When I first started my author newsletter over a year ago, I wondered if anyone would sign up to it. Did anyone do that? I wasn’t on anyone’s newsletter list and wasn’t sure what the point was.
But as the year wore on, I started reading more indie books and learned about some of my now-favourite authors. So I joined their newsletters and totally understood! When you love an author’s work, you want to keep up to date on their new releases.
This next book has been on my reading pile ever since I picked up the entire boxed set of Gaslamp Gothic by Kat Ross. Which, incidentally, I learned was on sale through her newsletter! Even though I’d already bought the first three books, it was worth buying the whole thing for 99c for the remaining three. Total bargain!
“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.”
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Dead Ringer is actually the fifth book in the Gaslamp Gothic series while I’ve only read three so far. (Although I’m about to start book four after having a ridiculously long Kat Ross hiatus). I’m looking forward to reading another book following Harrison Fearing Pell, who was absent in books two and three. She’s a great character!
I’m making it my mission to finish the Gaslamp Gothic series by the end of the year because, for a rabid fan, I am miserably behind on my reading. Also, I want to start exploring more series by Kat Ross and catch up on her back-catalogue of books.
Looking forward to reading to this one when I’ve finished book four in the series, The Necromancer’s Bride.
Thanks for reading!