The extraordinarily talented Jess Kidd is back with another masterpiece and what a treat it is! This detective story set in brutal Victorian London is lyrical, mystical, and skilfully interweaved with humour and light by a stellar cast of strong female characters. Kidd’s storytelling and characterisation make her novels a joy to read and her writing impresses me more and more with each book. Do yourself a favour - read this utterly spellbinding novel. I can’t wait for the next one!
- Recommended by Bobbie Ryan, Dubray Blackrock
London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist.
As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. The public love a spectacle and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen.
Things in Jars is an enchanting Victorian detective novel that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times.