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I wasn’t expecting a Jack the Ripper storyline. I won’t be pre-ordering Heather Graham books.
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2020
It took me a while to mull over this book, plus another day to do a review. As a crime fiction fan, I read cross-genre books for the mystery and police procedural aspects. I like Heather Graham’s mystery-suspense-romance books when taking breaks from intense crime fiction. I do expect the mystery storyline to be logical and sensible, with believable police policies, protocols and procedures. I don’t like blatant coincidences, pulling improbable clues out of air, and dubious solutions—as found in this book.
Furthermore, the book synopsis didn’t mention grisly murders à la Jack the Ripper—complete with knife work, disembowelment, gory crime scenes, & missing organs. I’ve read many good (and a lot of bad) Ripper-derived storylines, but I unknowingly bought another book of regurgitated Ripperology. I tried explaining the problems with the murder mystery, that led to a 2 stars review, but I couldn’t avoid spoilers, so this is an abbreviated review.
On the positive side, this book can be read as a stand-alone. I recommend “Dreaming Death” to newbies to the Krewe of Hunters series. The lengthy prologue introduces characters, plus if you’re not well-versed on Jack the Ripper, this book explains the historical murders, crime scenes, victimology, etc. and contrasts the old with what’s seen current time.
I left a detailed review on Goodreads—including multiple spoilers about problems with the crime fiction—explaining why only 2 stars.