Felicity Carrol and the Murderous Menace by Patricia Marcantonio

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Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this free copy in return for an honest review. Well, another new author for me and another really good book! This is the 2nd book of the Felicity Carrol series and this one could go on for a long time! Great characters and a really good plot drive this well-written and fast paced book. I usually have about 4-5 books going at one time and this one quickly jumped to the fore. If you have not read the first book it is not necessary to enjoy this book, as the author deftly lets us know the pertinent matters in the first book as we move along with this mystery. The series is set in the 1880’s and for this book Jack the Ripper’s crime spree has ended when Scotland Yard gets a notice from the NY Times of an apparent murder of a prostitute in Placer, Montana that is eerily similar to London’s killings. Felicity is in effect a private investigator and forensic expert and, in order to help her Constable friend who is seriously ill, she travels to Placer, MT to try and track down Jack the Ripper. We meet a host of interesting characters including the sheriff of the town, the town physician, their born-again preacher, prostitutes and many more. While in Placer more prostitutes are killed and Felicity uses the most up to date scientific and forensic techniques to try and solve the crimes. The conclusion is well-masked and believable. Was Jack in Placer, or was it a copycat? Can Felicity solve the crimes or implicate an innocent person? Great stuff. Only part that left me perplexed was why Felicity, who professes profound reliance on science and forensics refuses to follow what those show her and instead pushes ahead to try and make the evidence fit certain people that she thinks is Jack the Ripper. Other than that just a super effort and read! (

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