Things in Jars

By: Jess Kidd

Bridie Devine—female detective extraordinaire—is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel 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.

ISBN: 9781982121280

JLG Release: May 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language, Violence: General, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion
Topics: Mystery and detective stories , Gothic , London, England , History of the United Kingdom , Victorian Era, 1837–1901 , Kidnapping , Investigation , Women detectives

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In 1863, six-year-old Christabel Berwick is abducted. She has eyes that change color, envenomed pike-like teeth, and the ability to read minds, as well as control water. Chapters alternate between following the kidnappers and the redoubtable female detective Bridie Devine, whose nursery education was provided by a grave snatcher. Bridie’s assista In 1863, six-year-old Christabel Berwick is abducted. She has eyes that change color, envenomed pike-like teeth, and the ability to read minds, as well as control water. Chapters alternate between following the kidnappers and the redoubtable female detective Bridie Devine, whose nursery education was provided by a grave snatcher. Bridie’s assistant is the ghost of a tattooed pugilist, Ruby Doyle, whom only she can see. Kidd’s (Himself) prose is a river of detail, metaphor, and jarringly apt turns of phrase, bringing to life all too vividly the grotesque maze of human wickedness that Bridie threads. There are lies and betrayals, blasphemies and injustices, calloused hearts and pus-ridden toes. Rapes, illicit romances, and insanity. The corruption of children, the knocking out of teeth. And murders of all brands: drowning, stabbing, bludgeoning, poisoning, beheading, dismembering, and the killing of babies born and unborn. One woman is even vivisected before the tale of Christabel (and the “collectors” who covet her) is untangled. Fans of the macabre will be mesmerized by this horrific gothic tale, but some may be disturbed by the overt, grisly details.

Book Details

ISBN

9781982121280

First Release

May 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

9 x 6

Page Count

384

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Atria (Adult)

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Violence: General, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion

Topics

Mystery and detective stories, Gothic, London, England, History of the United Kingdom, Victorian Era, 1837–1901, Kidnapping, Investigation, Women detectives,

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