Paranormal private detectives Harry and John are forced to look for a “Mud Man” who reeks of the sewers in 1889 NYC. (If he smells like the sewers, are we sure he is made of mud? Dang, those Victorians were so polite!) While the Mud Man is just terrorizing citizens, other people are seeing Dead Ringers of the recently deceased. Were their deaths really accidents? If so, how do the dopplegangers know when to appear? Or are they caused by supernatural means?
It is nice to read a tale that so seamlessly incorporates the paranormal with a mystery plot. Everything here is so believable that I almost expected to see a Mud Man out of the corner of my eye one morning while passing manholes in the street. If you are a fan of the X-Files or Warehouse 13, you must read Dead Ringer. It has an intriguing and captivating plot. The main investigators are fully fleshed out with real human motives and failings as are the Myrtle and Moran. Overall, it is a compelling page-turner that is highly recommended. 4.5 stars!
Thanks to Atria Books for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book
(Gaslamp Gothic #5)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 13th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling
A poisonous secret.
A terrifying curse.
And a client she’d just as soon see dead in a ditch….
Summer 1889. Harrison Fearing Pell hoped for adventure when she signed on with the Society for Psychical Research as an occult investigator. Slogging through New York’s sewers in pursuit of a “mud man” wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. But the reeking monster terrorizing the dance halls of the Tenderloin leads her to an even more peculiar mystery — and the last man on earth Harry wishes to become entangled with.
James Moran is a prodigy in music, mathematics . . . and crime. Harry’s older sister, the famed detective Myrtle Fearing Pell, has vowed to put him behind bars. But Harry owes Moran a personal debt, so when he demands her aid she can hardly refuse. It turns out that the brilliant black sheep of New York Society is part of a secret club at Columbia College whose members have started dying in bizarre ways that may not be accidents.
Thus begins one of the strangest cases of Harry’s career, a tale of murder, cold-blooded revenge and fairytale bogeymen to make the Brothers Grimm shudder. As the bodies pile up, each preceded by sightings of the victim’s doppelgänger, Harry and her stalwart friend John Weston must race against time to save a man who arguably deserves his macabre fate.
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’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.