The Gaslight Stalker (Esther & Jack Enright Mystery #1)
Looking for your new favourite historical mystery series? Perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes, Rory Clements and Antonia Hodgson… 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. ESTHER & JACK ENRIGHT MYSTERY SERIES BOOK ONE: The Gaslight Stalker Books 2-4 Coming Soon

The Gaslight Stalker (Esther & Jack Enright Mystery #1) Details

TitleThe Gaslight Stalker (Esther & Jack Enright Mystery #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 1st, 2018
PublisherSapere Books
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GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery

The Gaslight Stalker (Esther & Jack Enright Mystery #1) Review

  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Sapere Books who invited me to read and review The Gaslight Stalker, a fictional account of the Ripper investigation.Esther Jacobs, a naive young seamstress, fallen on hard times goes looking for her neighbour, Martha Turner, to persuade her to come home but Martha is too busy drinking and says she will follow later. Later never comes as Martha is found stabbed to death in a neighbouring building. As one of the last people to see Martha alive the police interview her and in I would like to thank Sapere Books who invited me to read and review The Gaslight Stalker, a fictional account of the Ripper investigation.Esther Jacobs, a naive young seamstress, fallen on hard times goes looking for her neighbour, Martha Turner, to persuade her to come home but Martha is too busy drinking and says she will follow later. Later never comes as Martha is found stabbed to death in a neighbouring building. As one of the last people to see Martha alive the police interview her and in the course of this she meets PC Jack Enright with whom she starts a relationship and helps with his investigation as more bodies are discovered.I thoroughly enjoyed The Gaslight Stalker which has a very readable style and an ingenious solution to the unsolved identity of Jack the Ripper. I like the mixture of fact and fiction although sometimes it is difficult to differentiate, not being a Ripper specialist, but I can only see this as a positive as they slot together seamlessly.This not a challenging read, in fact it could almost be described as cozy with the romance between Jack and Esther, but it is exciting as the intrepid duo try to work out what is happening. Life in the east end of London was not comfortable at that time and while Mr Field does describe some poor conditions and the seamier side of life I didn't get the visceral feel of the struggle to survive as it's all a bit remote.I imagine that there will be more novels about Jack and Esther to come as their exploits are a pleasant way to pass a few hours. I'll be interested to see if Mr Field continues in faction vein or if he will move to straight fiction.The Gaslight Stalker is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Sapere Books for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
  • Todd Simpson
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fabulous story that had me hooked from the beginning. David Field has done a fantastic job in writing this book, and his descriptions were so good that I could picture myself back in the eighteen hundreds, on the streets of London. I also quite liked the characters.Esther Jacobs is horrified when her friend and neighbour Martha, is brutally killed one night when they had been out together. Martha was certainly known for drinking too much and being a lady of the night before she got mar This is a fabulous story that had me hooked from the beginning. David Field has done a fantastic job in writing this book, and his descriptions were so good that I could picture myself back in the eighteen hundreds, on the streets of London. I also quite liked the characters.Esther Jacobs is horrified when her friend and neighbour Martha, is brutally killed one night when they had been out together. Martha was certainly known for drinking too much and being a lady of the night before she got married, however not going home with Esther wasn’t certainly a mistake. After seeing Martha’s body, Detective Sergeant Jack Enright knows he’s looking for a very violent killer, especially with how many times she has been stabbed. Jack interviews Esther, as she was one of the last people to see Martha alive. Esther didn’t get out much as she worked as a seamstress from her room, so she’s quite surprised at the chemistry her and Jack have when they first meet each other. When a second woman is killed in the same manner as Martha, Scotland Yard are quick to step in and take over the investigation. However, this isn’t going to stop Jack and Martha in continuing their own investigation, as it certainly doesn’t look like this killer is going to stop anytime soon. I’d certainly recommend this book as an enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to book two in the series.
