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The Ripper's Shadow
The Ripper's Shadow: A Victorian Mystery | Laura Joh Rowland
The year is 1888 and Jack the Ripper begins his reign of terror. Miss Sarah Bain, a photographer in Whitechapel, is an independent woman with dark secrets. In the privacy of her studio, she 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, as well as from the Ripper himself, now bent on silencing her and her friends for good. Caught in the crosshairs of a ruthless killer, Sarah races through Whitechapel's darkest alleys to find the truth...until she makes a shocking discovery that challenges everything she thought she knew about the case. Intelligent, original, and utterly engrossing, Laura Joh Rowland's Victorian mystery "The Ripper's Shadow" will keep readers up through the late hours of the night. "
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Librarybelle
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@aschermetz I picked this up at the post office today! #whodunitthesequel

aschermetz Woot! Enjoy! 10mo
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Mollyanna
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Mehso-so

This was almost a pan for me, the last 50-75 pages were the saving grace. The MC was annoying and not made to be a detective, bad choices and assumptions. Although the secondary characters weren‘t annoying, I also feel like I didn‘t really know them or connect with them.

@BookwormAHN This will be on its way to you tomorrow for #whodunitthesequel.

This was my second finish for #13in3

BookwormAHN Okay, I'll watch for it 😺 13mo
Samplergal Good job! 13mo
BookwormAHN I received the book and journal today. 13mo
Mollyanna @BookwormAHN Glad it made it there safely. 13mo
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CatLass007

@Mollyanna the tagged book is on its way and should arrive by the 25th.

Mollyanna Sounds good. I‘ll let you know when it arrives! 1y
CatLass007 @Mollyanna thank you. (edited) 1y
Mollyanna I got the book! 1y
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CatLass007
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Pickpick

A very interesting concept that didn‘t quite meet expectations. I believe the narration of the audiobook helped me want to continue reading. The story seemed to bog down in the middle and the ending seemed rushed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I believe I will read the sequel.

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CatLass007
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@Schlinkles I received this in today‘s mail. Thank you! #WhodunitTheSequel

Schlinkles Huzzah 1y
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Schlinkles
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Panpan

This was a hard no for me. The contrived plot line and one-dimensional characters just left me unable to connect with it at all. There were also some passages that left me pained with how cheesy the writing was.

CatLass007 Hmmmm 1y
Schlinkles @CatLass007 It‘ll be headed your way Monday. 1y
CatLass007 Thanks! 1y
Reviewsbylola I really hate cheesy writing. 1y
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Schlinkles
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On to the next pick in #whodunitthesequel

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ScientistSam
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@Schlinkles the next #whodunitthesequel book is heading your way today!

@Tiffy_Reads

Schlinkles Awesome, I‘ll be on the look out for it! 1y
Schlinkles @ScientistSam It arrived today 🙂 1y
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ScientistSam
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Mehso-so

This was very much a so-so read. I really didn't connect with either the writing style or the main character, although there are some enjoyable side characters and an interesting twist.
#whodunitthesequel
@Tiffy_Reads

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robinb
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@ScientistSam your next #whodunitthesequel is on its way to you...estimated arrival next Wednesday. 😊

ScientistSam Yay, can't wait! 2y
robinb @ScientistSam 😊👍 2y
ScientistSam Picked it up today!! 2y
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robinb @ScientistSam Thanks for letting me know! 😊 2y
ferskner Re: my book - I can't get to the post office for a couple of days, but I'll get it mailed out soon! 2y
robinb @ferskner thanks! I‘ll be on the lookout. 😊👍 2y
robinb @ferskner Just checking in to see if you‘ve mailed the next #whodunitthesequel book yet? I‘m currently on vacation but wondered if I should be expecting it when I get home. 2y
ferskner Mailing tomorrow! I'm so sorry, I didn't get it sent before I left for my vacation on Friday. I'll send it Priority. 2y
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robinb
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Mehso-so

