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Book Review: The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne, #1)The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wild ride I thought would never end! (and due to the mucked up chapter links in the front matter, I had no clue when it would end) But, muddled chapter links aside, I really enjoyed this adventure. The writing style dropped me right into the streets of London in 1861. I could see, hear, *smell* the city, I felt crushed under the weight of poverty, heavy fogs, unbearable pollution, and the horrors committed by criminals and inhuman creatures. With an all-star cast including many big names of the day and a wild plot that spins Burton and Swinburne round and round, this one’s a page-turner and eye-popper.


After reading The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, my book club was curious to read a short story about one of the more fascinating characters in the book, The Beetle.

The BeetleThe Beetle by Mark Hodder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This very short book contains what I consider a ‘bonus chapter’ to read after finishing The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack. It’ll take you ten minutes, tops. It doesn’t explain what happened in Spring-Heeled Jack, and yet it does. You’ll need to draw your own final conclusions, after this visit with The Beetle.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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