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Calista Taylor is an agented author of steampunk/gaslight romance and non-fiction, with a steampunk romance series currently available, and a steampunk clothing craft book due out in May 2012. She lives in New England with her husband, her two girls, an ancient cat and a crazy dog.
When not running things over with a sewing machine or lacing herself into a corset, Calista can be found tapping away on her laptop, tormenting her characters, and riddling the streets of Victorian London with dead bodies and heaving bosoms.
She's also a creative cook who can't follow recipes, a versatile crafter, and a happy geek.
on Sep. 08, 2012 :
I beta read this book for Calista and was enjoying her usual simple, clean style and was expecting the romance aspect of the book to solve itself in one way... and surprise! Guess what? Totally happened in a different way. A way that made sense and felt right to me as a reader. (Can't tell you or it will spoil it for you.) I love it when a book does that. There were a couple of twists in this book, actually. A couple of them had me with hand over my mouth going "Nooooo!" ;)
Basically, this is a retelling of the Jack the Ripper murders, but taken from a different point of view. Was Jack really human? Did he commit the murders? And why? Who else was involved? Were other people chasing him as well as the police? An interesting take on the murders, this story is set in the 1800s and also includes a romance storyline which is full of its own twists and turns.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 17, 2012 :
I loved this book! It drew me in from the word go and couldn't get enough.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)