While the latter part picked up for me, and I liked how this diverse cast of characters became like family to each other, this teetered on a “Pan” for me. My main issue was the first-person narrative, and its incessant need to explain every. single. thought. And move. And action. I kept putting it down because it was overload. While this is the first in series, I don‘t anticipate relishing more of this writing style. 3/5⭐️
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ferskner Yes! I'm glad it wasn't just me. 2y
robinb @ferskner 🤷🏻‍♀️ It was a frustrating read for me. 2y
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robinb
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Is it me or is it the book???! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😩😩😩 This is the second book in recent times that seems to be taking me FOREVER to get through! While yes, I am normally a slower reader, this book (like the other recent one...which shall remain nameless...) appears to be adding on 50 pages for every 25 I read...seriously, I ALMOST give up! 🤪🤪🤪😔😔
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Bourriquet76 I‘ve had a few like that lately. I think it‘s me. I‘m so tired I can‘t focus and keep wanting to sleep, so I‘ve been reading the same two books for the last few weeks. 2y
robinb @Bourriquet76 Unfortunately I think it‘s a mix of both in my case. I‘ve had outside distractions going on, but this particular book is just not doing it for me. Just ready to be done with it, I think and move on. 2y
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robinb
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Thanks Ann! It‘s here, safe and sound! 😊

#whodunitthesequel
@ferskner
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ferskner
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Bailedbailed

Not even Nashville hot chicken could make me get into this. I gave it 64 pages and I'm moving on. This reminded me of why I don't enjoy a lot of historical fiction anymore. Too much explaining historical details, too much time spent on the setting at the expense of plot and character. Plus an annoying MC who hammers out every point. The author needed to trust the reader more.

#readharder #assignedbookyouhated @bookriot

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MicheleinPhilly But that chicken. 🤤🤤🤤 2y
Anovelobsession I had never heard of Nashville hot chicken until a few days ago when I was in a restaurant in DC. I ordered it and although the chicken was a little too spicy for me, they served it with sweet potato pancakes which were amazing and my new favorite thing!! 2y
ferskner @MicheleinPhilly but that chicken!!!!! 😍 2y
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ferskner @Anovelobsession that sounds amazing! 2y
LeahBergen Oh, YES to that chicken. ❤️❤️ 2y
ferskner @LeahBergen I'll never bail on that chicken! 2y
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Pamwurtzler
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#TheRippersShadow is on its way to you, @ferskner ! Hope you enjoy! #whodunitthesequel

ferskner Thank you! 2y
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Pamwurtzler
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I‘m seriously going to start this #whodunitthesequel book just as soon as I put my phone down. Soon. I swear. Really. #helpme

JenlovesJT47 😂😳😅good luck! 2y
Pamwurtzler @JenlovesJT47 Thanks! Oh wait. Here I am again. 😂 2y
JenlovesJT47 😂 I feel your pain!! 2y
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Pamwurtzler
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Yay #bookmail! Thanks @JenlovesJT47 for the book & tea (I loved the last one!) & the happy card. You can‘t really tell in the picture but the mailman put the package flat on our front step in the rain, so hurray for envelopes with bubble wrap lining!! #whodunitthesequel

JenlovesJT47 Lol gotta love these post office shenanigans! 😮 hope you like the book. This may be a stupid question but you do like tea, right? Maybe I should have asked you that before since I've already sent it twice! 😂😱 2y
Pamwurtzler Lol yes I do like tea and it‘s the perfect weather for it! ☔️🌧 @JenlovesJT47 (edited) 2y
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JenlovesJT47
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Mehso-so

I debated about what to rate this and I will have to go with 3.5⭐️. The first half of the book was somewhat disappointing, but it did pick up towards the end & I thought about bumping it to 4⭐️. My main complaint was with the main character - she was overly whiny at times, & the author had to hit us over the head constantly by stating the obvious. Other than that, I really enjoyed this. It had its implausible moments, but I really liked 🔽 TBC

