Whether it’s in the form of a movie, television series, or book, I do love a good murder mystery! During the recent Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, I had the opportunity to read the fourth (and final) novel in Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series, Capturing the Devil.
While I desperately want to talk about this book in detail, because it was excellent, it is so closely connected to the first book in the series that I can’t summarize the plot without risking major spoilers for Stalking Jack the Ripper.
So, rather than risking spoilers, I’ve decided to give you a more general overview of the series as a whole…
The Stalking Jack the Ripper series focuses on the adventures of two characters, Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell. Wadsworth is a rather unusual young lady, who has an interest in forensic science and often assists her uncle in his laboratory. When she meets Cresswell, a flirtatious rogue with keen observation skills, the two find themselves working together to solve murders in places like London, Transylvania, onboard the RMS Etruria, and in the United States. The first murder investigation they work on together is that of Jack the Ripper, and it is a case that will stay with them both for a long time.
Throughout the series, Wadsworth and Cresswell make an impressive investigative team, and it is a lot of fun to see their relationship develop throughout the books. I also found it very interesting to read a young adult mystery series set in the 1800s. Most of the YA mysteries that I have read have been considerably more modern, and this was a very nice change.
Like all of the books in this series, Capturing the Devil was a fantastic story, which focused on a complex investigation and a lot of family and personal drama for Wadsworth and Cresswell. Also like previous books in the series, Capturing the Devil does include some graphic description of murder scenes, an attempted murder, and medical procedures (specifically autopsies). This book is also a little more adult with regard to the relationships between characters.
I really enjoyed reading Capturing the Devil on Saturday, and found that I enjoyed it every bit as much as the previous books in the series. All four books were amazing, and I’m really sad that the series has ended. But even though the series is finished, I did recently learn that Kerri Maniscalco has written a novella about Thomas Cresswell, which is available as an ebook, called Becoming the Dark Prince. I have not yet had the opportunity to read it, but hope to soon.
If you enjoy murder mysteries, especially ones with a strong female lead, I think you will enjoy reading the entire series. If you decide to read the series, you do need to read all four books in order, beginning with Stalking Jack the Ripper. Each book in the series builds on the one that came before it, and you really don’t want to miss out on any of the drama or action.