Title: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Historical Fiction
My Rating: 3/5 stars
In this second installment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, Audrey and Thomas are on their way to Romania which homes one of the finest forensic schools around. It also happens to be the castle of Vlad the Impaler.
Audrey is still recovering from the events surrounding the Ripper case, which hit much closer to home than anyone outside of her family and Thomas realizes. She struggles to maintain her spot in the school, where she’s already unwanted but now has to fight the panic she feels every time she sees a dead body.
So Audrey decides that if she can solve the mysterious murders that have been occurring around the castle lately, she can prove to the headmaster that she’s worthy of attending his school.
I definitely didn’t love this. Which was truly a disappointment because Stalking Jack the Ripper was my first 5 star read of 2018. It was entertaining and interesting and swoon-worthy – everything I want in a book. Unfortunately, I found I had a much more difficult time clicking with Hunting Prince Dracula.
For one, I found myself bored for the majority of the book and felt that it could have been condensed a good bit. Audrey’s inner struggles, while understandable, were frustrating because she refused to do anything to remedy it. I obviously sympathized with her but it’s like my mama said: Don’t complain about a problem if you’re doing nothing to fix it.
I also thought that them going to school in a castle, a castle that happened to be Vlad the Impaler’s, was a little far-fetched. I can reach a lot when I’m reading, and I can ignore a lot of stuff if I want to. Still, for historical fiction, this seemed a little much.
That’s not to say that I hated this book. In the last bit, it started to pick up. The big reveal was interesting and exciting and everything I want in a murder mystery. I absolutely adore Thomas and Audrey. Could their flirting become a little much? Maybe. Was it annoying that Audrey went along with the flirting constantly but insisted she didn’t want to be with him? Yeah, definitely. Did I still swoon? Heck yeah.
And honestly, while I didn’t love this book, it’s not like it’s going to keep me from reading the rest of the series. I’m totally here for a kick-butt, progressive heroine who goes against the grain and her totally adorable side-kick/boyfriend. Bring ’em on, Maniscalco.