Things in Jars

Things in Jars

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 discovery.

Winding her 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 apothecary. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is quite what it seems.

Blending 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 times.

Title:Things in Jars
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982121280
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    Things in Jars Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    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 ...

  • Paromjit

    Jess Kidd shifts direction in her 3rd novel setting it in Victorian times with its inherent brutality and inhumanity, teeming with villains, murderers, the arrogance of killing medics, and ruthless am...

  • Meredith

    “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 broug...

  • Amalia Gavea

    ‘’Below her, streets and lanes, factories and workhouses, parks and prisons, ground houses and tenements, roofs, chimneys and treetops. And the winding, sometimes shining, Thames- the sky’s o...

  • Holly  B

    4.5 STARS A dark, bizarre and fanciful world  Imaginative storytelling that was menacing, detailed and plotted to perfection.I was quickly captivated by the gothic setting and the missing child inv...

  • Will Byrnes

    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...

  • Melissa Buehner

    “There are things in jars.”(Note: For optimal effect, the above quote should be read in a whispery, quivery, British-accented voice.)Oh yes. There are many, many things in jars between the pages ...

  • Debra

    2.5/2.75 rounded upBridie Devine is a female detective in Victorian London. One day she is approached to investigate the case of a missing girl, Christabel - the secret child of Sir Edmund Athelstan B...

  • Liz

    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, ...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    BOTM pick January 2020!Absolutely breathtaking. I must read more from Jess Kidd ASAP! While the mystery of the disappeared girl is front and foremost in this tale, I felt that the idea of our fascinat...