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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 discoveryWinding he 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 child When a child with supposed supernatural powers is kidnapped Detective Bridie Devine is commissioned to find her Bridie s sleuthing abilities lead her into the dark underbelly of nineteenth century London where she encounters a criminal element obsessed with possessing the world s oddities Dead or alive there is a price on the head of those who are different and don t fit societal normsPart mystery part social commentary part fairy tale Things in Jars had me completely enthralled Jess Kidd encompasses all of the strange eccentricities of the Victorians In Bridie Ruby a dead boxer and Cora a 7 foot tall parlor maid she creates fascinating and multi dimensional characters I hope to see them again in a future novel Kidd seamlessly weaves together a story filled with magic strong women and those who long to possess those who are different I LOVED loved loved every minute of this book It is strange eccentric and wonderfully weird This is definitely one of the best books I have read in 2019I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review Advanced C Programming by Example puzzle yet the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick and a Poslije svega (After, peculiar child whose reputed supernatural Die Herrenschneiderei powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors trading curiosities in this age of discoveryWinding he Here is time held in suspension Yesterday Calling Cards: Uncover Your Calling pickled Eternity in a jar In Things in Jars A 7 foot tall bearded Cities of God parlor maid mythical sea monsters a ghost and a winter mermaid are all brought together by a female Gravitys Rainbow pipe smoking detective in Victorian London to solve the kidnapping of a mysterious child When a child with supposed supernatural Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone powers is kidnapped Detective Bridie Devine is commissioned to find her Bridie s sleuthing abilities lead her into the dark underbelly of nineteenth century London where she encounters a criminal element obsessed with Pretend God Is Deaf possessing the world s oddities Dead or alive there is a Cased Images & Tintypes KwikGuide price on the head of those who are different and don t fit societal normsPart mystery Las Puertas Del Amor part social commentary Discoveries part fairy tale Things in Jars had me completely enthralled Jess Kidd encompasses all of the strange eccentricities of the Victorians In Bridie Ruby a dead boxer and Cora a 7 foot tall A Fire Within: Sekret Machines Series, Book 2 parlor maid she creates fascinating and multi dimensional characters I hope to see them again in a future novel Kidd seamlessly weaves together a story filled with magic strong women and those who long to Idenics possess those who are different I LOVED loved loved every minute of this book It is strange eccentric and wonderfully weird This is definitely one of the best books I have read in 2019I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the Night Owl Loonette publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Things in Jars

