucks looking for fun to the new evil of the murderer called the Ripper.
The Ripper kills silently, efficiently and very brutally. Ms. Wilde’s descriptions of the east side were so vivid I could see each street and the activities taking place; I could see the trash and offal, I could almost smell the odors.
The heroine of the story is Susannah; she lives in the east side with her Aunt Marietta until her Aunt is violently killed. Susannah moves in with Margaret, a distant cousin of Marietta’s; our hero Nicholas Craig, who is wealthy, sullen, cold, distant, and has a strange occupation of creating statistics lives temporarily with his Aunt Margaret until he completes his book of statistics.
Aunt Margaret also has a strange boarder, Mr. Lord, in her attic. The stage is set for this murder mystery. The Ripper is running a muck in London’s East Side and Susannah is trying to solve the mystery of her guardian, Ms. Margaret’s house on Nine Buck Row, and fighting her attraction to Nicholas; attraction which runs both ways.
Characters, Plotting And Development:
Ms. Wilde created anticipation in solving the mystery of the dark and brooding Nicholas, the mysterious boarder Mr. Lord, and Lord’s part in the Ripper story. Mysterious noises in the locked storeroom and hallways, and Nicholas relationship with the Yard were intriguing.
The plot has many twists and turn, and keeps you guessing; it keeps your attention throughout. Just when I thought I had solved the mystery, a new tidbit and twist were revealed. I couldn’t put the book down, I had to know what was going on, what would be revealed. Have you ever read a book that intrigued you like this one did me?
Who is the Ripper, what happens in that locked room, just who was Nicholas, and will Susannah and Nicholas realize their love and have a happy ever after? All are answered in time with an explosive ending.
I would recommend this book to anyone that like a good mystery romance from talented author Jennifer Wilde, writing under the pen name of T. E. Huff. Ms. Wilde is a seasoned author with many novels to her credit.
I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest book review.