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  • Donna Maguire
    January 1, 1970
    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I love crime fiction, true crime, historical fiction and historical non fiction so this book was always a going to be a winner for me - and it features the Whitechapel Murders and Jack the Ripper - a subject that fascinates me too - I had pre-ordered the book and started it just after midnight on the day it arrived on my Kindle finishing it later that day!!This book was great it is an easy read with some fantastic characters and I was hooked right from the https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I love crime fiction, true crime, historical fiction and historical non fiction so this book was always a going to be a winner for me - and it features the Whitechapel Murders and Jack the Ripper - a subject that fascinates me too - I had pre-ordered the book and started it just after midnight on the day it arrived on my Kindle finishing it later that day!!This book was great it is an easy read with some fantastic characters and I was hooked right from the first page and flew through the story! I love the mystery that surrounds the murders of Jack the Ripper and this book has just the right amount of suspense to give the crimes a slightly different edge - it isn't going to be for die hard Ripper fans but for me it was a fun read that I really, really enjoyed - five stars from me, I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more in the Esther and Jack Enright series!
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  • Veronica ⭐️
    January 1, 1970
    The Gaslight Stalker is author David Field’s take on the Jack the Ripper case, crossing fact and fiction to give the reader an eerie tale set in the back alleys and dingy pubs of 1880’s London.The Gaslight Stalker is the first in a series featuring Esther Jacobs and Jack Enright.In book one the Ripper is on the loose and a friend of Esther’s is murdered. Constable Jack Enright arrives to interview Esther. Esther considers herself a bit of a sleuth and her keen observation skills are a welcome he The Gaslight Stalker is author David Field’s take on the Jack the Ripper case, crossing fact and fiction to give the reader an eerie tale set in the back alleys and dingy pubs of 1880’s London.The Gaslight Stalker is the first in a series featuring Esther Jacobs and Jack Enright.In book one the Ripper is on the loose and a friend of Esther’s is murdered. Constable Jack Enright arrives to interview Esther. Esther considers herself a bit of a sleuth and her keen observation skills are a welcome help with the case. Jack becomes smitten with Esther and a romance ensues.I’m not well versed on the Jack the Ripper case so cannot comment on any authenticity of the murder element, although it has the feel of a well researched story with excellent characterization and sense of place.At times the story jumped from one scene to another without a break and I found this confusing.The mystery was good and although predictable it didn’t spoil my reading pleasure.Jack and Esther’s romance was sweet and had plenty of ups and downs which elicited sympathy from this reader.The Gaslight Stalker is a superb start to a new series.With thanks to Sapere Books for my copy.Content: coarse language, sexual references, descriptive murder scenes.
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  • Graham McGhie
    January 1, 1970
    A highly readable novel with an original theory on the identity of Jack the Ripper:David Field presents the reader with an alternative solution to the Jack the Ripper murders in this highly readable novel featuring Esther Jacobs and Jack Enright. Esther, of good family but fallen on hard times, works as a seamstress in the East End of London and befriends Martha , the first of the Ripper's victims. Or was she? Esther helps the police with their enquiries and meets Jack Enright an attractive Metr A highly readable novel with an original theory on the identity of Jack the Ripper:David Field presents the reader with an alternative solution to the Jack the Ripper murders in this highly readable novel featuring Esther Jacobs and Jack Enright. Esther, of good family but fallen on hard times, works as a seamstress in the East End of London and befriends Martha , the first of the Ripper's victims. Or was she? Esther helps the police with their enquiries and meets Jack Enright an attractive Metropolitan Police man. Esther would have made an excellent detective had she been born a man. Remember that this is the 1880's.David Field weaves his fictional account with dexterity around the actual facts known about the Ripper murders and the Police Investigation. And I would stress from my own reading of the Ripper murders that David Field gets his facts right. We get to meet Abberline, the Scotland Yard detective who led the enquiry. The characterisation works reasonably well and Field succeeds in bringing the major characters to life. I did think that Esther would have acquired more of a Cockney way of speaking given the length of time she had lived in Whitechapel but there again maybe not. The solution posed is probably as good as any theories put forward to date. Read the book and see what you think. The novel, which is relatively short, successfully captures the atmosphere of 1880's London. A promising start to what is intended as a series of novels featuring Esther and Jack Enright. (My review was based on an eBook file provided to me by the publisher. My review is totally independent.)
