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Things in Jars Summary Ô 0 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 discoveryWinding he. 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 amoral gentlemen anatomy collectors hungry for what should not be alive There are Things in Jars with their ability to disturb the natural order of things life and death ashes to ashes time in supension pickling yesterday holding eternity in a jar Into this latest historical novel Kidd brings her trademark elements Irish folklore superstitions ghosts the eccentric her stellar female characters with her standout lyrical prose that enchants and enthralls It is 1863 and London is marked by crime disease grime violence stink and penury Addicted to smoking experimental concoctions by Prudhoe in her pipe the red haired Bridie Devine is haunted by her inability to prevent the death of a child in her last case With her now battered reputation it is a surprise when Sir Edmund Berwick hires her to find his kidnapped 6 year old daughter Christobel Only Christobel is no ordinary child with extraordinary abilities playing with memories eyes that see too much and pike s teeth that can wreak serious damage This time Bridie is determined not to fail a child aided by her magnificently gigantic maid Cora endowed with her thick and glossy facial hair and the ghost of the love lorn illustrated Ruby a prizefighter claiming to know Bridie although she is doubtful of this fact In a narrative that goes back and forth in time to reveal Bridie s childhood of coming over from Ireland collecting corpses with Gan and her time as laboratory assistant to Dr John Eames at Albery Hall wearing the clothes of the dead Lydia links poke their heads from Bridie s past to trouble her in her present investigations There are colourful characters galore such as the predatory and sly Mrs Bibby born for bad business with the tooth and claws and the backbone for it and the viciously dangerous and manipulative Gideon In a story that takes in walled in women and children and the Winter Mermaid there are gruesome murders double dealing and avarice and Bridie s life is endangered as a deadly foe comes back from the dead In the meantime Londoners cower with fear and horror as lost rivers are resurgent battered by never ending biblical rains as the city floodsOnce again Jess Kidd beguiles and charms with her gifts as a storyteller her shift to the Victorian era is a sublime decision as the era positively drips with gothic elements that serve a veritable feast for Kidd s imagination This includes the ravens experimental potions the penchant for curiosities a medical profession that is unhindered by anything remotely ethical and the corrupt scientific anatomy collectors desperate to acuire living anomalies by any means necessary and preserve them in their jars However it is in the mix of the fantastical Irish folklore such as the merrow with the everyday and Kidd s remarkable talents in characterisation that make her novels a joy to read and ensures that her readership will continue to grow This is compulsive and magical reading fare such infernally dark matter but shot through with light by Bridie Cora Ruby and Inspector Valentine Rose I cannot describe how keen I am to get my hands on the next book Kidd writes So what is left to say Just the small matter of this book coming highly recommended Many thanks to Canongate for an ARC

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Things in Jars Summary Ô 0 R 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. 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 own dirty mirror The raven leaves the river behind and charts a path to a chapel on a hill with a spire and a clock tower She circles the chapel and lands on the roof with a shuffling of wings She pecks at brickwork at lichen at moth casts at nothing She sidles up to a gargoyle and runs her beak affectionately around his eyes nudging scooping Bridie Devine is a young Irishwoman not the flinching kind who works as a detective aided by her faithful housekeeper Cora and offering an often exasperating help to Inspector Rose Brightest than the blazing flame determined and dedicated she is called to investigate the disappearance of Christabel A child that has the power to enter your conscience just by looking at you with eyes that change colours Bridie enters a world of illegal medical research anatomists and legends and faces the darkest aspects of her childhood aided by a mysterious rugged man with a top hat who happens to bedeadWhat follows is my personal blabbering full of adoration for London Gothic atmosphere mermaids and the intention to build a bookcase shrine to properly worship Jess Kidd s extraordinary talent Ye have been warned The woman is made of boot polish and pipe smoke clean cloth and the north wind And as for the dead man walking behind her well he means no harm London is the central character