STALKING JACK THE RIPPER (SJTR book one)
#1 NYT Bestseller
Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
It is the first in a series of gothic mysteries, available now.
Praise for STALKING JACK THE RIPPER
A 2016 BEA YA Buzz Book
A #1 New York Times Bestseller from its first week!
“An entertaining debut full of twists and turns, perfect for fans of historical fiction and mystery.”
School Library Journal
“Maniscalco has created a serious, sharp-minded, and forward-thinking protagonist in Audrey Rose, whose fearlessness will endear her to readers looking for an engaging historical thriller. Abundant red herrings and a dash of romance round out this gruesome but engrossing story.”
“This audiobook has everything: a true-life tale that has intrigued readers for 100-plus years, a young woman who balks at the constraints put upon women during the Victorian era, a marvelous yet somewhat gruesome mystery, and a narrator who brings you down into Spitalfields as Jack the Ripper earns his name. A must-have.”
School Library Journal (*starred review*)
“Audrey Rose Wadsworth prefers breeches to ball gowns, autopsies to afternoon tea, and scalpels to knitting needles. Though her father, Lord Edmund, has forbidden it, Audrey covertly studies forensic medicine…while “the Ripper” remains two steps ahead, lurking where Audrey least expects….Maniscalco’s portrayal of scientific invention in a newly industrial era will serve as a fine first foray into Victorian classics.”
“Audrey is a young woman eager to use her brains and willing to flaunt society’s rules….This mystery pays homage to classics like Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein [and] will satisfy those readers looking for historical mystery, a witty heroine, and a little romance.”
School Library Connection
“Sherlock Holmes meets Mary Shelley in this brilliant take on the legendary tale of Jack the Ripper. With memorable characters and deliciously sexy writing, Kerri Maniscalco paints a picture of nineteenth-century London that lives and breathes in wonderfully sinister fashion. You won’t want to put this book down.”
Renée Ahdieh – #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
“This grim gothic retelling of the Jack the Ripper story blends history and fiction in vivid detail. Audrey Rose is far braver than I, and I was glad to have her as my escort into Whitechapel. This is a book that will keep you up at night and haunt you during the day.”
Beth Revis – New York Times Bestselling Author
“With ample knowledge of Ripper lore, Maniscalco creates a steadfast and headstrong heroine who is as comfortable in gloves of blood as she is in watered silk. Filled with plenty of gory details, and no shortage of possible suspects, Stalking Jack the Ripper conveys the panic, paranoia, and fascination of 1880s London with a madman on the loose.”
Kendare Blake – New York Times Bestselling Author of Three Dark Crowns
“Dark and suspenseful…this book kept me guessing until its final, terrifying scenes.”
Anna Carey – author of the EVE trilogy
HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA (SJTR Book Two):
In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.
Praise for HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA
A New York Times Bestseller from its first week!
“Combining historical fiction, romance, forensics, a feisty heroine, a swiftpaced plot, gobs of murders, and historical illustrations, Maniscalco pulls in the reader for a wonderfully bloody romantic romp.”
“There are plenty of suspects and red herrings as well as tense escalations….A scenic, twisty mystery.”
“Readers of the previous mystery will be thrilled to have more of this likable duo. [A] delightful romp into an 1888 Gothic mystery with a hint of romance.”
―School Library Connection
“Audrey Rose is a smart, fearless, and progressive heroine. Plenty of red herrings, a conspicuous absence of blood, and a developing romance make this a must-read.”
―School Library Journal
First chapter is exclusively up on Entertainment Weekly: Read it here!
ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI (SJTR BOOK 3)
The #1 New York Times bestselling series that started with Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula continues in this third bloody installment! A luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of madness and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer.
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.
But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?
Praise for Escaping from Houdini:
A New York Times bestseller from its first week!
A USA Today bestseller from its first week!
“Audrey Rose is a witty, resourceful feminist who refuses to bow to Victorian-era gender norms. This dark, gothic landscape is peopled with nuanced, diverse characters who keep readers enthralled. A gripping mystery with a compelling heroine and just the right touch of romance.”
“Maniscalco’s winning combinations of historical fiction, romance, forensics, and a feisty heroine will attract historical-fiction and romance readers….Well-placed hooks advance the plot and sustain the swift pace.”
“Every sentence of this novel drips with decadence. The settings and Midnight Carnival performances are lush yet dangerous, beautiful yet terrifying. It was easy to understand just how Audrey Rose comes to be so enthralled with the Midnight Carnival and the performers because, as readers, we’re put under the same exact spell…. Masterfully crafted.”
“Displaying her usual fierce determination and progressive ideals, Audrey Rose is once again a compelling protagonist. Another delightfully mysterious addition to the series.”
―School Library Journal
“Young adult readers of crime novels will thrill to Maniscalco’s labyrinthine plot and the gruesome secrets it reveals. And yet Escaping from Houdini is also a love story, one in which Audrey Rose’s love for the charming and stalwart Thomas is tested by the exhilarating freedom represented by Mephistopheles’s unorthodox lifestyle. As one member of the Moonlight Carnival muses, ‘Normal is boring. Extraordinary is memorable.’ Like-minded readers will find Maniscalco’s latest foray into nineteenth-century forensic investigation anything but boring.”
This B&N Exclusive Edition includes a full bonus chapter featuring a special encounter with Audrey Rose and Thomas, not available in any other edition!
It’s a LIMITED edition, and will not be reprinted once supplies run out.
First chapter is exclusively up on Entertainment Weekly: Read it here!
CAPTURING THE DEVIL (SJTR Book 4)
In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer—or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.
A New York Times and USA Today bestseller from its first week!
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