[PDF/EBOOK] Things in Jars AUTHOR Jess Kidd


SUMMARY Things in Jars

Things in Jars

Abel 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 discovery Winding her 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 45 STARS A dark bizarre and fanciful world Imaginative storytelling that was menacing detailed and plotted to perfectionI was uickly captivated by the gothic setting and the missing child investigation The female detective Birdie Devine specializes in domestic investigations and minor surgery She was a fantastic character that brought humor and humanity to the taleThe supernatural elements and fairytale esue cast of characters kept me glued to the pages and immersed in their uest for the Winter Mermaid The images of snails scales and those things in jars were mesmerizing I also learned about merrows which both fascinated and terrified me A splash of magical realism some wicked happenings and plenty of side characters to lovehate made this one uite a fantastical journeyThanks to NG and the pub for my review copy OUT Feb 2020

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Cast of characters including a seven foot tall housemaid; a melancholic tattoo covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is uite what it seems Blending 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 tim 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 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 Happy Hour Love Lessons 1 part sleuth A Patriots History Of The United States 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 Witness To War 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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Original cover for ASIN# B07J1WLZRDIn the dark underbelly of Victorian London a formidable female sleuth is pulled into the macabre world of fanatical anatomists and crooked surgeons while investigating the kidnapping of an extraordinary child in this gothic mystery perfect for fans of The Essex Serpent and The Book of SpeculationBridie Devine female detective extraordinaire is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet the kidnapping of Christ 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


10 thoughts on “Things in Jars

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    Jess Kidd shifts direction in her 3rd novel setting it in Victorian times with its inherent brutality and inhumanity teemi

  3. says:

    “Here is time held in suspension Yesterday pickled Eternity in a jar” In Things in Jars A 7 foot tall bearded parlor maid mythical sea monsters a ghost and a winter mermaid are all brought together by a female pipe smoking detective in Victorian London to solve the kidnapping of a mysterious child When a child with supposed supernatural powers is kidnapped Detective Bridie Devine is commissioned to find h

  4. says:

    “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

  5. says:

    ‘’Below her streets and lanes factories and workhouses parks and prisons ground houses and tenements roofs chimneys and treetops And the winding sometimes shining Thames the sky’s own dirty mirror The raven leaves the river behind and charts a path to a chapel on a hill with a spire and a clock tower She circles the chapel and lands on the roof with a shuffling of wings She pecks at brickwork at lichen at moth casts at no

  6. says:

    45 STARS A dark bizarre and fanciful world  Imaginative storytelling that was menacing detailed and plotted to perfectionI was uickly captivated by the gothic setting and the missing child investigation The female detective Birdie Devine specializes in domestic investigations and minor surgery She was a fantastic character that brought humor and humanity to the taleThe supernatural elements and fairytale es

  7. says:

    A cloth covers the jar that Bridie took from the bookcase in the nursery and Ruby is thankful for this For the contents have the ability to rearrange even a dead man’s sense of reality As with all terrible wondrous sights there is a jolt of shock then a hypnotic fascination then the uneasy ueasiness then the whole thing

  8. says:

    25275 rounded upBridie Devine is a female detective in Victorian London One day she is approached to investigate the case of a missing girl Christabel the secret child of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick She is reported to have supernatural powers

  9. says:

    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 blen

  10. says:

    But a mermaid has no tears and therefore she suffers so much —Hans Christian Andersen The Little MermaidI'm a huge fan of Jess Kidd's exuisite playful writing and KERPOW what a start Her vivid prologue was one of the finest things I've read in a long long time Gadzooks That alone was worth the entrance fee The book is set in a Victorian London that Dickens might have portrayed one which is theatrically grotesue and won

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