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REVIEW: Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco.

Updated: Jan 1, 2021

In the final instalment of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, we follow Audrey Rose and Thomas as they step foot in America but as always with them, some mystery is always lurking and they must figure it out.

Audrey Rose and Thomas are engaged to be wed. She wants to focus her energy on that rather than dwell on her past adventures with Jack the Ripper, Dracula and Harry Houdini but she is finding that fairly difficult as she is more herself with a scalpel in her hand rather than talking about frilly dresses. She gets her wish though, as the numbers of missing women begin to rise and something is definitely going on. The police don’t seem to care as much as unaccompanied women are easy targets and as such have little to no interest in investigating into their disappearances. Maniscalco then says in her novel ‘I loathed that a woman might be brutalized by her killer and then again by the men investigating the crime.’ So she and Thomas decide they must do something in order to end the reign on terror.

As with the rest of this series, I would say that it is not as well written as other books that I have read in the past. Although, it does grip me to the pages at certain points in time, it lacks the poetry of words that some authors have. What I mean by this is that her words are not as descriptive of that other authors have. Her words do not always flow the way they should do. On the other hand, I am complete trash for this series as Audrey Rose and Thomas simply make me swoon. They are made for each other and in this book we see their romance become more complex as roadblocks are put in their way.

Put simply, this book is a light and entertaining read but certainly not the work of Picasso. If you need something light and fluffy but still with a bit of intrigue, this series is definitely for you.

3 out of 5 stars.

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