Oct 11, 2016

The Daemoniac (A Dominion Mystery 1) by Kat Ross || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

The Daemoniac (A Dominion Mystery 1) by Kat Ross

HELLO AND WELCOME! As a huge fan of The Fourth Element series, I’m thrilled to share that Kat Ross has a new series! Her Victorian-era mystery debuts with The Daemoniac (A Dominion Mystery 1) . Join me in celebrating the release of her new book on October 12th 2016. Read on for details about the book, my review, and author information. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post for a chance to win 1 of 10 e-book of The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element 1)!

 

 

  SUMMARY  

It's August of 1888, just three weeks before Jack the Ripper will begin his grisly spree in the London slum of Whitechapel, and another serial murderer is stalking the gas-lit streets of New York. With taunting messages in backwards Latin left at the crime scenes and even more inexplicable clues like the fingerprints that appear to have been burned into one victim's throat, his handiwork bears all the hallmarks of a demonic possession.

But consulting detective Harrison Fearing Pell is convinced her quarry is a man of flesh and blood. Encouraged by her uncle, Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry hopes to make her reputation by solving the bizarre case before the man the press has dubbed Mr. Hyde strikes again.

From the squalor of the Five Points to the high-class gambling dens of the Tenderloin and the glittering mansions of Fifth Avenue, Harry and her best friend, John Weston, follow the trail of a remorseless killer, uncovering a few embarrassing secrets of New York's richest High Society families along the way. Are the murders a case of black magic—or simple blackmail? And will the trail lead them closer to home than they ever imagined?

Publication date is October 12th 2016: Amazon | Goodreads | B&N | iBook | Kobo

Genres: Historical, Mystery, Young Adult

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  REVIEW  

book review rating 4 out of 5

Kat Ross has awaken my dormant interest for the mystery and crime genre!

Her new series debut, The Daemoniac (A Dominion Mystery 1), pulled me in, and I must say, I was spooked a few times! But to clarify, I avoid horror books like the plague and jump at my own shadow. Nevertheless, Kat Ross creates an atmospherically haunting story that centers around a grimoire (check out the gorgeous cover), and intricately unravels a tale of murder and madness. It is an enrapturing tale to please fans of Sherlock Holmes and The X-Files.

The richly descriptive prose used to describe this eerie mystery fluidly slips through the mind’s grasp leaving hardly a trace of themselves in the images they evoke of Gilded Age New York, circa 1888. Disturbing séances, shameless gambling dens, and glamorous High Society soirees, are but a few illustrative images that comes to the mind's eye of this marvelous historical setting.

The characters are appealing and well developed, especially Harry. I loved that Ms. Ross chose to name her Harrison, not Harriette or Harrietta. It is a poignant coming-of-age story where Harry’s investigative skills are prominently showcased through keen scientific discernment, as well as an awareness for the occult. Together, in the company of best friends, astute Dr. John Weston and flamboyant Edward Dovington, they set out to follow the trail of a killer with all the hallmarks of a demonic possession.

In a crime mystery where the clues seamlessly blur between a case of black magic or blackmail, The Daemoniac concludes nicely with many answers, but not before revealing a surprising revelation that will spark a new mystery. Harry and John will follow this lead to the grisly slums of London’s Whitechapel in the next installment in A Dominion Mystery series—The Thirteenth Gate.

{Thank you to the author or publisher for kindly giving me this book free of charge, which does not influence my review.}

 

  AUTHOR BIO  

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.

Find Kat Ross: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

 

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