I have enjoyed the books in this series up until this point. It took far longer for me to read this book than the earlier books.
The premise of the book was fine--another "who was Jack the Ripper" plot. This round of "who was he?" finds Jennie Churchill, mother of Winston, being blackmailed. What is that blackmail? It is a picture of her late husband with a prostitute who was a victim of the Ripper. To whom does she turn to help her and preserve Winston's political future? She turns to Kate and Charles Sheridan who investigate and find conspiracy and cover ups.
Maybe it was me, but I found I was puzzled by something omitted. In the previous book, the Sheridans take under their wing, a boy who helped solve a mystery in Rottingdean. There was no mention of him (unless I overlooked it completely). I would have thought that it would have been mentioned because the books always refer back to previous books in some manner.
The side story of Mrs. Pratt and the dilemma she finds herself in was also unsatisfying. Despite the fact it was a side story, more attention could have been paid to it without losing anything in the main plot.
I will continue the series in the hope that this book was a fluke by not being up to, what I consider, the normal standards of this author.
Book Description: "Kathryn Ardleigh and her husband, Charles, are called on for help when scandal threatens Jennie Jerome Churchill. Her son Winston's political future is jeopardized by someone who claims to have proof that his father was none other than the notorious Jack the Ripper..."
Praise for Robin Paige's Victorian Mysteries: "I read it with enjoyment."-- Anne Perry
Kathryn Ardleigh is becoming accustomed to the high-society circles of her recently Lorded husband Charles Sheridan. And she has found a kindred spirit in Jennie Jerome Churchill, whose carefree lifestyle has made her a frequent topic in the tabloids. But there is a more serious scandal threatening Jennie - and the political future of her son Winston. She is being blackmailed by someone who has made a heinous accusation - someone who claims to have proof that Winston's father was none other than the notorious Jack the Ripper.
Another in a great series with wonderful historical side notes
After I started reading this book, I was convinced that either I was tiring of the characters or that this book wasn't as good as others in the series. The first half was slow, awkward and dreary. However, once I got past the mid-point the action picked up and I found myself so interested that I finished it that day.
And I was totally shocked when it was revealed that Jack the Ripper was none other then a?fit36ee8bne+bdssw3hend...
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Anyway, a subplot revealed some problems with Winston Churchill's behavior that resulted in @mdutYY@@@333...
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