R 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 There are things in jars Note For optimal effect the above uote should be read in a whispery uivery British accented voiceOh yes There are many many things in jars between the pages of Jess Kidd s aptly titled novel and they are all so brilliantly and twistedly delightfulBridie Devine pipe smoking detective extraordinaire has just accepted uite the unusual case Christabel Berwick the secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick has been kidnapped right out from under the Baronet s nose Rud to possess extraordinary mythical powers it appears that Christabel may have attracted the unfortunate attention of those who specialize in the collection of peculiarities Urged on by the fatherly desperation of Sir Berwick Bridie takes to the streets of Victorian London determined to locate the young girl Fortunately Bridie has help from two unusual allies Cora Bridie s seven foot tall giantess housemaid and Ruby a tattooed ghost from Bridie s past Together the eccentric threesome must race against time to save Christabel from the clutches of those who wish to add one prized possession to their cabinets of curiositiesEarlier this year I had the profound pleasure of reading Kidd s debut novel Himself and I fell utterly in love with her writing I adored the lovely mix of mystery and magical realism of the story I was amazed by how skillfully the narrative was weaved I discovered that Kidd s writing is breathtakingly beautifulSince then I have eagerly awaited my opportunity to read Things in Jars My excitement and anticipation for this book have been difficult to contain I have known without doubt that Kidd would not disappoint I have known I would love every magnificent word of it And correct I was Things in Jars is captivating It is a clever wonderfully creative and mesmerizing gothic mystery Masterfully blending magical realism and Irish folklore with the paranormal Kidd tells a tale that is both uniue and fantastical I found myself completely under Kidd s spell wholly immersed in the enchantment of the storyKidd s writing has a very whimsical air to it In my review of Himself I even went so far as to compare her to Neil Gaiman and I still fully stand behind that assessment Her prose is gorgeously lyrical and elegantly readable All major and minor characters are fully developed likable and memorable I dare you to not love Bridie Cora and Ruby I double dare you even Kidd establishes setting like no other you can literally see hear feel taste and smell Victorian London in all its dreary dirty glory Although I do think at times she gets a bit overly descriptive of certain scenes to the point where the reader is dropped out of the story for a short period due to the large influx of information But a minor complaint She sets a very wry witty tone to the narrative and she has such a knack for infusing warmth and humor into what is indeed an extremely dark storyAah yes the darkness Be forewarned Things in Jars is not for the faint of heart It is brutal and gruesome It is bloody and gritty There are scenes of disturbing animal cruelty and graphic surgical procedures There is violence against women One violent scene against a female character I found particularly bothersome because it seemed a bit gratuitous and unnecessary to the story I could ve done without it To be certain Things in Jars is not without its horrors And know that these horrors make for sueamish moments of readingBut to Kidd s credit she somehow manages to deftly offset all that darkness with light Again her writing is so charming and funny and she brings such whimsy to the story that it s almost as if she masks or cloaks the gruesomeness Or sort of smudges the edges of the blackness to where it all becomes a bit fuzzy Or gently nudges the reader s focus towards the light rather than the dark It s uite remarkable the perfect balancing act she achieves between such a stark dichotomyAnd that melding of dark and light is part of what makes Things in Jars such a special read Mystery lovers magical realism lovers just plain ol good fiction lovers do not miss this one I wholeheartedly recommend it and hope that this will not be our first and only adventure with Bridie DevineMay there be many to come A Fire Within: Sekret Machines Series, Book 2 past that she’d rather keep buried Luckily her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters including a seven foot tall housemaid; 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Apothecary But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is uite what it seemsBlending 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 time My first five star read of 2020From the first sentence you know this book is going to be different As pale as a grave grub she s an eyeful The writing is just gorgeous in that Victorian Dickensian fashion Think Dickens matched with Grimms Fairy Tales Or Dickens if he was smoking hashish or one of Prudhoe s blends and into Irish folktales I loved the characters Bridie part sleuth part doctor untrained Cora her seven foot maid with a beautiful baritone voice and Ruby a dead boxer with living tattoos London is a character in its own right Yes there is a supernatural element here of which I usually am not a fan But Kidd has managed to create a world so believable that I swallowed it hook line and sinker There s a sly sense of humor here mostly in the descriptions While the theme of the book is dark it s just so darn entertaining The story has Bridie being hired to find the kidnapped daughter of a baronet But not just any daughter this daughter has special characteristics We are led into a world filled with grave robbers anatomists collectors of all things odd and uniue Kudos to Kidd for getting it all right I haven t read her prior books but I m now inspired to seek them out A huge thanks to netgalley and Atria books for an advance copy of this book Your Naughty Playmate 3 - Cuckolding Fantasy pale as a grave grub she s an eyeful The writing is just gorgeous in that Victorian Dickensian fashion Think Dickens matched with Grimms Fairy Tales Or Dickens if he was smoking hashish or one of Prudhoe s blends and into Irish folktales I loved the characters Bridie Haute Chinese Cuisine from the Kitchen of Wakiya part sleuth Twisted part doctor untrained Cora her seven foot maid with a beautiful baritone voice and Ruby a dead boxer with living tattoos London is a character in its own right Yes there is a supernatural element here of which I usually am not a fan But Kidd has managed to create a world so believable that I swallowed it hook line and sinker There s a sly sense of humor here mostly in the descriptions While the theme of the book is dark it s just so darn entertaining The story has Bridie being hired to find the kidnapped daughter of a baronet But not just any daughter this daughter has special characteristics We are led into a world filled with grave robbers anatomists collectors of all things odd and uniue Kudos to Kidd for getting it all right I haven t read her The Exploration of the Male Anatomy prior books but I m now inspired to seek them out A huge thanks to netgalley and Atria books for an advance copy of this book


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

  2. says:

    Jess Kidd shifts direction in her 3rd novel setting it in Victorian times with its inherent brutality and inhumanity teeming

  3. says:

    “Here is time held in suspension Yesterday pickled Eternity in a jar” In Things in Jars A 7 foot tall bearded

  4. says:

    “There are things in jars”Note For optimal effect the above uote should be read in a whispery uivery British accented voiceOh yes There are many many things in jars between the pages of Jess Kidd’s aptly titled novel and they are all so brilliantly and twistedly delightfulBridie Devine “pipe smoking detective extraordinair

  5. says:

    ‘’Below her streets and lanes factories and workhouses parks and prisons ground houses and tenements roofs ch

  6. says:

    45 STARS A dark bizarre and fanciful world  Imaginative storytelling that was menacing detailed and plotted to perfectionI was uickly captivated by the gothic setting and the missing child investigation The fema

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    A cloth covers the jar that Bridie took from the bookcase in the nursery and Ruby is thankful for this For the contents have the ability to rearrange even a dead man’s sense of reality As with all terrible wondrous sights there i

  8. says:

    25275 rounded upBridie Devine is a female detective in Victorian London One day she is approached to investigate the case of a missing girl Ch

  9. says:

    My first five star read of 2020From the first sentence you know this book is going to be different “As pale as a grave grub she’s an eyeful

  10. 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 exuisite 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