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Jess Kidd Õ 1 DOWNLOAD REVIEW Û DDTUST-UDA.RU Õ Jess Kidd DOWNLOAD à Things in Jars Apothecary But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is uite what it seemsBlending darkness and light history and folklore Things in Jars is a spellbinding Gothic mystery that collapses the boundary between fact and fairy tale to stunning effect and explores what it means to be human in inhumane time My first five star read of 2020From the first sentence you know this book is going to be different As pale as a grave grub she s an eyeful The writing is just gorgeous in that Victorian Dickensian fashion Think Dickens matched with Grimms Fairy Tales Or Dickens if he was smoking hashish or one of Prudhoe s blends and into Irish folktales I loved the characters Bridie part sleuth part doctor untrained Cora her seven foot maid with a beautiful baritone voice and Ruby a dead boxer with living tattoos London is a character in its own right Yes there is a supernatural element here of which I usually am not a fan But Kidd has managed to create a world so believable that I swallowed it hook line and sinker There s a sly sense of humor here mostly in the descriptions While the theme of the book is dark it s just so darn entertaining The story has Bridie being hired to find the kidnapped daughter of a baronet But not just any daughter this daughter has special characteristics We are led into a world filled with grave robbers anatomists collectors of all things odd and uniue Kudos to Kidd for getting it all right I haven t read her prior books but I m now inspired to seek them out A huge thanks to netgalley and Atria books for an advance copy of this book

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Jess Kidd Õ 1 DOWNLOAD REVIEW Û DDTUST-UDA.RU Õ Jess Kidd DOWNLOAD à Things in Jars Bridie Devine female detective extraordinaire is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors trading curiosities in this age of discoveryWinding he Five stars and a statue goes to best portrayed Victorian London book This is incredible combination of humor kitsch folklore with the writer s talented and never ending imagination We meet one of the most interesting heroines Bride Devine a woman detective wearing a dagger strapped to her thigh smoking pipe solving murders by reading corpses and talking with ghosts It seems like one of the heroes also the part of love triangle is Ruby Doyle champion boxer who is also dead Mostly it was frivolous book is written with great sense of humor and creativity But we have to admit that it is also evil one with gory murder scenes shocking cruel disturbingI enjoyed the poetic descriptions of Victorian London immaculate writing and rich layered perfectly developed characterization So happy to find a gifted writer Cannot wait to read books bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


Jess Kidd Õ 1 DOWNLOAD REVIEW Û DDTUST-UDA.RU Õ Jess Kidd DOWNLOAD à Things in Jars R way through the labyrinthine sooty streets of Victorian London Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl even if it means unearthing a past that she’d rather keep buried Luckily her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters including a seven foot tall housemaid; a melancholic tattoo covered ghost; and an avuncular There are things in jars Note For optimal effect the above uote should be read in a whispery uivery British accented voiceOh yes There are many many things in jars between the pages of Jess Kidd s aptly titled novel and they are all so brilliantly and twistedly delightfulBridie Devine pipe smoking detective extraordinaire has just accepted uite the unusual case Christabel Berwick the secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick has been kidnapped right out from under the Baronet s nose Rud to possess extraordinary mythical powers it appears that Christabel may have attracted the unfortunate attention of those who specialize in the collection of peculiarities Urged on by the fatherly desperation of Sir Berwick Bridie takes to the streets of Victorian London determined to locate the young girl Fortunately Bridie has help from two unusual allies Cora Bridie s seven foot tall giantess housemaid and Ruby a tattooed ghost from Bridie s past Together the eccentric threesome must race against time to save Christabel from the clutches of those who wish to add one prized possession to their cabinets of curiositiesEarlier this year I had the profound pleasure of reading Kidd s debut novel Himself and I fell utterly in love with her writing I adored the lovely mix of mystery and magical realism of the story I was amazed by how skillfully the narrative was weaved I discovered that Kidd s writing is breathtakingly beautifulSince then I have eagerly awaited my opportunity to read Things in Jars My excitement and anticipation for this book have been difficult to contain I have known without doubt that Kidd would not disappoint I have known I would love every magnificent word of it And correct I was Things in Jars is captivating It is a clever wonderfully creative and mesmerizing gothic mystery Masterfully blending magical realism and Irish folklore with the paranormal Kidd tells a tale that is both uniue and fantastical I found myself completely under Kidd s spell wholly immersed in the enchantment of the storyKidd s writing has a very whimsical air to it In my review of Himself I even went so far as to compare her to Neil Gaiman and I still fully stand behind that assessment Her prose is gorgeously lyrical and elegantly readable All major and minor characters are fully developed likable and memorable I dare you to not love Bridie Cora and Ruby I double dare you even Kidd establishes setting like no other you can literally see hear feel taste and smell Victorian London in all its dreary dirty glory Although I do think at times she gets a bit overly descriptive of certain scenes to the point where the reader is dropped out of the story for a short period due to the large influx of information But a minor complaint She sets a very wry witty tone to the narrative and she has such a knack for infusing warmth and humor into what is indeed an extremely dark storyAah yes the darkness Be forewarned Things in Jars is not for the faint of heart It is brutal and gruesome It is bloody and gritty There are scenes of disturbing animal cruelty and graphic surgical procedures There is violence against women One violent scene against a female character I found particularly bothersome because it seemed a bit gratuitous and unnecessary to the story I could ve done without it To be certain Things in Jars is not without its horrors And know that these horrors make for sueamish moments of readingBut to Kidd s credit she somehow manages to deftly offset all that darkness with light Again her writing is so charming and funny and she brings such whimsy to the story that it s almost as if she masks or cloaks the gruesomeness Or sort of smudges the edges of the blackness to where it all becomes a bit fuzzy Or gently nudges the reader s focus towards the light rather than the dark It s uite remarkable the perfect balancing act she achieves between such a stark dichotomyAnd that melding of dark and light is part of what makes Things in Jars such a special read Mystery lovers magical realism lovers just plain ol good fiction lovers do not miss this one I wholeheartedly recommend it and hope that this will not be our first and only adventure with Bridie DevineMay there be many to come

  • Hardcover
  • 369
  • Things in Jars
  • Jess Kidd
  • English
  • 08 December 2019
  • 9781982121280