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Sapere Books for the ARC, for the chance of reading "The Gaslight Stalker" please note all opinions expressed in the following review are all my own”.The book is based in London, 1888 around the time of Jack The Ripper. Having not read any of the Authors books before, I had no expectations of how the book would read. I am generally not over fond of historical stories but found this one to be so enthralling that I had to read it in one go. The world carried on around me, without me p Thank you to Sapere Books for the ARC, for the chance of reading "The Gaslight Stalker" please note all opinions expressed in the following review are all my own”.The book is based in London, 1888 around the time of Jack The Ripper. Having not read any of the Authors books before, I had no expectations of how the book would read. I am generally not over fond of historical stories but found this one to be so enthralling that I had to read it in one go. The world carried on around me, without me participating in it.I would like to say that the author has obviously done his historical research and I like that these facts have been included in the book to balance the fiction.It is written to include similar murders around the time of Jack the Ripper and I like the spell that is woven in and around Spittalfields and surrounding areas. The author is so good at describing the smells, the sights and characters that you can imagine yourself standing in the middle of it all and looking around as if you are actually there.I like all the characters in this book and especially the main two Characters Jack and Esther and the way that Esther is not necessarily portrayed as a silly woman involving herself in mens stuff, which was something that was certainly prevalent in that era. How she can overcome any considered failings and still be thought quite highly of.The romance in the book is quaint and demure and it is lovely to see how it progresses and overcomes the problems that they encountered. The Gaslight Stalker is the first crime thriller in an exciting new historical series, I cannot wait for the next in the series, as the finishing of the book leaves you wanting more of the tale.I would highly recommend this book and any subsequent in the series to those who love any of the following genres romance, mystery, thriller, suspense and crime.
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  • Bev
    January 1, 1970
    It’s 1888 and the streets of London are fraught with even more danger than ever before for common prostitutes, thanks to the killer known as Jack the Ripper. Esther, a young lady of very little means, but of impeccable good character, becomes embroiled 8n these murders and falls in love with a police constable, Jack. The first in a series, I enjoyed this bloodthirsty mystery, with it’s atmospheric descriptions of Whitechapel and its environs. An enjoyable read for mystery and suspense lovers wit It’s 1888 and the streets of London are fraught with even more danger than ever before for common prostitutes, thanks to the killer known as Jack the Ripper. Esther, a young lady of very little means, but of impeccable good character, becomes embroiled 8n these murders and falls in love with a police constable, Jack. The first in a series, I enjoyed this bloodthirsty mystery, with it’s atmospheric descriptions of Whitechapel and its environs. An enjoyable read for mystery and suspense lovers with a few moments that will definitely get your heart beating a little faster, and encourage you to keep the lights on for a little longer!
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  • booksofallkinds
    January 1, 1970
    While I am definitely not an expert on Jack the Ripper, it always sparks my interest when I see it on a book and in the case of THE GASLIGHT STALKER by David Field which blends fact and fiction throughout its pages, this novel did not disappoint.Esther is a well brought up young lady who has fallen on hard times who works hard as a seamstress from her room in a boarding house. When her neighbour, and friend, Martha is found murdered and the investigation seems to be taking a wrong turn in her op While I am definitely not an expert on Jack the Ripper, it always sparks my interest when I see it on a book and in the case of THE GASLIGHT STALKER by David Field which blends fact and fiction throughout its pages, this novel did not disappoint.Esther is a well brought up young lady who has fallen on hard times who works hard as a seamstress from her room in a boarding house. When her neighbour, and friend, Martha is found murdered and the investigation seems to be taking a wrong turn in her opinion, she begins to do some digging herself, and with the help of a handsome police officer, Jack, Esther is determined to uncover the truth. But the darker side of London is coming alive and danger awaits this young pair of amateur sleuths ...The first book in a new historical crime series, THE GASLIGHT STALKER by David Field held my interest from start to finish and I look forward to more from this author. The setting and time period come alive on every page and while there were times when Esther and Jack seem a little naive, they are characters that you come to care for as they try to uncover the truth. Mixing facts