Hunting Prince Dracula
by Maniscalco, Kerri

"Bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?"-

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside New York City, where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life's finer points with her cats. Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Forensic-pathologist-in-training Audrey Rose Wadsworth, age 17, returns in a stand-alone sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper (2016) that takes on the Dracula legend. Audrey and her rival in forensics, handsome and arrogant Thomas Cresswell, travel to Bran Castle, in Romania, each hoping to win a spot at the prestigious Academy of Forensic Medicine and Science. The 1888 setting means Audrey must battle all sorts of societal expectations for proper young women as well as her grief from devastating losses incurred during her earlier adventures in Whitechapel. However, the undeniable attraction between Audrey and Thomas and her own deep passion for forensics provide very believable motivation for her spirited actions at the academy. Combining historical fiction, romance, forensics, a feisty heroine, a swift-paced plot, gobs of murders, and historical illustrations (of Vlad the Impaler, pathology surgical instruments, and even an autopsy room), Maniscalco pulls in the reader for a wonderfully bloody romantic romp. The abrupt ending promises at least one more title in the series. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Audrey Rose and Thomas return with Dracula-themed murders in the sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper (2016).Biracial Audrey Rose, her father a white British noble and her mother of Indian descent, is reeling with grief following the conclusion of the Jack the Ripper case when she and Thomas, who is white, head off to Romania to study at the Academy of Forensic Medicine and Science. While they are en route on the Orient Express, another passenger is found murdered, with a stake through the heart. At the academy—in what was once Dracula's castle—they learn that they haven't actually been accepted and are in a competition to determine which two of the nine students will be offered places. Rather than concentrating solely on their studies, the duo investigates the bodies piling up—some drained of blood like a vampire kill, others staked like a killed vampire. Throughout the mystery, narrated in Audrey Rose's appropriately gothic, overwrought voice, there are plen ty of suspects and red herrings as well as tense escalations. In the less murderous subplots, Audrey Rose struggles to win her place in the school and holds back from chaste romance with Thomas because she doesn't want to have to ask any man, Thomas included, to allow her freedom. The supporting cast includes more women than the first, one a lesbian, and an African-American male supporting character. The ending promises a third book. A scenic, twisty mystery. (Historical thriller. 14-adult) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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