Audiobook from Tessa Harris on the Whitechapel Murders | Xpress Reviews

Week ending October 27, 2017

Harris, Tessa. The Sixth Victim. 9 CDs. 11 hrs. Blackstone. May 2017. ISBN 9781470849634. $34.95. 1 MP3-CD. F
There is no shortage of novels based on Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel murders, but Harris manages to find different angles to explore via two narrators, a young flower girl named Constance, who reluctantly discovers she has clairvoyant powers, and a second mysterious narrator, Emily, who directs most of her narration to the listeners. The combination and successful use of two readers, Fiona Hardingham and Gemma Dawson, gives the audiobook a resonance. However, the packaging is awkward for those who listen while driving as Blackstone puts all nine CDs on a single spindle and one must remove each one to reorder them properly at the end. If this is an innovation in packaging, it doesn’t consider a great part of the population who embrace the audiobook format.
Verdict Overall, highly recommended as a strong choice for mystery and historical fiction audiences. [“Harris’s treatment of the working class’s spirituality and belief in ghosts will attract fans of Sharyn McCrumb’s ‘Appalachian Ballad’ mysteries”: LJ 5/1/17 review of the Kensington hc.]—Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo

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