about Jack the Ripper with fiction really works well in this novel and I easily read this book in a couple of hours. THE GASLIGHT STALKER by David Field is an interesting take on a famous killer and is sure to be a hit with historical crime fiction fans everywhere. *I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    London, 1888Whitechapel 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 Ri London, 1888Whitechapel 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. There have been lots of books about Jack the Ripper so I started reading this new to me author with an open mind. I was pleasantly surprised. The book held my attention all the way through & I really enjoyed it. I’ll certainly be looking for more from the authorMy honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
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  • Gerry Driver
    January 1, 1970
    David Field's novel takes us into the sinister streets of Victorian London in search of a legendary monster. The Gaslight Killer is inspired by Jack the Ripper's reign of terror on the streets of Whitechapel and Ripperologists will relish Field's interpretation of events. He cleverly uses existing speculation and mythology to help our heroes catch a killer. The book gives us a good picture of the seedy underbelly of London from the gin-soaked prostitutes to their lascivious punters and the dange David Field's novel takes us into the sinister streets of Victorian London in search of a legendary monster. The Gaslight Killer is inspired by Jack the Ripper's reign of terror on the streets of Whitechapel and Ripperologists will relish Field's interpretation of events. He cleverly uses existing speculation and mythology to help our heroes catch a killer. The book gives us a good picture of the seedy underbelly of London from the gin-soaked prostitutes to their lascivious punters and the dangers that lurk around every corner. At the eviscerated heart of the story is a well placed blossoming romance between a young Jewish seamstress, Esther Jacobs and the dashing Constable Jack Enright, who are both involved in the pursuit of the devilish killer who lurks in the shadows. Their innocent courtship is undoubtedly a refreshing contrast to the loose nature of the ladies of the night. Modern fiction fans will find this old-fashioned romance an enchanting contrast to the bed-hopping in contemporary novels. Field also brings in concepts of race, class and gender alongside the mystery plot and this becomes as much of a focus as the search for Jack. For a Ripper novel Field deals with the subject matter in quite a removed way. He doesn't get bogged down in grizzly details but drips us enough information to get the bloody picture before moving on in a very British way. Jacobs and Enright's crime-fighting adventures are set to continue in further books and are sure to pick up plenty of historical crime fiction fans.
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  • 4cats
    January 1, 1970
    An easy to read historical crime novel which uses the known evidence from the Jack the Ripper murders. Alongside this there is a romance between Esther Jacobs and Jack Enright. I enjoyed this but it wasn't great. Maybe in the hands of a better author it would've worked better and the romance felt a bit too simplistic (quite childish in its handling). Not bad but I wouldn't read the next in the series.
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  • Susie
    January 1, 1970
    The plot is mixture historical facts about the Whitechapel murders and fiction. I don't like going into plots as it can spoil the book for others. I will say the author made an excellent job of the facts of Jack the Ripper case, but I personally think his choice of who the killer was abit far-fetched even for fiction but that is my personal opinion . People who enjoy historical fiction will enjoy it worth reading
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as an ARC from Sapere books in exchange for a review.I enjoyed this book. It was well written and interesting. I hadn't read anything about the book before starting it so it took me a while to realize it was about the Jack the Ripper murders. Of course I've heard of them but this was the most descriptive I had ever read about. I liked the story of the main characters Jack and Esther that was intertwined with the murder mystery portion.This was an entertaining and imaginative look I received this as an ARC from Sapere books in exchange for a review.I enjoyed this book. It was well written and interesting. I hadn't read anything about the book before starting it so it took me a while to realize it was about the Jack the Ripper murders. Of course I've heard of them but this was the most descriptive I had ever read about. I liked the story of the main characters Jack and Esther that was intertwined with the murder mystery portion.This was an entertaining and imaginative look at a well written about topic. I enjoyed the twist on the usual take of Jack the Ripper. Well done and looking forward to the 2 planned sequels.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    I have always been interested in "Jack the Ripper" and found this book an enjoyable take on a well known story, with Esther and Jack bringing light to an otherwise dark interlude.
