Book Review ~ Hunting Price Dracula (SJTR #2) by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books, an imprint of Little Brown and Company
Published: 19 September 2017

“Bone White. Blood Red. Along This Path, You’ll Soon Be Dead” – Hunting Prince Dracula

Publisher Summary


    Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

     But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

My Review

     Kerri Maniscalco has done it again! Much like her debut novel, “Stalking Jack The Ripper”, the sequel entitled “Hunting Prince Dracula” did not disappoint!

     The novel begins a week after the ending of “Stalking Jack The Ripper”The book gets right into the bloody, or not so bloody good stuff right at the beginning. The first death, taking place on the train, kicks the tension into high gear as Audrey Rose deals with the aftermath of Jack the Ripper’s unmasking. She is on edge herself, but she does continue to be the strong, female character we saw in the first book.

     The romance burns quite a bit brighter in this novel, and with it comes many more witty, and slightly naughty comments from our dear Thomas Cresswell. We also see their relationship hit some snags that may not have been a big deal for other couples of this time, but for Audrey and Thomas it causes some disturbances. This gives way to even more independent action taken in the book, on Audrey Rose’s part, which I absolutely loved. Though I do love this duo together in the romantic sense, I really enjoy their Sherlock & Watson vibe.

     This story will keep you guessing the true identity of the murderer until the very end. I was in shock when the reveal came and all the pieces finally fell into place. It was definitely a mystery. Kerri’s writing really keeps you intrigued and guessing all the way through. I love the way she takes liberties with historical truths to create a very entertaining plot.

     The one thing that I wished would have been different was the quick resolution of the ending. Much like the first novel, it felt slightly rushed. However, I would not let that deter you from enjoying this suspenseful mystery and the abundance of new characters you get to meet. 

     For those of you who like to listen to your books, I want to highly suggest the audiobooks of this series. I read this book, by switching between the hardcover and the audiobook. The narrator, Nicola Barber, did a wonderful job of bringing depth and emotion to Audrey Rose, as well as creating unique voices for our other characters. I want to go back and listen to both books in their entirety, as well as listen to other books narrated by Nicola.

     I hope you enjoyed reading my review for “Hunting Prince Dracula” by Kerri Maniscalco. If you have read the book, let me know your thoughts in the comments. I wish the third book could be in my hands already. 

Thank you for reading!


Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives



Book Review: Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Stalking Jack The Ripper
Author: Kerri ManiscalcoSJTR - COVER
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books an imprint of Little, Brown and Company
Published: 20 September 2016


A #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.


“I place my thumb and forefinger on the icy flesh, spreading it taut above the breastbone as Uncle had showed me.” – Pg. 3

I absolutely loved this book!  I picked it up after setting down another that I just couldn’t get into and I’m so glad this was my next choice. I immediately forgot about the other book as I delved into the darkness that was Victorian London at the time of the Whitechapel Murders and Jack The Ripper.


I went into this story knowing a decent amount about Jack The Ripper after going on a walking tour of London twice. I would even go a third time when given the chance. Because of this, I couldn’t wait to see what the author, Kerri Maniscalco, had up her sleeves in creating a new twist to this mystery. I was not disappointed! Kerri’s use of historical facts about the murders and the liberties she took in changing the story of this twisted, chilling tale had my hand to my throat on numerous occasions. The descriptions took me right into the lives of these women, and the mystery of the man known as Bloody Jack & Leather Apron.

One thing I truly loved about the book was the strength and deviant attitude of Audrey Rose! I love characters that show us we don’t have to be who and what society wants us to be. We can still wear pretty dresses and dig our hands into the abdomens of cadavers. This is exactly what Audrey Rose does as she becomes invested in bringing these women’s stories and their murderer to light.

Of course, the slow simmering romantic plot between Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell is just as tantalizing. I don’t want to spoil the book so I’ll just say that their bickering and Cresswell’s great one-liners are enough for me to recommend this book alone. I can
not wait to see how the relationship between the two develops over the course of the next book.

The only thing that I could have used more of was a more dramatic conflict resolution, but that doesn’t stop me from giving this book 5 STARS as I really enjoyed it and was on the edge of my sanity while reading it. If you have not read this story, I suggest picking it up and giving it a try. If you have read Stalking Jack The Ripper, what were your thoughts? Did you like it? Did you not like it? I would love to hear from you in the comments.

Thanks for reading and I’ll write again soon! 


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives