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review 2017-06-25 07:16
Part Two of I WAS JACK THE RIPPER by Michael Bray
I was Jack The Ripper (Part Two): : A Serialised novel based on the Whitechapel Murders - Michael Bray
Everybody knows of the terrible Murders which took place in Whitechapel, England in 1888. The notorious Jack the Ripper was responsible for the mutilation and murder of five women before he slipped away into the night never to be seen again. In this blend of fiction based on fact, Writer Charles Hapgood comes face to face with the a man claiming ripper himself years after the last brutal murder took place, and is intent on telling the story of how he was transformed from a regular child to the evil beast that he became. As Hapgood hears the story unfold, his initial skepticism is challenged by his unexpected visitor’s extensive knowledge of the crimes. As Hapgood listens, he is plunged into a world of madness, squalor, abuse and manipulation when his visitor tells how his hatred for women was countered by a desire to love and be loved, and how when obsession turns to rejection, an ordinary man can go to extraordinary lengths when he feels there is no other option left but to become a monster. In part Two, Miller continues to confide in Hapgood about the events that transformed him from man to the monster he would become, causing Hapgood to question his own morals when more shocking and tragic details of Miller's life are told.
 
Mr. Bray sure did his research before putting these stories together, and I'm enjoying my visit in 1893 Whitechapel with him as my guide. Miller makes a new friend near the end of Part Two - and I can't wait to see where the story is going to go in Part 3! Miller recognizes the man right away - you will too ::winks::   I was Jack The Ripper (Part Two) on Amazon, and Goodreads Michael Bray on Amazon, and Goodreads Check out Part One of I was Jack The Ripper  

 



 

 

Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/i-was-jack-the-ripper-part-two-by-michael-bray
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review 2017-06-25 06:13
Part Two of I WAS JACK THE RIPPER by Michael Bray
I was Jack The Ripper (Part Two): : A Serialised novel based on the Whitechapel Murders - Michael Bray
Everybody knows of the terrible Murders which took place in Whitechapel, England in 1888. The notorious Jack the Ripper was responsible for the mutilation and murder of five women before he slipped away into the night never to be seen again. In this blend of fiction based on fact, Writer Charles Hapgood comes face to face with the a man claiming ripper himself years after the last brutal murder took place, and is intent on telling the story of how he was transformed from a regular child to the evil beast that he became. As Hapgood hears the story unfold, his initial skepticism is challenged by his unexpected visitor’s extensive knowledge of the crimes. As Hapgood listens, he is plunged into a world of madness, squalor, abuse and manipulation when his visitor tells how his hatred for women was countered by a desire to love and be loved, and how when obsession turns to rejection, an ordinary man can go to extraordinary lengths when he feels there is no other option left but to become a monster. In part Two, Miller continues to confide in Hapgood about the events that transformed him from man to the monster he would become, causing Hapgood to question his own morals when more shocking and tragic details of Miller's life are told.
 
Mr. Bray sure did his research before putting these stories together, and I'm enjoying my visit in 1893 Whitechapel with him as my guide. Miller makes a new friend near the end of Part Two - and I can't wait to see where the story is going to go in Part 3! Miller recognizes the man right away - you will too ::winks::   I was Jack The Ripper (Part Two) on Amazon, and Goodreads Michael Bray on Amazon, and Goodreads Check out Part One of I was Jack The Ripper  

 



 

 

Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/i-was-jack-the-ripper-part-two-by-michael-bray
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review 2017-06-25 06:07
“INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE” – “FROM HELL”
I was Jack The Ripper (Part One): A Serialised novel based on the Whitechapel Murders - Michael Bray

It's been five years since the grisly events in Whitechapel, and the man believed responsible for the crimes, Jack the Ripper, has yet to be captured. Charles Hapgood is writing a book about the murders, and has agreed to meet with someone who has information on the case. Everything about this meeting is unusual, so when the writer invited the stranger into his home at 9:00 p.m., he is already on edge.The man introduces himself as Mr. Miller, and begins to tell Hapgood that he would like to hire him to write his memoirs. Ignoring Hapgood's obvious irritation, and his many requests to leave, Miller finally brings the conversation back around to the murders, and Annie Chapman. He produces a piece of evidence, unknown to everyone but the investigators, and Charles Hapgood finally understands. The man sitting in front of him is Jack the Ripper, and he has a story to tell. We've heard the theories, seen the movies, and researched the case online for ourselves. We KNOW this story. Right? Wrong. Michael Bray takes us deeper, and gives us a voyeuristic introspective of the MAKING of the Ripper.  

 

 

Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/interview-with-the-vampire-from-hell
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review 2017-05-12 02:40
Stalking Jack the Ripper
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco,Nicola Barber

 

 

I was in the YA section of my local library looking for something else entirely, when this Playaway audiobook caught my eye.  I read the description and was intrigued.  It wasn't until later that I discovered that this is the first installment of a planned trilogy.  Having learned that, I was worried that the mystery would be spread out over three books, but it is actually resolved in this one.  This book works as a stand-alone, though I guess the others will follow the main character on future adventures.

 

The protagonist, Audrey Rose Wadsworth, won me over with her refusal to settle for the rules that proper young Victorian ladies were expected to follow.  She is determined to pursue her interest in forensic science, even if it means sneaking to her uncle's classes and laboratory behind the back of her hyper-protective widower father.

 

Audrey Rose, her Uncle Jonathan, and Jonathan's student and apprentice Thomas Cresswell are determined to solve the case of the notorious Jack the Ripper, who has been murdering women in London's East End.

 

As noted above, the mystery does get resolved.  I confess I'm somewhat disappointed in the identity and motives of the killer, only because I have trouble believing the profile is plausible.  Still, I would be interested in reading more works by Kerri Maniscalco and to follow Audrey Rose's next installments.

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review 2017-03-16 20:14
Stalking Jack the Ripper
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco,Hachette Audio,James Patterson,Nicola Barber

This book was incredibly surprising! It's dark, gory and I really enjoyed it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one for over the top gore, but I do love a good murder mystery from time to time. 

 

The story was set in the 1800s, Audrey Rose is 17 years old, lives with her father and brother, but is secretly studying forensics with her Uncle, against her father's wishes. If her father knew she was up to her elbows in gore while assisting with autopsies and helping solve murder mysteries, he would lose his mind. Audrey Rose is not the proper young lady she was brought up to be.

 

I adored Audrey Rose, especially her feisty nature and her stomach of steel. Stomach of steel compared to any normal female of that time period and many of the men as well. Speaking of the men, another fantastic character is Thomas Cresswell. He is confident, incredibly intelligent and does an awful lot of "deducing." He would make a wonderful young Sherlock Holmes! I enjoyed their flirtations and banter so much.

 

I loved the setting and the creepiness of hunting down a deranged killer on the dark Victorian London streets. Even though I did guess who the villain was I did not guess anywhere near how cringe worthy it played out in the end. There were enough surprises to keep me on my toes and the ending left things wide open for the next book in the series, Hunting Prince Dracula. The cover art on both of these books is beautiful and I can't wait to get my hands on book 2.

 

 

-SW

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