#BookReview Things In Jars by Jess Kidd

About the book

London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist.

As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. The public love a spectacle and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen.

Things in Jars is an enchanting Victorian detective novel that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times.

Published by Canongate Books

Publication Date – 4th April 2019

PRE-ORDER LINKS

Goldsboro Books  – signed first edition ยฃ14.99

hive.co.uk  ยฃ10.99

waterstones  ยฃ14.99

MY REVIEW

Move over Sherlock, Bridie Devine is the new super sleuth in town and I adore her! Jess Kidd has created another dark and wonderful tale set in Victorian times that explores the disturbing disappearance of a young girl, who has been kept hidden away because she’s ‘different’ – she feeds on snails, has an unusual appearance and is also said to possess powers.  The family she is stolen from are never too forthcoming with details about her, so it’s left to Bridie to uncover the dark story behind young Christabel, and that leads Bridie to look back on her own childhood too.

She isn’t alone on her quest as she is joined by the rather wonderful   Ruby, a ghost-boxer who appears in Bridie’s life at a seemingly random time! Is there more to his story than meets the eye?! He adds many lighter moments throughout with his comments and observations but also shows sensitivities which are very touching.

As she confronts many repulsive characters on the search for Christabel, the look back on her own earlier life is also a fascinating glimpse into why she feels so connected to this poor girl and why she is determined to try and save her.  

And while there is much love for Bridie and her quest, the evilness of many characters throughout is another success of this book! The levels of depravity that some of them sink to is eye-wateringly shocking and I just found myself wishing for karma to deal with them as soon as possible – in a very unpleasant way!!

I was utterly riveted by this story! And switching the story from the now timeline to Bridie’s past added more as she also had a very unconventional upbringing which explained her outlook on life – and death – now!  The more she uncovers about various characters, the more you left to be staggered by the goings on and I found that I had my heart in my mouth with the dramatic ending.

  I would love to say more about this book but am sure I would include a spoiler or three, so I’m just going to have to say if you love your stories dark, dramatic, mysterious, macabre, weird, wonderful, tense and thrilling then look no further!!

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#CoverReveal Maybe Baby by Carol Thomas @RubyFiction

  cover reveal

Who fancies a fabulous cover reveal to kick the week off?! Well then you’re in luck as the wonderful team at Ruby Fiction have let me loose with the cover reveal again and today is the turn of MAYBE BABY by CAROL THOMAS  – and it’s another stonker of a cover to leave you dreaming of sunnier and warmer days ahead!

Time for the blurb…..

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Just when you thought you had it all worked out โ€ฆ

Best friends Lisa and Felicity think โ€“ maybe, just maybe โ€“ they finally have everything sorted out in their lives.

Lisa is in a happy relationship with her old flame, and busy mum Felicity has managed to reignite the passion with her husband, Pete.

But when Lisa walks in on a half naked woman in her boyfriendโ€™s flat, and Felicity is left reeling from a shocking discovery, it becomes clear life is full of unexpected surprises โ€ฆ

Maybe Baby is published on 2nd April by Ruby Fiction and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms, as well as in audio.

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So it’s my great pleasure to be able to show off the beautiful cover…………

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I hope you like it!  And that the blurb has got you itching to read it! April isn’t that far away so we don’t have to wait much longer!!

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