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Reviewed by Amanda Farmer

City of Darkness by Kim Wright is a well written story about Jack the Ripper and a group of detectives looking at forensics to help catch him. This story pulled me in from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for the next chapter to be released later this year.

There are so many characters that will capture your attention and they all grow as the story progresses. I found Detective Trevor Welles to be particularly interesting in that he was thinking outside of the norm for 1880. He pushes to have the crime scenes roped off, the bodies to not be touched or moved until the coroner arrives to preserve evidence at the scene, and he wants the bodies and crime scenes to be searched for any clues that might have been left by the killer. This was not the norm for 1880; the police wanted the bodies removed quickly to avoid crowds and reporters, thus destroying possible evidence. Detective Welles faces ridicule from his peers and superiors because he feels forensics is the way to go to solve crimes. He also feels that Jack is a middle/upper class worker who easily blends in at White Chapel and is educated in the medical field.

Welles turns to the French for help in understanding about forensics, for they have made great strides at this time. They had discovered that everyone has a different fingerprint and molds of murder weapons can help them pick out the murder weapon used in the crime. The Queen of England backs him and they are able to form a team of forensics. I found it to be interesting to read about how forensics was viewed in 1880 versus today. Today everything is dusted for prints, etc., no questions asked. In 1880 it was a very new science just coming about.

There are also many twists and turns when it comes to who is Jack the Ripper. Everyone can be a suspect at one time or another. I won’t spoil the ending but I recommend City of Darkness to anyone interested in reading about Jack the Ripper or early forensics.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Also by Kim Wright: Love in Mid Air

Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

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