About the Book
Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Genre: Christian Historical Suspense
Release Date: August, 2020
Death Seems to Follow Harriet’s New Friend
Book 7 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History
Three years before Jack the Ripper began his murderous spree on the streets of London, women were dying in their beds as The Midnight Assassin terrorized the citizens of Austin, Texas. Now, with suspicion falling on Her Majesty’s family and Scotland Yard at a loss as to who the Ripper might be, Queen Victoria summons her great-granddaughter, Alice Anne von Wettin, a former Pinkerton agent who worked the unsolved Austin case, and orders her to discreetly form a team to look into the London matter.
The prospect of a second chance to work with Annie just might entice Isaiah Joplin out of his comfortable life as an Austin lawyer. If his theories are right, they’ll find the The Midnight Assassin and, by default, the Ripper. If they’re wrong, he and Annie are in a bigger mess than the one the feisty female left behind when she departed Austin under cover of darkness three years ago.
Can the unlikely pair find the truth of who is behind the murders before they are drawn into the killer’s deadly game? From Texas to London, the story navigates the fine line between truth and fiction as Annie and Isaiah ultimately find the hunters have become the hunted.
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I did really like this book. I think it’s one of my favorites in the True Colors series. I really liked Annie and Isaiah and their love story. Could I have done without the love story in general? Yes. I could have done without the love story in each of the True Colors books. But I think that Kathleen Y’Barbo executed it well. She didn’t let it steal from the mystery. Instead, she used it to move the mystery forward.
I think what I loved most about this book was that it was about Jack the Ripper. It made it creepy and suspenseful. And I also really liked how Annie was actually a relation of the Queen of England. It made the story more interesting.
My only complaint would be that the ending seemed really rushed. The ending could’ve been great, but it just seemed to fall flat for me. Other than that, I really did enjoy reading this book and learning more about Jack the Ripper.
I had received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
About the Author
More from Kathleen Y’Barbo
I am a tenth generation Texan, but London has held a place in my heart for over ten years. You see, I have a son who has lived there for more than a decade. Thanks to him and his family of three—my granddaughter was born there on New Year’s Eve 2019—the city will always be special to me. There is absolutely nothing like walking those streets with a thousand years of history close enough to touch.
Research turned up a tale that sounds so close to fiction I had to write about it. Discovering the theory that the Austin killer might also be the Ripper just added to my interest—neither had been caught. And I like to write about Pinkerton detectives.
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