Friday, September 22, 2017

Hunting Prince Dracula Blog Tour and Giveaway: Weird Cases We Want Audrey Rose and Thomas to Investigate

We're really excited to be a part of the Hunting Prince Dracula Blog Tour today! Stalking Jack the Ripper was one of Rose Red's favorite books of 2016 and it looks like its sequel will be a favorite of 2017. If you missed it, you can read her reviews of both books here and here. Also, there's an awesome giveaway going on as part of this tour! Scroll to the bottom for your chance to enter!

We got to thinking now that Audrey Rose and Thomas have taken on the cases of both Jack the Ripper and Dracula, what other weird unsolved cases would we love to see them get involved in? To answer this our very own Rose Red, who is a bit obsessed with the unexplained, is here to tell you which unsolved mysteries she'd love to see Audrey Rose and Thomas tackle in the next book.

Weird Cases We Want Audrey Rose and Thomas to Investigate

The Lizzie Borden Murders
While we all know of the incident that took place in Fall River, Massachusetts on August 4, 1892, we don't know if it was the 32-year-old Lizzie who killed her father and stepmother. The evidence is definitely against her. I want to see Audrey and Thomas come to America and investigate some of our unsolved mysteries. Can you imagine Thomas examining the remains of Abby and Andrew Borden and theorizing what kind of weapon was able to hack them into so many pieces? Well, I can and I'm intrigued about what would happen during the investigation. I can see Thomas hacking up a corpse with an axe to determine that that was indeed the murder weapon. I would love to see Kerri Maniscalco's spin on this. I'm just going to be over here with my fingers crossed and wishing with all of my might that this will be a book in the series.


H.H. Holmes and the Chicago World Fair
I lived in Chicago for a number of years and I kind of became obsessed with the Chicago's World Fair. I picked up Erik Larsen's non-fiction book, The Devil in the White City, because of it and found myself intrigued with the enigma of the serial killer, H.H. Holmes. He is said to have used the fair to lure his victims to their deaths. Dr. Holmes is thought to have built his "World's Fair Hotel" aka his "Murder Castle" complete with a gas chamber, dissection table, and a crematorium to dispose of the bodies. Holmes would have the skeletons of his victims removed and sell them for medical and scientific study. I don't know about you but I want to see Audrey Rose and Thomas trying to track a serial killer through the World's Fair after Thomas accidentally got his hands on one of the skeletons. I want this so much that it hurts. Seriously, just think of all the shenanigans those two would get up to in Chicago!

The Phantom of the Opera
Hello! Audrey and Thomas trying to hunt down the enigma of the Opera Ghost isn't a thing I knew I needed until I was discussing this topic with my friend, Cassi from My Thoughts Literally, and she brought it up. I'm completely here for it! Wouldn't it be perfect?!? Can you imagine the shenanigans and the flirting that would happen as Thomas and Audrey attended the opera and investigated the labyrinth under the Palais Garnier? Also, I really, really want to hear Thomas's theories on the Phantom's disfigurement. Also, I can just see Audrey Rose being so into the French fashions and getting several dresses while in Paris.

The Mary Celeste
The mystery of what happened to the crew and passengers of the Mary Celeste remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the sea. The name has since become synonymous worldwide with derelict ‘ghost ships’. The Mary Celeste was found drifting 400 miles east of the Azores by the crew of another cargo-carrying vessel, the Dei Gratia, on 5 December 1872. The leader of the boarding party told a British board of inquiry at Gibraltar he found the ship was “a thoroughly wet mess”, with possessions left behind and the lifeboat missing. No trace of Captain Benjamin Spooner Briggs, his wife and their young daughter or the seven experienced crew members has ever been found. In my mind, I see Audrey Rose and Thomas stumbling across the Mary Celeste in their travels which pulls them into an investigation where they discover that the Mary Celeste is one of many of these "ghost ships". And while I'm imagining things, let's throw in some pirates/privateers because I want to see Thomas's reaction to being on a ship that gets boarded.

The Lost Roanoke Colony
I know the Lost Roanoke Colony was way before the time period of Audrey Rose and Thomas's pursuit of Jack the Ripper but I have this head canon where a small village in England suffers the same phenomenon and they have to figure out just exactly how every person in the town disappeared without a trace. I'm not sure how a book on this topic would work but I do know that I'd read the hell out of it. Maybe we could throw in some Outlander-esque stone circle time travel shenanigans where Audrey and Thomas end up in Roanoke right before the colony disappears? If anyone could make it work, it would be Kerri Maniscalco.

Hunting Prince Dracula
(Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)
Kerri Maniscalco
Release: September 19, 2017
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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.

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

You all should go read the other posts and reviews in this tour! They've been amazing so far!

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