Oct 15

The Daemoniac by Kat Ross (A Dominion Mystery, #1)

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I reviewed this book as part of my involvement with Xpresso Book Tours. All thoughts are my own.


The Daemoniac 
by Kat Ross 
(A Dominion Mystery, #1) 
Publication date: October 12th 2016
Genres: Historical, Mystery, Young Adult



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?


My review:

I love reading fiction set in late 19th and early 20th century New York City.  It’s fascinating reading about how some things in the city are so much different but others are so much the same.  I think this is the main reason I signed up to review this book, but it became just another part of an awesome book.

It’s weird, but I had recently read something about Arthur Conan Doyle giving up his writing to focus on spiritualism, and then he pops up in this book.  I like how he has a very small part in the story, but just enough for you to connect a few strands of story together.

We start out feeling badly for Harrison, as it seems like she plays second fiddle to her older sister, Myrtle, who is best known for her own sleuthing skills.  A heat wave and boredom push Harry to pose as Myrtle to take on this case, and quite a case it is.  Kidnapping, black magic, murder…lots of action here.

I think my favorite part was Harry.  She’s already shown how she doesn’t want to blend in by chopping her hair off.  Now, she doesn’t even think for a second about how she should be acting like a contemporary female, which means getting ready to marry.  She’s off traversing the city, albeit almost always with male companions, to find out who is committing these terrible crimes.  She’s definitely a heroine, even if you were to transplant her in these modern times – she’d still kick butt.

I was so excited to see that the next installment in this series will be arriving early next year.  I hope to be able to read that one as well to see where Harry and her friend John (and their awkward “more than friends but not really” thing) wind up. And please, don’t be turned off by the young adult label on this book – you’ll enjoy it no matter what age you are!


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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.

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  1. 5

    This definitely sounds like a book that is a MUST read for me. It sounds intriguing!

  2. 4

    Excellent and well written review, definitely sounds like a thriller and page turner!

  3. 3
    Gladys Parker

    I would be intrigued by the old times in NYC and definitely nosy reading about the secrets of the richest in high society I think she put it, although the murder and mystery would get to my anxiety. My daughter though loves these kinds of books and if I keep reading book reviews she will have a ton of pretty wrapped up books under her tree..

  4. 2
    CJ Across the Avenue

    It’s always nice to see a tough female in these types of stories! Sounds like you really enjoyed it all the way through. I appreciate the recommendation!

  5. 1
    sharon martin

    I like the connections to England, my hubbie would really enjoy this one.

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