It comes alive through the pages I don t know Jess Kidd has a supernatural gift I don t know how else to explain her ability to hypnotize the reader She has created an elaborate time machine to transport us to London during the 1860s We walk and see and smell and listen It couldn t be real than that The multicultural neighborhoods of the capital the dreadful orphanages vividly described by Dickens Trollope and Thackeray the ever present threat of cholera the mysterious nights the penny dreadfuls scenery And most importantly Old Father Thames stands witness to a city that retains so many secrets so many horrors and so much beauty The marvelous way in which Kidd leads the readers in the streets and alleys of the city reminded me of Michel Faber s masterpiece The Crimson Petal and the WhiteI mean read these paragraphs The metropolis isn t sleeping not really For every Londoner in bed there are ten awake and up to no good on the fly on the loose on the tiles The moon knows she sees all Tonight she s our guide for it s late and every self respecting raven will be perched in her own black feathered embrace Let the corvid sleep The moon sees the beauty and cruelty of London her whores and drunks saints and murderers thieves and lovers and fighters The moon sees every black alley and yard scrubland and marsh Coming up from beneath London s streets another new sound a tumultuous rushing The ancient rivers of London newly awaken and gathering force now erupt Flooding lane and street drowning basement dwelling families and overwhelming cesspits Then there is the rain Great drops of the stuff a constant patter on every window and shutter tin can and bucket And the Thames keeps rising And then the Gothic elements are used to perfection There are traces of witchcraft and potential hauntings Strange things in jars the circus world with its peculiars Anatomists struggling to learn and to deceive Stories of mermaids from Ireland Holland and France The presence of the merrow the evil mermaid a figure we don t often witness in Literature Pigeons and seagulls form common imagery throughout the novel creating a sense of unrest and eerie commotion There is a tale within the tale and the effect is astonishing it will give you nightmares There s even a reference to Herne the Hunter a legendary British Folklore figureAnd the characters Nevermind the perfect prose the beautiful dialogue the astonishing imagery BridieJesus Christ I could highlight every sentence she utters she is my new spirit animal From beloved Wicklow Sassy and ferocious with an acute sense of irony indifferent to all norms and rules How can I not adore her Cora loyal fierce honest and sensitive And RubyRuby stands eual to Himself s Mahony in terms of charm level all handsome and valiant and electrifying Bridie and Ruby are one of the best most uniue most perfect I could go on forever couples you ll ever encounter in a novelIs this the best Jess Kidd novel yet I think so I adore all three but this one truly captured my heart put it in a chest and hid the key In a jar When perfect writing outstanding atmosphere and sheer literary Art come together the result is a masterpiece like Things In JarsAlso Jess Kidd why are you so perfect Bridie walks between the headstones the crosses the covered urns the plump marble pillows inviting everlasting slumber Stone angels perch on all four corners of her tomb wings folded and faces impassive they are giving nothing away My reviews can also be 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Things in Jars Summary Ô 0 Apothecary But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is uite what it seemsBlending 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 time. 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 Dickensian fashion Think Dickens matched with Grimms Fairy Tales Or Dickens if he was smoking hashish or one of Prudhoe s blends and into Irish folktales I loved the characters Bridie part sleuth part doctor untrained Cora her seven foot maid with a beautiful baritone voice and Ruby a dead boxer with living tattoos London is a character in its own right Yes there is a supernatural element here of which I usually am not a fan But Kidd has managed to create a world so believable that I swallowed it hook line and sinker There s a sly sense of humor here mostly in the descriptions While the theme of the book is dark it s just so darn entertaining The story has Bridie being hired to find the kidnapped daughter of a baronet But not just any daughter this daughter has special characteristics We are led into a world filled with grave robbers anatomists collectors of all things odd and uniue Kudos to Kidd for getting it all right I haven t read her prior books but I m now inspired to seek them out A huge thanks to netgalley and Atria books for an advance copy of this book

  • Hardcover
  • 369
  • Things in Jars
  • Jess Kidd
  • English
  • 21 August 2019
  • 9781982121280