Winter 1888. At an asylum in the English countryside, a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper kills an orderly and flees into the rain-soaked night. His distraught keepers summon the Lady Vivienne Cumberland—who’s interviewed their patient and isn’t sure he’s a man at all. An enigmatic woman who guards her own secrets closely, Lady Vivienne knows a creature from the underworld when she sees one. And he’s the most dangerous she’s ever encountered.
As Jack rampages through London, Lady Vivienne begins to suspect what he’s searching for. And if he finds it, the doors to purgatory will be thrown wide open…
Across the Atlantic, an archaeologist is brutally murdered after a Christmas Eve gala at the American Museum of Natural History. Certain peculiar aspects of the crime attract the interest of the Society for Psychical Research and its newest investigator, Harrison Fearing Pell. Is Dr. Sabelline’s death related to his recent dig in Alexandria? Or is the motive something darker?
As Harry uncovers troubling connections to a serial murder case she’d believed was definitively solved, two mysteries converge amid the grit and glamor of Gilded Age New York. Harry and Lady Vivienne must join forces to stop an ancient evil. The key is something called the Thirteenth Gate. But where is it? And more importantly, who will find it first?
A perfect novel for mystery lovers.
The Thirteenth Gate is another successful work by Kat Ross that really makes me wonder how she was able to write this kind of book. Everything seems perfect as it is; the way it was written, how the characters acted on every chapter, and how each scene was organized. Her novels never failed to amaze me.
On this second installment of Dominion Mysteries, we follow Harry and John on their adventures. More murders are happening around them, and it only means that they have more mysteries to solve. And in this story, I was able to connect again with the other characters from her other series, The Fourth Element. I was just glad to see them moving here again.
I like how I could go back in time as well as get involved in solving mysteries by just reading this book. Another thing that made me like this more is by having some of the supernatural creatures in the story like demons. I like everything here literally. Maybe because I had read her other series too, that’s why I could go well on the flow of the story – which I suggest you read it also so you could fully enjoy this book – and I could connect very well with the characters.
Talking about the characters, I really like how they were portrayed in this novel. Their bond and how they interacted with one another just made me feel like I’m also talking and helping them solve those mysteries. There was also a little romance on it, well, maybe there was none, but I could feel it even if it was not said there.
Overall, this is an exciting and engaging story that almost has everything – mystery and suspense, historical locations and ambiance, and of course, the creepy supernaturals touch on it. I’m really recommending this book to everyone.
Disclaimer: I received a readers copy from Xpresso Book Tours.
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: June 26, 2017
Series: Dominion Mysteries, 02
Genre(s): Historical, Mystery, Young Adult
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.
~A signed paperback copy of Book #1, The Daemoniac (US/CAN)