  • Elisa
    January 1, 1970
    I started this novel with trepidation: we know that Jack the Ripper was never caught so how is The Gaslight Stalker going to generate any suspense? I was pleasantly surprised by the original and unexpected explanation to this real-life crime spree. The plot mixes actual historical data with fictional details and it's done so well that it's hard to tell the difference. Maybe it won't fool an expert, but for the casual "ripperologist" it feels like rewriting history. But this true crime episode is I started this novel with trepidation: we know that Jack the Ripper was never caught so how is The Gaslight Stalker going to generate any suspense? I was pleasantly surprised by the original and unexpected explanation to this real-life crime spree. The plot mixes actual historical data with fictional details and it's done so well that it's hard to tell the difference. Maybe it won't fool an expert, but for the casual "ripperologist" it feels like rewriting history. But this true crime episode is made relatable thanks to Esther and Jack. She is a poor seamstress who lives in the area where women are being brutally and famously murdered. Esther is educated and hard-working, but has fallen on hard times. Jack is a rookie cop trying to learn the ropes. When they meet, sparks fly. Even if I enjoyed their banter this was my least favorite part, only because I'm not into romantic subplots, but many readers will enjoy the way the love story lightens the tone. My favorite part is the ambiance. I wouldn't want to live or even visit that London, but reading about the stench and the fog and the dirt paints a vivid picture of the cesspool that created a monster. I received a free copy from the Publisher, but I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, Sapere Books!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    London, 1888 and Martha Turner, friend of Esther Jacobs seamstress, is found dead, mutilated. With the help of a police officer, Jack Enright, Esther is determined to help find her killer. Then another body is found. Is there a connection, and who is this person calling himself Jack the Ripper.I enjoyed this mystery and the main characters are a likeable pair. Definitely a decent start to a new historical mystery series.,
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  • Daphne Cochran
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book for my honest review.I enjoyed reading this book, very interesting. This book drew me in from the first chapter and then it was an all out adventure till the last page.
  • Terry
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book from start to finish. The Whitechapel murders have always fascinated me so I knew I would enjoy this but it wasn't just about the Whitechapel murders. Although this is a story the author has kept true to the facts around the murders as well as also informing of some very little known facts. It was also about the people who lived and worked in the area and the hardships they faced. The relationships they built up amongst themselves in what was what was a terrifying time. I wasn' I loved this book from start to finish. The Whitechapel murders have always fascinated me so I knew I would enjoy this but it wasn't just about the Whitechapel murders. Although this is a story the author has kept true to the facts around the murders as well as also informing of some very little known facts. It was also about the people who lived and worked in the area and the hardships they faced. The relationships they built up amongst themselves in what was what was a terrifying time. I wasn't expecting the twist in the story and this was greatly written and very feasible. It certainly made me think. A great book and story and I am looking forward to reading more from the author.
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  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    Actually 4.5 stars.This book is a reimagining of the very famous, and still unsolved, Ripper murders in London 1888. It merges fact and fiction, real people and new characters and, basically, puts a new spin on the gruesome murders. I have read several non-fiction books on the subject, and indeed been on a Ripper Tour in Whitechapel, as well as having read a few other fiction versions of the goings on and I found that the author has done a very good job here in his weaving of fiction through the Actually 4.5 stars.This book is a reimagining of the very famous, and still unsolved, Ripper murders in London 1888. It merges fact and fiction, real people and new characters and, basically, puts a new spin on the gruesome murders. I have read several non-fiction books on the subject, and indeed been on a Ripper Tour in Whitechapel, as well as having read a few other fiction versions of the goings on and I found that the author has done a very good job here in his weaving of fiction through the facts as we know them.Esther is a seamstress. She hasn't had the best of starts in life, losing her parents in a nasty accident but she has managed to keep her head above water with her dressmaking and tailoring skills. She is out one night seeking out Martha, a friend who is down on her luck,to try and persuade her to come home to her husband. She finds her but is unable to get her to come with. Next morning, her friend is found brutally murdered and Esther is called as a witness. In the course of the case, Esther meets a young police detective, Jack Enright, and the two of them team up, both romantically and professionally as they start their own investigations of what happened to Martha. As more people die, Esther, Jack and the other police try and get to the bottom of things but it is Esther's own investigative skills that prove instrumental in finding clues to the perpetrator. But can they prove who killed the women, and why?I do love a good Ripper story. Ever since I visited London and stayed in Whitechapel I have been interested in the whole Ripper world. And it is a world, believe me! There are so many theories about who and why and this book delivers a very interesting alternative version that, in itself, was quite credible. I loved the way that the fictional elements were seamlessly woven around what we know as fact. The victims, the investigating police, the main players are all here, as well