A Great American Mystery: The Daemoniac by Kat Ross

Mystery. Supernatural. Historical fiction. YOU RANG????

YOU GUYS. This book. Oh, this book. What a glorious and perfect addition to your October TBR. If you're into mood reading with Halloween in mind, this is for you.

Meet Harry, our skeptical teen gumshoe who isn't going to let being a woman in the 1800s stop her from doing what she so loves. In true Veronica Mars fashion, she's using her family name as leverage to get the info she needs. She's on the hunt for a serial killer with call signs that would cause the Winchester brothers to bring out the salt and incantations. But, come on, humans are despicable creatures and there's no shortage of explanations that turn Mr. Hyde from Satan to Bundy in no time. But who do you trust when there are real and not-so-truthful psychics?

Set in the familiarity of New York, the tone of the story is cryptic in a way that has you trying to piece it together as you flip through the pages. Don't be confused...The setting is itself a character in this story. Half the time I was convinced there was more to the story than the natural world could contain and the rest of the time I was cheering Harry's apprehension. The cast of supporting characters and scenes that take place paint a vivid picture of the point in history and have all the makings of a great mystery.

Author Kat Ross does a spectacular job of moving us through the story. This book was so well paced that I found myself not wanting to put it down but also not ready to give it up. Lucky for us this is the first in a series so we get to return to the world of The Daemoniac with Harry. I have a feeling this will be a series where each story is self-contained and you can jump in any time, which is a favorite of mine. There's complete resolution to the story arc but an open ending to allow for more.  


by Kat Ross
Published: October 12th 2016
Publisher: Acorn
Source: NetGalley (Thank you!)

It's August of 1888, just three weeks before Jack the Ripper will begin his grisly spree in the London slum of Whitechapel, and another serial murderer is stalking the gas-lit streets of New York. With taunting messages in backwards Latin left at the crime scenes and even more inexplicable clues like the fingerprints that appear to have been burned into one victim's throat, his handiwork bears all the hallmarks of a demonic possession.

But consulting detective Harrison Fearing Pell is convinced her quarry is a man of flesh and blood. Encouraged by her uncle, Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry hopes to make her reputation by solving the bizarre case before the man the press has dubbed Mr. Hyde strikes again.

From the squalor of the Five Points to the high-class gambling dens of the Tenderloin and the glittering mansions of Fifth Avenue, Harry and her best friend, John Weston, follow the trail of a remorseless killer, uncovering a few embarrassing secrets of New York's richest High Society families along the way. Are the murders a case of black magic—or simple blackmail? And will the trail lead them closer to home than they ever imagined?


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