The Daemoniac by Kat Ross #BlogTour #Review

The Daemoniac
Kat Ross
(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?

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I’m not sure where to even begin; there is so much that I loved about this book. I’m a huge fan of historical crime novels and this one is full of mystery. The historical aspect is spot on which is awesome to see.
The book is set in 1888 and I loved that the main character, Harry, is a kickass female. She impersonates her sister and takes on a case where a couple is looking for their friend. Mere weeks before Jack the Ripper goes on his infamous killing spree in London, Harry is convinced she is looking for a serial killer in New York. There is demonic aspect to these murders but Harry and her partner think this is just a distraction. Will they find out?
I was thrilled when I read the synopsis and Harry’s uncle is Arthur Conan Doyle. He is one of my favorite authors! I love that Harry is well before her time and that it isn’t in an unrealistic way. At times it felt like the book was moving slow but we get to spend a lot of time looking at Harry’s thoughts so it wasn’t a bad thing. I would highly recommend this book.
Rating: 4.5 stars

Author Bio:

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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