Things In Jars By Jess Kidd


In this “miraculous and thrilling” (Diane Setterfield, #1 New York Times bestselling author) mystery for fans of The Essex Serpent and The Book of Speculation, Victorian London comes to life as an intrepid female sleuth wades through a murky world of collectors and criminals to recover a remarkable child.

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Our Bookseller says:

“Jess Kidd’s storytelling ability is so intensely enjoyable. It’s like all the stories I loved to read as a kid, but with the complexity and character development I crave as an adult. She’s a genius with language and action: every innuendo has its physical comedy counterpart, every sideways glance or twitch of the mouth is a veritable palimpsest of wit and communication. This book is gory and gorgeous, raunchy and Romantic, with the spirit of a sea-shanty and the witchiness of an old wive’s tale. Kidd brings together the best of these storytelling traditions and freshens it with her sharp perception and disarming and endearing cast of characters. Bang-on funny and scrumptiously, relentlessly perfect, I won’t be forgetting about Bridie Devine and her adventures anytime soon.” – Julia

Bridie Devine—flame-haired, pipe-smoking 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 in this age of discovery.

Winding her way through the sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing secrets about her past that she’d rather keep buried. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot-tall housemaid; a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where nothing is quite what it seems.

Blending darkness and light, Things in Jars is a stunning, “richly woven tapestry of fantasy, folklore, and history” (Booklist, starred review) that explores what it means to be human in inhumane times.

Things In Jars By Jess Kidd
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