The Ripper's Shadow

A Victorian Mystery

This Victorian mystery follows Sarah Bain as she investigates London’s most famous serial killer.

By Laura Joh Rowland Read by Alex Tregear Fiction / History - European / Mystery & Thrillers English, Unabridged 12h 29m Sell Sheet
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10 Audio CDs January 10, 2017 $59.99 $47.99 9781520061061 Add to Cart
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Part 1 of the A Victorian Mystery series.

							London, 1888: Jack the Ripper begins his reign of terror. Miss Sarah Bain, a photographer, supplements her meager income by taking illicit "boudoir photographs" of the town's local ladies of the night. But when two of her models are found gruesomely murdered within weeks of one another, Sarah begins to suspect it's more than mere coincidence. Teamed with a motley crew of friends--including a street urchin, a gay aristocrat, a Jewish butcher and his wife, and a beautiful young actress--Sarah delves into the crime of the century. But just as she starts unlocking the Ripper's secrets, she catches the attention of the local police, who believe she knows more than she's revealing, and the Ripper himself, who's bent on silencing her for good.

"There are so many fine things about this novel that it’s difficult to enumerate them all. The characters are beautifully drawn; the dialogue sparkles; the setting is vividly rendered…This is sure to delight followers of Ripper-themed fiction and all who cherish Victorian-era mysteries...narrator Tregear enhances this Victorian mystery with beautiful, authentic accents..." - Booklist, Starred Review

"The whopper of all serial killers, Jack the Ripper, like fire, is to be handled with care, and luckily Rowland knows just how to do it, putting a new twist on old tropes with her witty sleuth, while never sacrificing historical integrity...Rowland's real talent shines in the Victorian atmosphere woven into the narratives, immersing the listener wholly in the period." - Library Journal, Starred Review

"Close calls, a surprise ending, and the suggestion of further adventures…Rowland has assembled an appealingly ragtag collection of amateur sleuths and keeps the suspense high." - Kirkus Reviews

"Attention to atmospheric detail, original characterizations, and escalating conflict...This is a fresh, modern take on the streets that produced a murderer 'From Hell.'" - Strand Magazine

"Please let this be the start of a series. I went into The Ripper's Shadow wondering if I could care about another Jack the Ripper novel, and emerged at the end of it thrilled, off-balance, and astonished at how Laura Joh Rowland was able to bring Victorian England into such vivid life, and a story we all know into new relief. This is a fantastic read." - Charles Finch, bestselling author of The Inheritance

"Laura Joh Rowland has penned an imaginative, chilling reinterpretation of Jack the Ripper's bloody reign of terror. A dark, seductive peek into the dangerous underbelly of Victorian London." - C.S. Harris, bestselling author of the Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries

"Tense, pacy and compelling; Laura Joh Rowland commands empathy for the Ripper's victims and sincere affections for her characters." - Stephen Gallagher, author of The Kingdom of Bones and The Bedlam Detective