(A Dominion Mystery, #1)
Publication date: October 12th 2016
Genres: Historical, Mystery, Young Adult
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?
I already knew from reading the first 2/3 chapters of The Midnight Sea that Kat was a bloody genius! Not too long after with Blood of the Prophet certainly reinforced my beliefs and Kat earned her place in the top 5 of my favorite authors.
Now The Daemoniac is a little different, since the other 2 books are more Fantasy and this one is a Crime/Mystery one. Kat managed in just again a few pages to blow me away. I will be honest with you guys and tell you that I knew it was coming. Now that this is my third book from Kat, I already have a pretty idea of her style and the woman is bloody brilliant what can I say?
Because this is more of a Murder Mystery, it is a quite a bit slower paced than my personal liking (you know me) and quite a bit descriptive (in this case you really have to even though that never makes me jump for joy!) It took me a while longer to finish reading, as I kept being interrupted by pesky work to top it all of! But pace and details none withstanding it was written with flair, a huge attention to detail and quite a few twists! I am not going to tell you anything because as I always say, you have to read it.
Now, the characters… again Kat I saw it coming! I knew from the first few pages when in my head my brain kept switching John’s name and I knew and then you go and threw that tidbit out there and I was like…
I knew it!!!!!
Did I mention Kat was bloody brilliant??!!!
Again… I knew it…
What do you ask?
Just read the book…
So yes, back to the characters and mostly Harry, cause she is really superb just like Nazafareen (Midnight Sea) is too. again we have a really strong, smart, independent female lead with a mind of her own and there is no way in hell to resist just simply loving her.
Kat, my dear, you have done it again! The book is out of this world fantastic and I cannot wait to read the next one (2017 is so so so so far away!!!)
Just in case I need to say it again, I am going to recommend this book and all the others in case you have not heard of Kat before. Trust me on that, I would never steer you wrong!
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.
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