June Bonus Review #2: ‘The Gaslight Stalker’, by David Field


Published By: Sapere Books

Publication Date: 16th February 2018

I.S.B.N.: 9781912546039

Format: Paperback

Price: £6.50








Jack the Ripper is stalking the streets of London. Can anyone stop the serial killer before more women are murdered? 

London, 1888

Whitechapel is full of the noise of August Bank Holiday celebrations. Everyone is in high spirits until a woman – Martha Turner – is discovered brutally murdered.

Her friend, Esther, a lowly seamstress turned female sleuth, is determined to find the killer.

A young police officer, Jack Enright, takes the lead on the case, and he and Esther soon embark on a professional – and personal – relationship.

When another murder is committed and whispers of a slasher calling himself Jack the Ripper start flowing through the London streets, the search becomes even more desperate.

The police are on the wrong track and the young couple take matters into their own hands, and soon find themselves navigating through London’s dark underbelly.

Can they find the murderer before he kills again? Will anyone listen to their suspicions?

Or will this dark presence continue to haunt Whitechapel…? 

THE GASLIGHT STALKER is the first crime thriller in an exciting new historical series, the Esther and Jack Enright Mysteries, a traditional British detective series set in Victorian London and packed full of suspense

My Review

On Tuesday I had a book shopping spree, on Wednesday all but one of the books arrived. I’ve finished two of them and started reading another two. One of the books I finished was this one, I read it in three hours this evening. I’ve started reading the second book and am 61 Pages into it already.

I like Jack and Esther; they are young and in love, intelligent and ambitious. Meeting after Esther, a seamstress, hears that her friend Martha has been murdered, and she was one of the last to see Martha alive, the pair make an unlikely couple. Jack is a Constable in the Metropolitan Police, following in his Uncle Percy’s footsteps. When a second woman is murdered the police start to fear a maniac is on the loose in Whitechapel. It is 1888.

It’s a different twist on the ‘Jack the Ripper’ story, and the culprit is surprising. I enjoyed the plot and the descriptions of late-nineteenth century London. The relationship between Jack and Esther is sweet.


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R Cawkwell

Hi I'm Rosemarie and I like to write. I write short stories and longer fiction, poetry and occasionally articles. I'm working on quite a few things at the minute and wouldn't mind one day actually getting published in print.

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