Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Ripper's Wife Released Today & A Message From The Author

I have been fascinated by Jack the Ripper since I was a little girl. In 1988, the 100th anniversary of the Whitechapel Murders, my mother gave me a paperback copy of The Complete Jack the Ripper by Donald Rumbelow and I was hooked. Every aspect of the case fascinated me--the victims lives, the setting, the contrast between the squalid slums of the East End and outwardly respectable, affluent West End of Victorian London, the murders, the elusive, unidentified killer, his motive, and the endless, and ongoing, parade of suspects throughout the years. 

When the controversial Diary of Jack the Ripper became a media and publishing sensation in 1993 I was at the bookstore when they opened to buy my copy of Shirley Harrison's book, which included an actual transcript and detailed the investigation of this still hotly debated document. As I read it, I kept thinking, whether it's true or not, there's a novel in this and I want to write it. I'm glad I finally had the chance and I hope you will enjoy it. 



Brandy Purdy

A suspenseful, spellbinding novel of love, jealousy, and murder, The Ripper's Wife reimagines the most notorious serial killer in history through the eyes of the woman who sealed his fate.

"Love makes sane men mad and can turn a gentle man into a fiend."

It begins as a fairytale romance-a shipboard meeting in 1880 between vivacious Southern belle Florence Chandler and handsome English cotton broker James Maybrick. Courtship and a lavish wedding soon follow, and the couple settles into an affluent Liverpool suburb.

From the first, their marriage is doomed by lies. Florie, hardly the heiress her scheming mother portrayed, is treated as an outsider by fashionable English society. James's secrets are infinitely darker-he has a mistress, an arsenic addiction, and a vicious temper. But Florie has no inkling of her husband's depravity until she discovers his diary-and in it, a litany of bloody deeds...

The Ripper's Wife Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 27
Review at A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, October 28
Review & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, October 29
Review at Kinx’s Book Nook
Thursday, October 30
Review at Book of Secrets
Friday, October 31
Monday, November 3
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Interview & Giveaway at Mina’s Bookshelf
Tuesday, November 4
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Interview at A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, November 5
Review at JulzReads
Thursday, November 6
Review at History & Women
Friday, November 7
Review at A Book Geek
Monday, November 10
Tuesday, November 11
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry
Wednesday, November 12
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Thursday, November 13
Friday, November 14

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