The new HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA cover is a deadly delight!
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell are back on the case in Hunting Prince Dracula, the upcoming sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper!
In the first novel, Audrey and Thomas reluctantly came together and used their sleuthing and forensic skills– a very controversial hobby for a young lady in 18th century London– to stop the Jack The Ripper murders. Now, as Audrey heads to the Academy of Forensic Medicine and Science in Romania with Thomas by her side, the two will face a new challenge as a new series of murders begin. This time, they’re starting rumors that infamous torturer Vlad Dracul is back from the dead.
Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the cover, as well as the first chapter of the book for your reading pleasure.
Ghosts of the Past
Kingdom of Romania
1 December 1888
Our train gnashed its way across frozen tracks toward the white-capped fangs of the Carpathian mountains. From our position outside the capital city of Romania, the mountain peaks were the color of fading bruises.
Judging from the heavy snow falling they were likely as cold as dead flesh. Quite a charming thought for a blustery morning.
A knee struck the side of the carved wooden panel in my compartment again. I closed my eyes, praying that my traveling companion would fall back asleep. One more jitter of his long limbs might unravel my fraying composure. I pressed my head against the plush high-backed seat, focusing on the soft velvet instead of poking his offending limb with my hat pin.
Sensing my growing annoyance, Mr. Thomas Cresswell shifted to tapping his fingers against the windowsill in our compartment. My compartment, actually.
Thomas had his own quarters but insisted on spending every hour of the day possessed in my company, lest a career murderer board the train and unleash carnage.
At least that’s the ridiculous story he’d told our chaperone, Mrs. Harvey. She was a charming silver-haired woman who watched over Thomas while he stayed in his Piccadilly flat in London, and was currently on her fourth nap of the new day.
Father had taken ill in Paris and had placed his trust and my virtue in both Mrs. Harvey’s and Thomas’s care. It spoke volumes as to how highly Father thought of Thomas, and how convincingly innocent and charming my friend could be when the mood or occasion struck. My hands were suddenly warm and damp inside my gloves.
Derailing that feeling, my focus slid from Thomas’s dark brown hair and crisp suit to his discarded Romanian newspaper. I’d been studying the language enough to make out most of what it said. Thomas, of course, was already fluent. The headline read: Has the Immortal Prince returned? A body had been found staked through the heart near Braşov—the very town we were traveling to—leading the superstitious to believe in the impossible: Vlad Dracula, the centuries-dead Prince of Romania, was alive. And hunting.
Hunting Prince Dracula is out on September 19, 2017. You can pre-order it now via Amazon.
Check out the official synopsis below:
In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.