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Summary

In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting number one best seller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

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.

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©2017 Kerry Maniscalco (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"Audrey is a young woman eager to use her brains and willing to flaunt society's rules.... This mystery pays homage to classics like Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [and] will satisfy those readers looking for historical mystery, a witty heroine, and a little romance." ( School Library Connection)

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Dark and Beautiful

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was lovely to listen to. The story itself it beautifully written, full of gothic horror and mystery which kept me engaged throughout.

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  • dhouses
  • 23-10-17

Very good

I truly enjoyed the banter between the two main characters. They had a believable relationship, and the author let it develop naturally. It didn’t feel rushed or forced. The story line was capturing and I liked how it flowed. I would recommend.

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  • tkgarmyn
  • 25-04-18

Loved this book it was better than the 1st

Can’t wait for their next adventure and hope for more to follow! Just like the 1st ur guessing till the end! This one and the 1st book are going in to the reread folder!

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  • Lauren
  • 29-03-18

Wonderful sequel!

This was a great continuation of Stalking Jack the Ripper, and in my opinion even better! Nicola Barber does and excellent job narrating.

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  • Christina
  • 02-01-18

Not quite there

I love the plot!!! And I love these books....however, there were more holes in this plot line than in the first one.

If it’s a school academy, then wouldn’t there be previous classes (like other grade levels)?? Audrey Rose’s uncle seems to have more students and apprentices, and he doesn’t run an academy.
Also, it seemed that all the instructors were completely emotionless. I get the whole “they have to come off creepy” thing, but if Snape could show emotion in Harry Potter, then you would think that the headmaster could show more emotion when his niece dies.
There were a few other slight plot holes that I found, but I was also disappointed with the fact that Audrey Rose seemed to have much less common sense in this story as well. It wasn’t extreme, but several times I got very frustrated when she would take much longer than necessary to figure out small things.

Hopefully Book 3 will be better now that Audrey Rose has finally gotten over her continuous bouts of ptsd from the first book. We will see!

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  • Sarah
  • 16-10-17

Didn't enjoy quite as much as the first one

I remember enjoying the first book more. I think this one was more focused on romance. There was a lot of her thinking that Thomas was trying to control her, she didn't want to be controlled, classmates/teachers not taking her seriously, did she love him, did he love her, etc. But was an ok book to read, especially around Halloween time. The description of the castle, secret passages, tunnels, etc were good.

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  • Mansi
  • 16-06-18

Travel, murder, castles, Dracula what else u want

There are some books which make you fall in love with a place that you want to learn more about it. This one did it for me. I so want to travel to Romania.
The story take place in Romania amidst vampire folklore. And Kerri had fantastically written these characters that steal your heart.
I loved the first book. Kerri can write gore without making to too gruesome. I loved Audrey and Thomas together. Absolutely loved their analytic, witty, flirtatious but respectful banter.
You are hooked from the very first chapter there is travel, a murder and a castle, Dracula and one Mr. Thomas Cresswell. What else do you need.

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  • Ashleigh Lindstrom
  • 17-05-18

Great story. Perfect narraration.

I love this story! I thought I was going to be let down after the amazing first book but if anything I liked this one more. plus the narraration was perfect!

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  • Judith M. McLean
  • 02-05-18

A Feminist Slant on an Old Tale

This book started out as an intriguing bent on yet yet another Dracula tale, but soon became improbable and even tedious.

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  • Natalia C. Gomez
  • 25-04-18

Stop at book one

Not nearly as good as the first one. Lacked much in the story, and had unnecessary elements.

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  • Veronica
  • 09-04-18

wonderful!

I've been sucked into this series and now I'm waiting with baited breath for the next book.