as the world in which the action all happens. We even had a bit of romance thrown in for good measure which also fitted in well with the ambience of what was happening and was in keeping with the time in which the book was set.It's not a long book but it definitely packed a punch. There was enough description to well set the scene for the time and place but not too much to be distracting. The book flowed well apart from a few disjointed scene changes mid chapter. The characterisation was also good. The real characters were well described to be authentic and the fictional ones fitted in well with them as well as being congruent with time and place. The depictions of the murders was graphic enough to illustrate the heinous nature of the crimes but not too much to be overly gory for effect.The ending, where we found out the identity of the Ripper was also well done. I won't spoil things but it was quite refreshing and definitely a new spin on the whodunnit list! All in all, a very good read that kept my attention nicely throughout and left me satisfied at its conclusion. I see that it is a series opener and I would definitely be interested in seeing where the author takes Esther and Jack next time. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    It's London, 1888, and fear is spreading around the East End of London due to the shadowy killer who has become known as Jack the Ripper. One of the victims is known to Esther, a young, respectable Jewish seamstress and she becomes determined to aid the police in their investigations. Ably assisted by Constable Jack Enright, the pairing soon find themselves drawn in to the underbelly of the city where serious crime is an everyday occurrence. As they edge closer to identifying the killer, Esther It's London, 1888, and fear is spreading around the East End of London due to the shadowy killer who has become known as Jack the Ripper. One of the victims is known to Esther, a young, respectable Jewish seamstress and she becomes determined to aid the police in their investigations. Ably assisted by Constable Jack Enright, the pairing soon find themselves drawn in to the underbelly of the city where serious crime is an everyday occurrence. As they edge closer to identifying the killer, Esther and Jack have underestimated just how dangerous they are...As a fan of crime fiction set in the Victorian era, particularly anything involving Jack the Ripper, I knew that this book would be right up my street before I'd even started reading. Although it is quite a short book, David Field has evoked sounds and smells of the slums of Whitechapel and has created a true image of the horrors that existed at that time. By merging fact with fiction, he has also added an air of authenticity to the plot and I enjoyed reading about characters such as Abberline, Reid and the prostitutes we have all become so familiar with.Esther is a fascinating character. As a Jew living in an area where antisemitism was rife, she has managed to forge out a humble career for herself - something which would have been extremely difficult for a single woman of that era. I found it interesting how she is living in a common lodging house, yet has managed to not live the life of so many other women at that time. I was pleased when the romance between her and Jack started to develop and, as someone who is not really a fan of romantic fiction, I felt that it was written in a way that was befitting of the time and that it fit in well with the plot.For anyone who knows anything about the Whitechapel Murders, the plot will not come as a surprise, but what will is the culprit! It was a very different take on the murders and, although the more ardent Ripperologists will scoff, it must be remembered that this is a work of fiction and the ending reflects this.I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first in the Esther and Jack Enright series and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, well-written read.With thanks to Sapere Books for my copy of The Gaslight Stalker.
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  • Mayurakshi Paul
    January 1, 1970
    The synopsis above was the only reason I picked up the book. Though the book turned to be a bit different than what I had expected when I read the synopsis, but still I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend this book to all mystery lovers.I loved Esther's character. She is the kind of woman I love reading about, she is strong, brave and someone who is ready to give a piece of her mind to anyone who dared to think lowly of her because of her job as seamstress, or the place she lived in. The synopsis above was the only reason I picked up the book. Though the book turned to be a bit different than what I had expected when I read the synopsis, but still I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend this book to all mystery lovers.I loved Esther's character. She is the kind of woman I love reading about, she is strong, brave and someone who is ready to give a piece of her mind to anyone who dared to think lowly of her because of her job as seamstress, or the place she lived in. Esther was very courageous and was not at all afraid to go to dangerous places or to talk to dangerous people in her quest to find out who the murderer was. I also liked Jack's character, even though I had expected more action and more detective work from him, given the synopsis, and the fact that the series is named as Esther and Jack Enright Mysteries. I just hope that in the coming books of the series, I would get see more action and more involvement in the case from Jack.The Gaslight Stalker completely gripped from the time the first murder was committed and with each coming page I became more and more engrossed in the story. I was not able to put down this book, until the very last page was turned. I was very shocked when the murderer was revealed. I had not expected this person to be the one murdering people. This twist was just the best part of the novel.I enjoyed the romance between Jack and Esther and the romance didn't, even for once, overshadow the mystery plot, which was very good. Final words If you are looking for a mystery novel with a sprinkle of romance, set in Victorian London then you should immediately click on the buy links and get yourself a copy of The Gaslight Stalker .
