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Things in Jars

By: Jess Kidd
Narrated by: Jacqueline Milne
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)
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Summary

Things in Jars is an enchanting Victorian detective novel that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times, from Costa Award winner and twice BBC Radio 2 Book Club author Jess Kidd.

London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist. 

As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. The public love a spectacle, and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen.

©2019 Jess Kidd (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Things in Jars is exquisite. Perfect storytelling.” (Joanna Cannon)

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A wonderful delight of a book

I simply loved this book , I have read Jess Kidds previous books and enjoyed her quirky supernatural elements. In Things in Jars , Kidd delves into historical fiction with great results - the writing is rich and fluid , the characters are wonderful , a deeply engaging story and I have to say I was very impressed with the narrator who truly brought the story to life.

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Lovely language

The language flows well like the water that features so strongly throughout this tale, poetically linking words and ideas to weave a story full of fantasy. The genre tag on this title is historical, which I was in the mood for, so the appearance of the ghost of a dead boxer to our main character took me by surprise, but it didn't deter me from following where the narrative lead. There is meany a flashback here, some not well signposted, which as a listener I would find if my attention was taken away from the story for a moment at the wrong time, I'd be lost in another time and have to scramble to regain my hold on the plot. Jacqueline Milne has a pleasing voice and performed well.

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A Victorian detective novel with a difference<br />

This book is filled with weird and wonderful characters and a sprinkling of magic and myth. It is a Victorian detective novel but not as you would know it and as such charms you with its originality. A great read, very much enjoyed.

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fantastical and fantastic!

beautiful writing makes this book a joy to read. The story is unique and wonderfully spiced with all things Victorian: filth, intrigue, mystery and darkness but it is the quality of the descriptions that pull the reader into the story as is you are there standing in the rain watching it all happen. The relationship between Ruby and Bridie is both beautiful and heartbreaking. really hoping for a sequel.

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  • Vivienne
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An unexpected treasure

i was not sure what to expect with this title but it was a remarkable tale and well narrated

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brilliant

loved it from beginning to end the best so far from Jess Kidd always very different

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Superb Narration

I have written a review of this book on Goodreads. Jaqueline Milne narrated this book so perfectly. I would love to read more books read by her. Her accents and takes on each character were absolutely amazing, she really
made them come to life. The book was superb and just the sort of thing I love to read. I sincerely hope that Jess Kidd writes another and that Jaqueline Milne narrates it.

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Why do we have to put something here?

An enjoyable piece of nonsense nicely narrated. Do we foresee more adventures for the intrepid Bridie?
I wish we didn't have to write so much, I'm not a professional!

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