Things in Jars


      Things in Jars
In the dark underbelly of Victorian London, a formidable female sleuth is pulled into the macabre world of fanatical anatomists and crooked surgeons while investigating the kidnapping of an extraordinary child in this gothic mystery perfect for fans of The Essex Serpent and The Book of Speculation.Bridie Devine female 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 trading curiosities in this age of discovery Winding her way through the labyrinthine, sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing a 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 spectacle is king and nothing is quite what it seems Blending darkness and light, history and folklore, Things in Jars is a spellbinding Gothic mystery that collapses the boundary between fact and fairy tale to stunning effect and explores what it means to be human in inhumane times. Best Read [ Things in Jars ] Author [ Jess Kidd ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – tbjewellers.co.uk

Jess Kidd was brought up in London as part of a large family from county Mayo and has been praised for her unique fictional voice Her debut, Himself, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards in 2016 She won the Costa Short Story Award the same year Her second novel, The Hoarder, published as Mr Flood s Last Resort in the U.S and Canada was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2019 Both books were BBC Radio 2 Book Club Picks Her latest book, the Victorian detective tale Things in Jars, has been released to critical acclaim Jess s work has been described as Gabriel Garc a M rquez meets The Pogues.

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  • Hardcover
  • 373 pages
  • Things in Jars
  • Jess Kidd
  • English
  • 21 January 2018
  • 1982121289

10 thoughts on “ Things in Jars

  1. says:

    Five stars and a statue goes to best portrayed Victorian London book This is incredible combination of humor, kitsch, folklore with the writer s talented and never ending imagination We meet one of the most interesting heroines, Bride Devine , a woman detective, wearing a dagger strapped to her thigh, smoking pipe, solving murders by reading corpses and talking with ghosts It seems like one of the heroes , also the part of love triangle is Ruby Doyle, champion boxer who is also dead Mostly Five stars and a statue goes to best portrayed Victorian London book This is incredible combination of humor, kitsch, folklore with the writer s talented and never ending imagination We meet one of the most interesting heroines, Bride Devine , a woman detective, wearing a dagger strapped to her thigh, smoking pipe, solving murders by reading corpses and talking with ghosts It seems like one of the heroes , a...

  2. says:

    Jess Kidd shifts direction in her 3rd novel setting it in Victorian times with its inherent brutality and inhumanity, teeming with villains, murderers, the arrogance of killing medics, and ruthless amoral gentlemen anatomy collectors, hungry for what should not be alive There are Things in Jars, with their ability to disturb the natural order of things, life and death, ashes to ashes, time in supension, pickling yesterday, holding eternity in a jar Into this latest historical novel, Kidd Jess Kidd shifts direction in her 3rd novel setting it in Victorian times with its inherent brutality and inhumanity, teeming with villains, murderers, the arrogance of killing medics, and ruthless amoral gentlemen anatomy collectors, hungry for what should not be alive There are Things in Jars, with their ability to disturb the natural order of things, life and death, ashes to ashes, time in supension, pickling yesterday, holding eternity in a jar Into this latest historical novel, Kidd brings her trademark elements, Irish folklore, superstitions, ghosts, the eccentric, her stellar female characters, with her standout lyrical prose that enchants and enthralls It is 1863 and London is marked by crime, disease, grime, violence, stink and penury Addicted to smoking experimental concoctions by Prudhoe in her pipe, the red haired Bridie Devine is haunted by her inability to pre...

  3. says:

    Here is time held in suspension Yesterday pickled Eternity in a jar In Things in Jars, A 7 foot tall bearded parlor maid, mythical sea monsters, a ghost, and a winter mermaid are all brought together by a female pipe smoking detective in Victorian London to solve the kidnapping of a mysterious childWhen a child with supposed supernatural powers is kidnapped, Detective Bridie Devine is commissioned to find her Bridie s ...

  4. says:

    Below her, streets and lanes, factories and workhouses, parks and prisons, ground houses and tenements, roofs, chimneys and treetops And the winding, sometimes shining, Thames the sky s own dirty mirror The raven leaves the river behind and charts a path to a chapel on a hill with a spire and a clock tower She circles the chapel and lands on the roof with a shuffling of wings She pecks at brickwork, at lichen, at moth casts, at nothing She sidles up to a gargoyle and runs her beakBelow her, streets ...