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  • Jada
    January 1, 1970
    Acceptable, if not a bit slow. More than a few poor transitions that left me feeling like there was a missing chapter break or something more than what there was.Wait. Let's try a different format.Something good: *I do appreciate the inclusion of marginalized characters (Esther and her pseudo-parents are Jewish).*An interesting take on the Jack the Ripper investigation and a culprit I don't think I was expecting. Something eh:*Character transition/changes in POV were not always well delineated o Acceptable, if not a bit slow. More than a few poor transitions that left me feeling like there was a missing chapter break or something more than what there was.Wait. Let's try a different format.Something good: *I do appreciate the inclusion of marginalized characters (Esther and her pseudo-parents are Jewish).*An interesting take on the Jack the Ripper investigation and a culprit I don't think I was expecting. Something eh:*Character transition/changes in POV were not always well delineated or always interesting. *And Esther and Jack? I do not ship. Their chemistry is just not there.Something bad: *To my knowledge, and I will admit that I am perhaps not an expert, but why for the love of all that's holy, why did the language, the diction, the word choices constantly shift back and forth between modern vernacular and more standard examples of Victorian English?! *The ending, and I mean the actual ending, a cross between gag me with a spoon and boring.Verdict: if I have the chance, I'll likely read book two with the hopes that the story will be interesting, but I will likely never reread this as I tend to do with books I enjoy.
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  • Sue K
    January 1, 1970
    This is an interesting take on the Ripper Murders – one for Ripperologists to enjoy and to ponder on another possibility on the identity of Jack the Ripper. I thought the author had captured the Whitechapel/Spitalfields atmosphere well and wove the actual Ripper case including real characters like Fred Abberline and Edmund Reid into the fictional characters in this book.What didn’t sit as well for me was the budding romance with young Jewish seamstress Esther (who was a friend of Martha Tabram) This is an interesting take on the Ripper Murders – one for Ripperologists to enjoy and to ponder on another possibility on the identity of Jack the Ripper. I thought the author had captured the Whitechapel/Spitalfields atmosphere well and wove the actual Ripper case including real characters like Fred Abberline and Edmund Reid into the fictional characters in this book.What didn’t sit as well for me was the budding romance with young Jewish seamstress Esther (who was a friend of Martha Tabram) and the young policemen of ”H” Division at Leman Street, Jack Enright. I found it rather twee and it jarred somewhat against the horrific murders committed by Jack the Ripper – they were rather like a Victorian Tommy and Tuppence Beresford.The writing was OK and the young couple were quite engaging but I don’t think I will pursue the lives of Esther and Jack in ensuing novels.Many thanks to Sapere Books for ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent! Obviously much care was given to research of policing and coroner's inquest in the late 1880s. The plot holds the reader's interest with suspense as the murders pile up, and there is the sideline romance as well. The characters are interesting and well drawn as is the life and atmosphere of the target area. I'm glad that I didn't know prior to reading that it was a version of the Whitechapel murders because that allowed me to enjoy without any preconceived notions. Well worth the pric Excellent! Obviously much care was given to research of policing and coroner's inquest in the late 1880s. The plot holds the reader's interest with suspense as the murders pile up, and there is the sideline romance as well. The characters are interesting and well drawn as is the life and atmosphere of the target area. I'm glad that I didn't know prior to reading that it was a version of the Whitechapel murders because that allowed me to enjoy without any preconceived notions. Well worth the price even though I got it on sale!
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  • Deborah Meldrum
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting take on the Ripper murdersAn interesting take on the Ripper murders. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main characters Esther and Jack weave seamlessly into the Ripper story. Look forward to their next outing.
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