DEAD RINGER by Kat Ross
A poisonous secret.
A terrifying curse.
And a client she’d just as soon see dead in a ditch….
Summer 1889. Harrison Fearing Pell hoped for adventure when she signed on with the Society for Psychical Research as an occult investigator. Slogging through New York’s sewers in pursuit of a “mud man” wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. But the reeking monster terrorizing the dance halls of the Tenderloin leads her to an even more peculiar mystery — and the last man on earth Harry wishes to become entangled with.
James Moran is a prodigy in music, mathematics . . . and crime. Harry’s older sister, the famed detective Myrtle Fearing Pell, has vowed to put him behind bars. But Harry owes Moran a personal debt, so when he demands her aid she can hardly refuse. It turns out that the brilliant black sheep of New York Society is part of a secret club at Columbia College whose members have started dying in bizarre ways that may not be accidents.
Thus begins one of the strangest cases of Harry’s career, a tale of murder, cold-blooded revenge and fairytale bogeymen to make the Brothers Grimm shudder. As the bodies pile up, each preceded by sightings of the victim’s doppelgänger, Harry and her stalwart friend John Weston must race against time to save a man who arguably deserves his macabre fate.
Oh boy! This book! THIS BOOK!
PEAKY BLINDERS MEETS FINAL DESTINATION! Nope, I can't elaborate on that--spoiler, spoiler! What I can tall you is that this might well be my favorite in the series (at least so far).
I was charmed by the enigmatic Mr. Moran since it was first introduced in The Daemoniac (you can read my review here and I couldn't wait to see him again and in Dead Ringer, finally---FINALLY WE GET MORE OF A GLIMPSE OF THE CHARMING CRIME LORD.
Of course I was also glad to see Harry & John again, those two have such a wonderful working chemistry--more than once Harry wouldn't have found the solution without John's help and/or insights.
I loved every bit of interaction between James & Harry, they were real fun. I was grinning like a madwoman, especially when he playfully flirts with her and she's having none of it... all the opposite (He also seems to have a knack for finding her in the direst outfits LOL).
The last time I had such fun reading and exchange was with Serpent & Dove but before that...I can't even remember what year it was.
Between golems at large, murders, odd turns of luck, murky pasts and the likes ---I really can't decide what I liked more, probably how they all fit together--it reminded me of the best crime novels/tv series out there.