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The Sixth Victim
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The Sixth Victim
Constance Piper Mystery Series, Book 1
London's East End, 1888: When darkness falls, terror begins...
The foggy streets of London's Whitechapel district have become a nocturnal hunting ground for Jack the Ripper, and no woman is safe. Flower girl Constance Piper is not immune to dread, but she is more preoccupied with her own strange experiences of late.
Clairvoyants seem to be everywhere these days. Constance's mother has found comfort in contacting her late father in a séance. But are such powers real? And could Constance really be possessed of second sight? She longs for the wise counsel of her mentor and champion of the poor, Emily Tindall, but the kind missionary has gone missing.
Following the latest grisly discovery, Constance is contacted by a high-born lady of means who fears the victim may be her missing sister. She implores Constance to use her clairvoyance to help solve the crime, which the press is calling "the Whitechapel Mystery," attributing the murder to the Ripper.
As Constance becomes embroiled in intrigue far more sinister than she could have imagined, assistance comes in a startling manner that profoundly challenges her assumptions about the nature of reality. She'll need all the help she can get—because there may be more than one depraved killer out there...
Praise for Tessa Harris
The Sixth Victim
"The Sixth Victim is an imaginative take on the murders perpetrated by Jack the Ripper in the murky backstreets of Victorian London. Highly atmospheric, impeccably-researched, and with a supernatural twist, the novel is also about sisters and friendship, class and loyalty."
—Jane Harris, author of The Observations and Gillespie and 1

The Lazarus Curse
"Stellar . . . Harris's prose and characterizations have only become more assured." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Harris successfully balances history, homicide, sorcery and social justice in her idealistic hero's fourth case." —Kirkus Reviews

The Devil's Breath

"Excellent . . . Both literally and figuratively atmospheric, this will appeal to fans of Imogen Robertson's series during the same period." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The Dead Shall Not Rest
"Populated with real historical characters and admirably researched, Harris's novel features a complex and engrossing plot. A touch of romance makes this sophomore outing even more enticing. Savvy readers will also recall Hilary Mantel's The Giant, O'Brien." —Library Journal
The Anatomist's Apprentice
"Densely plotted . . . We await—indeed, demand—the sequel." —The New York Times Book Review
London's East End, 1888: When darkness falls, terror begins...
The foggy streets of London's Whitechapel district have become a nocturnal hunting ground for Jack the Ripper, and no woman is safe. Flower girl Constance Piper is not immune to dread, but she is more preoccupied with her own strange experiences of late.
Clairvoyants seem to be everywhere these days. Constance's mother has found comfort in contacting her late father in a séance. But are such powers real? And could Constance really be possessed of second sight? She longs for the wise counsel of her mentor and champion of the poor, Emily Tindall, but the kind missionary has gone missing.
Following the latest grisly discovery, Constance is contacted by a high-born lady of means who fears the victim may be her missing sister. She implores Constance to use her clairvoyance to help solve the crime, which the press is calling "the Whitechapel Mystery," attributing the murder to the Ripper.
As Constance becomes embroiled in intrigue far more sinister than she could have imagined, assistance comes in a startling manner that profoundly challenges her assumptions about the nature of reality. She'll need all the help she can get—because there may be more than one depraved killer out there...
Praise for Tessa Harris
The Sixth Victim
"The Sixth Victim is an imaginative take on the murders perpetrated by Jack the Ripper in the murky backstreets of Victorian London. Highly atmospheric, impeccably-researched, and with a supernatural twist, the novel is also about sisters and friendship, class and loyalty."
—Jane Harris, author of The Observations and Gillespie and 1

The Lazarus Curse
"Stellar . . . Harris's prose and characterizations have only become more assured." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Harris successfully balances history, homicide, sorcery and social justice in her idealistic hero's fourth case." —Kirkus Reviews

The Devil's Breath

"Excellent . . . Both literally and figuratively atmospheric, this will appeal to fans of Imogen Robertson's series during the same period." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The Dead Shall Not Rest
"Populated with real historical characters and admirably researched, Harris's novel features a complex and engrossing plot. A touch of romance makes this sophomore outing even more enticing. Savvy readers will also recall Hilary Mantel's The Giant, O'Brien." —Library Journal
The Anatomist's Apprentice
"Densely plotted . . . We await—indeed, demand—the sequel." —The New York Times Book Review
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  • Tessa Harris is the author of the acclaimed Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries, including Secrets in the Stones and The Anatomist's Apprentice. A graduate of Oxford University with a History degree, Tessa has also been a journalist and editor, contributing to many national publications such as The Times and The Telegraph. She has also acted as a literary publicist for several well-known authors. Readers can visit her website at www.tessaharrisauthor.com.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 24, 2017
    Harris’s late-Victorian historical, a series launch, is less successful than her Dr. Thomas Silkstone mysteries (The Anatomist’s Apprentice, etc.). Although flower girl Constance Piper must struggle to make a living, she recognizes that she’s better off than the desperate women working the London streets, and she is deeply disturbed when they begin falling prey to the serial killer who will become known as Jack the Ripper. Meanwhile, Constance is preoccupied with another puzzle—the whereabouts of Emily Tindall, a teacher who taught her how to speak and act properly. Part of the problem is the familiar plot. The Ripper murders have been the basis for countless whodunits, and Harris’s depiction of London’s impoverished East End, while solid, is just not at the level of authors such as Paul West and John Brooks Barry. Even focusing on the woman whose torso was found in the building site of what was to become New Scotland Yard—the sixth victim of the title—has been done better by Sarah Pinborough in 2014’s Mayhem. Agent: Melissa Jeglinski, Knight Agency.

  • Library Journal

    May 1, 2017

    The autumn of 1888 is a frightening time to be a woman in London's East End. The killer who calls himself Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of Whitechapel. A Cockney flower girl, Constance Piper, is just as fearful, but she also has been preoccupied by strange dreams and premonitions of murder and longs for advice from her mentor, missionary Emily Tindall, who has disappeared. When a potential sixth victim of the Ripper is discovered, a wealthy woman, worried that the deceased might be her missing sister, begs Constance to use her clairvoyant powers to solve the crime. The author of the "Dr. Thomas Silkstone" mysteries (Secrets in the Stones) launches a new Victorian series with this gruesome tale that weaves plots involving Jack the Ripper, clairvoyance, and missing girls. Constance is an unusual protagonist with a special gift. VERDICT Harris's treatment of the working class's spirituality and belief in ghosts will attract fans of Sharyn McCrumb's "Appalachian Ballad" mysteries. Readers who follow Jack the Ripper theories may also enjoy.--LH

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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