JenlovesJT47 The main character's ragtag group of friends who basically became her family. I've always been fascinated with Jack the Ripper and I thought the author did a good job in this fictional account with a satisfactory conclusion. Overall, I would still recommend this, although it did have its issues. Still, I HAD to finish it tonight, so IMO that's a sign of an entertaining book. Thanks @Jess_Read_This ! 2y
Jess_Read_This @JenlovesJT47 I feel better not being alone in my So-So rating! 2y
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JenlovesJT47 @Jess_Read_This the first half of the book really irritated me or I probably would have given it a higher rating. I don't understand why the author has to spell every thought out to us or why the MC was so whiny and repetitive lol. But I still enjoyed it! 2y
Jess_Read_This @JenlovesJT47 We has very similar reasons for not liking the book. The plot was original and this could have been so much better. It checked off on paper everything I like but wow was the MC annoying. 2y
JenlovesJT47 @Jess_Read_This yep! I think there are more books in the series, I was debating whether or not to read them because I did really like her group of friends. 2y
JenlovesJT47 @Jess_Read_This I was waiting the whole book for a sex scene with her and PC Barrett and it didn't happen 😤not that I usually care about such things but there was so much buildup! Maybe in the next book 🤔 2y
Jess_Read_This @JenlovesJT47 Lol!!! I was kind of shocked she didn‘t throw that in. She moved at a weird pace with them. 2y
Jess_Read_This I will be sending your books Tuesday. I mixed up the send dates and the post office is closed tomorrow. I just wanted to let you know! 2y
Jess_Read_This @JenlovesJT47 Thanks for understanding! ❤️ 2y
JenlovesJT47 @Pamwurtzler I was a couple of days late mailing this out but it went out today, sorry for the delay!! 😱🙃😳🤗 2y
Pamwurtzler @JenlovesJT47 Not a problem! I‘ll watch for it! 2y
drokka My big problem with the book is the main character as well. Her hypocrisy bothered me a lot. I did really like Hugh, Mick, and the Liveski's (not sure about the Russian couple's surname, I listened to it on audio and it never came out clear enough for me to guess for sure) 2y
JenlovesJT47 @drokka I agree, I think she whined too much! 2y
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JenlovesJT47
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Finally diving into this for #whodunitthesequel - Chipper approves! 👍🏻😸#historicalfiction #jacktheripper #catsoflitsy #chipper

💔🔪⚰️💔🔪⚰️💔🔪⚰️💔🔪⚰️💔🔪⚰️💔🔪

Jess_Read_This I‘m curious to get your thoughts on this one! 2y
JenlovesJT47 @Jess_Read_This I've been wanting to read this for awhile, will let you know how it goes! 🤗 2y
Mdargusch Love that cat. I‘m curious about the book too. 2y
AmyG What a cute picture 2y
JenlovesJT47 @Mdargusch @AmyG thanks, Chipper is my favorite book model!! 😺❤️😻 2y
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goodreadsandme
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Pickpick

Excellent book. Photographer Sarah Bain and an unlikely group of friends help solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper. Interesting take on an old story with engaging characters. Full review in profile.

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JenlovesJT47
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Yay for #bookmail ! Thank you @Jess_Read_This for the sweet card and adorable bookmark. 🤗 I'm looking forward to reading this, I've always been fascinated by Jack the Ripper. #whodunitthesequel

laundry_piles Let us know how it is! I find him fascinating as well and love to be introduced to new books/theories! 🔪 2y
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Jess_Read_This
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Mehso-so

This one is winging its way to you @JenlovesJT47 I hope you like it more so than I did. I had a few eyebrow raises and hmmm‘s while reading. But I‘m so excited to be a part of the #whodunitthesequel group! 🔎🔦🔪🔎🔦 Looking forward to everyone‘s thoughts on this one.

JenlovesJT47 Yay! 2y
bookwrm526 Did you get the one I sent you @Jess_Read_This ? Tracking says it was delivered but I wanted to make sure! 2y
Jess_Read_This I did! I opened it last night and am so excited to reread it. It‘s perfect for this month too! May I say- well done on getting the UK edition. ❤️ @bookwrm526 2y
bookwrm526 @Jess_Read_This Great! I hope you enjoy it! It was actually a gift from one of my Litsy secret Santas! 2y
Jess_Read_This @bookwrm526 I have the exact same copy. I‘m a big Ragnar Jonasson fan. I really enjoyed this one. Especially with it being set in December partially 2y
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amrsprout
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Pickpick

Before a trip to London, I felt the need to read this. A great treat.

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AuntVee

" I light the gas lamps. They illuminate the somber faces around my table. I feel as if I've stitched together a cloak from random scraps of fabric that the wind has blown in my direction. The cloak is blessedly warm."

RaimeyGallant Lovely quote. :) Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 2y
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AuntVee

Starting this book right now. I am excited about the cast of characters inside.

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