  5. says:

    4.5 STARS A dark, bizarre and fanciful world Imaginative storytelling that was menacing, detailed and plotted to perfection.I was quickly captivated by the gothic setting and the missing child investigation The female detective, Birdie Devinespecializes in domestic investigations and minor surgery She was a fantastic character that brought humor and humanity to the tale.The supernatural elements and fairytale esque cast of characters kept me glued to the pages and immersed in their quest for 4.5 STARS A dark, bizarre and fanciful world Imaginative storytelling that was menacing, detailed and plotted to perfection.I was quickly captivated by the gothic setting and the missing child investigation The female detective, Birdie Devine specializes in domestic investigations and minor surgery She was a fantastic character that brought humor and humanity to the tale.The supernatural elements and fairytale esque cast of characters kept me glued to the...

  6. says:

    But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much Hans Christian Andersen, The Little MermaidI m a huge fan of Jess Kidd s exquisite, playful writing and KERPOW, what a start Her vivid prologue was one of the finest things I ve read in a long, long time Gadzooks That alone was worth the entrance fee The book is set in a Vi...

  7. says:

    Jess Kidd is now officially one of my most favourite authors Three beautiful books in a row with not a fault in any of them Whatto ask for.Things in Jars moves us away from the author s usual locations in Ireland and off to London Of course our main characters are still beautifully Irish and, also of course, one of them is a ghost Kidd describes Victorian London perfectly with all its horrors and its smells and its poverty among the lower classes Her characters too are all larger than Jess Kidd is now officially one of my most favourite authors Three beautiful books in a row with not a fault in any of them Whatto ask for.Things in Jars moves us away from the author s usual locations in Ireland and off to London Of course our main characters are still beautifully Irish and, also of course, one of them is a ghost Kidd describes Victorian London perfectly with ...

  8. says:

    Meeting Birdie Devine, a female investigator, who in 1863 receives an offer from a baronet to find hs kidnapped daughter, was a pleasure More than that, I was delighted to get acquainted with her and follow her efforts to uncover the truth behind the abduction She is observant, intelligent, has no fear of the dead or alive, with one exception, perhaps, and she has been through a lot in life And she is accompanied by a former boxer who, though dead, gives some advice, occasionally I loved Meeting Birdie Devine, a female investigator, who in 1863 receives an offer from a baronet to find hs kidnapped daughter, was a pleasure More than that, I was delighted to get acq...

  9. says:

    THINGS IN JARS by Jess Kidd is a gothic story set in Victorian London in the 1860s with a few flashback chapters in the 1830s and 1830s Birdie Devine is a female detective that takes on domestic investigations and does minor surgeries She has two cases, one given to her by Inspector Valentine Rose of Scotland Yard, and a second one when she is hired by Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick to find his kidnapped daughter.Kidd des a great job of writing in such a way that you not only hear what s THINGS IN JARS by Jess Kidd is a gothic story set in Victorian London in the 1860s with a few flashback chapters in the 1830s and 1830s Birdie Devine is a female detective that takes on domestic investigations and does minor surgeries She has two cases, one given to her by Inspector Valentine Rose of Scotland Yard, and a second one when she is hired by Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick to find his kidnapped daughter.Kidd des a great job of writing in such a way that you no...

  10. says:

    Recipe Throw in a very unusual detective named Bridie, her housekeeper Cora whom Bridie helped rescue from a freak show, and a ghost, an ex boxer who has a tattooed body, with tattoos that move, wearing only a top hat and baggy underdrawers Add a missing child from a notable personage, the folk story of the merrow, one or two evil men, a unusual but helpful apothecary and freak shows and oddities galore What one now has is a truly imaginative, inventive and entertaining look at a time when Recipe Throw in a very unusual detective named Bridie, her housekeeper Cora whom Bridie helped rescue from a freak show, and a ghost, an ex boxer who has a tattooed body, with tattoos that move, wearing only a top hat ...

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