Genre: Christian Historical Suspense
Release Date: August, 2020
Death Seems to Follow Harriet’s New Friend
Book 7 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History
Three years before Jack the Ripper began his murderous spree on the streets of London, women were dying in their beds as The Midnight Assassin terrorized the citizens of Austin, Texas. Now, with suspicion falling on Her Majesty’s family and Scotland Yard at a loss as to who the Ripper might be, Queen Victoria summons her great-granddaughter, Alice Anne von Wettin, a former Pinkerton agent who worked the unsolved Austin case, and orders her to discreetly form a team to look into the London matter.
The prospect of a second chance to work with Annie just might entice Isaiah Joplin out of his comfortable life as an Austin lawyer. If his theories are right, they’ll find the The Midnight Assassin and, by default, the Ripper. If they’re wrong, he and Annie are in a bigger mess than the one the feisty female left behind when she departed Austin under cover of darkness three years ago.
Can the unlikely pair find the truth of who is behind the murders before they are drawn into the killer’s deadly game? From Texas to London, the story navigates the fine line between truth and fiction as Annie and Isaiah ultimately find the hunters have become the hunted.
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This is the seventh book in the True Colors series and once again readers are introduced to a true crime from the past. This time, the crimes committed were three years apart and on two different continents but a possibility existed that they might be connected. Was it possible that the young women murdered in Austin, Texas in the mid-1880s were the victims of the same killer who took so many lives in 1888 London? Were the Midnight Assassin and Jack the Ripper the same person?
These are the questions posed in The Black Midnight and I was fascinated with the historical details that author Kathleen Y'Barbo has woven into her fictional story. Jack the Ripper is a well-known person but I wasn't aware of the The Midnight Assassin's killing spree in Austin and, even though the connection between the two cases has never been proven, it does provide an intriguing theory. Annie von Wettin and Isaiah Joplin are the very likable characters involved in both cases and the fact that Annie is the great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria adds a wonderful complication. I also enjoyed the sweet romance between Ike and Annie: the connection that they had experienced three years earlier seemed lost but were those feelings just sleeping, waiting to be awakened?
The Black Midnight has mystery, suspense, violence, and death but the romantic chemistry and humorous dialogue offer relief from any gruesome details. Y'Barbo has written an entertaining and informative story and it is a worthy addition to True Colors, the Christian suspense series from Barbour Publishing.
I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher via Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a favorable review and I am sharing my own opinions.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Author
Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than sixty novels with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad.
More from Kathleen Y’BarboI am a tenth generation Texan, but London has held a place in my heart for over ten years. You see, I have a son who has lived there for more than a decade. Thanks to him and his family of three—my granddaughter was born there on New Year’s Eve 2019—the city will always be special to me. There is absolutely nothing like walking those streets with a thousand years of history close enough to touch.
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