Felicity Carrol and the Murderous Menace by Patricia Marcantonio

In Victorian London Felicity Carrol is using her skills to solve crimes rather than her wiles to find a husband. When she discovers that Jack the Ripper may have fled to the U.S. and started a new killing spree, she is determined to catch him.

This was a quick read but did little to hold my interest. Good premise, but other than the twist on the Ripper character I found the story to be uninspired and the characters to be more caricature.

Felicity is an early feminist; intelligent, witty, brave and forthright. But I did find her a little too good to be true. A beautiful, wealthy, landed heiress who has multiple university degrees, and is an inventor, chemist, and photographer…who starts a school for her servants and employees…and just happens to have a near photographic memory and be a whiz at solving crimes. Oh, and Scotland Yard detectives as well as a Montana sheriff let her become involved in their investigations with very little push back. But then she is also very charming.

Maybe this one just wasn’t for me.

My thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the advance reader copy made available for my review.

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