(Gaslamp Gothic #5)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 13th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling
A poisonous secret.
A terrifying curse.
And a client she’d just as soon see dead in a ditch….
Summer 1889. Harrison Fearing Pell hoped for adventure when she signed on with the Society for Psychical Research as an occult investigator. Slogging through New York’s sewers in pursuit of a “mud man” wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. But the reeking monster terrorizing the dance halls of the Tenderloin leads her to an even more peculiar mystery — and the last man on earth Harry wishes to become entangled with.James Moran is a prodigy in music, mathematics . . . and crime. Harry’s older sister, the famed detective Myrtle Fearing Pell, has vowed to put him behind bars. But Harry owes Moran a personal debt, so when he demands her aid she can hardly refuse. It turns out that the brilliant black sheep of New York Society is part of a secret club at Columbia College whose members have started dying in bizarre ways that may not be accidents.Thus begins one of the strangest cases of Harry’s career, a tale of murder, cold-blooded revenge and fairytale bogeymen to make the Brothers Grimm shudder. As the bodies pile up, each preceded by sightings of the victim’s doppelgänger, Harry and her stalwart friend John Weston must race against time to save a man who arguably deserves his macabre fate.
Dead Ringer by Kat Ross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Better late than never
Kat Ross' Gaslamp Gothic series just continues to excel my expectations. If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes or even the Jackaby novels by William Ritter, you will definitely LOVE Dead Ringer. The use of Jewish folklore and Germanic legends, mixing with the paranormal phenomenon is brilliant. The story and characters leave you with page-turning suspense. Ms. Ross' take on 1880's New York City really draws you in. Harrison and James are just so amazing. The world-building is any but average. Following them on this case was awesome.
DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED A COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF THIS BOOK THROUGH XPRESSOBOOKTOURS FOR MY PARTICIPATION IN THE BLOG TOUR. I AM ALSO A LITTLE LATE IN GETTING THIS REVIEW UP. SORRY!
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ABOUT THE AUTHORKat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.
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