03. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Mystery, Teen Books · Tags:

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, 372 pages, read by Leslie, on 03/02/2013

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)

Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, with it’s take on Jack the Ripper.  For a while, it seems as though the ghost of Ripper is actually back and as the story goes on, it becomes clear it is a ghost, albeit a copycat.  The characters are all real-seeming and entertaining as they try to cope with the mysterious murders.  I thought the way the author came up with to explain who could see the ghosts and who couldn’t was very inventive.  And throughout the book you find yourself hoping that none of the minor characters find themselves as the next murder victims.  The main characters are almost always safe, as they are needed for the sequel!

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